Melva and Graham Husband with unreplaceable Benji.
Melva and Graham Husband with unreplaceable Benji.

Pet-friendly retirement

IMAGINE moving house and not being able to take a friend which, when your head is turned sleeps on the foot of your bed, knows when you’re upset without words passing your lips and has the ability to enlarge their eyes to mineralise scolding.

This was a scenario, which faced Warwick couple Melva and Graham Husband, and the thought of leaving Benji was unfathomable.

“When looking for a retirement home we went all over, even the Gold Coast, and most places didn’t allow pets,” Mrs Husband said.

“Benji has been with us for the past two and a half years so he’s part of our family.

Mr Husband knows how to dig in his heels, which can be attributed to a convict ancestor dating back to 1849 and a war veteran, so he wasn’t about to leave Benji behind.

“Regency Park allowed us to have pets and we lived in Albion Street for 17 years so we had a lot of friends in the area,” Mr Husband said.

“The concept of the village is remarkable. Everything has been thought of, things we often take for granted like large living areas and parking spaces but we were allow pets so that’s one big reason why we’re here.”



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