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Beagle is Newest Resident at Riderwood Retirement Community
Beagle is Newest Resident at Riderwood Retirement Community

SILVER SPRING, Md.  -- Riderwood, a continuing care retirement community in Silver Spring, MD, has a new part-time resident who can actually make delivery truck drivers exit their vehicles to greet her – and she never leaves paw prints on them.

 This particular resident is an eight-year-old beagle named Ginger who has completed her orientation to be a Pets on Wheels dog, which means she is officially approved to help in Renaissance Gardens, the extended care neighborhood located at Riderwood..

Ginger’s duties include visiting residents to help them build friendships. She also make residents and staff laugh and smile. Who knows…she might even help to lower blood pressures.

Ginger is owned by Karen Spicer, a Community Resources Coordinator at Riderwood who lives in Ellicott City, MD. Spicer met Ginger nearly four years ago when she began dog-sitting whenever Ginger’s family, who raised the dog from a pup, would go on vacation. Spicer’s friend (a wife and mother of four) thought up and offered a unique dog-sharing arrangement to her. Spicer became Ginger’s sole owner a few months ago.

Ginger, according to Spicer, is sweet, compliant and unusually obedient and quiet for a beagle. “She loves to tell people that they are great,” said Spicer. “She is great company for me. I am a better person for having her.”

Ginger has helped Spicer to build bonds with neighbors, as well as to talk with strangers. “One guy asked what her name is,” said Spicer. “ After I replied, ‘Ginger,’ he quipped, ‘She looks more like a Maryanne to me.’ We had a good laugh from that.