As sad as it may sound, our canine friends are just temporary visitors in our lives – however, 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 the family.
Sadly, saying goodbye to your senior 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 animals spend their final days living life to the fullest.
Can you imagine not knowing why you are being abandoned and living your final days all alone?
A retired nurse, named Nicola Coyne, decided she needed to do something about this and set up The Grey Muzzle Canine Hospice Project. She takes in dying dogs who’ve been abandoned by their owners and makes sure they spend the rest of their lives feeling loved.
Nicola, from Nottingham in the UK, goes to shelters in her area and adopts two ailing senior dogs at a time.
She also makes sure they ‘complete their bucket lists’, according to Metro. That means pup-parties, trips to the beach, delicious steak dinners, and ice cream from McDonald’s.
It can be an utterly heartbreaking job, but someone has to do it, Nicola says. I’m a complete animal lover and I just can’t bear the thought of them spending their final days, weeks, or months without the love they deserve. It can be really tough, but ultimately it’s so rewarding when you can make those times special.
When they pass away, she has them cremated and buried in a special plot at her Nottingham home.
Nicola does an amazing job, taking in dogs when they’ve been kicked out by their owners right at the very end of their lives — giving them the love and care most have never received previously in their lives.
Nicola estimates that she’s taken in about 30 dogs so far and helped them through the end of their lives.