Before You Go To Heaven…

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Before You Go To Heaven By Ashley Owen Hill

Annie had never known happiness. She had been beaten, starved, and neglected all of her life, and then she was dumped in a shelter to die.

Annie waited on death row, terrified and lonely… crying every night for someone to help her. She was very ill, so the pound asked if I was willing to take her. Yep, I’m on my way.

When I saw Annie, it was obvious that she was very sick. She was underweight, coughing, and having trouble breathing, in addition to severe skin and eye issues. The vet told me that Annie had advanced heartworm disease, congestive heart failure, and several other life-threatening conditions.

It was highly unlikely that she would pull through any of the treatments, and she would suffer tremendously throughout the process. The vet asked me if I wanted to go ahead with euthanasia. I replied: “Not yet. I’ll bring her back next week. Annie needs to know love… before she goes to Heaven.”

That day, I brought Annie home with me. I looked at her… so broken, so sickly, so unsure of whether she could trust… and I cried. I sobbed uncontrollably for Annie. Over the sad life she had led, the abuse she had endured, and now the life she would never have… thanks to the worthless people who never cared for her. And while I was bawling like a baby, Annie walked over and licked my tears, as if to say: “Don’t be sad. It’ll be okay.” I was speechless.

This precious, wounded soul was comforting me. This girl, who had never known compassion in her life, was consoling me. And so, I got up, stopped my crying, and vowed to give her the best week of her entire life. No more crying. Not around Annie. She deserves to know only happiness now.

That week, Annie slept in the bed with me. She ate the best food. She played as much as her little heart could stand. She laid next to me on the couch for belly rubs. She laughed at funny movies with me. That week, Annie was special. That week, Annie was home… for the first time in her life.

Every day, Annie and I sat on my special bench by Rudy’s grave and talked to him. I told Rudy that he would have a new friend in Heaven soon, and I asked him to take care of her. I told Rudy all about Annie, and Annie all about Rudy. Annie loved our talks with Rudy. She loved anything that involved love… she’d never had it before.

When Annie got so weak that it was painful for her to live, I took her to the vet to end her suffering. I stayed with her, I comforted her… and Annie wasn’t afraid. She was happy, because I was there with her. Her mom was by her side… the only family she had ever known. The only person who had ever truly loved her. She was finally safe.

Annie knew it was time… it hurt too much to go on. And I was there to hold her, to love her, to say, “It’s okay. You can go now, baby girl.” And as they stuck her with the needle… I whispered into her ear… “Know that I loved you. Know that you mattered. Know that you finally belonged to someone—you were everything to me. You will never really be gone, because you’ll live forever in my heart. Thank you for sharing your last days with me. It was truly an honor to love you.”

As the drugs entered Annie’s veins, she looked up at me one last time, and her eyes said… “Thank you for saving me. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for showing me what life could be like… and for giving me a family. I always wanted one. I love you.” And just before she closed her eyes forever, I said: “When you get to Heaven, ask for Rudy. Tell him I sent you.”

And then… she was gone. I buried Annie in my backyard next to Rudy. She died on September 14, 2010. But the week before her death… she finally lived.

Ashley Owen Hill

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Dog fighting for survival after spending eight days lying by dead owner

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“Oh…this is just heartbreaking, that is one little dog who has, what I wish all dogs could have…Love…unconditional love from the owner to to the dog, from the dog to the owner! Praying the little guy will make it & hopefully, find room in his heart to love & be loved again…watch the video at the link below! 

Vets are battling to save the life of a dog who is believed to have spent up to eight days lying beside the body of his dead owner.

The devoted Jack Russell cross, aptly named Jack, was discovered extremely emaciated and dehydrated at the pensioner’s side last week.

But, despite being hours from death, the loyal nine-year-old pet was devastated to be prized away from the remains of the 72-year-old woman, who had adopted him from a rescue home five years ago.

The identity of the deceased owner is being closely guarded until all family members have been informed of her passing, but she is understood to be a retired nurse who moved to Scotland as a young woman.

Worried friends visited her remote countryside home at Kinnell, near Arbroath, Angus, when they hadn’t heard from her in over a week before finding her dead.

The cause of the woman’s death is unclear as yet, but it is understood she died of natural causes.

Jack was rushed to a local veterinary practice, where he has spent the last few days undergoing intensive treatment.

He is now being cared for at the Arbroath home of Ian Robb, founder of the Help for Abandoned Animals Charity, who said on Wednesday that the dog’s condition is still “touch and go”.

Mr Robb said: “The wee man is not out of the woods yet. He is a very, very sad wee boy at the moment.“He was found by this lady’s side and we believe he could have been there for eight days. We think he was less than a day from death.”

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