Vicky Graham and her dogs Hunter and Piers are part of Canine Friends, an organisation that has been arranging for dogs to visit rest homes for 30 years. She tells Eldernet why she finds the visits so rewarding, and what makes a good therapy dog. How did you come to …Read More »
My involvement with Canine Friends Pet Therapy began in the early 1990s as a volunteer and committee member. With much pride I have witnessed the growth of our organisation from small beginnings in Wellington to a recognised and respected nationwide charity. In 2015 I was privileged to be recognised as an honorary member. I established Canine Friends in Taupo in 2008 and am the liaison officer for this area. Since 2017 I have filled the roles of vice president, funding/sponsorship coordinator and was elected president in 2019. I wholeheartedly believe in pet therapy and helping those who can no longer enjoy the benefits of owning a dog – this was our beginning and to me is the essence of our charity.