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Man’s best friend has bred companionship in Mackay

Breezes residents enjoy a stroll with their pups

A shared love of man’s best friend is helping forge new friendships and promote wellbeing among residents at Bolton Clarke’s Breezes Retirement Village.

Paw pals Keisha, Comet and Ruby are part of a larger group of 11 dogs who join their owners for daily walks around the village.

Breeds at Breezes include Dachshund, Miniature Fox Terrier, Toy Poodle, Maltese Shih Tzu cross and Terrier Mix with Pekingese and Cavoodle.

Breezes resident Sally has lived in the village for 13 years and says her Bichon Frise Keisha loves chasing the tails of neighbour’s dogs Comet and Ruby.

Sally said she walks about a kilometre daily with fellow residents Narelle (Comet) and Errol (Ruby) around the village past the mailboxes and orchard.

“The dogs promote friendship, fitness, menu planning and socialisation among us all,” she says.

“We often meet up with people afterwards.

“The three of us walk around while our fur babies are spoiled enroute with treats as they enjoy their daily exercise.

“We talk about everything and anything and for the dogs, it’s become like their happy hour.”

Sally says there are many flow-on benefits to having a pet such as fostering positive mental health.

“Keisha is part of my surrogate family and calms me if I’m feeling anxious,” she says.

“A dog offers security, companionship and helps motivate you to exercise.”

Fellow dog walker Errol has lived in the village for 12 months and says he has quickly met new friends thanks to his pooch.

“Meeting up with the ladies here has got me involved in the village and I talk to a lot of other people I wouldn’t have talked to otherwise,” he says.

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