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Dog assisting in the therapy of patients

A unique dog assisting in the therapy of patients on Solihull Hospital’s stroke unit has been nominated for a top award to be announced at the world famous dog show Crufts.

The Chihuahua named ‘Roo’ is one of five Pets As Therapy (PAT) dogs who visit the ward to help in the rehabilitation of patients. Roo has been nominated from over 4,700 registered PAT dogs for the HiLife PAT Dog of the Year competition.

Jane Neary, stoke unit housekeeper and PAT volunteer, said: “We are so proud to be nominated for this award. Roo, along with the other PAT dogs, bring so much happiness and love to the patients on the ward, and have a huge impact on their rehabilitation from strokes.

“Many patients have their own pets at home so it’s wonderful for them to interact with an animal. Roo provides stimulation and helps patients communicate and develop emotionally.

“Roo is extremely popular and is loved by all the staff, visitors and patients who meet him and even patients who have lost the ability of speech, you see their faces light up. I’d encourage everyone to go out and vote for him!”

The winning PAT Dog of the Year will be announced during a special presentation at Crufts at the NEC in March. To vote for Roo, email with “I vote for Roo” in the subject line. The competition closes on November 30.

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