may-may’s wish: to run on the beach
i’m may-may! i’m a speedy little black dog, sweet as they come. my favorite thing to do is run. after Muttville Senior Dog Rescue took me in, they found that although my spirit is vibrant, my body is worn down and my organs struggle to keep me going. i got to join the hospice program! every day, i look forward to hanging out with my favorite muttville volunteers- you know who you are! – who give love, walks and special care to mutts living at the hospice home with muttville founder sherri franklin. i have my senior moments, and sometimes i just ‘check out’ around the house – but get me outside and i am ready to run! for me, there’s nothing like feeling the wind in my fur as my paws rhythmically pound the sidewalk… and i will joyfully run much farther than you think an old lady can.
when danny boy asked me what was on my bark-it list, i told him my number one wish: i want to run on a beach, feel the sand beneath my paws, and wiggle my toes in the waves. and if my friends can come with me, that would be even better. we could all have a picnic together! thanks to danny’s bark-it list fund for muttville hospice dogs, i got to have a my perfect afternoon:
i had never been to a beach before, but i heard the other mutts talking about this sunny, tranquil place where a dog could just run and run and run without worrying about traffic or cracks in the sidewalk or leashes or anything. it was as awesome as they said! the air was salty and fresh, the sand felt neat under my feet, and i ran as much as i wanted. danny’s friends brought picnic stuff for us dogs – chicken broth to drink and fresh homemade stew to eat. i think the humans had some pizza, but i hardly noticed! the best part came last: julie ran into the waves with me, then linda wrapped me up and held me as we watched the sun disappear beyond the sea. the humans said it was wonderful of me to bring them all together, and that they loved celebrating my life.
i guess it was a bit sentimental to have one of my last days on earth spent watching the sunset together, as we all knew that i would soon follow the sun beyond the horizon. but i have no regrets… with my wishes for love, happiness, and running fulfilled, and having spent some of the best months of my life with my muttville family – i felt like it is ok to go now, to find out what is on the other side. a few days later with my dear friends linda and louise holding my paw, i followed the sun out of sight and into a new kind of day.
thank you muttville senior dog rescue- without your strong foundation of senior rescue we would never have dreamed of creating such joy for homeless dogs with terminal conditions. thank you danny boy, and thank you for your donations to danny’s bark-it list fund for muttville hospice dogs that allowed us to afford the gas and the picnic. the love was free.
About hospice care at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue
Some dogs rescued by Muttville are found to have terminal illnesses at their initial vet check. These mutts are not returned, they are not considered unlovable or even unadoptable – instead they are given a wonderful life at the home of a foster-hospice caregiver, at muttville’s hospice house, or with an adopter. We respect the gifts that each of these creatures brings to the world and to the people who know them, and we hold their paws when it is time for them to go. In the meantime, we strive to “make every day awesome,” as Danny Boy would say.
About Danny Boy’s Bark-It List Fund for Muttville Hospice Dogs
The Bark-It List Fund for Muttville Hospice Dogs was created by Danny Boy, a joyful cattle dog with cancer, to help other dogs in Muttville’s hospice program live their days to the fullest. Danny had his own Bark-It List – that’s a bucket list for dogs – and checked more than 20 wishes off his list during his 15 months with a Muttville foster-hospice family. See pictures of Danny checking things off his bark-it list! His lust for life kept him going strong in spite of his diagnosis of multiple myeloma, and he inspired many people and dogs with his motto, “make every day awesome.” He wanted other dogs with terminal illnesses, and their human companions, to embrace the philosophy “short time or long time, as long as it’s a good time.” Danny’s fund continues to raise money to pay for hospice dogs to live life to the fullest. Do you want to help a lab with cancer enjoy a day at the beach, or a shih tzu with kidney failure be a model for a day? New hospice mutts arrive at Muttville every week, and each one hopes to be chosen to make their wish come true. Check out The Bark-It List Fund for Muttville Hospice Dogs to learn how you can help.
“living with a terminal illness doesn’t have to be sad – in fact, it makes me and the people who know me live with more passion for the moment and love for each other. take it from me – live life while you can, and make it awesome!”