The unconditional love of animals
THIS gorgeous leggy greyhound named Tara has a special place in the heart of St Francis Aged Care resident Marcia McCallum.
For a few hours every Monday, Marcia and Tara have their time.
They snuggle, they sleep together, they give each other love.
And that is what it is all about.
Tara's owner, Pam Holmes, of Grafton Animal Rescue, has been bringing her beautiful canine for weekly visits with Marcia and her fellow residents at St Francis for three years.
No stranger to the unconditional love which animals selflessly give to so many people, Pam believes animal companionship can fill any lonely void in a person's life, put a smile on their face and fill their lives with an abundance of happiness.
"Animals give us so much love and so much to love in our lives," Pam said.
"The presence and affection of an animal is great therapy for people as well because they give such beautiful companionship.
"Tara is an affectionate, gentle soul and she and Marcia do everything together. Tara loves her and I think she believes herself to be Marcia's dog. Being with Tara is Marcia's favourite time of the week."
According to Marcia's relative Ian Drinkwater, Mondays are now known by the large St Francis family as Tara Day.
"Everyone at the home loves Tara because she is a placid, loving companion," he said.
"She gives Marcia a tactile comfort when Marcia lies down and strokes her.
"Tara is loved by everyone at St Francis. Animals are such wonderful company for people. It's all about giving them love."