August 16, 2023
An Illinois grandma who adopted a rescue dog after losing her husband is melting hearts online, with the pair becoming “best friends,” reports Newsweek.
Mary Lou, 77, met her late husband, Leonard, in high school. The couple was married for 58 years; but sadly, Leonard recently passed away from esophageal cancer at the age of 78.
“They were true soulmates,” their granddaughter Ally told Newsweek. “She was his caretaker for the last several months; but before that, they were a perfect example of love.”
After falling in love with Luna online, Ally, her brother Zach, and Mary Lou drove two hours to the Humane Society of Logan County to meet her. Ally filmed the sweet encounter and shared the footage to her TikTok account @allykate120, where it went viral—receiving 1.1 million views.
In the clip, Luna seems initially unsure about Mary Lou, barking and backing away from her as she approaches the kennel. However, Ally said her grandma has a “way with animals,” and it wasn’t long before Luna was eating out of the palm of her hand.
“When we signed the paperwork, she just was smiling ear to ear. It couldn’t have been any sweeter.”
However, the ride home wasn’t smooth sailing, with Luna throwing up in Mary Lou’s lap due to travel sickness.
“My grandma just laughed,” Ally said. “We got it all cleaned up and Luna just laid on my grandma’s lap the rest of the way home.”
A few weeks later, and Luna and Mary Lou are “absolute best friends.” Living on Mary Lou’s 80-acre farm, the pair do everything together.
“Luna is living the dream,” Ally said. “She keeps my grandma up and moving which is great.”
Although Mary Lou still grieves Leonard’s death, Ally is inspired by her grandma’s positive outlook.”I know she misses him so much,” the hairstylist said. “I have never met a [stronger] woman. She just never gives up, which I admire about her.”
TikTok users agree:
“That is so sweet and considerate,” commented mapulesarah4.
“What a great idea,” agreed Inky Plinky Plonky.
“This is so bittersweet,” said stinkstink.
“This got me crying,” wrote Liannaw.
“I’m sobbing,” said Hearts.
Research contact: @Newsweek