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West Hartford Students Throw Birthday Bash for Beau the Therapy Dog

Residents of Belden Forest Court in Simsbury wore dog masks at a birthday party they threw for Beau the therapy dog on Valentine’s Day. Students from the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford and Beau’s doggie friend Bella joined the festivities. Submitted photo
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Beau’s Birthday Bash was celebrated by students from the American School for the Deaf and residents of Belden Forest Court in Simsbury.


The residents of Belden Forest Court showed their love for therapy dog Beau by throwing him a birthday bash on Valentine’s Day. Joining the celebration were students from the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford who also enjoy visits from the friendly Basset/Lab dog. Beau’s best friend, a Highland Terrier named Bella, was there as part of her pet therapy training.

Beau the therapy dog couldn’t wait to dig into his birthday cupcake at a party thrown in his honor on Valentine’s Day by the residents of Belden Forest Court in Simsbury. His owner, Simsbury resident Marilyn Douglas, brings Beau for regular visits. Submitted photo

“Beau has really become beloved part of our little community,” said Tony Uanino Jr., Director of Operations at Belden Forest Court in Simsbury. “We wanted to show our appreciation for him and his owner and volunteer, Marilyn Douglas with Tails Of Joy, who visit regularly.”

The residents were treated to a presentation from five teenaged girls from the school who demonstrated how they have taught Beau to respond to sign language. They also showed Belden Forest residents how to “sign” their names. The students also brought hand-made crafts and Valentines for residents and a gift for Beau.

“This gathering demonstrates the positive impact of therapy dogs and their volunteers. Diverse members of the community came together to have fun and learn from each other because of this common bond. Two of our residents who speak sign language were conversing with the students and made them feel at home,” added Uanino.

Belden Forest Court is an independent living community for ages 55+ planned for the safety, convenience and dignity of its residents. Located at 40 Firetown Road Simsbury, CT, it is situated on ten park-like acres convenient to the center of town. Units are available to buy or rent. Please visit or call 860-651-0438 for more information.

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