UPDATE: Rest in Peace Ruger

Ruger passed in Jason’s arms surround by all his family at the vet clinic. He fought like hell to live. But today, he let us know he was ready.

On Sunday we gave up an update on Ruger, the Great Dane mix from Greeneville, Tenn., found this past November in a garage. After weeks of care and the heart-breaking diagnosis of a pituitary gland tumor, many hoped a miracle will help Ruger live a few more weeks, yet this did not happen. It is with a heavy heart that we inform you Ruger was humanly put to sleep yesterday.

Rest in peace Ruger. Photo Credit: Bright Home Animal Rescue/ Facebook
Rest in peace Ruger. Photo Credit: Bright Home Animal Rescue/ Facebook

 

Amanda and Jason Hopson, founders of Bright Home Animal Rescued, hoped to nurse the abandoned and abused dog back to health, but after discovering his tumor and learning that the dog was too weak to withstand radiation treatment they made the hard decision to bring Ruger back home and allow him to live the rest of his days pain free and surrounded by love.

At first Ruger seemed happy and healthy enough to enjoy a few more days if not weeks with the Hopsons. The dog was playing and eating, but a day after coming home, the dog deteriorated and stopped eating once again.

Yesterday, rescuers made the difficult decision to let Ruger go and humanly put him to sleep.

“I am fighting through the tears to find the words for this post,” said Bright Home Animal Rescue on their Facebook wall. ” We had to make the difficult decision to let our precious Ruger go to heaven today. He passed in Jason’s arms surround by all his family at the vet clinic. He fought like hell to live. But today, he let us know he was ready. He may have not gotten the happy ending that we were praying for, but he didn’t die alone on that cold November night.”

The organization knows that Ruger’s struggles were not in vain. The dog brought a community together and brought to light the truth about animal abuse and neglect. Many think animal abuse only happens in ASPCA commercials, but Ruger became the face of abuse in a community thatΒ believed abused didn’t happen near home.

Bright Home Animal Rescue wants to honor Ruger’s memory and they plan to help many more pets in need.

504 thoughts on “UPDATE: Rest in Peace Ruger

  1. on no πŸ™ rip pup Ruger. So precious his human was there to hold him…while he went to sleep. run and play with the angel pups in heaven Ruger xoxo

  2. It is hard I know, and it does not ever go away, We console ourselves with the fact that , Our babies no longer feel pain, that now they are free of pain and just waiting at the rainbow bridge.

  3. So sorry for the terrible loss his family is feeling now. Take comfort in knowing you showed Ruger what love is, you brought him joy, and his suffering has come to an end.

  4. So very sorry for your loss.
    Thank you for loving and caring for Ruger and sharing him with us. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  5. My thoughts are w you. The greatest kindness we can do for our furry loved friends, take good care of them and hold them as they pass, so sorry for you. This never gets easier: (

  6. So sorry for your loss. Glad he had love until the end, it makes a huge difference to their little souls.

  7. At the rainbow bridge with many of our furry loves may you run free and happy Ruger…and Hugs…I share your pain and not a day goes by when I don’t miss mine.

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