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100-year-old woman becomes Dogs Trust Manchester's oldest ever adopter

Marjorie and Paddy celebrating her 100th birthday. Credit: Dogs Trust Manchester.

A 100-year-old woman from Stockport has adopted an 'Old Age Pooch' in need of a new home.

Staff at Dogs Trust Manchester were delighted when Marjorie Rigby and her daughter, Angela Bottomley, visited the Denton-based rehoming centre in search of a new companion.

They told the team they were looking for an older, small dog who was full of fun but enjoyed a cuddle and an afternoon snooze. Straight away staff knew they had the ideal canine companion - eleven-year-old Patterdale Terrier, Paddy.

Marjorie, who was born in Stockport and now lives in Dukinfield with Angela, says Paddy, who is 77 years old in dog years, has settled in perfectly and she can’t imagine life without him.

Marjorie says Paddy makes her laugh every day. Credit: Dogs Trust Manchester.

We have a lovely routine together. We all have breakfast and then it’s time for his first walk, unless it’s raining very hard as he doesn’t like the rain, so we have to wait until the weather improves! He loves his walks and when he gets back he is still full of life and likes to run around playing with his toys.

He loves to be stroked and cuddled which is just what I wanted and in the afternoon we relax together, have an afternoon nap, then it’s time for walkies again and tea. It’s lovely.

I knew I wanted a dog that was looking for a retirement home, who I could spoil, and Paddy is perfect. It’s lovely to see him so happy and he brings so much joy to us. It’s wonderful. We both have a spring in our step now!”

– Marjorie Rigby
Stockport-born Majorie married Charlie just three days before the end of the Second World War. Credit: Marjorie Rigby.

During the Second World War, Marjorie was a plotter in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force, taking information about enemy aircraft positions and plotting them on a map so that German raids could be monitored. Just three days before the end of the war in Europe in May 1945, Marjorie married Charlie, a Desert Rat, who passed away in 2004.

Marjorie and Angela had another rescue dog, Shadow, who died aged fifteen, as well as several cats and now Marjorie says she feels a house isn’t a home without a pet.

Dawn Bishop, Dogs Trust Manchester Manager, says:

We couldn’t believe it when she mentioned her age but that made us even more convinced they were a perfect pair because although they are both older, they both love life and have a twinkle in their eye.”

– Dawn Bishop, Dogs Trust Manchester manager

To find out more about all the dogs still waiting for their forever homes, please visit Dogs Trust Manchester.

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