Earlier this summer I witnessed a very selfless act from a woman named Dana. I volunteer at the Portage County Dog Warden’s Shelter. I see the dogs that come in as strays and, yes, some that the owners surrender to the pound.
One day a very elderly 125 pound Cane Corso Mastiff was brought in as a stray. Not sure how far this guy could have wandered from his home. I just pray he was not dumped by his owner. Of course, no ID tags or dog license.
So this very large boy was not claimed by his owner, and we all started searching for a place for this big boy to go. A safe warm place that he could spend his remaining days on earth. We started sharing this big boy on Facebook asking for help. Then in steps Dana Ray. She already had a couple large dogs at home with issues, but she wanted to help this big guy.
With the assistance of Rose’s Rescue, the big guy was pulled from the pound, vetted, and went home with Dana to live. Dana named this guy Moe.
Dana would post pictures and up dates on Moe, which of course, everyone loved. She commented on what a nice boy he was. Just a wonderful dog.
Moe did quite well with Dana for about a month, but his bodily functions then began to fail. The time had come for Mighty Moe to cross the Rainbow Bridge. Dana grieved just as though she had Moe since a pup. Yes, it was a sad thing to see him go, but sweet Moe crossed over knowing he was loved. He did not spend his end days in a cold impersonal shelter. He had a yard to walk around in, warm comfy beds to sleep on, plenty of good food to eat, the companionship of other dogs, and LOVE!
Dana knew she was providing hospice care for Moe. She had no idea how long he would be with her, but she stepped right up to be there with this guy to the end. We did find out later that Moe was 13 years old. That is quite an age for such a large dog. How his owner could not let him spend his final days in a place he knew and felt safe is beyond me.
Yes, one never knows what the situation is, so no judgments should be made. I am just thankful for people like Dana that will take in these animals in need.
Please consider helping an older or ill animal. Just care for them and be there for them until the end. Let them know that humans are good and have not abandoned them in their time of need.
On a more personal note, my 14 year old beagle mix has a mass growing on his side. The mass is firmly attached to his rib cage. There is nothing that can be done at his age. It is difficult to think of my boy leaving me. He has given me so many smiles and laughs over the last fours years. Shiloh was left at the dog pound at 10 years old. He came to me through a round about way, but he did get here and that was where he was meant to me.
I will grieve, but my heart is full of love and happiness that Shiloh was able to spend his final years with me. I am hoping I will be able to do this again once I have fewer dogs at my home.
It is a difficult time, but he is still acting his normal self. That will eventually change. I love him. I will miss him. I do know one thing, I will be there to the end for him!