Senior’s Center Adopts Deceased Resident’s Pooch

Mary Simpson
by Mary Simpson
When her elderly pet parent died, Izzy wasn’t sure where’d she go. But the Senior’s Center where the pair lived wanted to keep her on… as their new Furry Greeter!

While she isn’t on a government payroll, this lovable senior has just settled into a job for life at the Brookdale Kingston assisted living community in Kingston, Tennessee.

You see the 10-year-old canine named Izzy moved into Brookdale last fall with her senior pet parent, both expecting to live out their final days together. But sadly, fate prevailed and Izzy’s beloved owner passed away sooner than either expected. This loving and loyal companion was now alone.

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However this heartbreaking story has a fairy-tale ending. During their short stay at Brookdale, Izzy had slowly endeared herself to management and residents alike, strolling the halls, visiting offices and essentially networking as only a pooch can do.

When it was determined that her owner’s family simply couldn’t take in the now-orphaned dog, Izzy’s new family at Brookdale stepped up to the plate.

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Lesa Fuller, Brookdale Kingston’s sales and marketing manager confirmed “We realized her home was here with us and so she has stayed. The residents always want to know where Izzy is and what she’s doing. There’s never a shortage of people to pet her.”

Busy in her role as the “official welcome greeter” Izzy’s schedule is now chock-a-block with a litany of socials, parties and seasonal gatherings she is eagerly expected to attend.

Resident family member Gail Abner Baldwin comments, “Even my Mom who does not like animals has said how well behaved she is. Welcome home Izzy, we know you will give unconditional love to our family members.”

Mary Simpson
Mary Simpson

Sharing space with three seriously judgy Schnoodles and two felines who prefer to be left alone. #LivingMyBestLife

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