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Charlie joins our team

24 July 2020

Our designer Sarah and Charlie

When our CEO told us that she had a friend who needed to re-home their seven-year-old miniature Maltese terrier, Charlie, it seemed like an ideal solution to welcome her into our charity.

We had been considering a dog for our St Catherine's nursing home in Newcastle and it also gave us an opportunity for Charlie to become our charity's first ever resident dog. Our charity has always welcomed dogs and other pets. Animal therapy has been a regular part of our care throughout our charity for many years and some of our residents at St Catherine's had recently enquired if they could have a dog to live at their home.

Charlie is a tiny, cute, gentle dog and she likes the quiet life – ideally sleeping away her days on someone's warm lap. She only likes short walks too, making her a perfect match for our home and residents.

“We're taking very small and responsible steps to introduce Charlie to her new home,” said Gill, Registered Manager. “We've started off by introducing Charlie to our dog-loving head office team above St Catherine's. Designated staff are taking her home for evenings and weekends and she'll come to us during the working week where she'll be showered with cuddles and tickles. She's making short visits to the home until she becomes more confident with its surroundings. Our residents adore her and are looking forward to Charlie joining them soon; we can see Charlie building in confidence every day.

And, with our nursing home already having achieved ‘Outstanding in Care' from the Care Quality Commission, we think Charlie will be in excellent hands.

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