A 10-month-old Bichon Frise puppy named Daisy is bringing lots of joy as a therapy dog to the life of a terminally ill woman who is in the final stages of a degenerative brain condition.
The woman, Lizzie Bennett, 33, is suffering from Huntingdon’s Disease a hereditary illness described as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Motor Neurone all rolled in one. Lizzie’s two brothers are also afflicted with it.
Due to her brain condition, Lizzie can no longer move independently, speak or even swallow but she is still fully aware of what is going on. And the arrival of this Bichon Frise is making her smile.
A Bichon Frise. Image by Manfred Antranias Zimmer from Pixabay
The therapy dog will jump up on Lizzie’s bed and gently her toes, which makes Lizzie laugh.
According to Lizzie’s mum, Kim James, Lizzie is happiest when she’s with the Bichon Frise.
Spending time with Daisy has a massive effect on Lizzie’s well-being, according to Tracy Cuthill, manager at Penybryn Care Home in Wrexham where Lizzie is staying.
Penybryn Care Home is dedicated to caring for patients with brain conditions, such as neurological disorders and brain injuries.
Daisy spends all day at the Penybryn and is a big hit not only from its residents but also to the staff.
While all dogs can make people smile, therapy dogs are the ones that go the extra mile to enrich people’s lives.
They are often brought to nursing homes, schools, or hospitals to cheer up those who need something to make them smile.
The main qualities of a good therapy dog are of being naturally calm and patient with people and the Bichon Frise is often mentioned in the list of top 10 breeds for therapy dogs.
If you are looking for therapy dogs and considering the Bichon Frise, check out this YouTube video by Animal Fact to learn more about this breed: