A RESIDENTIAL home’s response to Crufts is set in place today, as it seeks to bring joy to residents.
Colne House Care Home in Earls Colne is hosting its own mini-Crufts event for its residents, as they continue to host fun events post-pandemic.
Colne House event planner Angie Caldwell, 45, said the idea appeared to involve the community in the house.
She said: ‘We just want to get more involved in the community, now things are opening up and we’re allowed in, it can get lonely when you don’t see a lot of faces.
“There are also a lot of dog lovers here, and the residents react very well to these events.
“We even have a resident here who went to Crufts years ago too.”
The event will last 90 minutes and members of the public will be invited to come with their prized pooches to impress them and introduce them to the residents.
Angie added: “There will be a small walk around the house, where the owners and their dogs can meet the residents.
“Then residents will give rosettes to their favorite dogs.
“It’s just an informal, relaxed event, and like I said, it’s more about connecting with the community and welcoming the animals.
“The community response has been great, so it should be really lovely.”
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The event is part of an ongoing reintroduction to the community, where the house is looking to do lots of fun activities for its residents.
Angie said: “We have lots of events and activities with everyone here.
“We have seated exercises, like music, singing, bingo and arts and crafts.
“They all made pizza the other week, sometimes we garden too.
“We also do a few outings, so once a month we go to the Halstead cinema for their dementia-friendly screenings.”
The Crufts at Home event will take place on Thursday, March 10.
To get involved in the mini-Crufts event, call the house on 01787 222227 on the Facebook page.