On Dec. 7, 2017, Life Care Center of Hendersonville, North Carolina, welcomed 12 dogs to the building for the facility’s Christmas Pet Parade.
The Hendersonville Kennel Club brought the canines, all service dogs, which paraded around the building. Several dogs and their handlers wore Christmas outfits.
“It was very touching to watch the residents respond to the parade,” said Dorothy Jeffery, activity director.
The Kennel Club has been bringing in dogs for weekly visits with patients for three years and started doing pet parades about nine months ago, showing off the animals quarterly or for holidays.
“I cannot describe the happiness I feel when I see the dogs come in the parade,” said resident Donna King. “They are very relaxing to me. I used to have a lot of animals when I was young. I love the extra spin the owners do when they bring them in. They are always dressed up like little children. I feel this is special and it shows me they love their animals just like they are their children.”