Lifestyle

One pampered pooch

Regency Park resident Graeme Parkinson and employee Jodie Bygroves with new village superstar Marley.
Regency Park resident Graeme Parkinson and employee Jodie Bygroves with new village superstar Marley. Kerri Burns-Taylor

REGENCY Park has a new resident and she is already proving to be the most popular girl in the village.

Marley the maltese-cross has taken up digs at the retirement village for residents who want a pet without all the responsibility.

Village policy allows residents to bring existing pets with them when they move in, however no new pets are allowed.

Marley, who was rescued from an animal shelter, gives the residents the opportunity to walk a pet, bathe it and shower it with love... with no strings attached.

There are no medical bills, no feeding responsibilities - other than the stray piece of sausage she scores from residents' plates - and no need to find a pet sitter when heading off on holidays.

Resident Graeme Parkinson said Marley was a great companion, especially since he had been widowed just months ago.

"I think it is great to have her here. I like to take her for walks and we go around the block and I introduce her to everyone," he said.

Mr Parkinson said Marley had even been the guest of honour at village barbecues and had spent time socialising with the other 10 pets of residents.

Village employee Jodie Bygroves often took Marley to visit residents and said the pooch was happy to comply with the residents' ideas about what to do together.

"I take her around to meet the residents and a lot of them just enjoy the company of Marley," she said.

"I went to pick her up from a resident's home one afternoon and I peeked in the back door and here they were asleep on the couch together.

"So I just left them there together for a while longer."

Regency Park assistant manager Noo Shepherd said residents had taken to their new friend extremely well and enjoyed playing an active role in her care.

"Residents have responded very positively to Marley and there have been lots of walks, treats and bath times," she said. "She is definitely a lap dog."

Marley spends each Wednesday, Thursday and Friday being pampered by residents.

Topics:  dog, regency park, retirement village




A clean river is a healthy system

The weir by the Warwick skate bowl is a popular spot for native birds and trolleys.

A bin of rubbish found in the Condamine River at Warwick

New mental health plan for remote areas

News

Remote areas to get a new mental health plan

40 years of helping the Warwick community

MILESTONE: Wendy Abbott (front right) is congratulated by her colleagues Janet Reid, Michelle Forrest, (a/director  OT) Jacinta Fromm, and Warwick Hospital Director of Nursing Anita Bolton.

40 years of practice at Warwick Hospital

Latest deals and offers

Morgan Freeman asks: are we alone? Why do humans exist?

Morgan Freeman in Through the Wormhole. Photo: Discovery Science

Question all you thought you knew, on Foxtel.

Five new things to see and do at this year's Muster

There's already plenty of fun to be had at the XXXX bar.

Here are five new things to see and do at this year's Gympie Muster

You are going to Falls for this music line-up

CONFIRMED: Local artist Bernard Fanning is part of the line up for Falls Festival Byron Bay.

The line-up and ticket purchase details have been announced.

Rio 2016: So how many watched, tweeted it?

Jessica Fox in action during the Rio Games.

Tweets about #Rio2016 were viewed a staggering number of times

Thorsome: Anthony Hopkins in Brisbane

Sir Anthony Hopkins talks with Tom Hiddleston on the set of Thor: Raganok. Photo:  Jess Moller-Nielsen

Premier calls for extra tax relief for big movie makers in Qld

Zumbo crashes TV ratings race as Survivor viewership slips

Gigi Falanga and Adriano Zumbo star in the TV series Zumbo's Just Desserts.

DESSERT show delivers post-Olympics win for Channel 7.

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Coast building approvals at seven-year high: report

The the 2015/16 Development Indicators Annual Highlights Report documents local development activity that took place during the last financial year.

New report shows increasing development on the Sunshine Coast

Top honours for Mackay and Whitsunday builders

The Kerrisdale Gardens property from Paynter Dixon Queensland which won them Project of the Year.

Mackay and Whitsunday builders awarded top honours last night.

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.

Developer announces plans for prime 1.2km beach frontage

An artist's impression of the development.

Developer announces plans for 1.2km beach frontage

Take a sneak peek at this $19m Whitsunday mansion

Mandalay House features a private helipad.

Mandalay is currently on the market with an asking price of $19m