Dying Dog Who Spent Whole Life In Chains Ticks Off Bucket List In Final Days
Get prepared to cry your eyes out, because a dog who spent her entire life chained up outside on a small patch of dirt has ticked off an impressive bucket list in her final days.
The heart-breaking story of Miss Willie, an adorable Corgi mix, has hit headlines after she was rescued by workers from the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals and was treated to a number of fun activities including a birthday party, pizza night, canoe ride and a spa day.
Miss Willie spent 12 years tethered to a tree, before her owner finally handed her over to animal rights' workers where she lived out her final 16 days having fun, surrounded by people who cared for her.
As well as a trip to the beach, a ride on a fire engine and a massage, Miss Willie also got to spend her first ever night sleeping on a soft bed for the first ever trip. Jesus, is someone chopping onions in here?
PETA in Halifax County, North Carolina, first spotted poor Miss Willie over 10 years ago, when they found her tied up outside a house. They begged the owner to hand release the dog and allow them to find her a better home, however, the owner always refused.
According to the to a blog shared by PETA, workers from the charity would visit the dog regularly where they cared for her and made sure she was well - providing her with food and water, toys, treats and plenty of attention.
They also brought her a kennel, which was filled with straw, to keep her warm and dry during the colder months.
Earlier this month, worker Jes Cochran visited the dog and found her in poor health, suffering from a cough and struggling to stand. As poor Miss Willie's health got worse, her owner finally agreed to hand over the pooch who was then taken to a vet, where it was found she was suffering from heart-worm disease, lung tumours and various other problems.
Knowing that her death was just around the corner, workers decided to give her the best final days possible and pulled together an impressive bucket list, to give her 'what she deserved'.
A PETA spokesperson wrote: "Everybody loved Miss Willie. The little Corgi mix was pretty hard to resist with her wagging banner of a tail; her jaunty, self-assured walk; and her sweet little face that still looked puppyish and up for any adventure even when she had grown very old and sick."
The charity is now campaigning to ensure that 'no other dog will have to suffer chained up, forgotten and lonely' like Miss Willie.
Featured Image Credit: PETA