Remi's story

At nearly four years old, our cheese-loving, female Brussels Griffon is more than an adorable pet. A therapy dog at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse since 2020, Remi has touched many hearts with her healing presence and provided comfort and solace to patients at a difficult time.

Not just any dog is suited to being a therapy dog, it requires a special temperament and compassion. Recently, Remi completed a rigorous six months of training, - funded by Dry July - proving her competence and receiving an official registration to practice her special method of holistic care, along with Karen Heath, Volunteer Services Manager at Chris O'Brien Lifehouse “It was a relief to know that we had passed. Remi had no idea the level of achievement she had reached!”  says Karen.

Distraction during treatments, alleviating needle phobia, and easing anxiety in waiting rooms are a few of Remi’s talents. Remi is a source of strength and hope for many people.

One elderly man, hesitant about chemotherapy initially, found the strength to proceed as long as she was by his side. Remi accompanied him to each appointment, often receiving treats and being showered with blessings. Volunteering on Tuesdays and Thursdays for ‘Remi’s Rounds’, she's shown abundant love, eliciting smiles and glowing feedback from patients and families. “Remi has a natural ability and can easily recognise who needs her support.” Karen explains.

Karen has hinted at plans to bring more resident therapy dogs to share in Remi’s extraordinary mission, and Dry July supporters can help to make this a reality.

Whether providing gentle reassurance to patients on their way to surgery or wagging her tail at patients and families on her rounds, Remi emanates comfort, love, and hope.

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