It’s a sad truth that dogs don’t live as long as people, but the best we can do is make their lives the best they can be and make them feel loved until the very end.
No dog should have to die alone, and it’s important that he feels comfortable and safe in his final moments.
In a bittersweet and beautiful story, a woman went to great lengths to ensure a dying shelter dog had a friend in her last hours.
A dog named Watson came to Speranza Animal Rescue in 2018 after a college student found him alone in the park.
The shelter took in the dog, but it was clear he didn’t have long to live. The stray was emaciated and covered in sores, and had a cancerous growth on his hind leg. He was taken to the emergency room, treated with intravenous antibiotics and given tests.
But the shelter’s founder, Janine Guido, felt that the dog would not have long to live, and all she could do was make him comfortable. “I had a feeling things weren’t going to be good the next day,” she told The Dodo.
So Janine put some blankets and dog beds on the floor so Watson would have a cozy place to curl up and sleep, but then she did something extraordinary.
Sensing that the dog was on his last hours and that she could use some company, she decided to spend the night with him. She wrote on Facebook that she “couldn’t bring herself to leave sweet Watson.”
Janine and Watson hugged each other and she talked to Janine as they fell asleep. Not much is known about Watson’s past, but given his condition it appears that he had lived a life filled with abandonment and loneliness. Janine showed him the love he had been without for so long.
“I didn’t want to leave him alone. Not when he needed me the most,” she told The Dodo. “He slept like a rock all night, snuggled against me so tight. I cried myself to sleep and woke up crying too.”
When Watson woke up the next morning, he was in bad shape. The shelter wrote on Facebook that he was “getting cold, spinning in circles and falling” and that he was “in pain.”
Watson passed away that morning and Janine was with him to the end. “I held you while you took your last breath. You left so peacefully. I know it was your time,” Janine wrote.
“I sat with him until the end. I spoke through my tears. I told him how much I loved him.”
While she was heartbroken the dog passed away, she knew that in their few hours together, she made him feel loved for the first and last time.
“I am so glad that I was able to hug you and hold you tight last night. I hope you can feel how much I loved you,” she wrote. “Although I only knew you for a short time.”
“I am so grateful that I was able to hold him tight on his last night,” Janine told The Dodo. “I was telling him how much I loved him, and that his life mattered. My heart is breaking, but I wouldn’t change a thing.”
It’s a sad story, but it shows the impact a little love can have on a dog’s life ❤️💔 Thanks to Janine for showing Watson the love she had been denied for so long, just when she needed it most.
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