Dog Loving Widower And His Rescue Pups Get The Surprise Of A Lifetime

Written by: Claire Beaudreault

June 6, 2015

Ten years ago, Thayne and Christine Hamilton founded the Grey Muzzle Rescue Sanctuary on Orcas Island, Washington. Over twenty rescued and abused dogs have lived out their lives on the Hamilton’s property.


Chris was diagnosed with a terminal illness, and selflessly opted to put the thousands her treatment would have cost toward the mission of Grey Muzzle. When Chris passed away, Thayne built a rainbow bridge to honor her memory. Dogs are laid to rest in custom handmade coffins near the bridge, and it’s a peaceful place to reflect and watch the deer who nap nearby.


Thayne says:

“When I first moved over here ten years ago, my wife, Chris Hamilton, had three dogs, and then we shortly took on another old dog, and then another old dog, and then we had one dog named Fluffy, and he just changed our lives. He had a heart attack in just a couple of years, and so we kind of said, ‘this is our mission.’”

On the dogs who live at Grey Muzzle:

“…That’s the common problem with a lot of the dogs I get, they’ve more had people problem issues than health issues. Nobody wants to take those dogs on, so they really don’t get a chance. Being able to cut them loose here and let them run the five acres with no leashes, it teaches them how to be a dog again, and then they forget all those human hurts.”


After learning more about Thayne, Anny of TalkItUpTV and her crew decided that $1000 wasn’t enough. They mobilized, and with the help of local businesses and dog lovers, were able to donate plenty of dog food and treats, including specific meals for older dogs who may have trouble eating. The team even found an attorney who is helping Hamilton by setting up a 501c nonprofit organization so he can continue the work he’s doing for pups. Once again, kindness and generosity are rewarded!

See more of Thayne’s story here:

You can donate to Grey Muzzle Rescue & Sanctuary through GoFundMe. Be sure to follow their Facebook page for updates!

h/t Life With Dogs

Featured image via Life With Dogs

Written by: Claire Beaudreault

June 6, 2015

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