Staff and residents at Green Pastures Christian Nursing Home in Banbury have celebrated the first year since a beloved dog came into their lives.
Penny the Yorkshire Terrier was discovered caged up on a traveller’s site next to a warehouse in Staffordshire last year. After she was taken away from the site to get checked up by vets, she was tangled with wire and dried blood.
Penny was then put in the loving care of Pat Cary, activities co-ordinator, to be nursed back to health.
The pair bonded quickly and it was not long before Mrs Cary brought Penny into the nursing home, located just off the Oxford Road, where she works with older people who are sick, frail or have dementia.
Josh Brindley, trust and foundation fundraiser at Green Pastures, said: “Penny has been a huge help with those residents who perhaps struggle with other people or who get agitated easily. She was and always is a sweet and gentle dog, with a strong attachment to Pam.
“Green Pastures is extremely grateful for Pam and her family for bringing Penny into the life of the home and the work that the two of them do is really quite special. A fantastic little dog like Penny is a shining example of how goodness can come out of some of the darkest places.”
One of the highlights of Penny’s influence at the home was offering a source of comfort to a resident whose sister had died earlier this year. The home marked the one-year anniversary of Penny’s first visit with a party for all of the residents. They also gave the dog the honorary title of support worker to recognise the contribution she makes alongside Mrs Cary.
Mr Brindley added: “Penny provides a truly calming presence for people and she will quite happily sit on a bed or lap.”