Vietnam veteran in hospice care reunited with his dog for one last reunion

Spread the love

In Albuquerque, New Mexico, a Vietnam veteran admitted to the Hospice Center at the Raymond G. Murphy Veterans Affairs Medical Center was reunited with his beloved Yorkshire terrier on Thursday for what could be one last reunion.

John Vincent, 69, had one last request, and that was to be with Patch – the five-year-old Yorkie he had to surrender because of his failing health. A palliative care social worker, Amy Neal, reached out to the Albuquerque Animal Welfare and asked if a reunion with Patch could be made possible. Vincent has no relatives, but his dog had filled the loneliness gap, and they had become best friends. The two would ride on Vincent’s Harley together; Patch wearing his tiny goggles to protect his eyes.

Vincent was born in Montana and raised on a farm where he said he owned a wolf dog. He enlisted in the Marines and served in Vietnam. From there Vincent lived in Wyoming, Alaska and retired in New Mexico. One of his neighbor’s dog had a litter of puppies, and that’s how he and the tiny puppy he named Patch became fast friends.

According to Danny Nevarez, the director of the Animal Welfare accompanied by team members Joel Craig, Desiree Cawley and Celina Chavez-Fennell, Patch arrived at the hospice center for the teary 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 veteran’s final wish come true.” Patch is now back at our Westside Animal Shelter awaiting his new home. Patch already has an interested adopter.”

Thank you for your service John Vincent.

Follow the National Pet Rescue on Facebook for the latest animal related news.

Love is the cure! Pick your favorite color and design here. 

Your purchase helps support the continuation of this site. Thank you! Find more styles at our store here.

Yesterday: Family searches for dog who disappeared with ‘good Samaritan’ after fatal accident

Fight animal abuse! Donate Now

I prefer dogs to people #dontjudge Pick your favorite color and style at this link! Your purchase helps support the continuation of our site. More styles and messages at our store. Please click here to find them all!

Oh my goodness!

Help support the continuation of this site AND spread the word – Pets are not disposable!! Find your favorite color and style here. 

Volume up!


Spread the love


  1. Deep thanks and many blessings to Amy and Animal Welfare for making this AMAZING reunion possible! The next gift is to insure that darling little
    Patch has the absolute best home and future!

  2. I heart warming story, prayers for John Vincent, I’m so glad he was able to see his best friend Patch one more time. I know how sad he must be not to be there for Patch, I hope and pray Patch finds a loving home until he can be together again with Mr. Vincent.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here