Above, left: Resident Andrew Melville greets Rex, the four-legged birthday boy. Above, right: Rex kisses resident Brenda Austin hello during his birthday party.
To mark National Pet Month in April, residents at Shannon Court, in Surrey, have recently enjoyed a friendly visit from Rex, a Giant Schnauzer. Being the Deputy Home Manager’s dog, Rex is a regular at Shannon Court. However, this visit was special as it was his first birthday party.
The residents were delighted to meet the affectionate animal, who was happy to be petted and stroked. One of the residents, Edith McKinnon, said:
I thought the party was very well organised! Rex is wonderful, really one of a kind. It was fun watching him play with the new toys he got!
Resident Edith was so excited that she even sent some photos of Rex to her brother, who lives in Berlin.
Resident Edith McKinnon poses with Rex, the furry birthday boy.
Kata Beauchemin, one of Shannon Court’s Activities Coordinators, says:
Rex is much loved by a lot of our residents. He had a squeaky toy cake, an edible birthday card and some gifts! Meanwhile, the residents enjoyed some cakes to celebrate his first birthday.
Resident Gloria Jordan greets Rex affectionately.
Steve Stace, the Home’s Business Manager, said:
It was really lovely to see the residents’ faces light up when Rex came around. He brought joy and calmness to our residents, which is wonderful for their mental health and wellbeing.
Also, they were able to get very close and feel his breath and fur, and this was a particularly joyful experience for residents with visual problems.
The Home’s staff and residents said they are looking forward to Rex’s next visit.
[Summary: Residents at Shannon Court, our care home in Surrey, celebrated Rex’s first birthday at the Home. Rex is a Giant Schnauzer. The dog brought joy and calmness to residents, which contributed positively to their mental health and wellbeing.]