Published on: 11 Oct 2018 08:40

Written by: Maryhill Housing

Residents at one of Maryhill Housing’s retirement housing developments made some new four-legged friends last week.
 
Shiskine Place received a visit from two friendly miniature Shetland ponies and two equally adorable Newfoundland dogs.
 
Shiskine Place has an active programme for keeping residents young at heart, including a varied calendar of social activities.
 
Ponies Applejack and Flicker and Newfoundlands Winston and Arthur, from Therapy Ponies Scotland, were an instant hit amongst the residents.
 
Babs Jackson, Shiskine Place resident, said: “It was a day to remember. The animals were so friendly. They clearly like cuddles!”
 
There is growing evidence that engagement between older people and animals delivers therapeutic benefits. The relaxing demeanour of the animals helps put people at ease, especially where there is an existing fear of them.
 
Alison Scott, Warden at Shiskine Place, said: “The visit was even more successful than we imagined it would be. The animals were adorable and our residents took to them right away. We were sorry to see them go!”