Chewie the Leonberger visits Llandudno care home residents

Residents at RMBI Care Co.’s Queen Elizabeth Court, on Clarence Drive, recently enjoyed a friendly visit from Chewie, a furry Leonberger, as part of a pet therapy session.

The Leonberger is a giant dog breed, whose name derives from the city of Leonberg, in Germany.

Residents were delighted to meet the affectionate animal, who was happy to be petted and stroked.

His owner, Christine, led the six-year-old dog all around the home’s grounds and introduced him to the residents. 

Resident Phyllis Mason took the opportunity to reminisce.

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“I’ve always had similar dogs – German Shepherds and Alsatians – so Chewie, gentle and caring, reminded me of them,” said Phyllis.

“My dogs used to lie in front of the fireplace.

“It was so beautiful – I can still see them now.”

Rachael Melville, activities coordinator at Queen Elizabeth Court, said: “It was really lovely to see the residents’ faces light up when Chewie came around.

“He brought joy and calmness to our residents, which is wonderful for their mental health and wellbeing.

“Also, they were able to get very close and feel the dog’s breath and fur, and this was a particularly joyful experience for residents with visual problems.”

The home’s activities coordinators said residents are looking forward to Chewie’s next visit to Queen Elizabeth Court. 

North Wales Pioneer | Llandudno