post-title Local Senior Living Community Celebrated Freedom with a Patriotic Dog Parade

Local Senior Living Community Celebrated Freedom with a Patriotic Dog Parade

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Local Senior Living Community Celebrated Freedom with a Patriotic Dog Parade

I’m a little late in running this story, but it still needs to be told.

Earlier this month, on July 4, the residents and staff of Presbyterian Village North celebrated Independence Day by hosting a patriotic pooch parade at their facility. This was the community’s 7th year to have this event, which was started by resident Joe Nall’s wife Rosie.

“My wife Rosie started the dog parade in 2007 when the dog park at Presbyterian Village North first opened, as a way to celebrate this new area of campus as well as a fun reason to dress up our dogs for the holiday,” Joe said. “Now, seven years later, all of us residents still enjoy dressing up and walking our dogs in the parade. Some of our men who golf even decorated their golf carts and drove them in the parade too. It has turned into a huge event for us.  We especially appreciate how dining services prepared root beer floats for us and homemade dog cookies and dog popsicles for our four-legged friends to enjoy at the end of the parade in the dog park.”

Yes. Golf carts and root beer floats. Can it really get any better than that?

Why, yes it can. Because of all the amazing dogs in their red, white, and blue outfits and accessories. And because of the fact that the dogs do so much for the residents and their well-being.

“We are very proud that so many of our residents have dogs that live on campus with them,” said Lisa Englander, independent living life enrichment manager at Presbyterian Village North. “Dogs truly are man’s best friend and our residents consider their pets as part of the family. Research shows that seniors with pets have less anxiety. One of our residents here had her blood pressure taken, and then we let her dog sit in her lap. We took her blood pressure again while she petted her dog, and it went down! We love all of our animals here and are excited that the residents and staff got to share their love of pets in this special Fourth of July celebration.”

Thank you to Presbyterian Village North for having such a great pet-friendly policy at your facility, and for understanding the deep bonds between people and their pets!

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