Grandmother with Alzheimer's Finally Gets The Furry Friend She's Always Wanted

June 27, 2018
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By Meredith Ganzman/Joe Cingrana

This was the surprise of a lifetime for a grandmother with Alzheimer's disease. 

Grandma Betty had been begging her husband for years for a furry friend, until he finally agreed and brought home a rescue named Fenton. 

"How many years have I wanted this? " grandma Betty exclaimed! 

Fenton's former foster owner even came along to send him off, saying "he’s very special to me, so I hope you take good care of him. "

Although his new family says they rescued this special pup, they know it’ll be Fenton who actually rescues their grandma Betty. 

In a post on Facebook, Betty's granddaughter Molly McManimie explained: "Heart bursting alert: my grandma has been begging my grandpa (and everyone else) to get a dog. It wasn’t until recently he agreed to it and the hunt was on. With some luck my family found Fenton, the perfect fit. Today my grandma was surprised to find out she is his new owner. This video makes everything she deals with health wise disappear for a little bit. He’s a rescue, but I really think in the end it’ll be him who rescued her (and my grandpa). Welcome to the McManifam, Fenton. --

In a blog post on Love What Matters, Molly says "It’s been extremely hard watching our 100-miles-a-minute grandma (and mother) slow down. She gets frustrated when she can’t remember things and you can see it in her eyes that she’s trying so hard to remain normal.

"We’re so happy my grandma has a new best friend. He has already found his happy place on her recliner next to her while she colors every day. He follows her around and knows his role already. When I asked my dad if grandma remembers his name, he said, 'No, but she remembers she loves him. That's all that matters.'"