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Getting older isn’t always so easy.  Yes, we get wiser, but it can also be isolating as friends and relatives are no longer around or able to visit. However, sometimes, the perfect cure for a lonely heart can be found in a four-legged friend. Adopting an animal has been shown to help elderly people reduce stress, stay mentally stimulated, and increase social interactions and physical activity. In fact, having a pet, especially into old age, can even be good for your health. Studies show that people who have pets, have lower blood pressure, need fewer doctor visits, and even experience more overall happiness than those who do not. There’s certainly something to be said for simply scratching a cat’s ears, or taking a dog for a walk that can boost a person’s mood. Take this 90-year-old man, and his newly adopted dog, Penny, as an example.

Twitter user Jessica Amante shared some photos of her grandfather, who lives in an assisted living community, with Penny his pup, and the pictures have stolen the Internet’s heart.

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It’s clear this pair has a very special bond and Twitter thinks so too as the photos have been shared more than 41,000 times! Some people have even started replying to the tweets with happy tears. 

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Amante’s mother, Debbie, also shared photos of their sweet relationship, saying that the pair is inseparable.

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Animals prove to us over and over that love is the most important thing in our lives, no matter how old we get. We’re so glad to see that retirement centers, assisted living facilities, and nursing homes are also catching on to the benefits of animals being a part of their residents’ lives. Looking for a four-legged friend for an older family member in your life?  Check out these organizations that match animals with older pet parents: Senior Dogs 4 SeniorsMr. Mo ProjectPets for the ElderlyPurina Shelter Companions, and PAWS’ Seniors for Seniors.

All image source: Twitter

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74 comments on “90-Year-Old Man Breaks the Internet With Sweet Photos of His New Adopted Dog”

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Martha
4 Months Ago

They are both adorable.


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karen lyons kalmenson
4 Months Ago

love is and for that we are furever grateful


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john pasqua
4 Months Ago

great friends


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Christine
4 Months Ago

Excellent!


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Kate
4 Months Ago

I think dogs can help people in so many ways and are great for elderly people. I do think that people need to be conscious of the ages/energy levels/needs of dogs. My neighbor many years ago was given a husky puppy. This woman was not active and huskies need a lot of exercise and training. This man and his lively dog are obviously a good match. I hope they have many years a=together.


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Muriel Servaege
4 Months Ago

Beautiful pair with a beautiful story.


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Julie Livingston
1 Years Ago

This is the most beautiful story! He may live to 100. Can't anyone be happy and positive? If they die tomorrow, they will have known totally unconditional love and joy. I hate negative, pessimistic comments.


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Lauren Fowler
1 Years Ago

Kate-emily Fowler g + b!?


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Kate-emily Fowler
29 Mar 2016

OMG

Lauren Fowler
1 Years Ago

Kate-emily Fowler g + b!?


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Kate-emily Fowler
29 Mar 2016

OMG

Mawaddah Tellawi
1 Years Ago

Sooo heartwarming and reassuring. Just what I needed right now! Thanks so much for sharing ❤️


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