Bailey is a presence like no other

Bailey the greyhound with staff Alison Freer (lifestyle coordinator assistant), Tracey Wyatt (lifestyle coordinator) and director of care Lesley Smith.

Bailey the greyhound with staff Alison Freer (lifestyle coordinator assistant), Tracey Wyatt (lifestyle coordinator) and director of care Lesley Smith.

Each morning the residents at Gilbert Valley Senior Citizens Home are greeted and start the day off with a smile thanks to Bailey, the Greyhound Adoption Program dog.

He's visited each resident, said g'day to the staff and wandered the corridors of the establishment for the past 10 years.

They all know his traits - the best one being that he brings a smile to each and every person's face.

But they also know not to leave their food treats about the place, as he will sniff them out.

Bailey was the first GAP dog to be placed into a nursing home to help both residents and staff to enjoy the companionship.

Director of Care at GVSCH Lesley Smith said it was her idea all those years ago to introduce a GAP dog into the facility. She spoke with the board and they agreed - it's been the best decision they've made.

"He lights up their lives (the residents) and if they are having a bad day, they see him and they start to smile," Ms Smith said.

Bailey's height allows him to rest his head upon the lap of residents, while his caring, gentle and nurturing nature sees them interact with him on a regular basis.

He's known as resident 28 throughout the home, as there's 27 people plus him.

"He does know the day of the week, too," Ms Smith said.

With roast day on a Wednesday, Bailey hits up the kitchen staff for a slice or two of roast (he gets three meals a day) before retiring to one of his many beds throughout the facility.

Bailey's also been caught, red-handed, with a block of chocolate he sniffed out from one of the resident's rooms.

Ms Smith said his presence had inspired a number of people to look into, or go on to foster a greyhound through the GAP program.

"They are very loyal and very intelligent. They are the most amazing breed of dog..." she said.

Bailey was a race dog, used to living life a little more fast-paced before he stepped foot into Jennie Alcorn's home as part of the GAP and then into the GVSCH.

For more information on the GAP program visit: gapsa.org.au