When a dog’s life is coming to a close, it can be very hard on all involved. There is the pain management aspect for the animal and the coping with loss for the humans. Sadly, some people give up on their pets and don’t spend those last days with them. Some owners simply abandon them or turn them into a shelter. That’s where Nicola Coyle and her hospice called The Grey Muzzle Canine Hospice steps in to fill the need.
The Grey Muzzle Canine Hospice is a place for terminally ill dogs with less than 6 months to live. Coyle does all that she can to make those last days, weeks or months special for the dogs. She treats them with the respect they deserve and showers them with all the love she can.
“We’ll only take them in if the vet says they’ve got less than six months to live, so we’re focusing on end of life care,” Coyle explained. “I think the longest I’ve had one is around one year and the shortest was about two weeks.”
Coyle Makes Sure That Each Dog Lives The End Of Their Life To The Fullest
Coyle finds creative ways to show the dogs love. She throws them all a birthday party and gives them steak for dinner. “I don’t know when their birthdays are, so we make sure we throw all of them a birthday party,” Coyle said. “If they’re well enough, we take them for a day at the seaside, they get fish and chips on the beach and ice cream.”
All of the love and attention they give at the hospice does come with an emotional price. “We all get very attached to them, it’s very emotionally intense and we do mourn and grieve for them,” says Coyle. “We do need to have breaks between them.”
Thanks to Coyle, these dogs get to leave this earth feeling loved.