Meet Critter Rosa’s Pet

tuttleHi this is Anthony Diaz with Rosa’s Chante Assisted Living. Many assisted living homes bring animals to help residents feel good. That is because study after study has shown that pets can be therapeutic. Did you know that only 15 minutes bonding with an animal starts a reaction in the brain? Time with pets lower levels of the fight-or-flight hormone, known as cortisol, thus increasing production of the feel-good hormone serotonin. The result: heart rate, blood pressure and stress levels immediately drop. So what happens once it drops? Good news is that it can lower cholesterol levels, fight depression and may even help protect against heart disease and stroke. This is one of the best natural medications out there; good diet, great pets and lots of laughter.

We here at Rosa’s Chante have a very unique pet that our residents bond to. His name is Critter and he is a desert tortoise. He has a companion that is half the size and her name is Rocks. She and Critter could get up to 250 pounds.
Critter is very friendly. You can catch him wondering outside going back and forth and at rather fast speeds. He seems to be casing out the residents, and it is obvious the residents love him.

Residents get the biggest kick out of watch Critter eat. Normally, he will eat in the dining room with them. He certainly lets the residents know when he is hungry by banging on the glass doors to come in and eat. He also will bang on the glass when he is ready to go outside.

Critter loves nothing more than a nice can of peas placed on a mat. The residents often can be found giggling or smiling and the green face that Critter wears after he finishing eating his peas. He enjoys all sorts of food like a half a head of cabbage or an entire squash and the residents love the laughter it provides.

No we do not have dogs or fuzzy furry animals. We have desert tortoises that make our residents giggle, laugh, follow them, and share the stories about how Critter gets peas all over his face. We do things different here, and our residential pets are one way we provide hours and hours of laughter and comfort to our residents.


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