A LOVABLE dog has become the latest team member at a care home.

Loki has joined staff at Care UK’s Cranford Grange in Mobberley.

The English Cocker Spaniel is already proving to be a bit hit.

His duties include being on hand for residents to fuss, walk or simply snuggle up with.

Having a dog encourages residents to spend time outdoors taking him for a walk, improving their physical fitness.

READ > Tatton Singers ready for first major concert since pandemic

Loki has impressed everyone with his ability to work alongside his owner, senior care assistant, Charley Ashton, and instantly brightens up the room whenever he walks in.

Knutsford Guardian: Charley Ashton, senior care assistant at Cranford Grange and owner of LokiCharley Ashton, senior care assistant at Cranford Grange and owner of Loki

Loki roams round the home, checking in on everyone and has rekindled happy memories for residents of having pets when they were were younger.

Resident Maureen Paton, best known as Mo,  said: ”I have always been a cat lover and had many cats over the years as pets.

“However, after meeting Loki and watching him grow from a puppy, I now love dogs.

“Loki makes me smile every time I see him and he is more than welcome to come and live with me in my suite at any time.”

Lisa Burrows, home manager at Cranford Grange, said: “Studies have shown that introducing dogs into care homes can help lift people’s mood and increase social interaction.

“Loki can often be found being fussed over by a resident, the home simply wouldn’t be the same without him.

“The human animal bond is powerful in promoting self-esteem and wellbeing.”