Mabel came into a big shelter from a hoarding case, still smiling and friendly to all despite what neglect she’d experienced. The vet found a large mast cell tumor and a dog who could barely get up, so asked ODH to take her. Knowing that this might be a very short hospice situation, her foster parents accepted her into their family and pack. The vet found another tumor, but more ominously saw in her xrays an old broken pelvis that had rotated, along with severe degeneration in her hips. We decided to give her as much pain medication as possible and let her tell us when she’d had enough. Amazingly, she adjusted to her new home and seemed to become much more comfortable during the winter as she enjoyed being warm, loved and well cared for. Her mobility seemed to improve during January but then suddenly she showed much more pain and it was time to say goodbye. We’re glad she had a few months and will remember her with a smile.