IT had been an off day for Kevin Rawlinson, the oxygen tank beside his bed already receiving good use.
But the biggest lift of the day wouldn't come from a tube or bottle.
It had four legs and a penchant for a belly rub.
When New Zealand hunterway Roy padded into Mr Rawlinson's room and plonked himself down, the 83-year-old's face lit up.
"Well hello there, this is a nice surprise," he said.
"You remind me of my old Labrador.
"I might just have to keep you here."
Few visitors to the Campbell Town Health and Community Centre illicit a response as joyous as five-year-old Roy and his owner, Jane Taylor.
The pair are part of the nationwide Delta Therapy Dogs program, and have been visiting aged care facilities for the past six months.
Mrs Taylor and Roy are one of seven Delta Dog pairings in the Launceston district, with 20 volunteers also based in the North- West and 18 in Hobart.
Mrs Taylor said she and Roy visit the Campbell Town facility once a month, while also dropping in regularly at Toosey aged care at Longford, where her mum lives.
"People start patting Roy, and they just light up," Mrs Taylor said.
"Roy gets them talking about things, and he reminds them of their own animals, parts of their life that are happy.
"It make them feel great, it makes me feel great - and I think Roy likes the attention."
The Australian Companion Animal Council says interaction with animals reduces blood pressure, assists with pain management, stimulates memory, and helps with problem solving.
Mrs Taylor said Roy had the perfect nature for being around people.
"He is so calm and gentle ... he just goes in and lays himself down in front of them and waits for a pat.
"You could probably use him for a pillow and he wouldn't mind."
Roy proved to be very popular in the community centre's social room this week.
The dice games and afternoon tea were put on hold and residents ruffled his fur like an old friend.
Roy nuzzled up to Betty Rigby and then Eric Williams, while inspiring Vi Leedham to break out into a rendition of Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me a Bow Wow.
"He is very intuitive, he knows which people are not in their rooms and who needs company the most," Mrs Taylor said.
The community centre's staff also fuss over Roy.
"Everyone really looks forward to seeing them both," said Robyn Ashman.
"It's one of the highlights of the month."
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