It was raining paws, applause and dogs at the peak of fido fashiondom as Arcare Noosa aged care recently held its first ever Pet Parade for residents, family, and team members to enjoy.
Fifteen pups were invited to stroll the canine version of the cat-walk, the dog-walk, and each of the tongue-wagging travellers received a certificate of participation from resident Yvonne and a bag of special treats from resident Carolyn.
Residents Anne, CC, Kaye, Jean, Jeanette, Marion, Bonnie, Malcolm, Sandy and Carolyn handmade the yummy dog treats consisting of peanut butter and honey.
“It’s no secret that pets are an important part of our lives and to be able to facilitate an event like this was a delight,” lifestyle coordinator Cassandra said.
“Seeing the joy on our residents’ faces is unforgettable and it’s moments like these that make my job an absolute pleasure.”
Three of the pups were the residences very own therapy dogs who provide companionship to some of the residents.
“It was wonderful having all the dogs come to our home for the Pet Parade; it was such a happy day for all the residents,” Carolyn said.
She often travelled to the UK with her husband and would house and pet sit during their travels.
Her favourite dog breed is the golden retriever, and although she has never actually owned one of her own, she has loved several rescue dogs throughout her life.
Although Yvonne misses her own dog very much, she is now the very proud great-grandmother of 15-month-old, Bobby the Tenterfield Terrier, who strutted his stuff on the dog walk.
Residence manager Laura-Jo, who also brought her dog Harry in, shared how chuffed she was with how the day went.
“It was such a wonderful turnout of residents, some choosing to even watch from their balconies with a cup of tea, she said.
“We had residents who rarely choose to attend events that came and thoroughly enjoyed the Pet Parade.
“There were smiles all around from so many happy residents.”
After the pet parade, everyone was invited to the must-go post festivities treat — the ‘Puppy Hour’ for drinks and treats.