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Mary’s Message: We Love Our Pets

Dear Residents, Families and Friends,

You all have become very familiar with Our Promise to “love and care for your family as we do our own.” But we also Promise to love and care for your pets as we do our own!

It brings us so much joy to see both our residents’ and visitors’ pets out and about. Pet lovers can all agree that furry friends have a positive impact on their life. Pet therapy is widely used to contribute to social, emotional and overall well-being for seniors.

Last month, residents enjoyed a visit from a 7-month-old puppy named “RitchieBoy,” who is being trained to be a service dog for America’s VetDogs. Our guest from the program, Deborah, gave a presentation on America’s VetDogs, and explained the training process for them to become Service Dogs or Therapy Dogs for Veterans. Residents each cuddled up with RitchieBoy, tossed a ball, and watched him learn tricks from his trainer. There was a smile on everyone’s face and it and brought so much joy to our residents!

As another way to honor our love for pets, we recently created a pet memorial in front of our Highlands Building for some of our beloved pets who have passed away. Residents gathered to unveil the memorial stones and share stories about how these furry friends have positively impacted their lives. Our treasured pets will always be a part of the KP Family!

I want to give a special shoutout to two of our Highlands residents, Rachel and Jay, who dog-sit and walk many of our KP dogs. Most recently, they agreed to take care of a dog whose owner lives at KP but is currently in the hospital. We are so appreciative of Rachel and Jay and their love for animals.

We welcome all pets at Kensington Park, so feel free to bring yours! We just ask that you provide us with up-to-date pet vaccination records.

Wishing you all a fun and healthy summer, and a Happy Fourth of July!

Warmly,
Mary

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