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Monday, 10 April 2017 01:00

Izzy the elderly dog finds a home in a senior living facility

For the elderly, owning a pet can have very positive effects on overall health. Pets are excellent carers as they are stress reducers and can help increase physical activity and lower blood pressure. Pets can also have a wonderful effect on an elderly person’s emotional well-being by alleviating loneliness.

For residents of Brookdale Kingston Senior Living, Izzy, a medium sized elderly dog, provides love and comfort to all the residents. Izzy moved in to the home with her owner, who died shortly afterwards. Her owner had no family who could take her, and even if he did, the residents were adamant that Izzy stay.


She needed us, as much as we needed her

In the short time she was there before she lost her owner, Izzy endeared herself to all the residents and quickly became a welcome fixture, for the benefit of having a home where she was taken care of, as well as for the benefit of the residents who take care of her. Despite having cataracts, Izzy has impeccable hearing, and will rush to greet any visitor who arrives at the door.

In an article in USA today, Lesa Fuller, Brookdale’s marketing and sales manager said “When (Izzy’s owner) died, we just didn’t even have a second thought about what would happen to Izzy. We knew immediately she had to stay with us because we had already gotten so attached to her. You know, we rescued her but she really rescued us.”

Izzy isn’t Brookdale’s only four-legged resident, there are four cats and a dachshund that live there too, except they stay with their owners as Brookdale is a pet-friendly living facility. The downside to Izzy living with so many “owners” is that she gets showered with treats. Residents had to be cautioned against overfeeding her once after she got sick with a stomach-ache.

What happens if Izzy is no longer able to stay at the home? “One of us would take her, for sure,” Fuller said, referring to Brookdale’s nurses and carers who love her just as much as the residents do.

 

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