Beaudesert aged care residents take comfort from their black labrador after he is promoted to chief of happiness

Lilian Key is delighted to have a cuddle with Angus.

Lilian Key is delighted to have a cuddle with Angus.

BEAUDESERT residents living at aged care facility Whiddon Star are reaping the benefits of a failed canine career after it gave them their live-in chief of happiness officer, Angus.

At one time the black labrador was on track for a career as a guide dog but his love of food and his inability to resist a tasty treat earned him the sack.

Staff and residents at Whiddon Beaudesert Star were more than pleased to offer Angus a position as chief happiness officer.

The aged care facility's activities co-ordinator Robert Campbell said Angus had fit right in to life at Whiddon and had taken up residence in the newly refurbished Fern wing.

Pam Barlow gets a visit from Angus and activities co-ordinator Robert Campbell.

Pam Barlow gets a visit from Angus and activities co-ordinator Robert Campbell.

"He couldn't control his eating so at the end of the day he didn't make the grade as a guide dog but we do monitor his food here," he said.

"He has his own care plan and we try to restrict treats to apple and carrot.

"The activities staff includes him in activities and now that we have a proper harness for him he can now go on bus trips with the residents."

Mr Campbell said Angus' role in the Creature Comforts program was as a pet therapist, and he took his responsibilities seriously, helping reduce stress and social isolation in Whiddon Beaudesert Star residents.

Whiddon resident Bob Ames with Angus.

Whiddon resident Bob Ames with Angus.

Dog lover and long term Whiddon resident Bob Ames said Angus was a Godsend after he and his wife had to relinquish their own dog when they moved into the aged care facility.

"For as long as I can remember I've had a dog, we gave our dog to a little girl when we came in here and as soon as I saw this Angus I knew he was a beauty," he said.

"He gives me happiness, as soon as I wake up in the morning I look for Angus and we go for a walk around the place visiting people and cheering them up.

"Everybody loves Angus."

Lilian Key and Angus

Lilian Key and Angus