A 100-year-old has become Britain’s oldest dog adopter after taking in a fellow OAP – an elderly pooch that is 77 in canine years.
Marjorie Rigby is now living with says Paddy, her Patterdale Terrier – and has her in hysterics when he howls at the Coronation Street theme tune.
The centenarian who lives in Dukinfield, Gtr Manchester, with her daughter Angela Bottomley, re-homed Paddy from the Dog’s Trust.
She said: “Paddy makes us laugh every day.
“He is very funny. He howls along to the Coronation Street theme tune every single time it comes on and it’s one of my favourite programmes, so we have to mute the theme tune.
“He might be small, but he can definitely make himself heard.”
Marjorie told staff she was looking for an older, small dog who was full of fun but enjoyed a cuddle and an afternoon snooze.
Straight away staff knew that eleven-year-old Paddy was the ideal canine companion and the adorable pair are a perfect match for each other.
Marjorie added: “We have a lovely routine together.
“We all have breakfast and then it’s time for his first walk, unless it’s raining very hard as he doesn’t like the rain, so we have to wait until the weather improves.
“He loves his walks and when he gets back he is still full of life and likes to run around playing with his toys.
“He loves to be stroked and cuddled which is just what I wanted and in the afternoon we relax together, have an afternoon nap, then it’s time for walkies again and tea. It’s lovely.
“I knew I wanted a dog that was looking for a retirement home, who I could spoil, and Paddy is perfect.
“It’s lovely to see him so happy and he brings so much joy to us.
“It’s wonderful. We both have a spring in our step now.”
The only thing Marjorie leaves to her daughter is Paddy’s walks – which he had one in the morning and one again at tea time.
The 100-year-old’s love of dogs started with the family pet Bess, a black Labrador, she grew up with before she joined the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) when war broke out.
Marjorie would take information about enemy aircraft positions and plot them on a map so that German raids could be monitored during World War Two.
Just three days before the end of the war in Europe in May 1945, Marjorie married Charlie, a Desert Rat, who she was married to until he passed away in 2004.
Marjorie and Angela had another rescue dog, Shadow, who died aged fifteen, as well as several cats.
Now she says she feels a house isn’t a home without a pet.
She added: “None of it seems that long ago really.
“I still remember so much and me and Charlie had a wonderful life together, but some of my earliest memories are of Bess, a black Labrador, who my family had when I was a teenager.
“She was gorgeous and that was when my love of dogs started.”
Dawn Bishop, Dogs Trust Manchester Manager, says: “Sometimes things just work out perfectly and that was definitely the case when Marjorie met Paddy.
“Marjorie knew exactly what she was looking for in a four-legged friend and Paddy was the ideal match for her.
“We couldn’t believe it when she mentioned her age but that made us even more convinced they were a perfect pair because although they are both older, they both love life and have a twinkle in their eye.”
Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and cares for 15,000 dogs across its network of 20 rehoming centres in the UK.
The charity has a non-destruction policy and will never put a healthy dog to sleep.
Visit www.dogstrust.org.uk if you can re-home a pooch in need of a loving family.