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Dog Comforts Dying Owner After Hospital Relaxes Rules

LIFE MATTERS MEDIA STAFF

Dogs truly are man’s best friend.

A dying grandfather had his last wish granted Thursday when a hospital relaxed its regulations so that he could be with his beloved border collie, Shep.

To help prevent infection, pets are usually only allowed in hospitals under very rare circumstances.

But an exception was made when Peter Robson’s family told staff at Ninewells Hospital, in Dundee, Scotalnd, that the 70-year-old wished to see his four-legged friend one last time.

Shep isn’t your average pup. The 8-year-old border collie helped comfort Robson after the death of his wife.

A video posted to Facebook captured the emotional moment when his family brought Shep into his hospital room.

“When the dog came, he just broke down,” one of Robson’s granddaughters, Ashley Stevens, told The Washington Post. “He took his mask off to kiss him and stuff, and Shep was licking his face.”

Robson died just hours later from complications associated with lung disease.

His family thanked hospital staff for making the magical moment possible.

“Absolutely amazed and touched today from NHS Ninewells hospital, our grandad’s last and final wish was to see his dog one more time,” Stevens posted on Facebook.

Niece Clare Chapman, of Ponteland Road, expressed similar sentiments.

“The nurses have to be commended for this amazing dedication to the job and going above and beyond to make his dying wish come true,” Chapman said, according to The Chronicle.