At ten years of age, Napoleon was surrendered to a shelter with inoperable masses and a limited life expectancy. After months of doting on him at the rescue, he went home as a permanent foster with Elaine and Justin in October 2018 expecting that his was truly hospice care.
Elaine and Justin are no ordinary humans. For years, they have been showing up every Saturday morning to feed, clean and care for the dogs. They showered Napoleon with the same devotion. Before he went home with them, they would bring him to the garden or a yard after their exhausting work and spend quiet time with him. After he became a part of their family, they brought him with them on Saturday mornings – hovering, waiting, staying close by them in the kitchen and laundry as they came in and out of the kennel.
“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. “Pooh!” he whispered. “Yes, Piglet?” “Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s paw. “I just wanted to be sure of you.” ~ A.A. Milne
Napoleon went on to live another two years with Elaine and Justin – probably the best, most spoiled years of his life. The power of love.
Fly free sweet boy. Wait for them at the bridge.
12 thoughts on “The Power of Love”
God Bless these wonderful, caring people. So glad that beautiful boy had two happy years with them.
Beautiful! I just wish that there were more people around like that, not only for the benefit of dogs .. but also for the benefit of mankind. Sadly “compassion”, in any context, seems to be going out of style.
What a wonderful gift for the dog, and I suspect his people considered those two years a gift as well.
sweet story. sweet boy.. sweet years with Elaine and Justin
The world is full of caring souls. They’re out there making a quiet different in the lives of another child, an adult or a sweet dog. Thank you to these loving souls. I’m sorry for your loss.
Thank you, Elaine and Justin, for giving this sweet pup a loving, safe home and the happy life he deserved. And thank you, Ogee, for this beautiful post.
Thank you, Elaine and Justin, for giving this sweet pup a loving, safe home and the happy life he deserved. And thank you, Ogee, for this beautiful post on the incredible power of love.
That boy was truest special. Every Saturday I went to the barn and saw him
Waiting. He received pets from everyone and was sweet, but he was always waiting for his parents to be done with work. There was just something special about him. I will miss him too…
Aw, what a lucky boy to have found such love so late in life! ❤
You are the only person I know who can tell a story about passing on and it has a happy ending. Applause to these two caring folks. 🙂
I’m crying now. Just as I did when our beloved Radar went to the bridge. My heart goes out to Elaine and Justin and to all of you who knew and loved Napoleon.