Our old friend Pike returned to prowl the corridors of Northwick Park Hospital this week.
Pike earned his dog biscuits working as a Pets as Therapy dog but is enjoying retirement nowadays with owner and hospital consultant Richard Nicholl.
The elderly labradoodle dropped in again to see staff and patients and drew a crowd of admirers when he made a pitstop in the main corridor.
Dr Nicholl said: “He remembers the hospital so enjoyed coming back for a visit. He’s quite the attraction and the patients really enjoy interacting with.”
One thing passers-by did have to be careful about was food.
Richard added: “He’s got a legendary appetite. I have to watch him in work because he will think someone has left a Tapas out for his convenience.
“He’s very clever and will pretend to be asleep and, when your back is turned, the food will be gone.”
It was a hard-earned lesson for the Nicol family when a younger Pike wolfed down a whole salmon on Christmas Day.