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Pet Friendly Assisted Living Resident: Kaydeene Salley

Dana Larsen
By Dana LarsenMay 2, 2012
kaydeene salley with her cat

Kaydeene Salley’s endearing story of family, mathematics and educating Victoria students. This lovely woman brings smiles to those who meet her and has a soft spot in her heart for her beloved cat, Little Orphan Annie.

Sunrise Senior Living at Hillcrest in Dallas, Texas is a pet friendly community that welcomes furry friends as companions for their senior citizens. One of their residents, Kaydeene Salley, lives at the community with her cat, Little Orphan Annie. Kaydeene and Little Orphan Annie are a cute duo and good example of how pet companions can be a great asset to not only golden years’ enjoyment, but also Dallas assisted living communities.

Learn more about this fascinating lady by reading her story below…

Read Kaydeene Salley’s Story: Math Guru, Teacher and Pet Enthusiast

Kaydeene was born in Victoria, Texas. She and her two sisters are part Irish, from their mom’s side, and proud of it. Kaydeene attended Texas Christian University in Arlington and University of Texas in Austin. (She is a Very Proud Aggie mom.) She majored in her passion: mathematics. Upon graduation she became a High School teacher in Victoria. She taught 7th, 8th and 9th grade but her favorite was the 7th grade. She preferred this grade because she could help her students fall in love with math. She taught them math songs that they would snap and chant as they entered her class everyday. She favored pre-algebra and taught many students who were top of their classes.

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She has one son, living in Dallas, and four grandchildren, all boys. Two of her grandsons have already graduated from college and one is on his way. She loves to talk about math to them!

She wanted to be closer to her family so decided to start looking at senior living options. Her requirement was a pet friendly environment. She has always had pets, loves dogs and cats. In her home in Victoria, she had an outside dog and a Himalayan cat. Unfortunately the Himalayan passed away and Kaydeene yearned for a new furry friend. One day she opened up her front door and a baby cat was at her doorstep in a box. She believes God brought her Little Orphan Annie. Kaydeene and Little Orphan Annie have lived at Sunrise of Hillcrest for two years. When Kaydeene is not sipping hot tea on the front porch or doing an activity, you can find her and Annie curled up watching TV or taking a nap side-by-side.

Dana Larsen
Dana Larsen

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