Saying goodbye to a dog who has lived a long, full life can be the sweetest sorrow.
But saying goodbye to a dog who has lived a long, unhappy life can be almost too much sorrow.
That's Lisa Letson's sad specialty - her rescue, True & Faithful Pet Rescue Mission, focuses on old, sick and disabled animals.
They escape an anonymous end at kill shelters and live their precious few last days in love.
Take Lester, for instance, a dog featured on The Dodo last week. The 9-year-old Akita mix, who suffered from a litany of health issues, was ebbing away his twilight days at Miami-Dade Animal Services when Letson found him.
Miami-Dade Animal Services