Seniors and shelter pets can make great companions – Chico Enterprise Record

Mary Gibson has always had dogs. When the last one died, she felt the loss.

“I had always known about the (Butte) Humane Society, and had donated to it. I went there and looked around,” said Gibson, 93. “My son took me. I knew Boomer was the one. All the other dogs walked away from the fence, but my son noticed, this dog stayed by the fence, by me.”

That was a year ago, and Gibson adopted Boomer. “He’s about 8 or 9 years old. I couldn’t manage a puppy now. Boomer was his name and I figured he’d been through enough; I just kept his name.”

The humane society didn’t know a lot about Boomer’s background, except that he’d been a stray and then lived with a homeless woman for a while. But Gibson says Boomer has been the perfect pet.

“I’ve had pedigreed dogs before, dogs with papers, but none of them compare to the behavior and loyalty of Boomer, the mixed breed I got from the shelter.

“He sticks by me, follows me everywhere. And he’s very calm,” she said. “Boomer is a nice companion.”

Gibson’s daughter has two Labradors, and they get along OK with Boomer, too.

Boomer has a comfy life, Gibson sees to that. He has a bed on the patio, and one next to her bed. When a visitor mentions that Boomer is lucky that Gibson found him, she says, “I feel very lucky, too. He’s such a nice boy. I depend on him — he lets me know when he wants to eat. And he gets me moving. I walk him every morning.”

She jokes about a less obvious advantage of having Boomer around. “Now I can say ‘I’m not talking to myself — I’m talking to my dog’.”

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