James Middleton Just Took His Therapy Dog As His Date To GQ Awards

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Plus-ones at award ceremonies don’t get any cuter than this.

James Middleton, the youthful brother of the Duchess of Cambridge (previously often called Kate Middleton), attended the GQ Males of the Yr Awards in London on Tuesday and introduced a superb date: his cocker spaniel Ella, an excellent lady who’s additionally a educated remedy canine.

“I feel I ought to win the award for the very best date for the GQ males of the 12 months awards 🐾 🏆,” he captioned a number of images of the pair on Instagram.

Middleton appeared dapper in a burgundy velvet jacket and a bow tie, whereas Ella rocked a tartan skirt-vest with “Pets as Remedy” written on it. Middleton is an envoy for Pets As Remedy, a U.Ok. charity offering therapeutic pet visits to care properties, hospitals and colleges.

James Middleton and Ella arrive on the red carpet of GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 at Tate Modern London.

James Middleton and Ella arrive on the pink carpet of GQ Males Of The Yr Awards 2019 at Tate Fashionable London.

Ella turned a remedy canine final 12 months, based on Middleton’s Instagram.

“Animals can present a way of calm, consolation, or security and divert consideration away from a disturbing scenario and towards one that gives pleasure,” he posted in December 2018. “I’m an enormous believer on this and Ella has performed a lot for me.”

Although famously non-public (we don’t know a lot about him, aside from the truth that he owns some type of marshmallow firm), Middleton has spoken candidly about his psychological well being just lately. He’s additionally talked about how his 5 pups, Ella, Zulu, Inka, Luna and Mabel, have helped him address despair.

“Basically inside me I understand how a lot the canine helped me. I discover it simpler speaking to the canine than I generally do to people,” he informed The Normal final month, noting that Ella accompanied him to his remedy periods.

Based on the Mayo Clinic, animal-assisted remedy can cut back ache and anxiousness in folks dealing with a spread of well being challenges, from most cancers sufferers to veterans experiencing post-traumatic stress dysfunction. You may see a remedy pet cheering up folks in nursing properties or kids’s hospitals or, nowadays, supplying consolation to a group after a mass taking pictures.

(Remedy canine aren’t the identical as service canine, who’re educated for particular duties or duties to help an individual with a incapacity. Right here’s a useful explainer on the distinction between the 2.)

Remedy pets work laborious, however judging from Ella’s instance, they play laborious, too. Like several proud canine dad, Middleton’s Instagram is stuffed with pics of him and his pets having fun with their downtime. Typically, they’re swimming:

Typically, they’re crusing:

And generally, they’re simply trying dashing as heck for a trend magazine editorial:

Doggone cute, no?

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