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Devonshire at PGA National Celebrates National Pet Day with Doggy Diva Day

April 14, 2017

Pet-friendly retirement community celebrates man's best friend

Palm Beach Gardens, FL—National Pet Day is April 11 and what better way to celebrate it than to have a celebration honoring man's best friend.

Twelve dogs, owned by residents of Devonshire, a  retirement community located in Palm Beach Gardens, strutted their stuff and posed for the judges and audience.

"Devonshire is a pet-friendly retirement community, so we wanted to celebrate our four legged friends on National Pet Day," said Irene Malanga, Manager of Community Resources at Devonshire. "Pets, are for many, members of their family. We welcome residents who live and move into Devonshire to bring their pets with them."

The three-member, distinguished judges panel consisted of Jeff Berardelli, Lead Meteorologist from CBS 12; Sarah Peters, Community Reporter, The Palm Beach Post and Rebecca Wingardner, the daughter of Jim Wingardner, Devonshire's executive director.

They scored the dogs based on appearance, creativity, theme, execution and behavior.

1st Place : Darling of Devonshire:  "Maggie" owned by Devonshire resident June Fuhrman

2nd Place: Devonshire Diva:  "Joanie" owned by Devonshire resident Dellie  Rosen

3rd Place : Devonshire's Dandy:  Sara owned by Devonshire resident Dede Levinson

The winners received gift baskets in doggy bowls.

Devonshire at PGA National is an Erickson Living retirement community located in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Devonshire offers distinctive retirement living complete with spacious apartment homes, valet services and concierge support, premier dining venues, and convenient access to health services, all located just minutes from Southeast Florida's best shopping, dining, and cultural activities. Additional information on Devonshire can be found at