Gertie set out on an unusual objective after being adopted: to collect at least 1000 hugs before she left us forever. The purpose of this whole project is to give that ageing dog as much love and joy as possible - a lovely act and concept by its new owner, Kate. Of course, everything was done so that Gertie could enjoy everything. For example, if Gertie felt fatigued, the embracing would stop immediately and she would take a well-deserved rest. Everything was centred on Gertie and what she wanted at the time.
In the name of that project, a Facebook page was formed where followers could enjoy daily images of Gertie's happy moments in all the places she met people who were eager to share her joy. On her Facebook page, you can see how many people supported everything that occurred to her and how many messages of love and support were left for her in the comments. Her story got so far that it was covered in local newspapers in Anthem, Arizona. We hope that her story reached a large enough audience to raise awareness of older dogs and urge people to adopt.
Unfortunately, Gertie departed us forever in 2016, and you may see her final video below, which was recorded before she died:
This project's main goal was to promote awareness of older dogs, and dogs in general; how vital they are to our family members, and how they deserve to be loved in exchange for the unconditional love they give to us. Gertie was not with us in public, but she was with us long enough to spread love and joy to all the people she encountered along the way and who followed her on social media and other platforms.
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