Three-year-old Labrador mix Moose broke everyone’s heart for what he did when his owner passed away. The Lab’s owner suffered from cancer and passed away in the hospital a year after adopting Moose. However, the dog was pictured waiting patiently by his owner’s empty hospital bed. We can’t say if Moose understood the fact that his owner had passed away. It was apparent, though, that the dog was very broken. The heartbreaking thing about this was that you couldn’t communicate to the Lab, and he obviously couldn’t talk back. For all Moose knew, maybe his owner didn’t want him anymore and left him. Although, all parties involved did as much as they could to help the loyal dog.
Something people do not tend to realize is that we are a dog’s whole life. Once we adopt a dog, they have no other family or friend other than those who took them home. We encompass the animal’s life, and in return, they offer unconditional love and loyalty. That’s also why it’s so hard on them when owners pass away. Moose probably found it painful and confusing when he couldn’t find his owner. Although he only spent a year with him, the way the Lab mourned and lamented the loss of his owner was heart-wrenching. Dogs like Moose exist everywhere, and it’s hard to help everyone, but it’s good to do your bit where you can.
Dogs have emotions too. They can also show tremendous grief in the face of loss. Labs like Moose and other dogs probably feel the brunt of losing a loved one more than humans. There’s a reason they’re referred to as a man’s best friend. They show uncomparable love and loyalty to their owners. That attachment can quickly become a curse as well when something tragic happens. Dogs display the same kind of signs when they’re in mourning as a human might do. They become depressed and listless, lose their appetite, and refuse to partake in their favorite activities. They’ll also sleep more than usual, move about much slower, and generally sulk around.
The Eleventh Hour Rescue is a dedicated non-profit in New Jersey that saves animals from death row. They’re a volunteer-based organization that protects innocent pets like Moose from being put down. The rescue service provides the abandoned pets with medical assistance and shelter. Their goal is to find a loving home for these animals, and they try and achieve this through their vast network. The service is not subsidized by the government and does not receive corporate funding. That shows how dedicated the owners are to their mission. They found Moose waiting by the hospital bed of his late owner. The heart-wrenching sight made them take him in and search tirelessly for a new home for the Lab.