Today is International Dog Day – and to celebrate we have a ‘paw-some’ little tale of puppy love to share!
Maverick the resident therapy dog at Carinity Education Rockhampton is a specially trained Tamaruke that provides the ‘paw-fect’ pick-me-up for students going through a rough patch.
“Maverick has had a wonderful effect on our students. If a child is upset Maverick will come and sit with that child and get close so they can share a comforting hug if the student wants to,” said Carinity Education Rockhampton Principal, Lyn Harland.
“Not only does Maverick play an important role at the school, he also visits local aged care residents and undertakes other engagements within the wider community.”
Following months of specialised training, the two-year-old canine began visiting the Carinity Shalom aged care community this year.
Carinity Shalom’s Activities Officer, Donna Hinchliffe, says residents of the seniors’ home love visits from their four-legged friend who brings them comfort and joy.
“The residents just love Maverick and look forward to his visits. Their faces light up when they see him, and their smiles are priceless. It is so heart-warming to see, and the staff love being around Maverick too,” Donna said.
Maverick was gifted to Carinity Education Rockhampton by Singleton dog breeder Tamaruke, which has genetically developed the breed over the past 30 years specifically to be companion animals.
“They are smart, intuitive, and easily trained. Their exceptional traits make them such wonderful therapy dogs, comfort dogs, assistance dogs, medic alert dogs and comfort dogs,” Tamaruke Manager Monique Buckley said.