There is heartbreaking news regarding a dog who suffered a lifetime of neglect before finally being rescued. The Chow, dubbed Linus, was taken in by Rocky Ridge Refuge in late August. He was in pitiful condition and suffering from a slew of maladies caused by “extreme neglect.”
Today, Janice Wolf, the rescue group’s founder, let her fans know that Linus passed away suddenly, and without warning. She writes:
Folks, Rescue is hard. Especially when our hopes are high for a new life for a soul that has never known love and care. Life is also unfair. I learned long ago that questioning outcomes we don’t like and can’t understand is futile. We can allow the bad stuff to make us hard and angry and unwilling to continue to put ourselves in positions that may bring the harsh possibility of failure and loss. Or we can resolve to keep on doing what we can, as best we can, even as our hearts are crushed and trembling.
Recounting Linus’ last moments alive:
I am so very sad to report that Linus has passed away. He took his last breath in my arms. He had been so happy and looked so good already, just 4 weeks since his rescue. I was outside with him to take photos to update you all on him. He was feeling so good. He started trotting across the yard and I was focused to take a pic of him in action. He suddenly stopped and quickly sank to the ground. I ran to him and cradled him as he took one more breath and then he was gone. His very damaged heart just gave out on him.
Adding words of regret for the suffering Linus endured, and accolades for his grateful demeanor:
He deserved so much more than 4 weeks of a proper life. He was so appreciative of everything. All I know to do to honor his sweet spirit is to keep helping others like him. Linus was loving and grateful, even after a lifetime of suffering . Lets all be like Linus.
Rest in peace sweet Linus.
(Image via Rocky Ridge Refuge)
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