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Party for pooch raises funds for ElderDog in Truro

Amanda McLean and her son Brayden, 7, enjoy some outdoor play time with Simba. A four-year adoption party she recently held for the dog raised money for charity.
Amanda McLean and her son Brayden, 7, enjoy some outdoor play time with Simba. A four-year adoption party she recently held for the dog raised money for charity. - Lynn Curwin

NORTH RIVER, N.S.

When Amanda McLean saw how much her dog, Simba, was enjoying a Halloween party last year she decided she had to have a party especially for him. She rented space at the Douglas Street Recreation Centre to celebrate four years of having the dog as part of her family.

Family, friends and their children were all invited to the dog-themed party, and encouraged to bring donations for ElderDog instead of gifts.

“Simba was on cloud nine,” said McLean. “He was wiggling and smiling, and greeting everyone.

“Everything at the party was dog-themed. There was cereal that looked like puppy chow and sandwiches were cut in bone shapes.”

When she adopted Simba he was two years old. He had issues with anxiety so, instead of trying to approach him, she would wait for him to come up to her. The dog soon settled in, and today’s he’s happy to greet visitors and have them come into his home.

He goes to the Dirty Dog Shop for grooming, and it was while he was there that McLean mentioned she wanted the party to raise money for a charity.

“They suggested ElderDog so I learned more about it, and I think it’s a great organization,” she said. “It’s nice to be able to help the community and it’s important for kids to learn about giving. The party was a lot of fun for Simba and for the people.”

Simba’s party raised $50, which was presented to the Central Nova Pawd of ElderDog. ElderDog Canada is dedicated to ageing people, ageing dogs, and the connection they share. Volunteers help seniors who need assistance with their dogs and rehome dogs for seniors who can no longer keep them.

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