For just one day, a homeless dog named Hippo enjoyed unconditional love from a compassionate new “mom” who treated him to his best last day. In mid-October, Hippo, an obviously ailing Shar-Pei, was taken in at Colorado’s Adams County Animal Shelter as a stray.
According to 19-year-old Sophiane Nacer, founder of Cayleb’s Kindred Senior Dog Rescue, Hippo was held for the mandatory five-day stray hold and it was “obvious” that nobody was coming to get him. On October 17, one day before Hippo’s arrival at the senior dog rescue, Nacer wrote sorrowful words about the stray dog’s pitiful condition:
In times like these, words fail me. This dog is suffering. Probably has been for a very long time. His face is so deformed that he cannot eat or drink. It’s unthinkable that his previous “family” (and I truly hesitate to call them that, even in skeptical quotation marks) not only let him get to this point, but then dumped him once he was.
Though it was apparent that Hippo was beyond saving, Nacer chose to take him in. She explained, “No dog deserves to die without a home, without a family, without love, and without a name.”
Nacer set out to give Hippo something that his former owner did not – one last day full of good things. On Hippo’s last day, he enjoyed riding in a car with the wind whipping at his face, a Starbuck’s puppucino in the park, exploring and making a few new dog friends, and drinking cool water from a lake.
After five hours of glorious time outside, Hippo made it known that he was tired…very tired. After enjoying one final chicken dinner, a veterinarian who provides in-home euthanasia released Hippo from his failing body.
After Hippo’s passing, Nacer described sweet Hippo to Shelter Me:
“Hippo was an incredible dog. Despite all of his health issues, he was very engaged and gentle. He was the kind of dog who would walk up to you quietly, and stand with his head next to yours, just happy to be near someone.”
“I wish I had been able to spend more time with him, I can only imagine how wonderful it would have been to love him longer.”
Cayleb’s Kindred Senior Dog Rescue was founded by Nacer when she was just 13 years of age. Nacer told Shelter Me that the rescue group has been operating for about five years and they are nearing the milestone of 100 dogs rescued.
Find the rescue group’s website at this link.
Follow the good work of Cayleb’s Kindred Senior Dog Rescue at this link to Facebook.
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