However, Ms. Gertrude (that’s Gertie, for all you humans) loves to keep things simple and, well, cozy. Some senior dogs appreciate the flare of extravagant bucket lists. This 14-year-old purebred “Who Knows What,” as her mother refers to her, is on a straightforward yet lofty quest: she wants to get 1,000 hugs.
In the 107-degree heat of Arizona, Gertie and her young canine brother Pablo were left behind at a McDonald’s. Despite a popular Facebook appeal, no one volunteered to house the couple. Gertie was already 12 years old, and Pablo the Chihuahua wasn’t the best with people.