A terminally ill grandfather’s dying wish was granted when hospital staff allowed a visit from his beloved best furry friend, his Border Collie, Shep.
It was a bittersweet moment for Peter Robson of Elswick, Newcastle, U.K. The 70-year old grandfather of 35 was suffering from fibrosis of the lungs and knew he’d never leave the Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, Scotland.
When hospital staff asked the man if he wanted any comforts of home during his last moments of life, his only dying wish was to see his beloved dog, a Border Collie named Shep, one last time before saying goodbye.
Robson had gotten Shep as a companion when his wife passed away 9 years ago and the pair quickly became best friends.
In a post on Facebook, Robson’s granddaughter Ashley Stevens said the family was “absolutely amazed and touched” by the gesture from staff at Ninewells. “Our granddad’s last and final wish was to see his dog one more time…they went above and beyond today and made a dying man very happy.”
Ashley also told the BBC, “He really thought he would never see Shep again. It was an amazing moment to see the two of them together, and Shep was so excited to see him”.
Shep will continue to be cared for by surviving family members.