Resident and Director of a Silvis senior living facility split dog custody

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SILVIS– It’s easy to enjoy the simple things at New Perspective Senior Living in Silvis, especially when in the company of a one-eyed Boston Terrier.
12-year-old Ruffles has a look and a mind of her own.
“She has a lot of energy for a 12-year-old dog. She kind of takes me for a walk,” says dog mom Heather DeVore.
DeVore is also the Executive Director of the living facility, every day Ruffles walks by her side in the halls and sits in on staff meetings.
“They love it when Ruffles comes down the hallway and in the common areas. A lot of (people) stop and pet her,” says DeVore.
But for a few hours a day Ruffles spends time with the one who loved her first, Wilma Witt.
“Wilma moved here with Ruffles, so I knew Ruffles for the first six months as Wilma’s dog,” says DeVore.
But soon after Witt says she could no longer take care of her. Witt had to give up the dog after breaking her hip while taking the dog for a walk.
“Ruffles is so strong, and I couldn’t do that anymore.” Says Witt.
DeVore then offered to adopt Ruffles, she soon fell in love.
“I wasn’t quite so sure at first but once I adopted her I can’t imagine life without her,” says DeVore
Two dog moms sharing the best of Ruffles every day.
Today, New Perspective Senior Living operates 21 senior living communities serving over 2,000 seniors through Independent LivingAssisted Living and Memory Care options, with a goal to be serving 10,000 seniors by 2025. Based in Eden Prairie, Minn., the company has won multiple awards including Top Assisted Living Facility, Best-of-the-Best Dining Experience and Top Workplaces. In addition, Todd Novaczyk, was recently profiled in the Senior Housing News, The Leadership Series, while Ryan Novaczyk was just named to 50 for the Next 50 by Leading Age of Minnesota