There’s a reason that people always say a dog is a man’s best friend. Dogs are loyal and good-natured, making them the perfect companions. They provide plenty of joy and love to their human companions, so it’s only fair that humans should do the same for them. One woman in the United Kingdom is making an effort to do exactly that for dogs at the end of their lives.
Nicola Coyle is making sure abandoned dogs live their final days comfortably in dog hospice care.
Nicola Coyle is a retired nurse who started The Grey Muzzle Canine Hospice to take care of abandoned dogs who have reached the end of their lives.
In an interview with Metro, Coyle said:
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. I think the longest I’ve had one is around one year and the shortest was about two weeks.
Coyle will take in up to two dogs at a time and runs the hospice out of her own home in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. She’ll rescue dogs from the shelter so that they can live their final days comfortably.
“I’m a complete animal lover and I just can’t bear the thought of them spending their final days, weeks or months without the love they deserve.”
Coyle sets out to make sure that each dog is as comfortable as possible.
That means the dogs in hospice care get plenty of cozy blankets.
She’ll also take the dogs out for trips to the park and to the beach, if they’re feeling well enough to go out. “We’ll also take them down to the local pub. It’s really dog-friendly, and they’ll get a steak dinner too.”
Coyle will also feed her hospice dogs plenty of treats, like ice cream and McDonald’s food. “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.”
Coyle will also make sure that each dog gets a special celebration. “I don’t know when their birthdays are so we make sure we throw all of them a birthday party.”
Coyle will spend about £500 on each dog, and she pays for all of it out of her own pocket. But, she does accept donations through the Grey Muzzle PayPal account.