Mandy Weikert and her boyfriend Chris were already animal saviors when they adopted Murphy, who was formerly named Morgan (after Morgan Freeman, naturally) from the BARCS Animal Shelter in Baltimore, Maryland. The couple drove from Pennsylvania to Baltimore and found themselves absolutely in love with the estimated 13 year old senior pooch.
According to the BARCS’ Facebook, Murphy was abandoned on the BARCS property and tied in a place that was hardly visible to the staff on one of the coldest winter nights of the year. Thanks to a dedicated volunteer spotting him he was saved before he froze. They knew virtually nothing of him other then that he was a pretty old guy.
About a week later, BARCS posted an update that Murphy had been officially adopted. His adoptors pledged they would care for him whether he had two months or two years, and that they would spoil him rotten. A few days later, they get another update that Murphy found his calling as a therapy dog for patients undergoing chemotherapy.
That calling was short-lived. Only a few days later, Murphy’s health rapidly declined and he passed away. However, as you can tell from this letter that they sent to BARCS, Mandy and Chris do not regret welcoming Murphy into their home and giving him the best week of his life.
In part, the letter said:
Despite the immense heartbreak this has caused, there is no doubt in my mind that I would do it all again. He was an AMAZING dog and I am so grateful you all brought him into my life. You all played a part in giving him a second chance and because of that he got an amazing week surrounded by people who loved him so very much.
Sadly, many senior dogs don’t get the chance that Murphy had. Murphy’s pawrents went on their local news to talk about why more people should adopt a senior dog.
There are many senior dogs waiting to find homes in shelters and rescues and one of them might be the perfect pup for you. Many senior dogs already know basic training, so you can often skip right to the snuggles and you don’t have to bother with teaching them to sit.
Speaking of snuggles, that’s all most of these pups want to do! Plus, when you adopt a senior dog, you save a life.
If you think you can open your heart and home up for these deserving pups, reach out to your local shelter and see which seniors are waiting for their furever homes.
Feature Image via BARCS Baltimore/ Facebook
H/T: ABC 2 News.