When Melani Andrews decided to adopt a shelter dog, she had a particular type in mind — she wanted the oldest dog at the shelter, and the one having the hardest time finding a home.
The last couple of years had been difficult for 72-year-old Andrews, who hails from Galt, California. First she lost her husband. Then she lost her beloved Staffordshire terrier, Lola, who’d been a huge comfort to her during tough times.
“I was feeling down and a little depressed,” Andrews told The Dodo. “My grandkids came over one night, and they said, ‘Grandma, you need somebody to keep you company. You can’t just sit around here all by yourself.”