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Blind Shetland pony Smurf brings joy to care home residents

BySam Schofield

Oct 25, 2018

SMURF the blind Shetland has been visiting care home residents in Northumberland.

The 29-year-old pony trotted in to meet those living at The Oaks Care Home, in Blyth, for an animal therapy session.

Smurf’s owner, Lisa Walker, of Mini Pony Hire, took him on a walk around the home’s lounge to give residents a chance to meet and stroke him.

Lisa said: “It has been one of the nicest visits we’ve made with Smurf.

“All the residents have reacted so positively. It’s like a spark came on when they saw him.”

Resident Pearl Beaman said: “He is so very beautiful. I love him so much. I’ve had the best day of my life.”

Fellow resident Elsie Patterson added: “He is a lovely, calm soul.”

Ann Mielnik, home manager at The Oaks Care Home, said: “It’s been lovely to see one little pony bring so much joy to our residents.

“It was especially fantastic to see residents who are unable to communicate come to life as well as those who are on bed care joining in.”