Making new friends at home!

New home visiting referrals are coming in every week now and we’re working on getting the perfect matches out visiting safely as soon as possible.

The Wag 60 second interview with… Sean Churchill!

Sean Churchill, Regional Manager of Arco and new Trustee of Wag & Company explains Arco’s support for Wag!

Welcoming a new Corporate Friend..

ServiceMaster Tyne & Wear supporting Wag & Company!

Meet a Visiting Wag Team!

Here’s Nishara Urban and her Friendship Beagle, ‘Neptune’.

Winners of our Spring raffle!

Thanks so much to everyone who supported our Spring raffle which was drawn today! 526 tickets were sold, that’s £526 to support our lovely friendships across our North East communities. Massive thanks again to Arco: Experts In Safety, Emily from Kilo & co and Ruffwear for donating the fabulous prizes. Congratulations to our lucky winners,…

We’re recruiting for our Hexham based office team!

A Senior Administrator/Advisor needed to start in June.

Wag News : Spring 2021

Our latest newsletter was issued just before Easter! A lovely read!

Could your dog be a Friendship Dog? Assessor Karen Gibson tells how?

If you have a dog who is happy, friendly, confident and well behaved with good manners then your dog will not only go through the assessment successfully but they will also enjoy and be happy in the role of Wag Friendship Dog.  They don’t need to be obedience champions. 

Our new Covid-19 policy; emerging from Lockdown, one paw at a time!

We’ve just updated our Covid-19 policy, hopefully for the final time, showing our response to the Government’s 4 Step Plan. Slowly and cautiously, we are returning to visiting..

Mandy and Annie spreading joy at South Chowdene Care Home, Low Fell

The amazing ways our Volunteers and Wag Friendship Dogs offer a link to the outside world in these difficult days!

Spring raffle 2021 : Launching in March!

Watch this space for the launch of our Spring raffle!

Christmas Raffle 2020 : Lucky winners announced!

Thanks so much to everyone who supported our Christmas raffle! 617 tickets were sold, that’s £617 to support our lovely friendships in our North East communities.

Wag’s Chief Veterinary Advisor, Dr Tim Nuttall, on ear infections in dogs.

Chief Veterinary Advisor, Dr Tim Nuttall, is Head of Dermatology at the University of Edinburgh Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.

Wear Referrals becomes a Corporate Friend of Wag!

Wear Referrals is a leading small animal hospital based in Bradbury, Stockton-on-Tees and their much needed support will be enabling our special friendships to resume once the virus restrictions are over, ending loneliness for elderly dog lovers in the community.

Visiting Wag Team, Anita & Harry, visit Gordon & Gwen in Sunderland

Gordon and Gwen are very isolated, their family live away and after they lost their last dog, a much loved Alsatian, they’ve missed him terribly. Referred by The Essence Service in Sunderland who believe regular contact with a dog again and a chat with Anita too will make all the difference.

Visiting Wag Team, Karen & Woody, visit Wendy and Tom in Newcastle.

Wendy and her husband Tom have had dogs all their married life, border collies or labradors, but after their last dog died, neither of them were able to care for another dog of their own and they miss them terribly.

Visiting Wag Team, Lynne & Spud, visit Jim in Newcastle

Jim lives at home in Newcastle with his wife Jacqui. After they lost their beloved black Labrador it was no longer possible to have a dog of their own. Jim adores dogs and he whilst he has a soft toy dog which barks which he finds very comforting and therapeutic, the real thing in the form of cuddly Spud the Schnoodle, is a very welcome addition to the family!

Visiting Wag Team, Stephanie & Alfie, visit Doreen in Yarm

Steph and Alfie have been visiting Doreen since the beginning of May; initially visiting outside on a long lead. Doreen is really enjoyed her new friends.

Visiting Wag Team, Marilyn and Ted, visit Tom in Lynemouth

Wag volunteer, Sean Malone, had been keeping in touch with Tom regularly during Lockdown but unfortunately his dog Alfie is unwell; enter little Ted to pick up the mantle!

Visiting Wag Team, Sharon and Millie visit Winnie in Newcastle 

Since January 2020, Sharon and her Friendship Dog Millie have been visiting Winnie in Newcastle and as Terrie who referred Winnie to us said: It was love at first sight!

Rest in Peace, Mrs Jane Stobbart, who so loved her Friendship Dog, Max.

We were so very sorry to hear last week of the death of one of our older friends, Mrs Jane Stobbart from Sunderland much loved by Visiting Wag Team, Lynn Knight and Max.

Oscar granting a last request at St Cuthbert’s Hospice in Durham.

We felt so privileged to be able to help a family at this difficult time.

Visiting Wag Team, Liz and Milly visit Norman in Prudhoe

Since February 2019, Liz and Friendship Dog, Milly, have been visiting Norman in his own home in Prudhoe. 

Visiting Wag Team Debi and Poppy visit Joan in Newcastle City

We received a referral on the 23rd December for Joan who has a terminal illness in her own home in Newcastle City with 24/7 nursing care. Joan is completely bed ridden, has no family in the region and no-one to visit.

Visiting Wag Team Gemma and Bentley visit Lynn in Killingworth

Mrs Lynn Brennan was referred to us in August 2018 by her GP and also by St Oswald’s Hospice because of her severe arthritis; she has subsequently been diagnosed with chronic lung disease.

Visiting Wag Team Olivia and Kobe visit Ella near Durham City

Olivia and Kobe have been visiting Ella since January 2019. Ella has full time carers and a condition which confines her to a wheelchair which is very challenging for her.

Visiting Wag Team, Terry and Dotty visit Eddie in Bishop Auckland

Terry and his dog, Dotty, have been visiting the lovely Eddie in his own home in Bishop Auckland since November 2019 and they’ve built a beautiful friendship.

Visiting Wag Team Rachel and Ballet visit Ron and Cath in Cramlington

Since November 2017, Rachel and her labrador, Ballet, have been visiting Ron and Cath in their home in Cramlington.