PATIENTS at Nightingale House Hospice have been receiving visits from extra-special guests.

Two dogs, who go by the name of Taff and Meg, along with their owner Audrey Wilson, have become regular visitors to Nightingale House Hospice as part of the Pets as Therapy scheme.

Not only do the dogs provide patients and families with a distraction from the challenge of living with a life-limiting illness but they can be a source of great fun and prove therapeutic as people can enjoy companionship without questions or the need to talk.

Tracy Livingstone, director of nursing at the hospice, said: “We would like to give a special thank you to Audrey, who has been bringing the dogs to the hospice since January, we appreciate all of her hard work.

“I would also like to say a big thank you to Taff and Meg!”

Among those benefiting from the visits is farmer Ken Bellis of Ty Hir, Llandegla, near Wrexham, who featured in the Chronicle in August after his cow inadvertently saved his life.

Ken was knocked against a JCB Loadall by the cow and left in writhing pain.

Only later, after he lost all feeling in his legs, did he discover he had prostate cancer.

He is now regularly visiting Nightingale House Hospice’s day care unit and the physiotherapy unit.

For more information about the hospice, visit or call 01978 314292.