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Shetland pony Mr Kelloggs raises smiles as he trots into Highcliffe Nursing Home

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MR Kelloggs the Shetland pony brought unbridled joy to a Highcliffe care home’s residents when he trotted in.

Brought to Kingsley Healthcare’s Highcliffe Nursing Home by Burton-based Linking Hearts Therapy Horses, the unusual visitor toured the gardens, building and even some of the bedrooms.

Research has shown pet therapy’s benefits for care residents who have dementia or are bed-bound range from lifting moods to encouraging social interaction.

Mr Kelloggs and 93-year-old Ken Hull
Mr Kelloggs and 93-year-old Ken Hull

Home manager Tracey Millar praised Mr Kelloggs’ “magical connection” with its residents.

“Their smiles were so engaging and there was the odd kiss from Mr Kelloggs, who was so very well behaved,” she said.

Mr Kelloggs and resident Vera Smith
Mr Kelloggs and resident Vera Smith

Sharon Gledhill (57) runs Linking Hearts Therapy Horses with her daughter Megan (24).

She said it was "priceless" seeing residents’ faces light up at the sight of Mr Kelloggs – named after the Kelloggs factory near his former home in Wales.

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