4 Hounds Who Make Holiday Retirement Better
At Holiday Retirement, our dog-friendly policy means that we consider four-pawed pals part of our family. Playful pups provide residents many health benefits
. Plus, these loveable furballs help residents find new meaning for the dog days of summer - ones with a few more cold noses and wet tongues.
We recently collected stories from residents across the country to showcase how pets are a big part of life at Holiday Retirement. Among the accounts are heartwarming “tails” of brand-new buds, happy hounds, reluctant Rovers and fashionable Fidos. The thread through all these of the stories is how our canine residents add joy and plenty of puppy kisses to many of our communities.
Somebody to Love - Gaylen and Sinclair
Some residents move into a Holiday community with their pets. For others like Gaylen, an Army veteran, and resident at Holiday Retirement’s Eagle Crest
, finding a furry friend happens after they settle into their new home.
From the day Gaylen moved in, one of his favorite activities has been spending time with the therapy dogs from the Peabo ‘n Woolie Foundation. The organization’s founder took notice.
One day, she asked Gaylen if he would want to adopt one of the foundation’s dogs. Sinclair, an eight-year-old black lab, needed a new home because her family had to give her up. Gaylen welcomed Sinclair into his life that very day, and the two have since become inseparable – Sinclair is basically Gaylen’s shadow. “She came into my life at the right time and gave me somebody to love,” Gaylen said.
The Way to a Dog’s Heart Is Through Her Stomach - Marsha and Niki
Just as with humans, sometimes a little something tasty is just the thing to break the ice with dogs. At least that’s how it worked for Marsha and her Jack Russell mix, Niki.
When Marsha and Niki first moved into Holiday Retirement’s Emerald Pond
, Niki was a little hesitant with the other residents. Her new neighbors were excited to get to know her, but this cautious canine kept her distance. She wasn’t unfriendly; just shy.
Luckily for Niki, the pet-loving residents of Emerald Pond didn’t give up. Many residents started carrying around dog treats to win the pup over – and their strategy proved to be a huge success!
Niki now basks in the attention of her new friends and seems to know exactly who has treats. Anyone visiting the community today will see the little dog making her rounds, wandering from door to door looking for biscuits and other goodies.
Mr. Popularity - Gilbert and Eileen and Sammy
If there’s one thing about Gilbert and Eileen’s 10-year-old dog Sammy, it’s that he’s easy to love. Sammy moved into Holiday Retirement’s Woodlands Village
with the couple and has been a community favorite ever since.
Gilbert says many of his and Eileen’s conversations with other residents revolve around Sammy. This will come as no surprise for anyone who has spent time at the Woodlands since the pup is the consummate community greeter.
During his daily walk, Sammy excitedly greets every resident he comes across. Gilbert described the routine like this: “Sammy runs up to anyone he sees, rolls over on his back with his legs akimbo and his tail wagging, and waits to have his tummy rubbed.” It works, every time.
Sammy is relentless in his mission to greet everyone. He can often be found running in the halls of the community looking for anyone who will give him a scratch behind the ear. Some people pick him up and try to carry him back home, but he’ll wriggle out of their arms, determined to fulfill his self-appointed job as community greeter. Sammy’s energy and ever-loving nature ensure that no one stays a stranger for long at Woodlands Village.
A Perfectly Posh Pooch - Betty and Brandie
Betty is a longtime dog lover. She’s had many sweet Scotties over the years, seven in all. So when she moved into Holiday Retirement’s Creekside Terrace
, she knew a dog would be part of her life.
Enter Brandie. Betty has been her proud “mama” for five years after rescuing Brandie from a local humane society. Even though Betty was a loyal Scottie lover through and through, Brandie, a Yorkie terrier mix, won her over. “She was perfect! I picked her, and she picked me,” said Betty of their first encounter.
Betty and Brandie have been two peas in a pod ever since - two very fashionable peas, that is. Thanks to Betty, Brandie has 35 different outfits! So she’s in style no matter the season.
Beyond her fabulous fashions, it’s Brandie’s friendly nature that makes her much loved by her neighbors. She won Creekside’s Best Dog Award, and some call her the community’s four-legged ambassador.
At Holiday Retirement, we know family comes in all shapes and sizes and numbers of legs, so we make it easy for residents to bring - or find - a furry friend. It’s all part of the Holiday touch
Are you and your pet ready to make a move? Get in touch and find out how living at Holiday Retirement will help you thrive.