Too often we have to say goodbye to our pets, but sometimes are beloved animals have to cope with saying goodbye to us.
Mollie the dog recently went through this heartbreaking moment. According to The Dodo, last month, Mollie’s owner, Ryan Jessen, suffered a brain hemorrhage. The 33-year-old was brought to the hospital, where doctors realized he could not be saved. Thankfully, Ryan’s family and friends had time to say goodbye, but realized someone was missing.
Ryan’s family informed the hospital how much Mollie meant to Ryan and, in turn, how much the dying man meant to his loyal dog. Not wanting to deny Ryan a final moment with his best friend, the hospital agreed to let Mollie come in for a bedside visit.
Michelle Jessen, Ryan sister, captured the bittersweet reunion on video and shared the clip on Facebook.
“The hospital did the sweetest thing for us and allowed us to bring my brother’s dog in to ‘say goodbye’ so she’d know why her human never came home. If you knew my brother, he really loved his sweet dog,” she wrote in the post along with the video.
The clip has struck a chord with animal lovers online, with over 6 million views since it was posted on Dec. 1.
While Ryan’s life came to an abrupt end, his spirit will live on in the adoring dog he put so much love and care into and serve as a comfort to his grieving family.
“We are sincerely touched and humbled by others’ stories, their sharing in our sadness and the kindness of so many people,” Ryan’s sister added in her post. “Don’t worry about the dog! We’re keeping her!!! She’s part of the family.”