Visiting Wag Team Steph and Friendship Dog Finn visit John in Ayresome Court near Stockton on Tees.

Visiting Wag Team Steph and Finn the Golden Retriever have been bringing lots of hugs, happiness and smiles to the residents at Ayresome court in Stockton since 2020.

Earlier this year, they met John who was staying at Ayresome Court following a partial leg amputation.  John struck up a real bond with Finn straight away and looked forward to his visits so much he rearranged his weekly rehabilitation sessions so that he could spend more time with Finn.
On leaving Ayresome court John said to Steph:

“So, just so you know, I’m finally going home tomorrow, with all due excitement/nervousness that entails… but I wanted to tell you that visits with you and Finn have been the absolute highlight of my time there, and you were a massive part of how well my recovery has gone. So thank you so much for all your support, please give Finn an extra large hug from me!”

So special to see the difference Visiting Wag Teams like Steph and Finn can make to people during difficult times.



  1. Stephanie Evans on 3rd July 2023 at 3:51 pm

    We hope to meet up with John soon now that he has settle back in to life at home, and learning how to walk again with this prosthetic limb. We will keep you updated and hopefully get a few photos of their reunion. He also me Alfie, so I’ll probably take both of the boys along. We’re really looking forward to it!

    • Diane Morton on 7th August 2023 at 7:20 pm

      What a lovely thought!

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