Braemar Presbyterian Care’s Cooinda aged care facility will welcome a new temporary resident on Friday 23 June, when he makes an appearance for the day with his owner, Occupational Therapist Marie Tassicker.

The visit by Harley the Golden Retriever coincides with National Take Your Dog to Work Day, an annual event which encourages pet owners to take their dog into work to raise awareness of the joy companion animals can bring – not just to their owners – but to the wider community.

Chief Executive of Braemar Presbyterian Care, Wayne Belcher, says Harley’s visit is set to bring much joy into the lives of residents, the majority of whom have owned and loved dogs throughout their lives.

“When we heard about National Take Your Dog to Work Day the whole team at Cooinda wanted to get involved, we’re all dog lovers and are fully aware of the joyful impact man’s best friend can have on our residents,” he says.

“We have a few special treats planned for Harley, who we think is also going to be pretty excited to have constant company and companionship throughout the day, it’s a win-win situation and everyone here thinks it’s a fun initiative.

“We know through various studies that animals improve people’s wellbeing and we’re incredibly thankful to Marie and the gorgeous Harley for taking part in National Take Your Dog to Work Day.”

Braemar Presbyterian Care is a community ministry of the Presbyterian Church in WA. Braemar operates three residential care facilities providing 220 residential places.