## The Moment This Dog Said A Final Goodbye To Her Owner Is Absolutely Heartbreaking

 

This man had, sadly, come to the end of his road. When his family gathered to say their final farewell to their loved one, they brought with them man’s best friend. In a truly heartbreaking scene, the loyal dog visited his bedside to say her final goodbye, alongside the rest of his family.

Ryan Jessen, 33, was a landscape designer from California. About seven years ago, Ryan found a stray dog in a cemetery located near his parents’ home. Ryan’s sister Michelle said the dog was a “little flea-bitten puppy” when he first found her. But during their six years together, Ryan and the boxer dog named Mollie formed a lifelong bond.

Unfortunately, in 2016, Ryan suffered from what he believed was a migraine. Sadly, it turned out he had a ventricular brain hemorrhage, which left him hospitalized in Rideout Memorial Hospital, Marysville. Here a ventilator supported him in his coma. But eventually, the day came when his family would have to say goodbye to their loved one.

Ryan’s sudden hospitalization is thought to be linked to his high blood pressure. This combined with his love of energy drinks could, possibly, have contributed to the brain hemorrhage. However, this is merely speculation by the doctors. Michelle explained to Today, “It would be nice to be able to blame something, but we can’t. We don’t have answers.”

On November 30, 2016, his mother, father and sister gathered to say their final farewell to Ryan. And, it wouldn’t have been a family goodbye without his loyal dog Mollie by his side. Luckily, the hospital staff agreed with the family’s request and allowed the animal to come with them.

Michelle explained the family’s heartwarming idea of bringing the dog to the hospital to Today. She stated, “Just realizing that my brother is not going to wake up, it was obviously upsetting.” She added, “We wanted the dog to have closure. We wanted to make sure she understood.”

Michelle captured the heartbreaking scene. She later posted the video on Facebook, allowing Ryan’s other friends and family to be part of the goodbye, and, of course, to witness the dog’s final moments with her owner. Michelle wrote, “Rideout Memorial 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.” She added, “If you knew my brother, he really loved his sweet dog.”

Michelle told Today, “[Ryan] was a very sweet person, and we’re all dog lovers. Mollie’s reaction normally would’ve been to run up and jump on him and be super excited, and she was very hesitant the way she reacted to him [at the hospital].” Indeed, Mollie seemed to understand the sadness in the room as she sniffed uncertainly around her owner, her tail between her legs. Ryan’s parents held her up to him so she could be at his side, even lifting her fully onto the bed, bringing her close to her owner for one last time.

Many people who have viewed the video wanted to thank the hospital for allowing Mollie to say farewell to her owner. Pat Kynerd Thomas wrote, “Thank you for sharing this sweet story of love between your brother and his dog! I’m so glad the hospital allowed the dog to say goodbye.”

Unfortunately, not all hospitals are quite as inviting. Indeed, Shelby Hennick’s grandmother, who was hospitalized due to a bad reaction to her medication, desperately wanted to see her dog, Patsy. She was missing her pet badly, but hospital rules forbade a visit unless the dog was a service animal.

Shelby wasn’t going to give up just yet though. As a veterinary technician, she was aware that the presence of the pooch could provide comfort and healing that some hospital treatments couldn’t. So she went to her grandmother’s house and picked up Patsy, her mind already formulating a plan to get her inside.

Thankfully, Patsy is a small dog, so Shelby’s plan worked perfectly. Wrapping her up in a blanket and disguising her as a baby, the 21-year-old held her grandmother’s dog in her arms. Successfully, she snuck the animal into the hospital room, reuniting the pet with her owner. And it was definitely worth it for her grandmother’s reaction.

Patsy’s reunion with her owner went viral. When Shelby Hennick tweeted the pictures, they gained more than a million retweets. And more than 2,000 people commented, most to support her actions. One user, @vable, wrote, “I really wish I could have done that with my grandma before she died, she loved her dog so much and we tried to sneak him in but couldn’t.”

The video of Mollie has also received an amazing reaction online. Not only has it triggered love and support from people who knew Ryan, but also viewers from all around the world. Some of whom even shared their own stories of loss. Michelle stated, “Thank you to everybody for the outpouring of support… We are sincerely touched and humbled by others’ stories, their sharing in our sadness and the kindness of so many people.”

Ryan’s memory does not end with his death though. His family will, of course, hold him in their hearts forevermore. Not only this but Ryan’s death has left something behind for other people in need. Ryan’s organs will live on in other people on the organ donor waiting list. Michelle explained, “At noon today, we release him, with gratitude, to give the gift of life through the organ donor program to waiting recipients.”

Many people following the tale, via Michelle’s Facebook, were heartened by this news. One user, Stephanie Scott Proffitt, shared her story. She wrote, “My husband’s organs were donated and the few that decided to reveal who they were and sent thank you cards, made it so worth the decision to donate.”

In December the same year, the family received news regarding the fate of one of Ryan’s organs. Michelle posted on the first of the month, “A 17-year-old boy in CA, whose birthday is on Christmas, will receive my brother’s heart today. As sad as it is to lose Ryan, we know his heart is going to bring so much joy to the family of the recipient. I wish Ryan could know what a difference his heart will make for that young man.”

As for Mollie, she is still very much part of the Jessen family. She joins two other dogs, Bella and Zander, living at Ryan’s parents’ home in Sutter, CA. Michelle explained to concerned Facebook users, “Don’t worry about the dog! We’re keeping her!!! She’s part of the family.” When she spoke to Today, Michelle added, “She will continue to love Ryan vicariously through our family. People are very worried about the dog, and we couldn’t fathom not having her.”

To keep up to date with what Mollie is up to with her new four-legged friends, Facebook users can visit the “Deviant Dog” page. A picture captioned, “Living a life of luxury,” which shows Mollie sprawled out in an armchair suggests she has settled in well in her new home. Yet, Ryan’s mother Laurie Ann Hickenlooper Jessen explained, “Mollie will miss her doggy daddy.” And with a bond like Ryan and Mollie’s this is understandable.

In fact, on March, 24 this year, Ryan’s mother commemorated what would have been her son’s 34th birthday with a collection of photos. Many of them, unsurprisingly, featured his loyal pup Mollie in his arms. On that day this year, the dog was photographed curled up on the sofa. Laurie Ann wrote, “Boss Mollie is not alone. Her adopted brother and labrastaffie, Zander, shared a rare luxurious nap on the love-seat for Daddy Ryan’s forever 33 birthday.”

This Elderly Man Went To A Store Wearing A Diaper. Then The Cashier Quietly Followed Him Outside

In July 2017 a woman called Xiao Xuan was at her local grocery store in the city of Tainan, Taiwan. In particular, she was there to get breakfast with her boy; while at the location, however, she spotted something a little out of the ordinary. This sight in turn would provoke an unusual exchange that, in time, would also lead to a pretty exceptional act. At first, however, Xiao was taken aback when her eyes fell upon an old man at one of the counters. The individual had no pants on, was clearly wearing a diaper and was trying to make a purchase.

What’s more, it appeared that the senior was in a state of some confusion. And the sad scene and the aged man’s behavior suggested to the concerned woman that he may have been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Xiao’s own grandfather had had the condition, after all, and so she recognized the signs.

However, Xiao was also struck by how patient the cashiers were in dealing with the elderly gent. As she watched on, the old man insisted that he wanted to buy bottles of milk in bulk. Xiao could hear one of the counter staff telling the man calmly and kindly, though, that he could only buy four bottles at a time.

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Then, however, the confused senior citizen made another demand: he now wanted a large bottle of milk as well. But instead of refusing the man’s wishes outright, the cashier made a compromise; after all, the customer is always right. Indeed, Xiao heard him telling the elderly man, “Okay, you can only buy this big bottle of milk. You cannot buy those small bottles, or else you won’t be able to finish them.”

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And Xiao was really surprised at this attitude from the staff of the store. Surely the owners would want to maximize their profits and sell as much milk as possible. The old man clearly had the money to pay for the items he wanted, too. And, despite his rather confused appearance, his demands were also more than straightforward enough to be understood. So, Xiao understandably wondered why the cashier was preventing him from having what he wanted.

Subsequently, the old man bought his milk and left the convenience store. And as Xiao had thought that the strange exchange was over, she was thrown by what happened next: after the elderly shopper had exited through the door, the cashier casually followed him out. Xiao would even take pictures of the store employee following the old man down the street. And, a little while later, the woman was still at the store when the cashier came back alone.

So, Xiao asked the cashier what had just transpired. And the truth behind the store worker’s impromptu walkabout was pretty heartwarming. It turned out that the old man regularly visited that particular grocery outlet and had done for years. As a result, the cashiers there were well aware of him and knew that he only needed a certain amount of milk.

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In essence, the Tainan store’s employees had taken to looking out for the old guy – with one worker in particular lending him a hand. When the elderly gent had left the store, then, the young man on the till had followed him home to ensure that he had arrived safe and sound. The cashier had even offered to carry the old man’s bag for him.

And, reportedly, this was by no means the first time that the employee had carried out this simple act of charity for the elderly store patron. Indeed, as the old man frequently stopped by to buy his milk, the employee often walked him home thereafter. Xiao, meanwhile, was touched by this selfless behavior and wanted to pay tribute to it. To that end, the woman posted her photographs of the entire exchange online.

And Xiao’s social media post commemorating the compassionate cashier’s kindness quickly went viral. Her Facebook update racked up almost 45,000 reactions from users, in fact. In addition, Xiao’s post was swiftly shared more than 3,000 times, proving that good news travels fast. Essentially, the online community were touched by the thoughtfulness and humanity shown to the old man and talked warmly about the uplifting tale.

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One Facebook user commented on the post, for example, “Our society needs someone like [the cashier]. I applaud him for his kindness.” Another wrote, “He is so thoughtful. What a heart-warming story.” The convenience store tale then spread far and wide across the globe.

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But although the story of the cashier and the confused old man had a somewhat happy ending, the truth is that Alzheimer’s disease is a sad and serious problem. Furthermore, it is getting significantly worse, as suggested by a groundbreaking 2017-published study by the University of California, Los Angeles. In particular, the research claims that the number of Alzheimer’s sufferers in the U.S. may hit 15 million by 2060. What’s more, in excess of six million Americans and their families are already having to cope with the impact of the dreaded disease.

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Alarmingly, the study also revealed that as many as 47 million U.S. citizens exhibit some early signs of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. This represents a public health time bomb which could easily blow up into a crisis. And although many families would doubtlessly try to support any loved ones stricken by the disease, those without relatives to call on will be particularly vulnerable.

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In addition, with the best will in the world, this type of support simply won’t be enough for some sufferers. Indeed, the University of California study also suggests that of the potential 15 million people with Alzheimer’s in 2060, four million of these will require professional round-the-clock care. Obviously, in financial terms alone, this has the potential to cripple the current U.S. healthcare infrastructure.

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Alzheimer’s disease itself, meanwhile, generally affects those over the age of 60 and is caused when abnormal proteins accumulate in the brain. Consequently, the proteins kill certain nerve cells, and so vital brain functions are impaired. This can then cause the afflicted to become confused, experience changes in mood and behavior and suffer memory loss. And while the degenerative disease progresses at different rates for different people, the ultimate outcome is always the same: death.

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And, unfortunately, Ron Brookmeyer, lead author of the University of California, Los Angeles, report, would emphasize the study’s devastating findings. “There are about 47 million people in the U.S. today who have some evidence of preclinical Alzheimer’s,” he is quoted as saying in a UCLA press release. “[This] means they have either a build-up of protein fragments called beta-amyloid or neuro-degeneration of the brain but don’t yet have symptoms.”

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Furthermore, as the U.S. medical system has limited resources, Brookmeyer believes that it is vital to pinpoint who will contract the disease ahead of time. He added, “Many of them will not progress to Alzheimer’s dementia in their lifetimes. We need to have improved methods to identify which persons will progress to clinical symptoms and develop interventions.”

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It is also important to bear in mind that Alzheimer’s symptoms typically present themselves in later life. Frequently, they are mild at first, sometimes manifesting as mood swings or disorientation. It is only during advanced stages of the disease, in fact, that patients develop memory loss, impairment of movement and even an inability to feed themselves.

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And Dr. David Reynolds, lead scientist at the charity Alzheimer’s Research U.K., would speak about the progress of the condition in a November 2017 interview with The Financial Times. He said, “We are diagnosing the disease far too late. At the moment, it usually happens through cognitive testing when you go to your doctor with thinking and memory problems. [However,] we know the disease will have started 20 years earlier.”

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Reynolds continued, “There is a lot of research showing that a healthy lifestyle can have a marked effect on your risks of developing dementia.” Hopefully, then, if we take Reynolds’ words on board, fewer of us will need to be assisted from the grocery store. Nevertheless, it is still heartwarming to hear of one Taiwanese Alzheimer’s sufferer getting home safely and experiencing the milk of human kindness.

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