In partnership with residents from Brookdale Green Hills Cumberland assisted living community, a delicious way to give back to the Nashville community was produced. The residents of the Brookdale Green Hills Cumberland reveled in getting hands deep in dough and ribbons to share the love of dogs within the Nashville community. The ambitious efforts scheduled by Brookdale Green Hills Cumberland and Tails of the Trail promote meaningful activities for the residents and awareness about deserving shelter dogs in need of affection and forever homes.
At the end of June, residents baked 500 dog treats and then hand wrapped them all into bags for Nashville’s summer concert series, Musician’s Corner. The “pawsitive” dog treat bags were then passed out to community attendees who visited Dogville with their personal pets and leisurely enjoyed the event’s live music, food trucks, artisans, and dog and kid activities. Middle Tennessee Boxer Rescue, a Tails of the Trail rescue partner, also joined in the fun by helping pass out the dog treats while showing off their adoptable Boxers. Musician’s Corner is the first Tails of the Trail event showcasing the new partnership with Brookdale Green Hills Cumberland.
Not only did the dogs visiting Musician’s Corner and the kind friends of Tails of the Trail benefit from this effort, but also the residents were likely impacted the most. Seniors within assisted living communities have given up many of the activities they once enjoyed and did with ease, which can be a challenging adjustment. The pawsitive dog treats not only provide a purposeful and meaningful activity but also offer the opportunity to socialize with others and alleviate stress. The residents enjoyed each other’s company as they mixed ingredients and tied bows while reminiscing over cherished memories. The dog treats are a true labor of love that create multiple moments of success…and opportunities that transform confusion to clarity. This aligns with the goals of Tails of the Trail which offers weekly community outreach activities, pairing hikers with shelter dogs, for much needed exercise and socialization, ultimately reducing both human and canine stress.
This newly founded partnership has created multiple moments of success for seniors and shelter dogs alike. Stay tuned for more exciting happenings!