By the time you reach the age of 90, you’ve experienced a lot of loss. None of which is easy. However, in those most tender and sad moments, it’s a gift to be able to say goodbye.
A 90-year-old man is saying his final goodbye to one of his good friends, which just happens to his neighbor’s dog, a chocolate lab, sugared white with age.
He and the dog are good friends. And, the dog adored him. He brought her biscuits every day and she undoubtedly looked forward to each visit with her buddy. He’s surely going to miss her.
Her owner was kind to allow him to see her off to the bridge, no matter how heart wrenching it is to do.
Her love for the man is obvious because even at this time, she greets him with a wag of her tail, she is so happy to see him.
She spends her final moments laying on the green grass in her yard, with her family nearby, when he goes to her. Despite his age, he kneels down on the ground to rub her sweet belly and show her how much he loves her.
The days of her running to him are gone. It appears she can no longer stand. But she is still able to lift her head up and manages to radiate happiness that he’s come to her. She seems grateful to have him near.
He gently offers her water from his hand, trying to encourage her to drink. She tenderly licks the water from his palm while her owner caresses her, offering what comfort they can give her.
The moment is equally heartwarming and heartbreaking. Saying goodbye to a loyal dog is one of the most difficult things in the world. Being able to stay by their side and offer love and comfort is one of life’s greatest gifts.