WHEN Angel walks in to Bethlehem Aged Care Home it takes her 15 minutes to just get past the front desk.
The therapy dog is popular with residents, staff and families alike, and everyone wants a pat.
The home celebrated Angel's upcoming 11th birthday on Tuesday with a Hawaiian themed party.
It was a particularly special event as Angel will soon retire.
Lifestyle coordinator Kylie Paxton said a therapy dog was a great way for residents to reminisce, as they could not bring their pets with them into aged care.
Angel also brought sensory benefits and social interaction to residents, Ms Paxton said. While residents have a pat of her, they'll always have a chat with her handler too.
"They look forward to seeing her every week," Ms Paxton said.
"It takes the residents minds of the ailments they have. It's a great way to draw residents out of their room and get them interacting with Angel and conversing with Mary at the same time."
Angel has visited Bethlehem for about three years. At the age of 11, she's approaching the standard retirement age.
But her handler is training another golden retriever to take her place in the home.
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