Dogs don’t live as long as people, which is a terrible fact, but the best we can do is make their lives as amazing as possible and make sure they feel loved until the very end. .
No dog should die on its own, and it should feel safe and comfortable in its final moments.
A woman went above and beyond in a heartbreakingly beautiful tale to ensure a dying shelter dog had a friend in her final hours.
A student discovered Watson, a dog, wandering alone in the park and brought him to Speranza Animal Rescue in 2018.
The shelter took in the dog, but it was obvious his time was running out. The stray dog had a malignant growth in its hind limb, was malnourished and covered in sores. He was taken to the emergency room, given IV antibiotics and underwent tests.
Janine Guido, the founder of the shelter, felt that the dog might not have much time left to live and all that was left was to make him comfortable. I had a feeling the next day wouldn’t be good, she said.
To provide Watson with a comfortable place to curl up and sleep, Janine placed several blankets and dog beds on the floor. However, after that, she did something amazing.
She decided to spend the night with the dog because she felt he was nearing the end of his life and needed companionship. On Facebook, she expressed her inability to “bring herself to leave my darling, Watson”.
As they dozed off, Janine spoke to Watson as they hugged. Although nothing of Watson’s history is known, based on his current condition, it appears that he lived a life filled with neglect and isolation. He had been loveless for so long until Janine gave it to him.
“I didn’t want to leave him alone. Not when he needed me most, she asserted. “He slept like a rock all night, hugging me tight.
The next morning, Watson found himself in a terrible state. According to the shelter’s Facebook post, he was “getting cold, spinning and falling” and he was “in pain”.
That morning Watson passed away and Janine was by his side. “I was there to hold you while you breathed your last. You left in such calm. I realize it was your time,” Janine wrote.
I stayed by his side throughout. I spoke while crying. I told her how much I loved her.
She was devastated that the dog died, but she knew she had given him the first and last time he felt loved during their brief time together.
Janine said she was so grateful to hold him close on his last night. She emphasized to him how much he was loved and how important his life was. Even if her heart was breaking, there was nothing she would change.
It’s a sad story, but it demonstrates the positive effects that even a little affection can have on a dog’s life. I’d like to thank Janine for giving Watson the affection he’s been missing for so long, just when he needed it.