IT has been a rough couple of months with the Covid-19 pandemic – but one Ingham local has been using puppy power to cheer up our elderly.
Retired secretary Norma Salisbury, who is 79 herself, takes giant poodle Dior – ‘a therapy dog’ – to visit people at nursing homes.
Former bridge builder John Mack (85), who needs to be fed through a tube, is pictured with his poochy pal.
‘He cuddles her and she loves it,’ says Norma, who shows dogs through the Ingham Kennel Club.
Although Dior cannot access her regulars at Bluehaven or Palms care homes until restrictions are lifted, she has continued to visit the home in Cardwell – with Norma having temperature checks on arrival.
Volunteer Norma, who worked at Wilson, Ryan and Grose Lawyers in Townsville for 20 years, is particularly waiting for permission to take Dior back to visit Peter – a man in his 70s who cannot speak or see.
Thank you Norma for sharing this wonderful community story.
Let’s keep Ingham connected!