Must Read: Husband snuck dog into hospital to say goodbye to dying wife

A Reddit user shared a story about how he snuck his dog into the hospital after his dying wife asked to say goodbye, and the story brought tears to our eyes.


Location Unknown – A man has shared a heartwarming story about how his wife’s last few days before her passing. For anonymity reasons, he omitted any identifying information including names, locations and timelines. His story is beautiful and moved us to tears.

The man shared the story on the popular online forum Reddit and it got picked up by quite a few online publications. He started off by explaining that his wife wasn’t recovering well after an invasive surgery. When she was lucid she told him she wanted to say goodbye to their beloved pet.

“My wife was in the hospital after a very invasive surgery, which after a few days, looked like it did not produce ideal results,”

“The prognosis was not good. She was able to speak, but was not eating or drinking, and relied completely on her IV and hard pain pills. In one rare instance of cogent speech, she convinced me to sneak our dog into her private room, so she could see her ‘one more time.’”

He went home and pulled out a large enough suitcase, placed their Austrian Shepard on the bed and explained to the dog that they would be taking a trip to go visit mom. He stressed that she needed to stay still and quiet once in the bag so they didn’t get caught out.

Now we know that there is a big language barrier between humans and animals but we have no doubt that animals can sense what we need them to do at any given moment, especially if there is a deep bond between the owner and pet. The man placed her in the bag so she would get used to it and they drove off to the hospital. She sat perfectly still in the open bag throughout the drive.

Once they arrived at the hospital, he lay her down gently and zipped the bag closed.

“I packed her in, with the lid unzipped, and placed her in the car until we arrived at the hospital,”

“When we arrived, I ‘explained’ to her that I would open the zipper in a few minutes and that she could see her Mommy.”

“When we entered the room, my wife was asleep,”

He slipped into the private room and closed the door behind him. He then placed the bag down and unzipped the bag. What happened next had us in tears! Animals are so intuitive to human emotions and always know when something is wrong.

 “I unzipped the suitcase, and the dog immediately jumped on the bed, and gingerly laid across her chest, somehow avoiding the wires and IV. She positioned herself to where she could look directly into my wife’s eyes, and laid completely still, until about twenty minutes later, when my wife woke up, and started moaning in pain.”

“The dog immediately started licking her, and quietly moaned, as if knowing that barking would definitely blow our cover,”

“My wife hugged her for almost an hour, smiling the whole time,”

The visit almost went off without a hitch until a nurse came into the room and spotted the dog

“We were busted by one nurse who was so touched that she promised not to tell. When my wife finally went back to sleep, I loaded the dog back in the suitcase, and she somewhat sheepishly obliged.”

They snuck back out to the car and set off home. A few days after their sneaky visit, his wife passed away. The man hasn’t had the heart to explain to the dog that mom isn’t coming home again and so now when she sees the bag, she gets excited and assumes they are going to sneak back to mom.

“Now, whenever I grab the suitcase, the dog thinks we are doing to see her again,”

We are in tears! There is no greater love than that of a pet towards its owner. We love that he was able to honour his wife’s last wish.

Sources: Reddit 
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