Karl Homen had a very special relationship with his miniature Shetland pony, Bolla. The two were nearly inseparable, and Bolla was even known to curl up next to his owner in his living room.
When 89 year-old Homen became sick and had to be moved into a nursing home, he was unable to see his best friend. His family grew concerned that he would be unable to see Bolla one last time before he passed away. Homen’s granddaughter, Susan, decided to take matters into her own hands so she could fulfill his dying wish.
“Grandfather is the one who supported my interest in horses the most,” Susan Homen told the Mirror, “and it is thanks to him that at the age of 14, I had not only one, but two of my own horses!”
With the help of the nursing home staff, Susan was able to bring the 15-year-old pony right to his bedside. As soon as he saw his friend next to him, Homen’s eyes lit up. Bolla even visited some of the other residents during his visit to the nursing home, and lifted the spirits of every single person that the foal encountered.
“He thought it was great. And so did the others at the nursing home,” Susan explained. “They thought it was very special to have a horse visit him. She [Bolla] is calm around people so it went very well.”
Just a few days later, Karl Homen passed away. Thanks to Bolla, the family is at peace knowing that he got to spend some of his final moments with the ones he loved the most.