I’ve faced a number of tough choices in my life, but taking away my mother’s dog was among the most difficult. Nancy was always eccentric. In 2011, that quirky charm dwindled away. What was originally diagnosed as mild cognitive impairment steadily progressed to Alzheimer’s dementia. Not only did Nancy lose her ability to care for herself, she also trained her Goldendoodle puppy, “Golden Bear,” to be aggressive toward her caregiver. Golden Bear was Nancy’s best friend and primary companion. Sadly, rehoming my mother’s dog exacerbated her severe loneliness and depression.
At the time, I didn’t realize that my mother’s story was not unique. Millions of people facing health adversities cannot safely or practically care for a live animal companion.
I launched Tombot in 2017 to serve these people.