Family Adopts Dying Dog to Give Him Best Last Days Ever

“I wanted him to hear those words and see those faces of the people who love him,” said Alicia.

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Butch the Boston terrier was never given much of a chance.  After he was basically dumped off and left by his family in Pinson, Alabama, he spent the next two years on the streets eating garbage and doing whatever was necessary to survive.  He was found just before Thanksgiving this year by a family, and they made it a point to make sure Butch had the best end of life scenario possible.

Alicia Buzbee and her daughter, Kansas Humphrey, came across Butch just before Thanksgiving.  Upon finding the dog, they took him to a vet to be checked out, and there was more than just homelessness that was wrong with him.  All that time with no one to care for him left the dog with limited lung capacity, a leaky trachea and a swollen heart.  Humane euthanasia seemed to be the only thing to do.

Alicia and Kansas agreed that was probably for the best, but came up with a smashing idea.  Before Butch left this world for good, they were going to give him the best days he would probably ever know.  He was taken to a fire station to see Santa, and then they threw him a big party complete with guests and gifts at a local park.

The party menu consisted of cheeseburgers and pumpkin pie, and that evening he got to snuggle up with Kansas to sleep.  The family was hoping that giving Butch some much needed TLC would help him come around medically as well.

“The heart can do so many things when it gets what it needs,” said Alicia.

After Thanksgiving however, Butch’s medical conditions took a turn for the worse.  He had to be brought to medical personnel, and he was really struggling to keep going.  So, it was decided with heavy hearts that Butch would be humanely put down, with the best family he had ever known right by his side to the end.  Alicia made sure to look him in the eyes and tell him how much he was loved.

“I wanted him to hear those words and see those faces of the people who love him,” said Alicia.

What an amazing family, and a great way to really show gratitude during this time of year.

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171 thoughts on “Family Adopts Dying Dog to Give Him Best Last Days Ever

  1. My heart aches when I think about what goes through this poor helpless dogs mind. How can people be so cruel? I really hope there’s a special kind of hell for people that abuse, neglect and abandon their pets. Thank you Lord for angels like this family, that had compassion and love for this sweet little guy on his last days on this earth.

  2. No words can amount to what u did for butch! That was an amazing thing u did and brought tears to my eyes. It’s great to know there are still wonderful people out there. U sent him over the rainbow bridge knowing he was loved.

  3. I’m crying. But also what a wonderful story! More people ought to do big selfless acts such as these. There’s no doubt that by his final breath, all Butch knew of life was the love he was shown in his final days.

  4. what can we do to keep animals away from disgusting people? because, people don’t change! maybe laws need to be done according to reality.

  5. Oh what a beautiful end ! Hate those owners who dumped him & left him to fend for himself ! Rot in hell!

  6. I really detest people at times… especially like this. What did that poor little dog do to deserve this? Thank you to the kind hearts which gave him some fun at the end.

  7. I wish we could splash peoples faces on the news and media outlets of people caught abusing and abandoning animals. I bet they would think twice about it. Punishment should be as severe as a human child. My reasoning they live a lot less than we do. So for 10 years those animals deserve joy and love!

  8. I cried as I read this story.. What you did for this dog was amazing.. God bless you. There is a special place in heaven for dogs like Butch, as there is for people like yourself …. The real meaning of thanksgiving shinning thru.

  9. Karma well get those that left sweet butch you and you daughter did a sweet thing for him ♡♡♡♡ thank you for caring about the sweet butch like manuela said

  10. i will never understand how anyone can just “dump” their pet, leave them behind. Such a sad story but grateful for Alicia and Kansas for giving Butch the love he deserved til the end. RIP Butch!!

  11. So sad to think his family left him to die on the street. God bless this family that have him love. RIP sweet baby.

  12. We did that to an elderly cat a few years back. Their owner had died and the cats needed a home for their last few weeks of life <3

  13. There must be some ninjas cutting onions in here because this brought a tear to my eyes. I am glad he got to know love for a few days before he passed. Every animal deserves to know love.

  14. May God Bless you Butch. And the wonderful family that showed you love in your best last days. Please God, take care of Butch. I know you are with God now. You are safe and are being loved unconditionally. Amen.

  15. It took a lot of courage to do that, I mean it is heart breaking. That sweet baby knowing so much pain in such a short life and finally finding someone that cared. You had the courage to give your heart to this little guy, and stay with him to the end, I know that feeling and what it takes. I admire you and am happy the little guy had for a brief moment paradise on earth.

  16. This is Rocky, the “discarded” Boston that we rescued. He has numerous health problems, and isn’t real comfortable being handled by humans but we love him to pieces. He has been with us 3 years and is between 12 and 15 years old. He will have the best life we can possibly give him after his obvious mistreatment by whoever abandoned him before.

  17. We hope for miracles in situations like this ………….and the miracle was that Butch found Kansas and her mom…….RIP Butch……..the love they gave you will surround you as you travel beyond the rainbow bridge.

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