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Watch: Boxer’s heart-breaking final visit to dying owner in hospital

Molly und Ryan dog-sad
© Michelle Jessen Gold - Facebook

Ryan Jessen did not have long to live when this video was filmed. Suffering from a ventricular brain haemorrhage, his family knew they were witnessing his final moments.

By Justine Seraphin

Published on the 01/06/2020, 18:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:27

And because they knew Ryan would soon be leaving them, they asked Rideout Memorial Hospital for a special favour. That his dog Molly be allowed to come in and say goodbye.

A heart-wrenching reunion

Usually, dogs are not allowed in hospitals (with the exception of therapy dogs, of course). But Rideout Memorial Hospital decided to grant the Jessen family this favour after they heard what a close bond Ryan and Molly shared.

So Molly was able to approach her beloved owner, whom she loved so much. It’s clear to see that the Boxer instantly knows something isn’t right. Instead of wagging her body with delight at seeing Ryan, she moves slowly, and gently. She sniffs him with a look of worry and sadness in her face, then finally resigns to laying on his legs, to keep him company until the very end.


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. If you knew my brother, he really loved his sweet dog. (So many people have asked - He thought he had a migraine, but it was a ventricular brain hemorrhage. They think it was brought on by high blood pressure, and there's speculation that his frequent consumption of energy drinks may have contributed. THANK YOU to everybody for the outpouring of support, but I won't be responding anymore. We are sincerely touched and humbled by others' stories, their sharing in our sadness and the kindness of so many people. Don't worry about the dog! We're keeping her!!! She's part of the family.)

Posted by Michelle Jessen Gold on Thursday, December 1, 2016

The hardest of goodbyes

This is certainly a terrible tragedy for Molly as well as Ryan’s parents and sister, who uploaded the video on Facebook. But Michelle does reassure viewers of one thing which has warmed our hearts:

“Don't worry about the dog! We're keeping her!!! She's part of the family.”

We hope time has somewhat healed their wounds of grief. Our hearts go out to this courageous family!

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