Vet Intervenes During Man's Request With Dogs
Kristin Danley 1/10/2019
It's the most soul-crushing decision a pet owner could ever make: to euthanize a sick or injured four-legged friend. Their suffering shouldn't be prolonged, but at the same time, an owner's heart is being broken into a million little pieces at having to say goodbye forever to the most loyal friend ever.
Sam and Cosmo are best buds. The pointer and lab mix were raised together, but their owner decided they were too old to be around anymore.
So the owner took the dogs to a veterinarian in Indiana for a "convenience euthanasia." The 10-year-old dogs were in terrific health for their age, in great spirits and absolute sweethearts.
The vet instantly realized he could not euthanize them. There was nothing wrong with them.
The owner refused to take the dogs back with him, so the vet stepped in and saved them. The vet contacted Penny Emerson with Begin Again Rescue Co., who swooped in and promised to help Sam and Cosmo find a wonderful home to live out the rest of their lives.
Penny told the NWI Times the back story behind these sweet two dogs. It turns out they simply were no longer wanted.
“The owner got a divorce and was moving in with his new girlfriend, who said she was allergic. Apparently there was a change in his life plans, and they weren’t a part of that. It was really sad,” she said. “He wasn’t taking them back that day. He could have left them on the side of the road, who knows. There are some vets who would’ve put them down.”
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Sam and Cosmo knew something was happening when Penny picked them up. Their spirits were low and they seemed defeated.
“We had to make them special food to get them to eat. Eventually though, we got them to perk up," she said.
After some TLC, Penny transferred them to Peoples Animal Welfare Society where it didn't take long for their luck to turn around. Eric and Tiffany Dybas of Illinois had heard about the pair and were still mourning the loss of their beloved dog.
Sam and Cosmo needed a new home. Eric and Tiffany needed a new dog, or two, to love.
“Someone had shared the article and we just lost our Chihuahua, Brutus, in June,” Tiffany Dybas told ABC. “And we had him for 17 years. And it just spoke to me because we just had a senior dog and I couldn’t imagine just dumping him off somewhere. So, we just saw the story about the dogs and it just broke our hearts.”
Eric Dybas encouraged others to consider adopting senior dogs and help ensure that their Golden Years are wonderful. It's the least people could do for a dog that gives them unconditional love.
“If you have the room, and have the ability, and you’re willing to take that step and see what you get — it’s not a bad thing,” Eric Dybas said. “There’s plenty out there and they all deserve a chance.”
The Dybas' stay in touch with Emerson and share stories of how great the dogs are doing, and they share the dogs' adventures on their very own Instagram page. They are allowed to sleep in the couple's cozy bed at night, they have a lush yard and free rein of the house.
Thanks to a vet who recognized Sam and Cosmo still had years of love left to give and a couple who needed that love, the dogs have a bright future, no matter how long that may be.