Lesmurdie: dogs will get to have their day at work

Woody the Maltese Shitzu, with residents Margaret Trus and Charles Scott, has been to Villa Maria with owner Tracy Sam San Tive (centre) before.    d469695
Woody the Maltese Shitzu, with residents Margaret Trus and Charles Scott, has been to Villa Maria with owner Tracy Sam San Tive (centre) before. d469695

ADORABLE Woody the Maltese Shitzu will join staff at a Lesmurdie aged care facility this month when he spends the day at work with his owner.

Mercy Place Villa Maria will welcome the temporary resident on June 23 for National Take Your Dog to Work Day.

His owner and clinical nurse manager, Tracy Sam San Tive, will bring him along for the day, which raises awareness of the joy companion animals can bring to owners and the wider community.

Mercy Place Villa Maria service manager John Herbert said Woody’s visit would delight residents who have owned and loved dogs throughout their lives.

“When we heard about National Take Your Dog to Work Day the whole team here at Mercy Place Westcourt wanted to get involved,” he said.

“We’re all dog lovers and are fully aware of the joyful impact man’s best friend can have on our residents.

“We have a few special treats planned for Woody 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.”

Mercy Health is a Catholic community not-for-profit provider of health and aged care throughout Victoria, southern NSW, WA, Queensland and the ACT.

In WA, the organisation cares for over 300 people across six residential homes, with 78 independent living units.

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