A woman in the UK is helping dogs spend their final days feeling as happy and loved as possible.
Nicola Coyle 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.
Not only does she take these dogs in and make sure the ends of their lives are as comfortable as possible, but she also treats them like royalty, making sure they “complete their bucket lists,”
That means birthday parties, trips to the beach, steak dinners, and ice cream.
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.”
Above all, she wants these dogs to feel loved and happy in their final days. That means unlimited cuddles for these pups.
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. “They just want to feel loved and safe. I really believe they should get a nice ending.”
Though she loves caring for dogs during their final days, Nicola says it’s also “utterly heartbreaking” at the same time.
“I’m a complete animal love 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.”