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Strutting their stuff

Pet parade brings owners together

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November 23rd, 2009
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[caption id="attachment_6823" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Paula Longo s dog, Sunny, is close to her heart. (Photos by Erica Koizim)"][/caption] There wasn t a shortage of strutting, smiling, and wagging at Cedar Crest s recent pet parade. The yearly event, held in the Woodland Commons Clubhouse, gave the 80 pet owners on campus an opportunity to show off their pets and allowed everyone to make some new friends. We wanted to showcase the other great residents that live at Cedar Crest the pets, says Amy Helmer, Cedar Crest s community resources lead coordinator. Helmer brought her 5-monthold schnauzer, Mona, to the parade. Sy Arnstein, owner of an energetic and sprightly Norfolk terrier named Oscar, also took part. The parade provided the chance to mingle with all the other pet owners, Arnstein says. Owning a pet is wonderful because so many people our age have lost people they are close with, and these pets help you keep going. They are always there for you. They are loyal friends and give you a reason to wake up each morning. You look forward to seeing them. Oscar is a great companion. Arnstein and his furry friend, who have been together for eight years, plan to participate in next year s parade too.

Pets for the people

Paula Longo, the owner of Sunny, a Chihuahua, says she has been a dog owner for years. Research shows having a pet is great for the human spirit because it gets you thinking about someone else instead of being selfish all the time, she says. People atCedar Crestare active with clubs, volunteering, and other things, but having something that you re responsible for and that you have to take care of is great for your soul. [caption id="attachment_6820" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Doris Anzalone smiles at her Chihuahua, Tia."][/caption] Longo takes her responsibility very seriously. I am constantly interacting with Sunny, she says. They say that pets have the mentality of a young child and can understand a lot of what we are saying. I definitely see that in Sunny. He has a fantastic personality. You know from the sounds he makes and his responses to your commands that he understands a lot. Longo says she and Sunny share another important trait: I think we are a lot alike. We both had a really good time at the pet parade. We re both outgoing, social, and love being around people.

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