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Therapy dogs kick off visits to care facilities in Powell River

Canine shares love at Willingdon Creek Village
Therapy dog Charlie waited eagerly to get through the gate at Willingdon Creek Village to visit friends he hadn’t seen for two years.

The sun shone even more brightly for residents of Willingdon Creek Village yesterday.

A long and lonely hiatus for St. John Ambulance Therapy Dogs – Powell River and residents of two care facilities they visited frequently prior to the COVID-19 pandemic came to an end on July 29.

“We are thrilled to announce that on Thursday, Charlie and his handler Koosje Verkerk walked through the doors of Willingdon Creek Village for the first time in two years,” said St. John Ambulance Therapy Dogs unit facilitator Deb Maitland. “Charlie brought instant smiles and shared his love with as many as he possibly could.”

Strict safety protocols were enforced and care facilities must follow a number of provincial requirements, according to Maitland, including the wearing of masks, contact tracing and use of hand sanitizer between resident visits.

“Our roster of other therapy dogs are wagging their tails in anticipation,” added Maitland.

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