Pets can often feel like a beloved member of the family: we count on their unconditional love and companionship, and in turn, they count on ours.
And for one man in Kentucky, this was especially true recently. 73-year-old James Wathen was so sick and weak that he couldn’t eat, or even speak above a whisper. James told his nurses how much he missed his dog, Bubba, and sensing that it might be their final goodbye, the care team conspired to reunite the best friends.
The only problem? The hospital didn’t allow for the admission of pets. Undeterred, James’ nurses worked in secret with the shelter Bubba had been taken to when James was admitted, and managed to sneak the little pup into the hospital…
Apparently, Bubba had also been doing poorly since he was separated from his best friend. According to the President of the shelter Bubba had been living in, he showed the same symptoms as James…
The dog quit eating a week ago, which is very strange. The dog didn’t know where James was and James didn’t know where the dog was and believe it or not, they both stopped eating at about the same time.
Since the reunion, both James and his best friend have made a complete turnaround. And Bubba now has carte blanche to visit James in the hospital whenever he wants.
Anyone who’s pet has gone missing knows that it is absolutely heartbreaking — after a certain amount of time, you begin to lose hope that you’ll ever find your beloved furry friend again.
13-year old Maddy the cat had been lost for two months when she was found near a local gas station. These boys’ mom took Maddy home to a joyful, tearful reunion with her young humans, who absolutely LOSE IT when they see her.
Everybody loves photos of brand new puppies or videos of dogs in their prime being silly, but what about those pups who have been around for awhile and have settled down in their old age?
Photographer Pete Thorne has been documenting these dogs in their last years for a fantastic series called “Old Faithful.” He’s photographed over 50 dogs so far, with most of them being between 10 and 15 years old.
These are some of our favorites from his beautiful series…