This heart-breaking story comes to us from Belgium. Peter Deruyter suffered from a terminal lung disease, but was desperate to find a home for his beloved dogs before he passed.
By, 19 Dec 2019
The 55-year-old man was not living a comfortable life, as he was constantly out of breath, and carrying an oxygen tank on his back. He knew he could no longer take his dogs for the long hikes they so loved.
Almost ready to go
Peter had in fact decided it was time for him to go, painlessly, and with dignity, as is allowed by law in Belgium.
“My documents for euthanasia are ready, and I am not afraid of death, it’s just my dogs that are preventing me from falling asleep because for me, they are everything," he said.
Peter could not imagine leaving this earth without being certain that his beloved dogs would be well taken care of afterwards. So, he launched a huge appeal on social media to try and find loving homes for his three babies: Milan, Zara, and Zino.
Zino was for Peter his biggest worry: being young, active, and not particularly bonded with the other two dogs, he was the one most in need of a new home.
“When everyone is settled in a new family, then I too will be able to go peacefully,” said Peter.
Success at last
Thanks to his determination and worldwide support, Peter has been able to make arrangements for all of his dogs – even Zino now has a new family! Now the hardest part is over, and Peter knows he can move on without worrying about his pets.
Zino's new owners have even said that they are all prepared to come visit Peter on his last day, so he and his dog can have a proper goodbye.
Though this story is bittersweet, we can't help but feel admiration for this wonderfully devoted owner!