The dog of a California man on his deathbed was allowed to say goodbye to her owner last month, the video of the heartbreaking event touching hundreds of thousands online.
Ryan Jessen, who sought medical treatment for a migraine but was hospitalized for a intraventricular brain hemorrhage (IVH), was unresponsive and soon to succumb to his illness when his family gathered to say goodbye on November 30th.
Not wanting her to be left with questions as to where her owner went, the hospital staff allowed Jessen’s pet boxer Mollie into the hospital for a final farewell.
According to sister Michelle Jessen, “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.”
Mollie, clearly distraught with with head down and tail tucked, sniffed her owner and eventually attempted to lie down on his legs.
“Mollie will miss her doggy daddy,” mother Laurie Ann Hickenlooper Jessen wrote.
Michelle Jessen then went on to say the doctors think the IVH was likely due to “high blood pressure, and there’s speculation that his frequent consumption of energy drinks may have contributed.”
According to Michelle’s viral Facebook post, the family will take custody of Mollie.
“Don’t worry about the dog! We’re keeping her!!! She’s part of the family,” she wrote.