There are many different ways in which our animal companions may provide us with solace and support. They may provide companionship, an opportunity for physical activity and self-actualization, as well as a sense of purpose, and sometimes even keep us going.
Ken Penda, who is now 80 years old, has had the same dog for the last 14 years. In addition to providing him with the company and unconditional affection, the dog has given him a reason to go outside every day and take the dog for a walk.
Neighbors came together to provide assistance when they saw Ken in a distressed state with a sick dog.
What occurred after this demonstrates, simply and clearly, precisely how closely tied we are to our animals and how much we depend on them.
Ken and his dog Zack, who was 16 years old at the time, resided in a mobile home development in Hemet, California. His neighbors said that he was pleasant to talk to but that he often kept to himself.
That is until his dog was gravely sick, and Ken discovered that he did not have the financial means to get him to the veterinarian.
According to Ken’s neighbor Carol Burt, who saw the incident, “Ken stayed in tears… He said, “I do not understand what the next step is.” I wish I had the money to take him to the vet, but I don’t.
Carol has made the decision to publish on social media about the predicament of her neighbor in the hopes that someone may be able to assist Ken in treating his beloved dog.
Her request was met with a response from Elaine Seamans, the founder of the At-Choo Foundation, a rescue group that assists dogs in need of medical treatment.
Elaine tried all in her power to save Zack, who was diagnosed with “glaucoma, severe arthritis, and a 6/6 heart murmur, making any form of operation difficult.” Despite her best efforts, Elaine was unable to save Zack.
Zack did not make it, and Elaine issued a status update on Facebook in which she said, “Prof. Zack’s loving father was with him as his heart was launched from his body that had ceased functioning for him.” Zack did not make it. He is now acting like a playful puppy and doing all in his power to make others happy and pleased.
On the other hand, however, the miserableness does not stop there.
The At-Choo Foundation sent a letter on Ken’s behalf thanking all of his well-wishers who had sent cards and words of sorrow but said he was suffering a “vacuum of loneliness.” This message was purportedly written by Ken.
Ken had a heart attack not long after he had to say goodbye to his beloved Zack. Everyone who has ever had a pet and cared for it deeply knows how upsetting it is when the animal passes away. May Ken and his beloved dog Zack both rest in peace forever.
Please share this as a memorial to these two creatures who were such a support to one other.