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Touching Photos Show Moment Horse And Dogs Were Brought To Owner's Hospice Deathbed To Say Goodbye

This is the touching moment horse and dogs were brought to the Hospice of the Good Shephard in Chester to say goodbye to their terminally ill owner.

Horse And Dogs Are Brought To Owner's Hospice Deathbed To Say Goodbye

Jan Holman, 68, from Cheshire who is terminally ill was given the chance to say goodbye to her beloved pet horse and dogs from her hospice bed. 

Jan has spent four weeks at the Hospice where she found herself desperately missing her two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels Monty and Rowley and horse Bob, a piebald Cob.

She had been riding Bob everyday until her hospice admission and described him as being “such an important part of her life”.

Staff decided to surprise her by putting her furry friends on the list to give Jan a heartfelt reunion with her beloved trio.

Even though Jan, wasn't able to get out of bed, she said she was so excited to have the chance to see Bob one more time.

The nurses wheeled her bed to the patio doors and the team from Thornleigh Park Farm Stables, where Bob is in livery, and walked him into the hospice courtyard for a very emotional reunion between horse and owner.

Bob put his head through the doors and nuzzled Jan's neck and lap and thoroughly enjoyed his treats of carrots, bananas and apples, while Jan's face lit up as soon as she saw Bob.

She said: “I just can't believe what the staff here at the hospice have done for me.”

“Until a few weeks ago I was still riding Bob every day and he is such an important part of my life, and I have missed him so much.”

“I knew that arranging for my dogs to visit was possible as we had a neighbour who was a patient at the hospice a few years ago and we were allowed to bring the dogs to visit her, but I just didn't expect that they would ever be able to give me the chance to see Bob one more time.”

Moment Horse And Dogs Were Taken To Owner's Hospice Deathbed in Chester

Jan's husband Dennis, who has been married to Jan for 46 years, said: “It was just such a relief once Jan was moved from the hospital to the hospice in Chester.”

“We were able to have named visitors who could come and see Jan regularly.”

“However, we never imagined that we would be able to include our dogs Monty and Rowley and Jan's horse Bob on the visiting list.”

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