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Prince charmed by dementia therapy dog

Wednesday March 8th 2017

Prince Charles has been won over by a Miniature Pinscher who helps dementia sufferers at a London hospital.

Little Dorrit charmed the Prince of Wales during his visit to Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the British Geriatrics Society.

Matron Darlene Romero explained to Charles the huge benefits the therapy dog can have for patients, as he held the six-year-old pup and scratched her tiny ears.

She says cuddling Dorrit has a calming effect on patients, adding: "We have a patient currently on the ward and she loves Little Dorrit. She used to be very restless, not able to breathe without oxygen.

"But with Dorrit around she was able to calm down and come off the oxygen for more than an hour."

Little Dorrit's owner Diana Mukuma is a volunteer at the hospital and says the impact the petite pooch has on people is "wonderful".

She said: "You see patients who are not so sure and say, 'I used to have a dog but don't want her on my bed', but gradually they remember. It is very good for them and they recall a lot of things."

Charles has been patron of the British Geriatrics Society since 1993.

This article was written on behalf of helpucover. helpucover is a trading style of Pinnacle Insurance plc, an insurance company who offers Pet Insurance.

Copyright Press Association 2017