An owner who has had to give up a dog following a terminal diagnosis has left a moving handwritten note for both the dog's rescuers and the dog herself.
Missie, a six-year-old Springer Spaniel, is now in the care of a fosterer with the rescue and rehoming network Spaniel Aid UK. The charity shared the story on Facebook, prompting an outpouring of love and support from other dog owners.
The letter begins:
To Missie; It has been a privilege to have had you in my life.
You will be in my heart forever.
I will wait for you on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge, and you me!
I'm so sorry I had to give you up.
The letter also includes a note to Missie's new foster carer, Jane, expressing hopes and wishes for Missie's new life.
Missie is currently being assessed by Spaniel Aid UK but given the amazing reaction to her situation, the right home will surely be just around the corner. You can find out how to support Spaniel Aid UK on the group's Facebook page.
Additionally, if you are concerned about what will happen to your dog if you pass away, there are provisions you can make. Many animal rescue charities offer schemes to ensure pets are looked after in cases of bereavement, and offer peace of mind for owners. One such scheme is Dogs Trust's Canine Care Card.
Featured image via Spaniel Aid UK