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Elderly, dying canines fulfil their bucket-list wishes thanks to the help of one amazing woman

Dying canines at dog hospice fulfil their bucket lists dog-happy
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Imagine the sad fate of a dog abandoned during the last days of its life and left to die in a kennel.

By Dawn Parrish , 27 May 2019

Facing the end of life of any dog is a heart-breaking reality that inspires may pet owners to create a bucket list for their much-loved dogs. Nicola Harrison, a kennel volunteer, makes the remaining days of the dogs she cares for, the best of their lives.

This caring lady, who operates the Grey Muzzle Canine Hospice Project, was first inspired to take any ill dogs, with terminal illnesses, into her home to care for them during their final days. Many of these dogs are strays, who would otherwise be put to sleep.

A hospice for dogs

Man's best friend till the very end. ❤ Nicola runs a hospice for terminally ill dogs, making sure they "don't take those last steps alone." ?

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Terminally ill dogs get their own bucket list

The dog hospice ensures that any terminally ill canines are not alone as they take their final steps. Nicola, a volunteer at the dog hospice, creates individual bucket lists for dying dogs, including treats such as going to the pub, rides in police cars, delicious steak dinners and even trips to a McDonalds drive-thru restaurant.

Every dying canine has a different story

Many of these stray or abandoned dogs have been left by owners who are no longer able to afford to pay expensive vet’s bills. The Grey Muzzle Canine Hospice Project, in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, collects donations from hundreds of online supporters.

These charity donations help to pay for the dying dogs' medical care and cremation costs. It currently costs Nicola around £500 to fund each terminally ill pooch. This amount covers any costs for transporting the dog to the hospice, vet’s bills and of course, their bucket list.

Every terminally ill dog celebrates their birthday

Obviously, as most of the dogs that come to the dog hospice are strays, Nicola has no idea when their actual birth dates are, but this doesn’t stop her from throwing a birthday party for each canine. Many of the dogs take a day trip to the seaside, where they eat fish and chips and ice cream!


If you wish to help fulfil the bucket lists of these terminally ill dogs, please contact the Grey Muzzle Canine Hospice Project. Lets help to make their final days the best of their lives.