TikToker makes her dog's last day special with treats and cuddles in heartbreaking video
His morning began with a breakfast treat: a McDonald's McMuffin of his own
Losing a pet suddenly can be quite a heartbreak for many. Probably that is why Ellie Buckler tried her best to make the last day of her dog, Baxter, memorable. She shared videos of her spending all day with her dog on TikTok, treating him with all his favorites and lots of cuddles. Baxter's special day started with a sleepover with his stepdad outside. The next day, his morning began with a breakfast treat: a McDonald's McMuffin of his own. Earlier, Baxter could only get a piece from Ellie's share as he was not allowed to have one. Ellie said that he used to drool so much, "That's why I got him one and let him have the whole thing."
On Baxter's last day, she spent most of the day "lying outside with him cuddling him." Baxter was having a hard time moving and was very sleepy. They also went on a short walk to get him some ham as treat from the nearby grocery store. It was a little tradition between them. Ellie told Newsweek, "When I used to come in I'd go to the fridge and eat the odd slice of ham straight out the packet but I would always give Baxter a piece too, so it got to the point where he was so used to it he would literally wait at the fridge for me." Baxter was also spoiled by Buckler's brothers the whole day. His final treat was a piece of chocolate. Ellie said that she recalled a sign she saw at her vet which said, "no dog should pass without trying chocolate." The video can be seen here.
After spending a day full of treats and cuddles, Baxter was taken on his final journey to be put to sleep at around 6 pm. Ellie said, "He passed away in my arms. It was very peaceful and it was a relief to see him out of pain but at the same time it has left me broken."
Baxter was among the seven pups that Ellie's previous pet Pooch, Rolo, gave birth to in 2010. They decided to keep Baxter along with his mother, who unfortunately passed away in 2018 at the age of 9 after suffering from gastric dilation volvulus. However, Baxter reached the ripe old dog age of 12, but his health was deteriorating rapidly. He was suffering from bad arthritis, had to take painkillers, and was struggling with his breathing. Soon, his vet informed the family that he does not have much time left. Therefore, they decided to put him down.
Baxter was Ellie's best friend. "As heartbreaking as it was, we had to do what was right, it wouldn't have been fair to allow him to carry on the way he was," she said.