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Disabled senior needs someone to help her keep beloved dog

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An elderly, Largo, Fla., woman is hoping that someone in the area might be willing to lend a hand to help her keep her beloved dog, "Gary," reported Wednesday's Bay 9 News.

Gary is a three-year-old Dachshund who was adopted by Mary Lou Smith several years ago.

Gary and Smith keep one another company, but now, the 89-year-old woman fears that her own physical limitations will make keeping Gary impossible.

Not long ago, the senior woman fell and injured her hips and legs - today, the daily walks that she has enjoyed with Gary have become impossible because she now is forced to utilize a walker to get around.

Smith is unable to pay a dog-walker to help with Gary, and if she cannot continue to provide the little dog with the care that he needs, she will be forced to find him a new home.

Smith spoke of her limitations to pay a dog-walker to Bay 9 News:

If I can't pay, then I can't take care of him.

Smith is a resident at the Cypress Palms Living Facility - the employees at the facility hope that Gary and Mary can stay together, but their priority is to their residents...not to a dog.

If a compassionate, dog-loving individual is interested in giving Gary the extra attention that he needs, to help him remain with his adoring guardian, they are asked to contact: Bay News 9 reporter Cheryl Glassford at:

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