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When you’re a Delta Therapy Dog on duty you quickly learn to ‘go with the flow’ and this is true for Knoxy, a golden retriever labrador-cross who started volunteering with Delta Society in August 2017.

 

Together with his owner and handler Jacqueline, Knoxy visits Regis Greenmount in Perth creating happy moments for residents and their families. After visiting for over a year Knoxy, who is also known around the centre as ‘Foxy’ and ‘Roxy’ greets everyone with an enthusiastic tail wag and gentle presence; ‘going with the flow’ and taking it all in his stride to ensure everyone can share a special moment with a Delta Therapy Dog.

 

On one particular visit Knoxy was ready to follow the routine of first signing-in with Jacqueline and walking upstairs to visit their regular clients, but was prompted by a gentleman who was seated along the reception lounge area with his mother to say hello. Now Knoxy who is familiar with the visiting schedule was keen to ensure his regular visitors were seen first and so Jacqueline made arrangements with the gentleman to see Knoxy towards the end of their visit.

 

After visiting his first resident, Knoxy and Jacqueline passed through the lounge area on schedule to visit their second resident. This time however with gentle prompts from Jacqueline, Knoxy took a brief break from schedule and walked over enthusiastically to the gentleman and his mother who were patiently waiting for a special greeting. This brought big smiles from all and the simple act of a wagging tail and happy Knoxy did wonders to their day.

 

Knoxy also visits workplaces through the Paws the Pressure program which has seen him bravely take the lift to the 43rd floor in one of Perth’s tallest buildings. No small visit is too great or small for a Delta Therapy Dog!

 

Thank you Jacqueline and Knoxy for dedicating your time and good will to make a difference.

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