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'Max and my dog Truffle got on straight away, chasing each other and rolling and tumbling together getting plenty of exercise... I also hit it off with Sonja who was, like me, a chef. We talked a lot after walking dogs over a cuppa...'


Carole's story on how she became a volunteer dog walker with OSF.


Jan's volunteer story since her registration in March 2017.


Thank you OSF for giving Flora and Willow the opportunity to share their wonderful personalities and support the patients and staff at Wedgwood.


(The important one!)

Volunteering for OSF has changed my life. When I am wearing my bandana I know I am off to work but, of course, I have to take my human with me. Each new visit is exciting as I have no idea who will open the door.


We all know the joy that having a dog in the family can bring. Most owners understand the importance of exercise to the wellbeing of their dog but the need for mental stimulation is often overlooked.


Another story from a volunteer revealing that we have a star among us! Well, to be accurate, Gail's dogs were the stars.


In writing this article, I am hoping to explain about my relationship with animals past and present, and how I am involved with OSF. I also wanted to demonstrate personally my own experiences so far to prove the importance of dogs in our lives.


The reasons for volunteering are many and varied and there is always something in it for the prospective volunteer but sometimes the path through to volunteering can be 'unusual'!