Dogs don’t live as long as people do, which is a sad fact, but the best we can do is make their lives as wonderful as we can and ensure that they feel loved until the very end.No dog should have to pass away by themselves, and it’s crucial that they experience safety and comfort in their final moments.
One woman went above and beyond in a heartbreakingly beautiful story 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 dog was taken in by the shelter, but it was obvious that his time was running out.The stray had a cancerous tumor in his back leg, was malnourished, and was covered in sores.He was brought to the ER, given IV antibiotics, and had tests 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.She told The Dodo, “I had a gut feeling that things weren’t going to be good the next day.
In order to provide Watson with a comfortable place to curl up and sleep, Janine placed some blankets and dog beds on the floor. However, after doing so, she did something extraordinary.She made the decision to spend the night with the dog because 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 sweet Watson.”As they dozed off, Janine talked to Watson while they cuddled.Although little is known about Watson’s past, based on his current state, it appears that he had 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 on his own.Not when he most needed me, she affirmed to The Dodo.”He slept like a rock the entire night, hugging me so closely.I sobbed myself to sleep and sobbed again when I got out of bed.The following morning, Watson found himself in a terrible state. He was “turning cold, spinning in circles, and falling over,” according to the shelter’s Facebook post, and he was “suffering.”That morning, Watson passed away, and Janine was by his side throughout.”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 sat with him til the end. I spoke through my tears. I told him how much he was loved.”
She was devastated that the dog had died, but she knew that during their brief time together, she had given him the first and last time he had felt loved.”I’m so happy I got to hug and hold you close last night.I wanted you to know how much I cared for you, she wrote. “Even though I only recently got to know you.”Janine told The Dodo, “I’m just so grateful I was able to hold him tight for his last night.I was emphasizing to him how much he was loved and how important his life was.Even though my heart is breaking, there is nothing I would change.