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Dying veteran reunited with lost dog

Cancer patient living out his final days in hospice care has a joyous reunion with his pooch.

By Vetstreet Jun 10, 2013 3:12PM

John Simpson, a Vietnam veteran with pancreatic cancer, moved to hospice to live out his final days, but he had to leave his dog, Mr. Cutie, behind.

Last Sunday, the dog escaped the backyard of Simpson’s home — the day after visiting him in hospice.

Photo: John Simpson is reunited with his dog Cutie / Fox 13"I really think he was looking for John," said Ann Marie Gemmel, the neighbor who has been checking on the dog.

Simpson, who described Mr. Cutie as the “spark of his life,” had one wish: to see his beloved dog again. Luckily, Missy Figueroa found the dog and posted pictures of him to FidoFinder.

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"Seeing this person that I don't even know ... so excited to see his dog, it just makes me happy that I actually got to be here for that and just make him happy," Figueroa said.

As for Simpson? "I'm about to cry," he said during the reunion.

— Read it at Fox News

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Photo: John Simpson is reunited with his dog, Mr. Cutie, / Fox 13

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Jun 10, 2013 8:14PM
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I'm so glad someone found your dog, I know that I would be devastated if my dog was lost.  I salute you and thank you for your service!!!  God Bless!!!
Jun 10, 2013 8:14PM
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All can say , being in the marines many moons ago is semper 
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Jun 10, 2013 8:07PM
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I am a US Marine vet. Iraq, Afghanistan ...I had 6 uncles in Vietnam .. My brother , my friend... thank you God bless you I have a great girlfriend and a great dog  What a lucky man am I . You too The Cutie is God's gift and you hers Long may you run Semper Fi
Jun 10, 2013 7:57PM
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God bless you and Mr. Cutie, Mr. Simpson!! Thank you for your selfless service to our country!!! Miss Figueroa, may you be richly blessed for reuniting Mr. Simpson with his beloved dog. I pray hospice allows him to have his dog by his side for his last days, it would be wrong to deny this poor dying man and his grieving dog, who are missing each other; that bit of comfort!!! :(
Jun 10, 2013 7:51PM
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Mr.Cutie is a cutie and animals do give unconditional love.  What is going to happen to Mr. Cutie?  It said that a neighbor was looking in on him.  Who is taking care of Mr. Cutie?  Someone has to be there for him when his beloved owner is gone. Dogs do go through a mourning process.

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I am the very proud daughter of an Air Force pilot who served 34 years...I thank you John for your service...I thank you Mr. Cutie for making John's world and now OUR world a better place. This story sure put things back into perspective for me!

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