Meet Abbeyfield's newest resident!
Twiglet is our would be therapy dog in training. At only 12 weeks old, she's just finding her feet and settling in nicely.
Abbeyfield Brecon Society have a new resident who has joined us, our therapy dog-in-training, Twiglet the Cocker Spaniel. Here we find out more about Twiglet and how she has been settling in to life at our lovely home including one of her favourite things - lots of cuddles from our wonderful residents!
Follow us on her journey to becoming a fully-fledged therapy dog.
Hi there! My name is Twiglet and I’m Abbeyfield’s newest resident here at Brecon.
I’m only 12 weeks old and a bit scared of most things (cats mainly!) but I’m going to learn how to be a therapy dog for all of the lovely residents here. I’ve started already and if it just involves cuddling then I think I’m going to be just fine!!
I can relax in mum’s office when I need to and I have a HUGE garden to play in. I’m learning to be nice and calm when I’m in work but when I go home with mum at the end of the day, I can go absolutely nuts – mum says she will be glad when we can go out for a walk. Personally, I think careering from one room to another and skidding along the floor is great!
I’ve mastered how to come back when I’m called (if there are no REALLY interesting smells about), how to drop whatever I have in my mouth (usually something I shouldn’t!!) and how to sit and stay. Then, and this is the best bit, I get some chicken. I’ll do ANYTHING for some chicken!!
Well, it’s nap time now but I’ll keep you posted with more of my very exciting progress shortly!
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