Our four-legged friends can be comfort to us in a lot of ways. For the elderly they can offer friendship, workout, a purpose and sometimes also keep us going.
For 80-year-old Ken Penda graft, his dog of 14 years provided him a reason to go out daily and take him for a walk, not to mention companionship and unconditional love.
But when Ken was found distraught with a very ill dog, neighbors rallied around to help.
What happened after this shows simply exactly how connected we are to our animals and how much we require them.
Ken lived in a mobile home community in Hemet, California with his 16-year-old dog Zack. According to his neighbors he was friendly but usually kept himself to himself.
That was till his dog became extremely ill and Ken really did not have the money to rush him to the vet.
Reached out to request aid
Neighbor Carol Burt claimed: “Ken remained in tears … He said, ‘I do not recognize what to do. I have no money to take him to a vet’.”.
Carol decided to post about her neighbor’s plight on social media in the hope that somebody can help treat Ken’s wonderful canine.
Her appeal was answered by Elaine Seamans, founder of the At-Choo Foundation, a rescue organization that helps dogs seeking healthcare.
Elaine did all she could for Zack who was detected with “glaucoma, severe arthritis and a 6/6 heart murmur, making any type of surgery impossible.”.
Sadly, Zack didn’t make it and Elaine posted an update on Facebook saying: “Prof. Zack’s loving papa was with him as his heart was launched from his body that had quit working for him. He is now seeming like a puppy again and doing all things happy and joyful.”.
However unfortunately, the sadness doesn’t end there.
On behalf of Ken, At-Choo Foundation posted a message from him saying thanks to all his well wishers that had sent cards and messages of condolences but claimed he was experiencing a “void of loneliness.”.
Not long after he lost his beloved Zack, Ken died of a heart attack. Anyone that loves their pet understands how stressful it is when they pass. May Ken rest in peace with his precious dog Zack.
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