This story that you’re about to read will bring a tear to your eye.
Our Pets Make Life A Lot Brighter — For Obvious Reasons
Owning a pet brings most people great joy, and the statistics back this notion up. Around 68% of American households have a pet, and this is no small percentage of the population. This equates to 85 million families across the country opening their homes and hearts to a furry friend. This number is continually growing, and it has long surpassed the 56% of U.S. households owning pets in the year 1988. Having a pet to come home to is enough to make anyone’s day, and the health benefits surpass the emotional spectrum.
It’s no secret that daily walks with your dog can keep you fit, but simply owning a canine helps you to reap endless health benefits. Having a dog helps to lower your stress, decrease your blood pressure, and even prevent heart attacks. Your canine companion can help you overcome depression and even drop some extra pounds. Owning a dog can be especially vital to older individuals, and can be a profound sense of purpose to a person’s life.
Dog ownership keeps us active and emotionally-fulfilled, well into our later years. One man recently went viral for the powerful bond between himself and his dog, and the internet can barely hold back tears. Luckily for one Missouri man named David King’s health was rapidly declining from cancer, Towards the end of 2017, he knew he didn’t have much time left. One of his last requests was to see his closest friend one last time. It was Lil Fee.
There are two things that we can all agree on and that’s that dogs are family and nurses have the biggest hearts.
Lil Fee was King’s beloved Yorkie mix. The two went everywhere together! Naturally, King wanted to say goodbye to Lil Fee for the last time. Sadly, the hospital had a strict no-pets policy. One may argue that dogs are more than pets, but there was no time for debate.
Ellie Miguel, King’s granddaughter, told YahooLifestyle, (My grandpa) spent about a week in the hospital, and my grandma brought pictures of the dog to hang up. Pictures weren’t quite enough. Unsure whether he would be able to make it back home, King’s wife, Cindy, decided to take matters into her own hands.
The nurses always heard my grandma talking about Lil Fee. So they encouraged her and helped her get the dog in. They had my aunt carry the dog in a really big purse: Miguel said.
So, with the help of some incredibly compassionate nurses, a large purse, and a patient little pup, King got to snuggle his baby one last time.
One Last Goodbye: King was so overjoyed at the sight of Lil Fee that he tried moving his arms for the first time that day. His family says that it was a moment they will never forget.
David King took his last breath the very next day. Thanks to a tribe of caring nurses and family, and one tiny dog, he was able to die at peace with the love of his best friend.