Great-grandad reunited with Labrador after year apart

William Allan got to hug his best friend Archie, owned by son Craig, after a pet ban at his care home was lifted.

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An 88-year-old care home resident has been reunited with a Labrador he calls his ‘best friend’ after a year apart.

Great-grandad William Allan got to hug Archie, a six-and-a-half year old black Lab owned by his son, Craig.

A ban on visiting pets had been enforced at Tor Na Dee care home in Aberdeen for the past year.

But Archie was delighted to be back for a surprise visit with his police officer owner.

Father-of-three William, who has four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, has a special bond with Archie after the dog found him after he suffered a series of strokes.

Care home manager Maureen Barrett said: “Studies have shown that animals can help lift people’s mood and increase social interaction, as well as provide companionship for older people.

“William has really missed Archie, especially as they share such a close bond, and it was wonderful to see them finally reunited in the garden.

“Judging by Archie’s wagging tail and obvious excitement to see William again, we think he’s happy to be back too.”