There are many stories of couples that have been together passing away very close in time to each other. It may be simply that they were made to be together. Or maybe a heart is truly broken and passes on to be with the deceased loved one. Whatever the case may be, it can happen with people and their beloved animals too. This is the story of a man who loved his dog Nero very much. Within 15 minutes of the man dying, his dog followed in his footsteps and passed away also.
Stuart Hutchison, 25, from Alloa in Scotland was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2011. He spent the next 8 years battling this disease. Cancer eventually spread to Stuart’s bones and pelvis. When it looked like his life was nearing the end, he went home to be with his family.
Nero Followed His Dad
Stuart passed away on August 11th with his wife, Danielle, by his side. Then only 15 minutes after Stuart passed away, their beloved Nero also passed on. Nero had become sick in the last days of Stuart’s life. The family had taken the bulldog to the vet and it was found that Nero ruptured his spine. There was nothing that the vet could do to save him.
Stuart’s mother, Fiona Conaghan said,
“Stuart died about 1:15 p.m. that day, and Nero died roughly 15 minutes later. He had three dogs, but he and Nero were like one man and his dog. Nero was the dog which was always with him. Danielle was heartbroken to have lost both of them, but she has been so strong.”
As sad as this story is, there is something very special about Stuart and Nero making their journey together out of this life. Dogs can grieve in much the same way as humans. For Nero, there was no grieving process to go through. He simply went on with his human dad.