In the News: Senior citizens visit their canine counterparts for Christmas

Two Princeton Seniors Petting Senior Dog

Brandywine Living Princeton visited Marty’s Place Senior Dog Sanctuary for a spirited “Paw-liday” Party.

Princeton, NJ/ December 22, 2019/ NJ.com — Brandywine resident Mary Hemmer loves being around dogs so this day was a special treat for her. “I’ve always had a dog all my life”  she says. “And if I had my own house again, I’d have some.”

Each dog took a turn coming in for pets.

“I love doggies… they’re beautiful. I just love ’em and I love when I can pet them and they like when I pet them. This is wonderful. They’re all so cute.”

Resident Sheldon Sutcliff described being around the dogs as “Very freeing of the normal kind of routine we would go through.” Adding “The dogs are a real life-giving thing to those of us in a certain situation in our lives and the dogs bring the life back to us.”

“Welcoming seniors has become a tradition at Marty’s Place,” said Doreen Jakubcak, founder and director of the senior dog sanctuary. “The party is such a heartwarming event that benefits both people and dogs. What better time to experience so much comfort and joy than during the Holidays?”

So the seven seniors came bearing gifts and as they emptied their bags their hearts were filled.

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