Poppy, a senior dog originally from Moncton, finally has a forever home.
The 15-year-old dog, who has been living at the Moncton SPCA for about two months, was adopted Friday by Angus Hanrahan of Sussex, N.B.
Hanrahan said he had seen Poppy’s story on Global News last week and decided to make the drive after seeing an adoption plea by 82-year-old Bill MacLean. MacLean had been visiting the SPCA and developed a soft spot for Poppy, who reminded him of his own dog, Angus, who has since died.
“I wish so much that somebody would adopt him on sympathy, if nothing else,” MacLean said.
Some animals at the SPCA have been there as long as two years.
MacLean said he couldn’t adopt Poppy himself because he spent too much time in the hospital receiving treatment for cancer.
About an hour’s drive away from Sussex, Hanrahan made the trip to Moncton to take Poppy to his new home.
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He said the connection was instant.
“He’s just as gentle as anything when he takes a treat from you,” Hanrahan said. “He’s a good boy.”
Poppy is not Hanrahan’s first senior dog. He has two at home, nine-year-old Rocky and 10-year-old Daisy, both of which he got as puppies.
He said he couldn’t allow Poppy to continue being without a home.
“I mean they are part of your family, you know, and they should be treated as family,” Hanrahan said. “Poppy is old and he gets cold so you’ve got to cover him up and put his coat on.”
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Hanrahan lives alone and said Poppy keeps him company when his 15 grandchildren are not visiting.
He says Poppy’s name is causing some confusion for his great-granddaughter, Adrianna.
“She’s having a hard time understanding that, and they all call me Pappy, that Pappy got a new puppy named Poppy,” Hanrahan said.