A lot of pets have been abandoned for being old and terminally ill. Thankfully, a retired nurse from England has opened a hospice to let dying dogs enjoy their last days in peace and love.
As sad as it may sound, our canine friends are just temporary visitors in our lives, while we are usually their whole life. And the least we can do during our pets’ last moments is stay with them, making sure that when their time comes, they know they were not just pets to us – they were part of our family.
Sadly, saying goodbye to your dog can be a heartbreaking experience not everyone can handle. That’s just one of the reasons why some old or terminally ill pets get abandoned. However, like a ray of hope, one woman is making sure all abandoned pets spend their final days living life to the fullest.
One woman is making sure abandoned dogs spend their final days living life to the fullest
Nicola Coyle (not pictured) is a retired nurse who established The Grey Muzzle Canine Hospice to take care of abandoned old or terminally ill dogs. She runs the hospice from her own home in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.
Nicola takes the dogs through McDonald’s drive-thru and even takes them to the local pub for a nice steak dinner. Nicola normally has a maximum of two dogs at a time.
“We’ll only take them in if the vet says they’ve got less than six months to live, so we’re focusing on end of life care,” said the former nurse in an interview with Metro. “I think the longest I’ve had one is around one year and the shortest was about two weeks.”
Even though she doesn’t know when the dogs’ birthdays are, she still throws one for every dog.
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“I don’t know when their birthdays are so we make sure we throw all of them a birthday party,” says Nicola. “If they’re well enough, we take them for a day at the seaside, they get fish and chips on the beach and ice cream.”
Nicola spends around £500 on each of the dogs she takes care of.
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She uses her own money and everything people donate to her.
Sadly, there comes a time to say goodbye – and it’s never easy
“We all get very attached to them, it’s very emotionally intense and we do mourn and grieve for them,” says Nicola. “We do need to have breaks between them.”
“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole” – Roger A. Caras
Just because a dog’s fate is decided, doesn’t mean it should be abandoned. Quite the contrary – the final days of their lives should be made as special as possible. And thanks to people like Nicola, these dogs get to spend their final days feeling important and loved before departing to Doggy Heaven.