Hippo’s Last Hurrah: Dying Shelter Dog Lives His Final Day Awash In Love


Hippo was a stray, a shar-pei who came into the Adams County Animal Shelter in Brighton, CO, earlier this month.

His face had multiple tumors and his overall health was failing, vets said, but Sophiane Nacer, at just 19 already the founder of Cayleb’s Kindred Senior Dog Rescue, wanted to make sure that this sick and long-neglected senior had one beautiful day before he fell asleep forever.

State law mandated that Hippo be held at the shelter for five days. Nacer sprung him as soon as the hold expired.

Despite the obvious hard life he’d been living, Hippo was sweet, calm, loving and accepting of love. His tail wagged and he reveled at the wind in this face on this special freedom ride to the park, where he enjoyed a puppaccino from Starbucks, the company of other dogs, the smells, and even a good, long drink from the lake.

Not surprisingly, after five hours of treats and exploring, of love and affection, the old boy was tired.

Nacer brought Hippo home and a vet paid a visit — with a mountain of roast chicken in tow.

Hippo scarfed his fill happily, fell asleep peacefully and then passed.

Nacer — and other rescuers like her who specialize in senior dogs, even those who are ailing — believe that every dog should know love and kindness, fun and happiness, before their time is up and hope to inspire others to give seniors, who have so much love to give, a chance.

Hippo’s life was clearly difficult. He wore it on his sweet, grey-tinged face.

But his last day, at the least, was wonderful from end-to end.