Annual Halloween Pet Parade at Greenspring Will Be Held on October 29

Residents and staff will parade nearly 40 dogs in costume at Greenspring retirement community. A special guest will also give a presentation on how service dogs can help those with physical and cognitive disabilities.

WHAT:  The annual Halloween Pet Parade will be held at Greenspring on Saturday, October 29.  In years past, the parade venue at Greenspring has been "standing room only," as an audience of Greenspring residents, family, and staff watch a parade of costumed pets prance by!  The parade is sponsored by the Dogs of Greenspring resident club at the community.  This year, the Parade of Pets will feature a variety of dogs from Shetland Sheepdogs to Cavachons to Australian Terriers. Finally, a presentation from Canine Partners for Life will bring the program to a close.  The organization is a "non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to training service dogs, home companion dogs, and residential companion dogs to assist individuals who have a wide range of physical and cognitive disabilities."  The presentation will be given by Sharon Tarlono; her dog, Chuck Wagon, helps her to complete everyday activities such as putting her shoes on.  She will give a presentation on how dogs in the Canine Partners for Lifeprogram can help those with disabilities. WHEN:  Saturday, October 29, 2:00 pm WHERE: Greenspring Hunters Crossing Conference Center 7430 Spring Village Drive Springfield, VA 22150 CONTACT:  Please contact Jessica McKay at 703-923-4690 orjessica.mckay@erickson.com should you wish to cover the event and/or take photos.  The event is open to media. ABOUT GREENSPRING:  Greenspring, one of 16 Erickson Living full-service retirement communities, is situated on a scenic 108-acre campus in Springfield, Virginia.  The community is home to 2000 residents, many of which reside in the 1405 independent living units.  At Greenspring, a robust complement of resident programs and facilities promote an engaged, fulfilling lifestyle that is reflected in resident satisfaction levels that exceed the industry average.  Life at Greenspring offers a true sense of community and is an exciting alternative to the typical retirement community.  Additional information about Greenspring can be found atwww.ericksonliving.com.