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Published: Apr 04, 2011

Seniors who don't have any grandchildren may find that adding a canine companion to their home can help them feel more fulfilled. According to CNN, the trend of "grandpuppies" is on the rise, and many seniors are even making bonds with their adult children's pooches.

"For years we didn't have any grand children, and my daughter's dog, Mr. Moose, was all we had," Eileen Williams, a 63-year-old resident of San Francisco, told the news source. "You take what you get in life and make the most out of it, and we've been pleased he has been a huge part of our family over the years as our grandpuppy."

The popularity of grandpuppies is likely due in part to the fact that many women are waiting until they are older to have children. Older folks who are yearning to nurture may find that pet adoption can fill that need.

Some seniors even go so far as interacting with their children's dogs online, through social networking sites or on Skype.

According to the human society, there are nearly 77.5 million dogs who have owners in America. Nearly a quarter of dog parents have two canines.