As Therapy / PRO Dogs
A superb event The Golden Bone Ball was, made all the more exciting by the Pet
Dog of the Year Award going to PAT dog Rupert who attended the event with his
owner Pat Dyer. The event was star studded to say the least, with so many celebrities
in attendance that it would be impossible to list them all in this small space.
My personal thanks to all concerned for a wonderful evening.
Traditionally at this time of the year we start asking for nominations for PAT
Dog of the Year. In previous years your nominations for the one dog out of the
many thousands that visit such a variety of establishments have made our sponsors
job of choosing PAT Dog of the Year such a difficult one. This year the competition
is to be sponsored by Ralston Purina.
As the year 2001 has been designated International Year of the Volunteer it
has been decided to focus on our very special volunteers as well as the PAT
dogs. The team of the volunteer and their dog or cat are truly the
unsung heroes of the charity and the extent of their giving is rarely seen or
talked about. So this year we will be having three voting categories which will
highlight the volunteer as well as their pet. This years three categories
are - Best Pets As Therapy Dog Team - Prize of £500 and one years
supply of Pro Plan. Runner up Pets As Therapy Dog Team - Prize of £200
and six months supply of Pro Plan.
Best Pets As Therapy Cat Team - Prize of £250 and one years supply
of cat food. Runner up Pets As Therapy Cat Team - Prize of £100 and six
months supply of cat food. There is also another new category this year
and it is for Best Establishment Team - Prize of £500 to be shared between
the volunteers. This is a team of several volunteers who with their registered
pets visit one establishment e.g. a large hospital. Each winner will also receive
a certificate. Anyone can make a nomination, we would be delighted to hear from
you. Nomination forms can be found on page 10 of the current edition of Argos
magazine, which is available from Pets As Therapy Head Office.
Carol and Joe Ferber are Pets As Therapy volunteers from Merseyside who visit
with their Yorkshire Terrier PAT dog Oliver, who is now 15 years old - and still
going strong. Oliver is a very popular little dog visiting regularly at several
residential homes in the area. Carol tells me that as well as the patients loving
every minute of Olivers work, Oliver, pictured here with one of his friends,
himself thoroughly enjoys all the fussing, attention and biscuits. His visits
will continue for as long as he enjoys them. Long may he continue.
If you would like to register your dog as a PAT dog please send a sae to Pets
As Therapy, Rocky Bank, 6 New Road, Ditton, Kent ME20 6AD. If you have any news,
views or comments for either Pets As Therapy or PRO Dogs please contact me at
- Pets As Therapy (Northern), PO Box 11, Stanley, Co Durham DH9 7YZ or telephone