Dogs don’t live as long as people do, which is a terrible fact, but the best we can do is make their lives as extraordinary as we can and ensure that they feel loved until the very end.
No dog should have to pass away by themselves, and they must experience safety and comfort in their dying moments.
One woman went above and above in a heartbreakingly beautiful narrative to ensure that a dying shelter dog had a friend in his final hours.
A college student discovered Watson, a dog, wandering the park alone and brought him to Speranza Animal Rescue in 2018.
The shelter took the dog in, but it was evident that his time was running out. The stray had a malignant growth in his back limb, was malnourished, and was covered in sores. He was brought to the ER, given IV antibiotics, and had testing done.
Janine Guido, the founder of the shelter, felt that the dog might not have much time left to live and that the only thing to do was to make him comfortable. I had a gut sense that the following day wouldn’t be good, she said.
To provide Watson with a comfortable area to curl up and sleep, Janine placed several blankets and dog beds on the floor. However, after doing so, she did something extraordinary.
She decided to spend the night with the dog since she felt that he was nearing the end of his life and could use some company. On Facebook, she expressed her inability to “bring [herself] to leave darling, Watson.”
As they dozed off, Janine talked to Watson while they hugged. Although nothing is known about Watson’s history, based on his current state, it appears that he experienced a life filled with neglect and isolation. He had been without love for so long until Janine gave it to him.
“I didn’t want to abandon him by himself. Not when he most needed me, she affirmed. “He slept like a rock the entire night, hugging me closely.
The following morning, Watson found himself in a terrible state. According to the shelter’s Facebook post, he was “becoming cold, whirling in circles, and falling over,” and he was “suffering.”
That morning, Watson died away, and Janine was by his side. “I was there to hold you as you breathed your last. You left in such calmness. I am aware that it was your time,” wrote Janine.
I remained by his side throughout. I spoke while crying. I told him how much I cherished him.
She was devastated that the dog had died, but she knew that she had given him the first and last time he had felt loved during their brief time together.
Janine said she was so grateful to hold him tight for 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 alter.
It’s a sad tale, but it demonstrates the positive effects that even a little affection can have on a dog’s life. I’d want to thank Janine for giving Watson the affection he had been missing for so long, just when he needed it.