Making Fur-Ever Friends At Wellington Bay’s First Dog Show

Wellington Bay residents enjoy the show. Photo by Artie Lynnworth

Wellington Bay and Lisbet Assisted Living residents and their dogs had a ball at the community’s first-ever dog show “For the Love of Dogs” on Thursday, Feb. 29.

Dog owners and dog lovers alike came out to participate in the festivities, which included contests for Best Rescue Story, Best Old Timer and Dog Most Like Their Owner.

But as every dog owner knows, they’re all good boys and girls, so every participant went home with a prize. Additionally, attendees also had a chance to enter a raffle with items sponsored by Fairytails Mobile Pet Spa, Dog Training Elite, Pet Supplies Plus, Jake’s Pet Supply and Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming.

“Wellington Bay is a pet-friendly community, which is exciting because it’s a big decision for seniors to move from their own home to a senior living community, and the last thing anyone would want to do is leave their beloved pet,” said Jay Mikosch, Wellington Bay’s campus director. “The fact that we are pet friendly on the independent living side, as well as the assisted living side, just fosters that continued relationship between person and pet.”

In addition to allowing proud owners to show off their beloved pups, the event offered seniors a chance to interact with one another and learn more about the pet services in the area.

“There are so many studies on pets and seniors about how pet ownership can help lower blood pressure, improve mood and contribute to overall well-being,” Mikosch said. “We are excited that our entire community is welcoming and accepting of pets. Here at Wellington Bay, we believe in being a community that is inclusive of everyone — independent living, assisted, memory care. We are all here together.”