Anyone travelling to or from the Gold Coast will see an adorable French Bulldog named Ranji roaming around the Gold Coast Airport terminal.
The lovable pooch is the newest addition to the airport’s therapy dog program and will join fellow therapy dog Gary, a golden Labrador cross who has been visiting the terminal three times a week since the program launched last December.
Gold Coast Airport Chief Operating Officer Marion Charlton says the initiative has been extremely successful, especially with young children and nervous flyers.
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“The response we get from our guests when they spot Gary in the terminal is incredible,” she said.
“I love seeing the smiles on people’s faces when they spot Ellen or Tom walking with Gary. Children love to come along and have a pat and a hug with Gary, so we’re delighted to expand the program with Ranji.”
The French Bulldog is no stranger to providing much-needed calmness to those who need it most, having been purchased as a puppy by the Macdonald family during the rehabilitation of their son following a workplace accident.
Ranji and his owner, Janet Macdonald, have undergone extensive training with a therapy dog provider ahead of the commencement of work in the terminal this week.
“We call Ranji our little earth angel,” she said.
“He has brought such love into our lives since we got him and has helped all of us to cope with the devastating effects of the trauma following my son’s accident. He literally goes everywhere with us and loves people.”
Ms Macdonald also knows Gold Coast Airport quite well, having previously worked in the terminal for five years before stepping aside to spend more time to help with her son’s recovery.
The Gold Coast Airport therapy dog program operates every morning in the terminal, from Monday to Friday.
Introducing Ranji… our newest team member who joined us in the terminal today as part of our expanded therapy dog program. Ranji, a gorgeous French Bulldog, loved his first day on the job!
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— Gold Coast Airport (@gcairport) September 24, 2019