For the past two years, patients in Tasmania’s palliative care services have been treated to the regular company of Tilly the six-year-old King schnauzer.
The adorable pup is a staff and patient favourite across Launceston’s hospice facilities. Tilly’s commitment to the cause has been recently recognised with the Tasmanian Outstanding Palliative Care Award.
Though it’s not for the awards that she or her owner, Edwina Colvin, have been volunteering.
“People who have often had dogs and like dogs, but have become more elderly miss having a pet around them,” Ms Colvin said.
“It’s a comfort that they have an animal that is relaxed and happy around them.”