Senior Dog Named Gertie Wants 1,000 Hugs Before She Passes

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.

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