Just how hard it is to say goodbye? Well, if this dog and his rescuer are any indications, it’s not easy… but it can be beautiful.
Hippo was a stray dog who was too sick to be sᴀᴠᴇᴅ from death’s clutches. He had tumors all over his face and all other signs to show that he had a rough life in the past. Everyone knew that his life was ending – very soon.
But a 19-year-old girl named Sophiane Nacer, who is also the founder of Cayleb’s Kindred Senior Dog Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇ was determined to give the poor dog both love and affection before he finally went.
“Even if it was just for a day,” Sophiane, told TODAY, Hippo was going to have the best last day ever.
Sophie adopted Hippo and brought him home from the shelter after the 5 day waiting period. The poor dog’s skin was painful to the touch. Sophie wasn’t sure if Hippo could experience much of anything because he was in so much pain.
But all her doubts quickly faded when she saw his tail wag. The sick dog still had hope. He FOUGHT to feel love and happiness before he left this world.
So, Sophiane brought Hippo to Starbucks and bought him a Puppuccino, the famous chain’s secret menu item that dogs go wild for, which is merely a cup filled with delicious whipped cream.
The next day, Stephanie planned their next adventure and sent her dog to a dog park so he experiences some playtime. He loved every second of it.
After their little adventures, the dog has something to say to his kind owner, he was ready to go. He had the time of his life along with Sophiane but was in so much pain and tired he decided it was about time. Sophiane respected Hippo’s request, and after the play park time, she contacted a vet who specialized in euthanasia to come over.
It was a heartbreaking scene to witness but it was for his good. He was finally free of pain and suffering.
“We got a good day,” Sophiane said. “He loved it.”
He was given eternal peace by his newfound best friend and mom. Sophia was glad that she was beside Hippo before he left.
She was happy to give this pooch what he deserved, which was love. It’s not a goodbye for her, but rather a “till we meet again.”
Let this be a wake-up call to all dog owners and those who plan on having one. Senior dogs need love as much as pups do. May all dogs leave this world with a happy heart, just like Hippo.