There will never be enough love to console someone who loses a loved one forever. This, which is so understandable in humans, also happens to little animals, and in an even more intense and desolate way.
That was the drama that cute Oscar, a ginger cat, was going through after his soul brother Dexter, a beautiful and loyal pit bull, crossed the rainbow bridge.
His family knew they had to take urgent action to comfort the poor grieving kitty, or he would die.
Dexter was suffering from a serious illness, but despite his condition he passed away unexpectedly. Which, while it was good for the pit bull because he died a sweet death, it didn’t give the kitty time to prepare.
The poor thing was consumed with grief. No doubt, he was left with a big void in his life that was really hard to fill.
Soon, the effects of Dexter’s departure were devastating on the cat’s health. The kitty suffered from Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), which was already under control.
But, after losing his friend, the disease came back with a vengeance, all because he missed his doggy companion too much and was stressed all the time.
That’s when Oscar’s owners learned about a frail, sick pit bull puppy named Jude.
Not only was he blind, but he also had spinal deformities.
In an incredible act of mercy, they didn’t hesitate to adopt him to offer him a better life, as they thought it would be the best solution to heal Oscar’s broken heart….
And they weren’t wrong!
Before being adopted, Jude lived at the Lennon Legacy Sanctuary. And despite his blindness, he never let anything stop him from living his best life. He loved to play and loved every little animal that crossed his path.
He was a master navigator through life without ever losing energy or speed.
With his carefree, charming and always-on-the-go personality, it was only a matter of time before the forlorn ginger kitty was bound to take notice of him!
“When he first came to us, I promised him that his life would matter. And that’s why I like to share him with everyone else. He’s been a great healer for our whole family,” said his owners.
While Jude was an absolute goofball with other dogs, he somehow knew that depressed little Oscar was in a different kind of pain.
So he not only embraced the cat with his comforting love, but gradually allowed him to break free from the shackles of his overwhelming pain.
The duo soon developed an indestructible bond. Seeing them together around the house, cuddling, keeping each other company, playing and comforting each other, was the most telling lesson in love their owners received while on this earth.
“The healing powers and optimistic attitude of this differently abled boy have certainly instilled in everyone a rare perspective on how to live life to the fullest, against all odds!” they noted, touched.
His family recorded several particularly touching scenes, which they posted on the sanctuary’s Instagram account.
It’s hard not to get emotional:
But, a year after Jude had mended Oscar’s heart, and transformed the entire lives of his family and millions around the world, the poor kitty couldn’t overcome his intestinal illness. And he crossed the rainbow bridge in early 2020.
He was finally reunited with his beloved Dexter. But, he couldn’t leave alone; sadly, last month, Jude joined him in heaven as well, leaving his family devastated.
In the past few months, Jude had to undergo 2 surgeries, after which he contracted septic peritonitis.
His level of generalized infection was truly chronic. As he was suffering too much and because of so much antibiotics, neither his tummy nor his immune system would withstand one more surgery, they had to make the terrible decision to put him to sleep so that he could rest in peace.
Fortunately, he left knowing he was loved and that he was in this world to touch hearts. His owner said his multiple health problems were due to crossbreeding and neglect when he was a baby.
“To say we are devastated is an understatement. Jude was an amazing dog. He was charming, loving, loving, smart, funny, he was so inspiring.”
They also decided to cremate his body in an emotional ceremony. And to take his ashes home, as a token of gratitude for all he did and meant to them.
“Jude, you were one in a million. You touched the hearts of thousands. May your smile and legacy live on in many hearts forever. we love you sweet boy!” they conclude.
A story that touches to the depths of the soul from beginning to end. Only those who are forgotten die, and surely Dexter, Oscar and Jude are now friends forever and will remain in the memory and hearts of many.