A 10 year old Golden Retreiver that was instrumental in promoting the value of animals as part of therapy for patients has been nominated for a prestigious award.
Ben, who lives in Oldmeldrum with Alison and Alan Mundie is in the running for the RBS Scotland Real Heroes awards, where he is in the Hero Animal of the Year category.
Ben, in his guise as a “Therapet” is a regular visitor to the acute stroke ward in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, a valued member of the Canine Concern Trust Scotland Therapet team.
But Ben is also a pioneer in his field, he was the first Therapet registered at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, where he has since been joined by 10 other dogs visiting patients, after Alison had organised a pilot study which has since resulted in all NHS Grampian hospitals allowing Therapet visits. Ben has now been a Therapet for four years and is described by staff at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary as a “wonderful asset”.
Ben was featured on STV last Friday night and has his own Facebook page (Ben Mundie) with fans across the world already.
Altough Ben as a 10 year old has now cut back on his Therapet role, but has passed on some of his duties to his little brother Kobe, who is an enthusiastic pupil of his older brother.
Voting closes this Friday , September 5, so you still have time to vote for Ben by text: HERO13 to 87654, or register your vote online with STV on http://shows.stv.tv/real-heroes/voting/