“People can’t help but smile when Butch walks in.”

 Kerry Wallison  Butch

Name: Kerry Wallison & Butch

Type of dog: Bullmastiff X Boxer

Location: Queensland

Visits: Mental health

Volunteering: 2 years

Why: I do this work because I have a special dog who I want to share with as many people as I can.

Enjoys most: Seeing the faces of the clients light up when Butch walks in the room

Dog enjoys:  The attention and affection

Reaction: People can’t help but smile when Butch walks in

Experiences: We had a client that was very withdrawn and never wanted to see the dog.  Week in and week out we would sit across the room and Butch would wag his tail and look so endearing trying to get her to want to play with him.  One day the client was upset and crying when we turned up and Butch instinctively went up to her to comfort her and she put her arms around him and hugged him and wept until she was done. It was a real turning point as before, no one was able to comfort her and get her to calm down.  After that she was always wanting to see him and cuddle him and it was a real turning point as she then became a lot more responsive to her carers and started to smile and take an interest in her environment.

Delta work is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done and I feel lucky that I have a dog that is capable of doing this kind of work.


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