Pet pig hogs the attention on visit to owner’s care home

Tony Eaglestone said it was ‘lovely’ to see Blanket at Francis Court care home in Crawley.

Pet pig hogs the attention on visit to owner’s care home

An animal-loving care home resident has been surprised with a visit from his pet pig.

Tony Eaglestone was delighted to see Blanket the pig after staff at Francis Court care home in Crawley, West Sussex, arranged the unusual visit with his family.

Mr Eaglestone said: “Blanket is much friendlier than many of the dogs I have had over the years.

Resident Tony Eaglestone with his favourite pet, Blanket the pig
Tony Eaglestone said it was ‘lovely to receive a visit from Blanket the pig (Care UK/PA)

Blanket spent an afternoon at the home, receiving cuddles and treats from the residents as well as taking a stroll around the garden.

Mr Eaglestone was raised on a farm and kept farm animals throughout his life, with pigs his favourite.

Blanket’s visit was the first time Mr Eaglestone had seen his porcine friend in six months.

Blanket the Pig enjoys a cuddle from resident Jennifer
Blanket received cuddles and treats from the residents (Care UK/PA)

“Being in the company of animals has proven therapeutic benefits for older people, particularly for those living with dementia, as it can reduce anxiety, release calming endorphins, and decrease feelings of loneliness.

“You could see from the residents’ reactions just how engaged they were when Blanket was around.”

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