|Bear before grooming|
"Mr C. was in his seventies, very frail and diagnosed with end stage cancer when we admitted him to hospice. His wife was already in a nursing home and there was no one to help take care of their dogs, Bear and Lulu. Both dogs were also in declining health. Because Mr. C could no longer walk, the dogs were confined to one area of the house and the porch, where they got very dirty and matted. Their diet consisted of eating cat food from an open bag on the kitchen floor.
|Lulu before grooming|
As Mr C.'s condition worsened, he was admitted to the Rainey Hospice House. The family in charge of his medical care asked for help from Pet Peace of Mind, as they were unable to take care of the dogs. Our PPOM Coordinator arranged for a volunteer to pick up Bear and Lulu from the home. The first order of business was to take them to the veterinarian and the groomer. Then they were taken in by another PPOM volunteer, who provided a foster home and took them to visit Mr. C about three times a week at the hospice house. Since he had no family to visit him there, Bear and Lulu's visits were the highlight of his day. He was concerned about the dogs' well-being and he knew that his family couldn't keep them. The volunteer and the patient built a rapport over time and when the time came, Mr. C was asked if they could stay with her permanently. He agreed.
|Lulu and Bear in their new home|
Bear and Lulu love their new home. They have the run of the house, eagerly await her return from work and curl up with her at night to sleep. Thank you for helping us bring together these dogs and families for a happy ending!"