Any dog owner can say that there is a special bond between themselves and their pup. Owners dread when the day comes that they outlive their special friend. Sadly, in the case of Ryan and his dog Mollie, Mollie would be the one to say goodbye to her owner.
It’s impossible to anticipate the worst, but Ryan experienced a headache that seemed as severe as a migraine. Migraines are awful on their own, but it turned out to be much worse than expected. Ryan experienced a cerebral hemorrhage. The bleeding in his brain caused Ryan to slip into a coma, the body’s natural response to something so critical.
Sometimes patients can come back from comas. Sadly, it was realized that there was too much damage done to Ryan’s brain and that he would not be able to come back from the coma. Ryan’s family made the difficult decision to let Ryan go in peace.
But What About Mollie?
Pets, however, often don’t understand death so easily. Their lives are shorter, and so ours and our time with them mean so much to them. For Mollie, it was as though Ryan were still going on with life as normal. The hospital allowed for Mollie to pay one last visit to her companion to say goodbye.
It’s not easy for anyone, human or animal, to see a loved one unnaturally covered in tubes and wires. Sensing that something is wrong with their owner can cause a dog to experience fear and anxiety. Even though she may not have known all that was happening to her owner, this last visit was an important one. Molly craned her neck out to her friend, touched him with her nose, and gave her final goodbye.
Though Mollie lost a dear friend, she has not lost her family. Ryan’s family has assured that Mollie is not going anywhere and has a forever home with them.
Ryan’s sister, Michelle, wrote on Facebook, “Don’t worry about the dog! We’re keeping her!!! She’s part of the family.”
It’s good to know that Mollie will continue to have humans to love who will give her such enthusiasm in return.
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