A woman who loves pure dogs
The 100-year-old California woman has always loved dogs as pets, she has eight Pekingese. She recently adopted Gucci, an 11-year-old Chihuahua.
“I just love him,” Carrington said.
After Carrington’s previous dog, Rocky, passed away, her house was eerily quiet. They were concerned that a shelter might not allow an elderly woman to adopt a pet when she mentioned it to her daughter Debbie Carrington.
Thankfully, one of their Moss Beach neighbors volunteers with the Muttville Senior Dog Rescue Team in San Francisco and feels the group can support. It turned out that Gucci, then known as Gnocchi, had just been rescued from a hoarding situation involving 22 dogs.
The puppy seems to be getting ready to live alone in a home where it can receive a lot of love and care.
Eddie Martinez, Johanna Carrington’s carer, has promised to take Gucci for a walk every day and assist with his care as a condition of adoption. Gucci’s adoptive mother drove the little dog to see Carrington on September 2, and she was immediately at home on her own.
“He came to the house like he had been here before. Carrington said. “He saw me sitting in a chair, jumped up and sat on my lap. He made me very, very comfortable. It was just our baby right then and there.”
She gave her new friend toys that he loved to buy, and she also massaged his back while they both watched TV. Gucci likes to make a nest in their bedding at night.
Carrington hopes to have a good time with Gucci this December when she turns 101. She “absolutely” believes spending time with dogs is one of the secrets to a good life. happy and long, even if she considers her longevity a healthy lifestyle (she has never had a cigarette or even a sip of wine).
She said: “Animals bring so much happiness to our home. “Unbelievable.”
Gucci isn’t a problem because he’s well behaved and still has enough energy to use the stairs in Carrington’s house. He seems to be the kind of dog that likes to live alone in a house.
“He was a very soulful little guy,” Ensor said. “It’s really a matchmaking process.”
Using technology to navigate the adoption process is one way family, friends, neighbors and caregivers can support seniors looking to adopt a dog, according to Ensor. Many animal rescue organizations have used social media, especially during the pandemic, to connect adoptable pets with people. These connections already include virtual meet and greets and home checks via FaceTime or Zoom.
“Helping potential high-end users handle the technology can be the first step,” she says.
Debbie Carrington found it very rewarding to help her mother adopt Gucci from Muttville through the Seniors program. The older dog has been housed so they don’t have to worry about mess, and since it has no teeth, they won’t need to spend money on additional dental care.
But mostly, it’s “heartwarming” to witness the pair’s close relationship.
Debbie Carrington said: “After she lost her other dog, it was really sad here. “It was quiet and sad, and then Gucci brought joy into the house. Laughing about him running around and doing funny things, and then him also sleeping on her lap when she lays on the recliner or sleeps in his bed, it just makes her so happy. “