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Pet pals

Life at Linden Ponds wouldn’t be the same without man’s best friend

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November 4th, 2016
Natalie Shaughnessy helps to organize Linden Ponds’ dog club, which provides resources and social activities for dog owners at the Hingham, Mass., Erickson Living community.

Natalie Shaughnessy helps to organize Linden Ponds’ dog club, which provides resources and social activities for dog owners at the Hingham, Mass., Erickson Living community.

There are 1,200 active older adults living at Linden Ponds, and the Erickson Living community in Hingham, Mass., is also a happy home for at least 30 pets. 

When people move to the community and bring their furry family members along with them, the “pet parents” tend to gravitate to one another. In fact, there’s even a resident dog club.

Natalie Shaughnessy, who lives at Linden Ponds with her miniature poodle Pookie, is one of the organizers of the dog club. She says the group gets together for dinner a few times a year in one of the community’s private dining rooms.

“We don’t have our dogs with us at dinner, but we do have special treats that we give people to take home to them,” Natalie says.  

Topics of interest

The dog club also hosts speakers on topics of interest to pet owners. For instance, Natalie says they have had a local pet store owner come and talk about healthy foods and special diets for dogs, a dog trainer and behavior counselor who worked with some of the resident canines, and someone who talked about service dogs for blind and deaf people. 

The members of the dog club also help each other out. Natalie says they organize volunteer dog walkers to help fellow residents who are under the weather. The group also enjoys getting to know one another over walks on Linden Ponds’ picturesque grounds.

“We have plenty of walking space here, which is wonderful,” Natalie says. “We have an enclosed dog park, and in the summer we keep water and toys there for the dogs.”

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