Yesterday (Monday 15th January) was said to be the most depressing day of the year, but the dogs at Mayhew‘s visiting animal therapy programme were having none of it. They spent the day visiting cruelty-free cosmetics brand Smashbox to try and bring a smile to employees’ faces.

TheraPaws volunteers, Deborah with her dog Noodle, Claire with her dog, Roobarb, and Jude with her dog, Alfie, spent time meeting and engaging with employees from their head office in central London. As they paraded through the office with their wagging tails, the dogs were rewarded with lots of cuddles and fuss, and certainly brightened up everyone’s day.

TheraPaws dog Alfie enjoying cuddles
TheraPaws dog Roobarb enjoying the attention

Communications Manager of Smashbox, Nicola Thornton, said, “It was lovely to see the dogs spreading so much joy and happiness to colleagues on Blue Monday.

“Mayhew’s TheraPaws programme is a great initiative and the dogs were adorable – we didn’t want them to leave!”

TheraPaws dog Noodle having her selfie taken
TheraPaws dog Roobarb enjoying the attention

The TheraPaws programme recognises the mutual benefits of animals engaging with people, particularly older people with dementia, helping to improve the relationships between humans and dogs. As well as enhancing people’s lives by helping to reduce social isolation, stress, and anxiety, the initiative also helps animals by raising awareness of the positive effects dogs can have, including promoting respect and compassion towards animals.

Currently, there are 50 teams ofTheraPaws volunteers and their dogs visiting care homes, day centres, hospices and hospitals across London boroughs.

Main photo: TheraPaws dog Noodle loving the attention

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