I’m James Middleton, dog lover and mental health awareness advocate.
With a pack of six dogs by my side, you might have seen my training tips videos, or read some blogs on how I manage and maintain the health and wellbeing of my dogs.
What's your involvement with Pets As Therapy?
During a lengthy battle with clinical depression, I experienced firsthand the positive impact that dogs can have on your mental health. It was after coming out the other side of this dark period of my life, that I found myself wanting to give back to my dogs, but also to enrich the lives of others. I had two of my dogs registered as PAT Dogs, and I’m also a keen ambassador for the incredible work that Pets As Therapy do.
Why are you proud to be a PAT Ambassador?
I'm incredibly proud to be involved with Pets As Therapy because I've seen firsthand the incredible impact that animals can have on people's lives. The charity does amazing work, bringing the joy and comfort of animals to those in need, whether it's in hospitals, nursing homes, schools or other environments. I’m so grateful to be a part of such a meaningful organisation.
How do you hope to help Pets As Therapy?
I have always been eager to raise awareness about Pets As Therapy in any way I can, and to encourage others to get involved, too. Whether that’s through fundraising, volunteering or simply by spreading the word, I know that the more people who know of the incredible work done by PAT, the more the charity can continue helping those in need. I also hope to use my platform to lead to more support and resources for Pets As Therapy.