Dying veteran’s final wish to see his puppy is granted in emotional reunion

John Vincent was reunited with his dog for a final time (Picture: Albuquerque Animal Welfare)
John Vincent was reunited with his dog for a final time (Picture: Albuquerque Animal Welfare)
A Vietnam War veteran with just weeks to live got to say a final good bye to his beloved Yorkshire Terrier from his hospital bed. John Vincent, from New Mexico, had to give up five-year-old Patch when he entered hospice care last week.

Doctors say the 69-year-old doesn’t have much time left – and all he asked was that he could see his puppy once again before he died.

On Thursday that wish came true and he was reunited with Patch at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque.
Animal Welfare director Danny Nevarez said Patch was quiet throughout the commute to the hospice, but ‘began to cry’ upon seeing his owner.
A Special Reunion Yesterday was a special day for a Veteran named John Vincent and his beloved dog Patch. Vincent was admitted this week to the Hospice Center at the Raymond G. Murphy Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He has no family in New Mexico so had to surrender his beloved dog, Patch to us. John Vincent may not have much time left said Amy Neal, a palliative care social worker and he had only one request. Vincent wanted to see his dog one last time. Yesterday we were able to make their final reunion happen. Our AWD Director, Danny Nevarez, along with team members Joel Craig, Desiree Cawley and Celina Chavez-Fennell took Patch down to the Hospice Center for the reunion. It was such a heart warming moment! They were so happy to see each other and to say their good byes. It was an honor to make this veterans final wish come true. Patch is now back at our Westside Animal Shelter awaiting his new home. Patch already has an interested adopter. #awdpets #makingawishcometrue #VeteransAffairsMedicalCenter
John Vincent’s final wish came true in an emotional reunion with his dog (Picture: Albuquerque Animal Welfare)
A Special Reunion Yesterday was a special day for a Veteran named John Vincent and his beloved dog Patch. Vincent was admitted this week to the Hospice Center at the Raymond G. Murphy Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He has no family in New Mexico so had to surrender his beloved dog, Patch to us. John Vincent may not have much time left said Amy Neal, a palliative care social worker and he had only one request. Vincent wanted to see his dog one last time. Yesterday we were able to make their final reunion happen. Our AWD Director, Danny Nevarez, along with team members Joel Craig, Desiree Cawley and Celina Chavez-Fennell took Patch down to the Hospice Center for the reunion. It was such a heart warming moment! They were so happy to see each other and to say their good byes. It was an honor to make this veterans final wish come true. Patch is now back at our Westside Animal Shelter awaiting his new home. Patch already has an interested adopter. #awdpets #makingawishcometrue #VeteransAffairsMedicalCenter
John and Patch have been best friends for five years (Picture: Albuquerque Animal Welfare)
A Special Reunion Yesterday was a special day for a Veteran named John Vincent and his beloved dog Patch. Vincent was admitted this week to the Hospice Center at the Raymond G. Murphy Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He has no family in New Mexico so had to surrender his beloved dog, Patch to us. John Vincent may not have much time left said Amy Neal, a palliative care social worker and he had only one request. Vincent wanted to see his dog one last time. Yesterday we were able to make their final reunion happen. Our AWD Director, Danny Nevarez, along with team members Joel Craig, Desiree Cawley and Celina Chavez-Fennell took Patch down to the Hospice Center for the reunion. It was such a heart warming moment! They were so happy to see each other and to say their good byes. It was an honor to make this veterans final wish come true. Patch is now back at our Westside Animal Shelter awaiting his new home. Patch already has an interested adopter. #awdpets #makingawishcometrue #VeteransAffairsMedicalCenter
Patch started crying when he was reunited with his owner (Picture: Albuquerque Animal Welfare)
‘It’s almost like he knew, he just started whimpering,’ he told the Albuquerque Journal. Mr Vincent, who has no family in New Mexico, enlisted in the Marines when he was young man and served for three years including in Vietnam, the paper reported.

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He got Patch when his neighbour’s dog had puppies and they became best friends.

The veteran said: ‘He was the smallest, and I wanted one that could ride on my bike. The only hair I had was on my chin, which was called a patch. … And he had a little white patch, so we were the patch brothers’.

A Special Reunion Yesterday was a special day for a Veteran named John Vincent and his beloved dog Patch. Vincent was admitted this week to the Hospice Center at the Raymond G. Murphy Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He has no family in New Mexico so had to surrender his beloved dog, Patch to us. John Vincent may not have much time left said Amy Neal, a palliative care social worker and he had only one request. Vincent wanted to see his dog one last time. Yesterday we were able to make their final reunion happen. Our AWD Director, Danny Nevarez, along with team members Joel Craig, Desiree Cawley and Celina Chavez-Fennell took Patch down to the Hospice Center for the reunion. It was such a heart warming moment! They were so happy to see each other and to say their good byes. It was an honor to make this veterans final wish come true. Patch is now back at our Westside Animal Shelter awaiting his new home. Patch already has an interested adopter. #awdpets #makingawishcometrue #VeteransAffairsMedicalCenter
Mr Vincent had to give up Patch when he went into hospice care (Picture: Albuquerque Animal Welfare)
A Special Reunion Yesterday was a special day for a Veteran named John Vincent and his beloved dog Patch. Vincent was admitted this week to the Hospice Center at the Raymond G. Murphy Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He has no family in New Mexico so had to surrender his beloved dog, Patch to us. John Vincent may not have much time left said Amy Neal, a palliative care social worker and he had only one request. Vincent wanted to see his dog one last time. Yesterday we were able to make their final reunion happen. Our AWD Director, Danny Nevarez, along with team members Joel Craig, Desiree Cawley and Celina Chavez-Fennell took Patch down to the Hospice Center for the reunion. It was such a heart warming moment! They were so happy to see each other and to say their good byes. It was an honor to make this veterans final wish come true. Patch is now back at our Westside Animal Shelter awaiting his new home. Patch already has an interested adopter. #awdpets #makingawishcometrue #VeteransAffairsMedicalCenter
Patch was adopted after saying a final goodbye to his owner (Picture: Albuquerque Animal Welfare)
A Special Reunion Yesterday was a special day for a Veteran named John Vincent and his beloved dog Patch. Vincent was admitted this week to the Hospice Center at the Raymond G. Murphy Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He has no family in New Mexico so had to surrender his beloved dog, Patch to us. John Vincent may not have much time left said Amy Neal, a palliative care social worker and he had only one request. Vincent wanted to see his dog one last time. Yesterday we were able to make their final reunion happen. Our AWD Director, Danny Nevarez, along with team members Joel Craig, Desiree Cawley and Celina Chavez-Fennell took Patch down to the Hospice Center for the reunion. It was such a heart warming moment! They were so happy to see each other and to say their good byes. It was an honor to make this veterans final wish come true. Patch is now back at our Westside Animal Shelter awaiting his new home. Patch already has an interested adopter. #awdpets #makingawishcometrue #VeteransAffairsMedicalCenter
It was John’s dying wish to see his Yorkshire Terrier one last time (Picture: Albuquerque Animal Welfare)

Animal Welfare shared pictures of their emotional reunion on Facebook on Friday saying: ‘They were so happy to see each other and to say their good byes. It was an honor to make this veterans final wish come true.’

The shelter followed up saying that Patch found a new owner and will be joining his new home soon.