This uplifting news comes to us from the United Kingdom.
We all know that a dog is man’s best friend. Dogs are loyal, vigilant and steadfast to their owners. That is why it is a real shame when we come across stories of dogs being abandoned after they have outlived their usefulness. To make things even worse many dogs are put down when they grow old for the convenience of their owners. This is a cruel end to a dog’s useful life. All it requires is some compassion and care for a dog to stay with its owner right up to the day of its death.
Nicola Harrison was a volunteer at a kennel when she started taking some of the dogs home, most of which were strays in order to save them from being put down. Today, she runs the Grey Muzzle Canine Hospice Project from her home in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, where she provides end of the line care for both abandoned and terminally ill dogs which are given less than six months to live.
She makes them each a bucket list, throws them a birthday party, takes them out for steak dinners and much more.
Nicola says, “We take them down to the local pub-It is really dog-friendly and they’ll get a steak dinner too. Many have not led a very nice life too, used for breeding or guard dogs, so when they’ve become unwell they’re not useful anymore and left.”
Nicola says she spends up to $500 for each dog in order to give them the best there is in life for the short amount of time they have left. She says” The longest I had one is one year and the shortest was two weeks. It’s so rewarding when you can make those times special. I don’t know when their birthdays are, so we throw all of them a birthday party.”
Nicola also takes them through the McDonalds drive-through for ice cream. We need more people like Nicola who see beyond petty concerns and lend a shoulder to our four-legged friends.
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