Our pets are part of the family, so they deserve to be treated as such.
So naturally, retirement homes for dogs exist, just as they do for people!
Silver Muzzle Cottage in the US acts as a rescue and hospice for homeless senior dogs, working with shelters and pet owners to help senior dogs with three or less years to live, so they don't pass over the rainbow bridge alone.
The cottage makes sure dogs pass away feeling loved and cared for, just as they should. They also meet up with retired humans in nursing homes twice a week to share the love. How cute!
An Aussie version also exists, called House With a Heart, where an elderly woman named Sher Polvinale opens up her home to run a sanctuary for elderly pets.
She set up the home "to provide senior and special needs pets with a loving and caring home where they will be allowed to live out their lives in a secure, nurturing environment."
“We have dogs come to live with us until the end of their life and we make sure that the end of their life is full of love and caring, lots of attention, and make sure they get all the medical care they need" she said.
Our hearts hurt!