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PICS: Dog Turns Heads, Makes Friends At Retirement Community

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Jane Gibbs with Tinkerbelle Jane Gibbs with Tinkerbelle

A resident at a local retirement community has become quite the celebrity.

“Tinkerbelle” is the name of Jane Gibbs’ toy poodle, and pride and joy at Summit Hills in Spartanburg.

"She really is very special," explained Gibbs. "She's eleven years old, so see? She qualifies for this place,” she joked.

Tinkerbelle, or “Tink” as Gibbs calls her, doesn’t leave the house without being dressed from head to toe.

"At first I’d say, we got to get pretty, we're going visiting and she believes that now," said Gibbs.

Tink has become a somewhat of a celebrity, visiting residents and creating quite an impression, according to Zoey Ervin, Life Enrichment Leader at Summit Hills.

"This is the absolute cutest dog that I have ever seen and it is more prim and proper than I will ever be in my entire life,” Ervin joked.

Today, Tink’s matching nails and bows turn heads.

"When she's with our residents, it means so much to them,” Ervin explained. “They could just be having the worst day and as soon as they see Tinkerbelle, they light up."

It’s a joy, that has meant to world to Gibbs, after she lost her husband to cancer.

"If I get the least bit down, or feel sorry for myself, I pick her up and we take off over there," Gibbs said.

Tinkerbelle is a constant companion, with a costume for each occasion. For Gibbs – she’s been a blessing in disguise.

"I just feel like that God had intentions for me, when he put her in my arms."

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