TED the dog is back doing his bit to brighten people’s days after being poorly himself.
The two-year-old spaniel-Labrador cross belongs to retired farmer Ray Chaplin, from Battisford, and together they visit homes for the elderly in the Stowmarket, Felixstowe and Ipswich areas.
But Ted had to take time off from his travels after he needed an operation to remove a piece of brussel sprout stalk which had become stuck in his gut.
Ray said: “Stowmarket Vet Group did an excellent job and he made a very quick recovery.
“One or two people asked what had happened when they saw him laying down and saw the scar.”
Ted is the third dog Ray has used on the visits over the past 10 years. Ray said: “My dog really helps me make friends.
“I’m very interested in people and writing. I’ve written three books of poetry which have raised money for Guide Dogs for the Blind, Hearing Dogs and my own work with tapes for the blind.”
He is a roving reporter for Stowmarket News Talk for the Blind. Ray has also made a DVD about his travels with his previous dog, a border collie called Murphy, and another on Suffolk Show as fund-raisers.
Ted is not yet an official Pets as Therapy (PAT) dog, so he cannot go into hospitals, but Ray is hoping to get him registered for that.