Dogs

Dying Veteran in hospice gets his last wish to meet his dog fulfilled

Dogs are our best friends. Their love is unconditional. They love us even when we are not at our best. They provide us with company. Sometimes it’s their company that gets us through difficult times. They are there for us when no one takes care of us.

One such story is about John Vincent, a Vietnam War veteran. He was on his deathbed. He was admitted to hospice due to poor health. Because he has no family living in New Mexico. He was forced to leave his six-year-old dog, Patch, with Albuquerque Animal Welfare.

With limited time left, when his palliative care nurse asked him if he had any final requests, Mr Vincent told him his wish to see his dog Patch one last time.

Moved by this desire, the workers decided to make it happen. For Vincent, his dog Patch is everything to him.

Team members from Albuquerque Animal Welfare take Patch to meet Vincent. John was happy to meet his old friend.

The dog spends all day with his parents. They were happy in each other’s company, but sadly it was their last meeting. After this patch will look for his new house in the shelter. We hope Patch finds a happy house, but in his heart, John will always be there. This is a very moving story about how important these pets are to us.

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