Many of us have been following the story of Phoenix, the abandoned and neglected chow chow that was rescued by Durham Humane Society. We’d hoped for his recovery and then, when his incurable cancer was discovered, we hoped that he would enjoy time with his new adoptive family. We hoped he would have more time than he did.
Phoenix went peacefully to the Rainbow Bridge last Friday, surrounded by the people who loved him most. In the two days prior he had stopped wanting to eat, spent most of his time sleeping and showed little interest in the things that had been giving him joy.
His foster parents Tracy and Mike, Debby Houghton the investigator on his case and Ruby Richards, the shelter manager were all with him at the end giving him hugs and kisses.
Fred, at One Bark at a Time, was able to find the right words to express how we felt about Phoenix and about all animals whose humans have broken a sacred trust.