Dog’s visit through windows brings West Lake Terrace residents joy

Pet therapy volunteers Lesley Campbell and her dog, Gibson, visit residents through the windows of West Lake Terrace.

Acts of kindness ‘mean so much to us during this time,’ LEC says

The doggie in the window caused some residents to shed tears of joy recently at West Lake Terrace.

Seeing Gibson, a pug, pause with his owner outside of residents’ bedroom windows was a much-needed boost for those who live at the Prince Edward County long-term care home.

West Lake Terrace, like all of OMNI Health Care’s long-term care homes, is closed to most visitors as a safety precaution due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Since Gibson, pet therapy dog, and owner Lesley Campbell, couldn’t go inside the home, they did the next best thing and visited residents through the glass.

“It was a very emotional experience for some,” says Janie Denard, life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) at West Lake Terrace.

“Residents smiled, laughed and some cried, stating it was happy tears. We are so thankful to Lesley for bringing Gibson to the home.”

Janie says the duo’s visit also lifted the spirits of staff members working at the home.

For the past four years, Lesley and Gibson have been regular volunteers at West Lake Terrace. Lesley recently donated $300 to the home as well. She raised the money by creating and selling artwork featuring Gibson’s paw prints.

“Lesley is probably of our biggest supporters,” the LEC previously told The OMNIway. “We’re so lucky to have her as a volunteer and as part of our family at West Lake Terrace.”

The home was also recently bestowed with another caring gesture. An anonymous person placed a note on West Lake Terrace’s front door, expressing prayers and appreciation for staff.

“It is small acts of kindness that mean so much to us during this time,” Janie says.

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