The cutest Halloween parade ever
by Andrea Powell, HPCCR Marketing Manager
I saw Batman last week. Also, Superman, a couple of bees, a butterfly, a princess, a wide receiver, and a handsome sailor. It’s October so you know where this is going, don’t you? Of course. It was a Halloween costume contest with small, wiggly participants; no different from the ones you see everywhere this time of year. Except for one thing — these participants all had tails.
I joined a cast of characters at Brookdale Place, an assisted living center in Rock Hill, SC served by our Fort Mill office, Hospice & Palliative Care Palmetto Region. We were there to entertain the residents with some adorable dogs in even more adorable costumes. The dogs were able to meet and greet each other in the parking lot beforehand so as to avoid any scuffles inside (which totally worked) and they were all surprisingly well-behaved once show time arrived.
The residents were gathered in the common room, circled around a large open area where, one by one, the dogs displayed their finest. There was a small panel of judges at the front of the room, taking notes and enthusiastically eyeing each dog as they took their turn being admired. The residents oohed and aahed and clapped loudly; the dogs strutted around, enjoying the attention.
Everyone received a certificate of appreciation for attendance, but winners ultimately had to be chosen (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place). And then the furry children and their humans had to hurry out the door because the day was not yet done. They repeated this process three more times over the next several hours, creating a very memorable morning for residents at Brookdale Place, White Oak Manor, Spring Arbor Assisted Living, and HarborChase of Rock Hill.
Batman won at Brookdale Place. Don’t get me wrong — he was totally deserving of the honor (you could eat him up, he was so cute), but I could have sworn I saw him give an exaggerated wink to one of the judges as he pranced on by.
Check out more pictures from the Halloween parade on our Facebook page!
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