In what has to be one of the saddest and yet the most heartwarming stories I've ever heard, the tale of a dying stray dog who finally received the love and compassion he never knew right before he died has touched me in more ways than one.
"Ol Boy" was found sick, starving, and alone on the streets of Singapore by a rescue group called Save Our Street Dogs. They picked him up off the ground (where he was lying in his own urine) and took him to a veterinarian, who found that he was infested with ticks, covered in sores, in incredible pain, and possibly suffering from cancer.
After having the ticks removed and receiving blood transfusions, the group found out via an animal communicator (someone who specializes in how animals think and feel) that Ol Boy was dying, and that his last wish was to feel the warmth and security of a loving family.
Take a look at this video clip to hear what happened next.
Oh. My. GOD. Did you bawl like a baby during that video or what? What those men did for that poor dog was one of the gentlest and kindest gestures I've ever witnessed. And as sad as it is that Ol Boy ultimately didn't survive years of living on the streets, knowing that he felt genuinely loved and cared for in his last few hours is somewhat of a comfort.
And the way he was cremated and had his ashes scattered with such dignity and respect was such a moving ending to his tragic life. His story proves even further that no amount of compassion is too small, and it's never too late to show someone they are loved.
What moved you the most about Ol Boy's story?
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