Last wish granted: Terminally ill veteran in hospice is reunited for the last time with his beloved dog, an emotional farewell and a heartfelt reunion . ‎

Dogs really are man’s best friend. They’re the perfect pet, a loyal companion who can keep you company and comfort you when times get tough.

A Vietnam veteran in hospice care got to see his dog for the last time | CNN

And for one man, his beloved dog was there when he needed him the most: on his deathbed. It’s a sad story, but one that ultimately shows the beautiful bond that exists between people and their pets.

A Vietnam veteran in hospice care got to see his dog for the last time | CNN

John Vincent, a veteran Marine who served in Vietnam, is facing the end of his life. The 69-year-old was admitted to hospice care at Raymond G. Murphy Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Sadly, this also meant having to part ways with his beloved dog, Patch, a 5-year-old Yorkshire terrier. Since he had no family in the area, he surrendered the dog to Albuquerque Animal Welfare.

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John is likely in his final days, so Amy Neal, a palliative care social worker, asked him if he had any final requests.

For John, the choice was simple: he just wanted to see his dog one more time.

Moved by his dying wish, the workers decided to make it happen, setting up a beautiful final reunion between the man and his dog.

“I asked him if that’s something that would be meaningful for him,” Amy Neal told the Albuquerque Journal. “And it came together very quickly.”

“When the request came in, it was an immediate ‘absolutely,’ and let’s do whatever we can to get it done,” said Danny Nevarez, director of Animal Welfare. “It was as simple as getting Patch over here.”

Team members from Albuquerque Animal Welfare brought Patch to the hospice. John was deeply moved to see his old friend again:

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