Saddened by the death of one of her patients and by the placement of her dog in a shelter, a nurse decided to come to the aid of the canine. She welcomed him into her home with open arms to give him a fresh start.
The death of a terminally ill patient was heartbreaking for Kim Still, the nurse who took care of her. The fate of this elderly lady's dog was of great concern to her, because he had found himself in a shelter after the latter's disappearance. The young woman wanted to do something for this bereaved quadruped.
Kim Still works at Northside Hospital Gwinnett, a hospital located in Lawrenceville, Georgia (Southern United States). Recently, she was caring for the owner of Jax, a Chihuahua cross. Seriously ill, she was at the end of her life and she often confided in the nurse.
Between her and Kim Still, a special bond had been established thanks to these exchanges. Before her death, she had expressed her concern for the fate of her faithful 4-legged friend. “She had no children. She had no family nearby. All she had was this dog,” the caregiver told the New York Post.
When the lady died in hospital, family members came and put Jax in a shelter. Kim Still knew she couldn't leave it there. "I was very afraid that he wouldn't have a real chance and that he would end up being euthanized," she says.
“One of the most affectionate dogs that can exist”
The nurse already had a dog, but she was ready to adopt a second one to save him. She did this by going to the foster home and signing the adoption documents.
Jax was thus able to discover his new home and get to know his congener. “He is so nice. He's one of the most affectionate dogs there is,” she says of the Chihuahua cross.
For her, the memory of her late patient lives on through Jax. In addition, her presence reminds her every day why she decided to do this beautiful job; helping others, in this case.