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Dog for my DW
Many animal shelters or breed-specific rescues have adult dogs that need to be re-homed and are already trained (in other words, way out of the puppy stage.) It can take time to find the right rescue animal suitable to your home, but I've had incredibly good experiences with rescue groups. From what I've seen, the people who work there love to make a good match between an animal that needs a home and a family that needs an animal My mother with Alzheimer's loves dogs too and she thrives spending time with my pup.
I'm very sorry for your loss of Lola. Good luck finding your next furry family member!
I would definitely try a Joy for All pet. It sounds ridiculous, but so many PWD take to them. My mother loves hers.
Putting feelers out at the shelters is a good idea. Also at continuing care retirement campuses around you - it probably comes up a lot where a person in assisted living can no longer care for their dog and they need to find it a home, or someone dies or moves to a higher level of care and a dog is involved.
Also just spit balling here, but where I live there are some people who are kind of known as local dog gurus. They live dogs. They have pet sitting services, dog walking, training and obedience services etc. I wonder if you could hire someone like that to train a dog for you or take a puppy in for a month or two to get it ready for you. A small lapdog who is a mix of a couple breeds would likely be pretty easy to train and probably be ready to come home to you in not long. I would try asking around and emailing anyone who runs local small businesses related to dog services and see if someone would help you out with that initial training piece. They may have a sense of what breed would be a good fit and where to get one as well.