Meet Our Hospice Foster Dogs
Here are Brighter Days we love our hospice program. We try to take in as many hospice dogs as we have funds and fosters for. So many people dump their older dogs at shelters when the vet bills get too high, or the medical care gets to be too much. We truly feel no dog should die alone in a shelter. We have the ability to make these senior dogs feel loved and at peace for however long they have left.
Meet our newest little hospice boy, Milo (FKA Mike).
Milo was found, most likely dumped, in rural New Mexico. He was covered in bugs, mats, dirt, you name it. We were hoping Milo would come to CO, get completely vetted, and hopefully find a new family.
Unfortunately, when Milo got here and had his full exam, we found out that Milo is in heart failure. On top of that he has multiple broken and rotting teeth and is in severe pain to the point where he will barely eat. It was hard to come up with a game plan since putting Milo under anesthesia is a very big risk due to his heart, but not doing a dental would just cause a life of pain for the little guy. We decided we are going to do a couple weeks of heart meds to try to get his heart as strong as possible, and then we are going to try a dental in hopes he can live out the remainder of his life pain-free and enjoying food.
Since Milo has so many health issues and seems to be a lot older than we originally thought, he is going to stay in the Brighter Days hospice program and will spend the remainder of his life with our wonderful hospice foster Chaucee.
He will get SO much love, snuggles good food, and all the medical care needed. His last days, no matter how many left (and we are hoping for a lot) will be his best day!
Pictures and words cannot describe the condition this poor girl is in. In all the years we have been doing rescue we have never seen a dog as skinny as Leia, that is still alive. She is weak, nervous, not feeling great, and constantly cold. We have given her a little nest with heated blankets and tons of different kinds of food while we figure out what she likes.
It’s clearly been so long since she has eaten it’s been really hard to get her little body adjusted to eating again so it’s a tough process all day long, just one bite at a time.
Despite what Leia has been through she is SO sweet and so loving. Her adorable eyes just constantly ask for love and gentle touches.
Rainbow bridge hospice dogs
Rosie was a tiny toy poodle who was deaf and blind with mobility issues. She was found as a stray in New Mexico, roaming the streets with a bum leg.
Once Rosie arrived in Colorado she was scooped up into the arms of her forever foster momma to live out her best days in the Colorado mountains with her fellow dog and cat siblings.
She was a woman full of opinions, attached to her foster mom 24/7, and never met a bite of food she didn’t like.
Unfortunately. Rosie passed away from bone cancer on June 30, 2020 after 2.5 years spent living her best life in foster care. Her mom misses her dearly and thanks everyone who donated to her care.
Ruthie came to Brighter Days because her owners knew she was older and did not want to be burdened with the medical expenses of an older dog.
When Ruthie got to Brighter Days she had a big lump on her chest. We took her to the vet to find out that she had aggressive cancer that had spread.
Ruthie was loved on by her foster family for a couple of weeks until her little body couldn’t do it anymore. She was so loved and surrounded by her foster family when it was time for her to cross the rainbow bridge.
Mr. Rodgers was a tiny blind poodle found in the worst possible shape, roaming the streets of TX. How he was still alive was beyond us. He was picked up by animal control and nobody ever came for him…clearly someone didn’t want him and dumped him on the side of the road.
Mr. Rodgers landed in the loving arms of his hospice foster Chaucee, where he lived out his remaining days in a loving home. He passed away March 13, 2021.
Emma was 17 when she was dumped in a shelter. She was dumped because her owner passed away and the family didn’t want to care for an elderly dog.
We felt the shelter was no place for a sweet little dog to take her last breath. One of our wonderful fosters here stepped up. She spent the week curled up in her fosters mom’s lap literally 24-7 and crossed the rainbow bridge at home in her sleep. She was so sweet and so loved and comfortable when her time came.
Sweet Gracie was left at a shelter in Denver City, Texas because her owners were unable to care for her in her old age. We knew that a shelter was no place for a dog as sick as Gracie so we got her to Colorado as soon as we could. Unfortunately Gracie’s conditioned continued to worsen. She enjoyed one last full week of life in the Colorado mountains before she passed away peacefully in her foster mom’s arms.
Josie came to us at age 16 because her owner had 9 dogs and was too sick to care for them anymore. Josie made her way to CO and was with Brighter Days for about 7 months before she stopped eating and just really made it clear to her foster Momma that is was her time.
Her favorite thing was to wander around the back yard and smell all the flowers. She couldn’t really see or hear and just loved the fresh air. Saying goodbye to Ms. Josie was so hard, but she was so loved and so happy her 7 months here, we couldn’t have asked for anything more.