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I am in west Wales for a week, looking after my dad who has pretty bad Alzheimers, and have been struck, yet again, how very much he likes having their incredibly badly behaved/badly trained yet somehow charming terrier sitting on his knee. It seems to calm him (and also stops him giving her his cheese straws, because he can't reach them with her sitting on him!) - I think he enjoys the close and comforting physical contact. Dogs are good, aren't they?
 

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Oh thats lovely, they can do amazing things for people can't they, I love the stories of where they help people through depression and the like.

I went to see a client this morning whose black lab has just been accepted as a PAT dog which you'd kinda think means she's very well behaved ;), while I was there she barked at us in the garden, there was a stone she wanted in the plant pot - good, she knew she shouldn't dig up the plant - then once she had it back proceeded to dig up the lawn, bad :nono: but she did it all with such a lovely look on her face though, she has the softest ears and big seal eyes you just know she is going to be a great PAT dog. The client works with 'naughty' boys and she will be taking her there and to the oldies home in the village.
 

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Oh thats lovely, they can do amazing things for people can't they, I love the stories of where they help people through depression and the like.
A friend of mine has Fly's sister, and she credits her dog with getting her off anti-depressants for the first time in years - it's something about having to be sorted in order to look after her dog, and her dog being unbelievably good company for her.
 

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I work with the elderly,and every month,we have a specialist animal group come in.Last month,they bought a horse in!
Before that,spiders,guinea pigs,rabbits,crabs,snakes
And the donkey.They love animals,and it brightens up their lives,just for a few minutes;)
 

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A friend of mine has Fly's sister, and she credits her dog with getting her off anti-depressants for the first time in years - it's something about having to be sorted in order to look after her dog, and her dog being unbelievably good company for her.
Its so true though, I have known many people who frankly are almost on the point of being a complete mess but they have to keep it together for the dogs and they are unbelievably good company, you can moan to them and rant to them and they don't mind, they come to you for re-assurance and make you feel worthwhile again, even more than children sometimes they can hold people together.
 

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I am in west Wales for a week, looking after my dad who has pretty bad Alzheimers, and have been struck, yet again, how very much he likes having their incredibly badly behaved/badly trained yet somehow charming terrier sitting on his knee. It seems to calm him (and also stops him giving her his cheese straws, because he can't reach them with her sitting on him!) - I think he enjoys the close and comforting physical contact. Dogs are good, aren't they?
Lovely that the dog helps him. Its actually pretty well documented that dogs can help people suffering from alzheimers as well as other things.

How Animal Therapy Helps Dementia Patients - Alzheimer's Disease Center - Everyday Health

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Lovely that the dog helps him. Its actually pretty well documented that dogs can help people suffering from alzheimers as well as other things.

How Animal Therapy Helps Dementia Patients - Alzheimer's Disease Center - Everyday Health

Remember For Me
Blimey, how interesting - I'd never seen that research or the Alzheimers Aid Dogs before. Really fascinating. I went to a care home recently (looking for Dad for the future) and they said they brought dogs into the home every so often and it hugely helped some of the residents, but I'd never even thought that a dog could help you remember. What fantastic stuff.
 

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That makes sense.

My granny suffered from dementia and in the early stages it was her getting forgetful which stressed her out and made the dementia worse, dogs are definitely calming so that would help aleive (sp??) the symptoms and that about the patients seeing them as non judgmental, that was very frustrating as she would think we were all judging her when she had bad days which of course we weren't. They actually got the evil one AKA Snoopy after she started to suffer, (ironically he was also diagnosed with dementia once she had gone into a home & my grandfather died). I can remember finding granny outside the library once, she was actually with our dog (can't remember why or where hers was) surrounded by people as she had completely forgotten where she lived. She wasn't stressed but had she trusted Misty she would have taken her home, or to ours, easily as that was where she ran to when a door slammed :p
 

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The amount of residents we have had in over the years,that wont settle,until you tell them you have fed their dog,and its been for a walk,is untrue!
Goes to show what a massive footprint dogs made in their lives.They forget who they are,but remember they had a dog.
 

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Blimey, how interesting - I'd never seen that research or the Alzheimers Aid Dogs before. Really fascinating. I went to a care home recently (looking for Dad for the future) and they said they brought dogs into the home every so often and it hugely helped some of the residents, but I'd never even thought that a dog could help you remember. What fantastic stuff.
Dogs have been trained to help with all sorts of diorders, you may probably know but there are ones that alert owners with epilepsy before a seizure comes on telling them and getting them to safety before the seizure occurs, there is ones too for people with diabetes that know when the levels are changing and warn them that they need their medication. They have been used in all sorts of mental illness and physical illnesses too. There is even ones that can detect cancer from samples often more accurate then tests available.

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http://www.angelfire.com/mh/chimo/pdf/manual_in_single_doc-Nov03.pdf
 

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My OH's 94 year old grandma was in the late stages of Alzheimers, hadn't moved in the special bed at home for months. We took Tilly round to visit 90 year old grandad who was grandma's carer (bless him) and grandma said 'I didn't know you'd got a dog' so we lifted Tilly into the bed and Tilly just sat there until grandma raised her hands and stroked Tilly with a smile on her face. It was an unbelievable moment, grandma hadn't lifted her hands for months, she rarely knew who anyone was any more and Tilly is a typical boisterous beagle who was only 2 years old at the time. I will never ever forget that moment, the serene look on grandma's face and the calmness of our gorgeous beagle Tilly who is at the moment chewing the bark off a log waiting to go on the fire after a 5 mile run with our son!!
 

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My OH's 94 year old grandma was in the late stages of Alzheimers, hadn't moved in the special bed at home for months. We took Tilly round to visit 90 year old grandad who was grandma's carer (bless him) and grandma said 'I didn't know you'd got a dog' so we lifted Tilly into the bed and Tilly just sat there until grandma raised her hands and stroked Tilly with a smile on her face. It was an unbelievable moment, grandma hadn't lifted her hands for months, she rarely knew who anyone was any more and Tilly is a typical boisterous beagle who was only 2 years old at the time. I will never ever forget that moment, the serene look on grandma's face and the calmness of our gorgeous beagle Tilly who is at the moment chewing the bark off a log waiting to go on the fire after a 5 mile run with our son!!
Tears in my eyes at that, I'm afraid!
 
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