Courtesy of MailOnline:
Mike Petrosino, 21, was diagnosed with cancer in the eighth grade. He has been in and out of Massachusetts General Hospital since then but last week doctors said there was nothing more they could do.
So on Friday, his family brought his dear dog Rusty to the hospital to say a final goodbye. The emotional image of the pet by his bedside was shared on Reddit and has since gone viral.
This is the time of year for miracles -- actually any day and any time is right for an act of God or any other deity. Here's wishing for a safe journey -- perhaps delayed, for a stranger to me, but a friend to all including his dear Rusty.
And for those who think dogs don't understand a friend and relationships, read on:
John Petrosino [Mike's brother] told TheBlaze the moment was deeply moving, and Rusty, who is now 10 years old, seemed to understand the gravity of what was going on.
'That was by far one of the most touching moments of my life,' he told the website.
'Rusty was very emotional when Mike said his finale goodbye. Every time I come home these past two days, he sits near Mike's favorite couch and whines, which is rare from him.'