Jerri McCutheon, from Montana never thought she’d own another dog. At the age of 73 she thought it would be too much work to take care of another living animal, but thanks to her loving grand daughter, Minnie the Chihuahua is now a part of McCutheon’s life, in a big way.
“I swore that I wouldn’t have another dog,” she told ABC. “I just thought, ‘I can’t do this anymore at age 73. I just can’t go through that.’”
McCutheon had a dog, a Chihuahua-Pomeranian mix that lived with McCutheon for 11 years. Bandi, the dog passed away last year leaving McCutheon heart broken and alone.
McCutheon’s granddaughter, Breanna Meuchel could tell her grandmother needed another dog. She wasn’t the same after her beloved, Bandi passed.
“She’d say, ‘Nana, you look so sad. I think you need another puppy,’” McCutcheon said.
Meuchel, McCutheon’s granddaughter, took action and went on the hunt for a new dog.
“Back even before Christmas, I started looking at all of the humane societies to try to find her one for Christmas. My theory is, adopt, don’t shop. But I never really found anything. It wasn’t until I looked at the Missoula Human Society and found Minnie. The very next day I went up to meet her. Shortly after, I had my grandma go up and look at her.”
Minnie and McCutheon had an instant connection the minute they met. The staff at the Missoula Humane Society captured these beautiful photos of their first meeting, which quickly went viral after they shared them on their Facebook page.
“Life is beautiful, and we’re grateful to these two wonderful ladies for reminding us of that,” the shelter wrote on Facebook, “Congratulations, Minnie, on finding your human soul mate.”
“This little girl is starved for love and I’ve got it to give,” McCutcheon said of her new pup, who is estimated to be about 10 years old. “When I take them, I take them for life. She’s probably the most loving dog, and I’ve had several. We’re going through some learning processes but that’s what makes it work.”
Minnie and McCutheon have been living together for several days now and are getting along quite well. They are the perfect match. Minnie has made herself right at home.
“She’s just skipping around,” said McCutcheon. And she’s claimed the couch. It used to be mine, but it’s hers now.
“She brings back that presence in my home I didn’t recognize was gone,” McCutcheon said. “Now the house doesn’t feel as empty. I haven’t had anyone to talk to. It was a void and she has filled that.”
See more pets available for adoption at the Humane Society of Western Montana. Their “Seniors for Seniors” program waives the adoption fee of animals seven years or older for adopters older than 60.