We were asked to help the respite carer of a 93-year old woman with advanced dementia by providing an additional activity for both of them. We initiated visits from an Our Special Friends volunteer with her dog, Maisie. The visits have been very well received by the client, her family, her carers and the care provider and have continued for two years. Feedback from the carer is that Maisie's visits 'bring her (the client) to life'. Through our interaction with other health-based organisations, a domestic help was also introduced to the client and, overall, our involvement has led to increased collaboration with the care services provided. It has also led to increased social interaction for both the client and the carer.