Nine-year-old cockapoo Dennis, who volunteers as a Pets As Therapy (PAT) dog for charity Marie Curie Hospice, has turned model to launch a new daffodil collar charm for pets in support the charity’s annual fundraising campaign, the Great Daffodil Appeal.
The £1 charm is now being sold nationwide in Pets At Home stores and online, with all profits made from the sale going towards helping people living with a terminal illness, their families, and their pets – to make the most of the time they have left together.
He was such a good boy posing for the camera and we hope the shots inspire more owners to buy a charm and help such a good cause
Dennis took time out from his tour around the wards in Liverpool’s Marie Curie Hospice to model the charm. PAT dogs like him provide huge emotional support to patients in need, alongside more than 2,000 Marie Curie Nurses that work across the country in people’s homes and the charity’s nine hospices. The charity also provides an information and support line, with free and confidential emotional support about any aspect of terminal illness, as well as offering help with bereavement.
Shelly Edwards, owner of Dennis, said, “The reactions of patients to Dennis are amazing, it just makes them smile. They’re not expecting him to walk in, so when you walk in with a dog it’s such a big surprise and just puts a smile on their face.
“I couldn’t quite believe it when Dennis was asked to be a model for the daffodil collar charm. He was such a good boy posing for the camera and we hope the shots inspire more owners to buy a charm and help such a good cause.”
Meredith Niles, Executive Director of Fundraising and Engagement said, “There are lots of different ways people can support the Great Daffodil Appeal, from donating and wearing a daffodil pin, to taking 10,000 steps every day in March as part of Step into Spring, but we are really excited to now be able to offer our furry supporters a way to support the appeal too.
“Every donation and daffodil worn – by a person or a furry friend – helps Marie Curie provide vital care for people living with a terminal illness and support for their families.”
If you do buy a daffodil charm for your dog, share a photo of your best friend wearing it, and share your support for Marie Curie using #PetsWithDaffodils
Images by Marie Curie.