Magnus, the Brussels Griffon terrier, has joined the team of ‘Snuggle Officers’ that volunteer at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals (DBTH) to cheer up and fuss over patients.
The four-legged helper has been making weekly visits to the Children’s Ward at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, spending some time with youngsters and getting strokes, belly rubs and plenty of playtime as part of the bargain.
Magnus is a registered Pets as Therapy volunteer. Pets as Therapy are a charity which organises therapeutic visits to hospitals, nursing homes and schools. All animals registered with the charity must pass a behavioural test to make sure they are up for the job and Magnus passed his with flying colours.
Since then, he has worked in a local nursing home and with children who have learning difficulties.
Magnus will continue to visit the ward every Wednesday, bringing a little bit of joy to young patients at the hospital (as well as plenty of staff).