It’s never easy to find a new home for a dog, but it’s especially difficult when the owner has died. The dog not only has to deal with the heartbreak of losing their loving owner, but has to find someone else to care for them. .It can be a difficult transition, but thanks to a very caring nurse, one dog recently found the perfect new home.
Kim Still is a nurse at Northside Hospital Gwinnett in Gwinnett County, Georgia. One of her patients she cared for was an elderly, terminally ill woman, with whom she formed a close connection.
As the end neared, the woman had one big concern: what would happen to her beloved dog, a chihuahua named Jax, after she died.
She didn’t have any children.She didn’t have any relatives nearby.”All she really had was this dog,” Kim explained to WSB-TV. To make matters worse, when the patient died, the family instructed Kim to surrender the dog to a shelter.”I was very concerned that he wouldn’t be given a fair chance and might be put down if he didn’t get out of the shelter,” Kim said.Concerned about what would happen to her late patient’s beloved dog, Kim went above and beyond by adopting the dog herself !
According to the DAISY Foundation, Kim went to the shelter and adopted Jax, “ensuring that he would have the best life with her.”
The patient reportedly knew Jax was in good hands before she died, and was able to “pass peacefully.”
For Kim, it was a way to help a patient in a way that went beyond healthcare, and it shows the real human connection formed between nurses and their patients.
.”I could never have predicted the bond you develop with some people when you take care of them,” Kim told WSB-TV.”They completely transformed my life.”