John Vincent, who served in Vietnam and is now battling for his life, said his final goodbye to his dog, Patch, before putting him up in an animal welfare shelter.
A Vietnam war veteran from New Mexico who served with the Marines said his final farewell to his beloved dog on Thursday from a hospice center.
Veteran John Vincent enjoyed a special goodbye with 5-year-old Patch, a Yorkie, before placing him up for adoption. Vincent is now at the Hospice Center at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque.
Omg so heartwarming and heart breaking.— Justmejo26 (@justmejojo26) October 21, 2019
“Yeah, that’s me, that’s daddy,” Vincent said as Patch licked his face, the Albuquerque Journal reported. “Are you so happy to see me? I’m so happy to see you.”
Vincent, now 69 years old, was forced to take Patch to a nearby animal welfare shelter in Albuquerque as he had no other family in New Mexico. The shelter officials also affirmed that Vincent may not have much time left as he was admitted to the hospice center last week.
Omg I’ll take patch— NJVA my4boys (@LynchJimmy123) October 21, 2019
Amy Neal, a social worker at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center said that Vincent had told her that his last request was to see Patch one last time.
“I asked him if that’s something that would be meaningful for him,” she said. “And it came together very quickly.”
“It’s about ‘what can we do to enhance his life?’ Because it’s about living here when they come here … and this is living for him,” she said. “When I reminded him this morning that they were coming, he goes, ‘Is this really happening?'” she added.
😢 thank you for your service & sacrifice. May god bless you.— Susan Sullivan (@SusanSu31617012) October 20, 2019
FINAL GOODBYE 💔 John Vincent, 69, was reunited with Patch, a 5-year-old Yorkie, for one last time after he was forced to give his dog to the shelter since he had no family nearby. Their final goodbyes were full of happiness. https://t.co/9TV5tHUDvc— FOX 46 Charlotte (@FOX46News) October 21, 2019
“When the request came in, it was an immediate ‘absolutely,’ and let’s do whatever we can to get it done,” Animal Welfare director Danny Nevarez said, according to the paper.
“It was as simple as getting Patch over here.". After doing some background checks, the outlet also reported that Vincent was enlisted with the Marines for three years and served in Vietnam.
They took Vincent's testimony where he recalls riding a Harley "back in the day" and more recently, he would take Patch with him on his rides until his health proved too frail and forced his hospital admittance. The report also said that the dog had its own pair of tiny goggles.
This is so sweet. This almost happened in my unit one time. We were all so excited, but he died before the dog could get there— Teri spangler (@teriberi_teri) October 21, 2019
For years, people have debated on whether or not dogs can actually sense death. Some people argue that because dogs have much better senses than people, they are genetically created to be more aware of things such as sickness or death.
Oftentimes, when a dog owner doesn't feel well, their trusty side-kick is nearby. When a dog recognizes that its owner has died, the results aren't always touching. ... Skeptics point to this as evidence that dogs are quick to move on once they are certain an owner is dead, but it's possible that some dogs are simply more attached to their owners than others.
John Vincent served as a Marine in Vietnam. His dying wish? To see his best friend, Patch the Yorkshire Terrier, one last time... 🐾❤️🇺🇸— Local 12/WKRC-TV (@Local12) October 22, 2019
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