Roxie is our gorgeous young black labrador. She was born in June 2011 and spends at least three days a week at Gate Lodge.
As she has grown up, Roxie has developed her role as a bereavement dog, in much the same way that pat dogs visit nursing homes and hospices. Her presence has encouraged noticeable changes in many people.
We believe very strongly in the therapeutic qualities of dogs, and many of our clients have met Roxie and now come in specifically to see her. There is something about the innocence and friendliness of dogs that helps enormously when we experience bereavement. Their love never falters.
Of course, if you don’t like dogs, there is no problem at all. Roxie stays out of the way until you want to meet her, and she’s very used to that.