To celebrate International Guide Dogs Day, The Granby Care Home have held its very own dog show to raise money for Guide Dogs.
We started the day with a talk by Helen McGrath from the Harrogate Branch of Guide Dogs who brought along her dog Yuppie. Helen had several strokes a few years ago which left her with only 2.5% vision and her guide dog Yuppie has transformed her life and enabled her to be much more independent. One of our residents, Olive, used to volunteer at local charity Harrogate Vision Support. She is well known to the visually impaired community and when Helen was introduced to Olive she was absolutely delighted to meet her and thanked her for everything she had done for the blind and visually impaired of the town.
Then it was time to welcome the stars of the show; team members, residents’ family and our friends from PAT Dogs (Pets as Therapy) brought all manner of pet pups, pedigrees and pooches along to The Granby Dog Show held in our Crystal Ballroom.
We started with a grand parade around the room so residents could pet each pooch individually then our esteemed judging panel made up of residents Les, Richard and Wendy, with team members Camille and Susie studied each dog’s merits and chose category winners.
Jasper, the Labradoodle who won the ‘Anarchist’ prize had everyone in stitches when he decided to sniff out the prize snacks on the judges’ table, standing tall as he took his prize! He also had a great skill set including an impressive ‘high fiving’ but he was pipped to the post for 'Most Talented' by Perky the Spaniel who could dribble a ball as well as Beckham… well almost…
Here's the winning line up.....
Heartbreaker: Ollie the Pug puppy – ‘cute as pie’
Happiest: Casper the working Cocker – loves everyone
Anarchist: Jasper the Labradoodle – live wire and prize pincher
Best Six Legs: Nandy the Cockerpoo and Brenda – our Pets as Therapy dog and owner
Prettiest: Anna the Cocker
Puppy: Ollie the Pug – so tiny, so well behaved!
Talented: Perky the King Charles Spaniel - for his fabulous football skills
Best in Show: Baloo the Sharpei
Magic Moments Club Coordinator Briony said “Our residents were thrilled with the dog show. Team members often share stories about their pets much to the amusement of our residents, so they were delighted to meet the characters they hear so much about. We ensure that our residents benefit from experiencing pet and animal visits on a regular basis. This includes weekly visits from our Pet Therapy dogs Anna and Nandy with their owner Brenda so it was lovely to welcome them to our show.”
Receptionist Caroline was thrilled that her dog Baloo won 'Best In Show'. She told us that Baloo’s favourite things to do are watching TV, walking … and sniffing. The best thing he’s good at? Slobbering! His breed is a Shar Pei - a mix of Mastiff and Chow, which were bred in ancient China for protecting the Chinese Emperor from being attacked by wild boar. Caroline said “My mum Val is a resident here, and the dog show brought us all together for a day of such fun. My grandson Corey was very proud to collect Baloo’s trophy as Great Grandma Val looked on with a little tear in her eye.”
Resident Les who was one of the judges said “It was quite demanding having to choose from such a great field of dogs but I think we made the right choices.”
Resident Pat added ‘What a marvellous idea! The dogs are just gorgeous, so friendly and cuddly. We had a good laugh at their antics that’s for sure!’
At The Granby we believe in living life to the full. That’s why we’re passionate about creating vibrant, stimulating activities that will help our residents to love every day. We call them ‘Magic Moments’.
Every brighterkind home now has a Magic Moments Club which provides a vast range of activities and fun things to do that are open to all of our residents. The idea behind Magic Moments is that just because someone moves into a care home doesn't mean that the things they love doing should suddenly stop – quite the contrary, we believe our residents should have the opportunity to love every day, by doing the things that they have always loved as well as trying new things along the way.