October 13, 2012 7:30 AM

More senior living facilities are making room for pets

Shirley Skirvin’s retirement community has its share of grumblings about aches and pains. But Skirvin, 78, who lives with her husband, Sid, in an independent living facility, has found a reliable if unintentional way to coax her neighbors out of their gloom: walking the grounds with her 6-pound toy poodle, Spunky.

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