Thursday, 16 July 2020


Bear's Continuing Care visits

Margaret Laird has a very large dog, a Saint Bernard named Bear.

Once the runt of the litter, it didn’t take long for Bear to lose that tag, weighing in at just over 94 kilos at three years of age, heavier than many men.   

Margaret and Bear have been visiting the residents at Continuing Care each Wednesday at 11.30 to visit and entertain, and the residents love the interaction with the large, lovely pooch. Bear is a "people person" and looks forward to these visits, even somehow knowing that when it is a Wednesday, and reminding Margaret that it is time to go.
Approaching the hospital, Bear starts to make his excited noises because he knows he will soon be there and when he gets to Continuing Care, Bear carefully checks each room for his friends, and he makes sure that they know he is there. 
Bear’s visits make the residents and staff alike smile. He is a beautifully natured big dog, whose size could intimidate but he is so lovely to one and all.
Margaret got the idea of taking Bear to Continuing Care, whilst on a walk when she met up a with a friend who suggested the idea. She contacted the hospital and has been going along for three months now.  
Bear is one of three dogs that visit the hospital during the week, joined by Donald the Border Collie on Mondays, and Moxie the “bits a mixer” on Thursdays. 
The residents get so much joy out of their canine visitors who put some sunshine into their days at Continuing Care. What a great thing to do.

Pictured: Whitianga Continuing Care staff, Kylie (on the left) and Tegan Clayton, with Margaret Laird (on the right) and Bear during Bear’s visit to the rest home on Wednesday last week.


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