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Loving Labrador becomes best friends with Exeter care home residents

Dogs are man’s best friend, and residents at the Masonic, RMBI Care Home, Cadogan Court, in Exeter, know this by experience. Once a week, they are delighted to meet Kobi, a 3.5 year-old Labrador who has been coming into the Home since he was just a puppy.

“Kobi’s got a lovely temperament and always brings a smile to residents faces! Especially when he shows us his soft toys,” says resident Ken. According to the staff, the affectionate dog always evokes memories for those residents who have had animals. This brings about plenty of stories about their own pets and mischiefs they may have gotten up to.

Home Manager Clare Walker, who happens to be Kobi’s owner, says: “It is always lovely to see the residents’ faces light up when Kobi comes around. He brings joy and calmness to our residents, which is wonderful for their mental health and wellbeing. Also, they are able to get very close and feel his breath and fur, and that is a particularly joyful experience for residents with visual problems.

Kobi can sometimes be found sitting in the Home Manager’s office. With a constant wag of his tail, he usually waits for petting or proudly shows whatever new toy he has in his mouth. “As my office is near the dining room, he has a stream of visitors at meal times. However, he can also be found running around, exploring the Home’s gardens” she says with a smile.

RMBI Home Cadogan Court, in Exeter, is run by RMBI Care Co., part of the Masonic Charitable Foundation. For more information, please visit: and

Resident Stuart, Ken (right), and care home manager Claire pet Kobi

About RMBI Care Co.
The RMBI Care Co. provides residential care, nursing care and residential dementia support to older Freemasons, their families and people in the wider community. They have been caring for older people for over 170 years and today support over 1,000 residents across 18 care homes in England and Wales with a focus on wellbeing and quality outcomes.

They treat each person as an individual, believe that everyone should be able to enjoy later life and stay as independent as possible. Above all, they live by values of kindness, support and trust.

RMBI Care Co. is part of the Masonic Charitable Foundation – Funded entirely through the generosity of Freemasons, their friends and families, the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) builds better lives by encouraging opportunity, promoting independence and improving wellbeing. For more information, please visit:

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