Widower admitted to care home with dementia reunites with Labrador after two years

Widower admitted to care home with dementia reunites with Labrador after two years

Having lost much of his family and friends, Lawrence Knight, 73, was “extremely upset” when he was admitted to a care home two years ago and wasn’t allowed to bring his dog with him

A widower who spent two years in care separated from his dog Millie has been re-united with his beloved pet.

Lawrence Knight, 73, was diagnosed with dementia and admitted to a care home in 2019.

But dogs were not allowed and his golden labrador, Millie, was put into a shelter.

Lawrence had been assessed as lacking capacity to make decisions in respect of his residence and care.

But legal firm Irwin Mitchell were instructed to represent him and after several hearings at the Court of Protection, secured new accommodation for him.

And now Lawrence and Millie are happily together once more.

His legal team also ensured he has the use of a wheelchair after he was mostly bed bound in his former care home.

Elizabeth Ridley, the specialist solicitor at Irwin Mitchell who represented him, said: “When Lawrence was admitted to the care home two years ago, he was extremely upset that he couldn’t bring Millie with him.

“After his wife passed away, Lawrence didn’t have many family or friends to visit him and so Millie was understandably of great importance to him.

“Due to the pandemic, contact between Lawrence and Millie was sadly stopped, but now she and Lawrence are living right next to a lake where she can run about as much as she wants.”

She added: “We are absolutely delighted to have been able to reunite them in such a lovely new setting.

“It was heart-warming to bring them back together and nice to have some positive news during such difficult times for all.”

Gail Howard, the manager of Lakeside Nursing Home in Standish, near Wigan, Greater Manchester, said: “Millie has become part of the Lakeside family since coming here, and brings happiness to all the residents in the home.”