Gretchen's family is still in mourning over her loss, but they're thankful for the years of kindness and joy Barboza brought to her — and is continuing to spread to others on her behalf.
Barboza admits that, when passing the Ciminos' home now, he has to remind himself that Gretchen is no longer there waiting for him. However, along with the treats he's handing out for her, Barboza's also carrying Gretchen's legacy in his heart:
"I still expect to see my old buddy Gretchen, but of course she’s not there anymore," he said, adding that, despite her passing, in some ways she'll always be around. "To me, dogs become a part of us."