By the time you reach the age of 90, you’ve experienced a lot of loss. None of which is easy. However, in those most tender and sad moments, it’s a gift to be able to say goodbye.
In this video, a 90-year-old man sadly bids farewell to his neighbor’s dog, a chocolate lab that has turned a sugary white from old age.
He and the dog are good friends. And, the dog adored him. He brought her biscuits every day and she undoubtedly looked forward to each visit with her buddy. He’s surely going to miss her.
Even though it broke his heart to do so, her owner let him accompany her to the bridge to say goodbye. She still gets excited to see the man, even after all these years, as evidenced by the fact that she welcomes him with a wagging tail.
She spends her final moments laying on the green grass in her yard, with her family nearby, when he goes to her. Despite his age, he kneels down on the ground to rub her sweet belly and show her how much he loves her.
She can no longer frantically seek him out. She seems to be unable to support her own weight at this point. Even yet, she keeps her chin up and exudes joy upon his arrival. She seemed to appreciate his presence and expresses it openly.
He tries to coax her to take a sip of water by offering her his hand. As her owner gently strokes her, she comforts herself by licking the water from his palm.
The moment is equally heartwarming and heartbreaking. Saying goodbye to a loyal dog is one of the most difficult things in the world. Being able to stay by their side and offer love and comfort is one of life’s greatest gifts.