Products for People with Dementia: Golden Pup Review

Product: Joy For All Companion Pets Golden Pup

Price: $129.99

Cheapest/Best Place to Buy: 

Size: Approximately 9 inches tall, 8 inches wide, and weighs 4-5 pounds

Guarantee: You can return the item for any reason in new and unused condition and get a full refund for zero shipping charges.

My Rating: 10 out of 10


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“How much is that doggie in the window?

The one with the waggly tail

How much is that doggie in the window?

I do hope that doggie’s for sale.” (#1 Hit recorded by Patti Page on December 18, 1952).


Golden Pup has soft, smooth, golden fur, bright eyes and always looks as if he is smiling. State of the art barkback technology allows him to respond to voices. Puppy-like movements, including tail wagging, soft bark, thumping heartbeat, opening and closing his eyes and tilting his head to watch you, make him a fun and engaging companion. The red bandana around his neck adds to his sweet and friendly personality. 

Personal Experience

I started out with some lines from a popular 1950s song because it seems to fit this cute little guy. ‘Precious’ is the name my residents gave our community pup. I bought him just after Christmas in the hopes he could cheer up a very sad and depressed 93-year-old lady, Jennie who kept asking for her mama.

She has since passed away, but I am so glad Precious was Jennie’s companion during the last weeks of her life. 

Many times during the holidays (Christmas and New Years), Jennie would ask me if I’d seen her mother. She desperately look for her mom and cried a lot and begged to go home. She was depressed, afraid and confused. The need for reassurance, to belong to her surroundings and feel useful made her desperate for relief. But she couldn’t connect.

Precious was the answer. 

Jennie’s children were so surprised when I told them how attached she was to the pup. I showed them pictures on my phone because they were so skeptical. According to her middle-aged children and other family members, Jennie had never liked dogs or cats.

But Jennie talked to to Precious for long periods of time. She’d kiss his nose and then laugh when his head or tail moved. And the look of amazement on her face when he barked was priceless. The pup was nothing short of a miracle, because we saw smiles and heard laughter again. 

My Recommendation

What I like:

  • Golden Pup is well-made, sturdy, easy to care for, and backed by guarantee. 
  • Puppy is soft and furry, and has a friendly face.
  • He fits nicely in arms or on a lap.
  • Whenever Precious is out in the community (not in someone’s room), he’s surrounded by 3-4-5 doting, cooing residents.
  • Motions and sounds, including wagging tail, moving head, blinking eyes, heartbeat, and barking provide enjoyment for seniors and encourage physical and emotional interaction. 
  • Moods are improved, life quality is enhanced for people with dementia. 
  • The price is reasonable because the pup lasts a long time.
  • When you don’t want to use motions and sound features, you simply switch pup off to save battery life.
  • Batteries included when Pup arrives. They are easy to replace.  
  • Ageless Innovation is a global company with a solid rep.
  • Joy For All companion pets won a caregiver friendly award.

To be honest, I have to think hard to come up with something I don’t like:

  • Sometimes people are surprised that Precious is hard in places; you can feel his framework through his fur. But people still cuddle him.  And my residents have never complained. 
  • If you are going to introduce this pup in a memory care community, you may have problems with ideas of ownership and sharing. 

I have ordered another pup to join Precious and the 4 robotic cats on the premises. My rating is 10 out of 10. 

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