Man Sneaks Dog in Suitcase to See Dying Wife in Hospital One Last Time

“She never whimpered, barked, or whined. When I walked past the station nurses, I told them I was simply bringing items to make my wife more comfortable.”

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This touching tale comes from redditor Mellifluous_Username:


Full disclosure: This happened one year, three days, and fourteen hours ago. I was inclined to post this after I saw this post.

My wife was in the hospital after a very invasive surgery, which after a few days, looked like it did not produce ideal results. The prognosis was not good. She was able to speak, but was not eating or drinking, and relied completely on her IV and hard pain pills. In one rare instance of cogent speech, she convinced me to sneak our dog into her private room, so she could see her “one more time.”

Our dog, Bella, is about a 50 pound Australian Shepherd, and as it turns out, she fits nicely in a normal suitcase. I packed her in, with the lid unzipped, and placed her in the car until we arrived at the hospital. When we arrived, I “explained” to her that I would open the zipper in a few minutes and that she could see her Mommy.

Unbelievably, she never whimpered, barked, or whined. When I walked past the station nurses, I told them I was simply bringing items to make my wife more comfortable. No problem, they said.

When we entered the room, my wife was asleep. I unzipped the suitcase, and Bella immediately jumped on the bed, and gingerly laid across her chest, somehow avoiding the wires and IV. She positioned herself to where she could look directly into my wife’s eyes, and laid completely still, until about twenty minutes later, when my wife woke up, and started moaning in pain.

Bella immediately started licking her, and quietly moaned, as if knowing that barking would definitely blow our cover. My wife hugged her for almost an hour, smiling the whole time. We were busted by one nurse who was so touched that she promised not to tell. When my wife finally went back to sleep, I loaded Bella back in the suitcase, and she somewhat sheepishly obliged.

My wife sadly passed a few days later, and now, whenever I grab the suitcase, (any suitcase) Bella thinks we are going to see her again.


378 thoughts on “Man Sneaks Dog in Suitcase to See Dying Wife in Hospital One Last Time

  1. U shouldn’t have to sneak your pet into the hospital to see u one last time they should allow you to be able to do it there should be a place in the hospital set up for this

  2. Mother fucker, you better sneak me out or sneak my dog in, or there will be every color of every filth ev-er-y-w-he-re, PERIOD.

  3. They are as much part of the family as any human if not more I know this in my case. I believe it’s beneficial to the patient and especially the animal.they to have feelings and will be much easier to accept the situation if they see it. But to keep them away is cruel.

  4. Geez I was fine until the last line how every time he gets a suitcase out the dog thinks she’s going to visit her momma ? what a beautiful story & thank you so much for sharing ❤️

  5. Anastasia Romanov if i ever im put to this kind of situation please bring all the dogs one at a time at my room >.< they will not fit in a suitcase so just bribe the nurses

  6. Oh my God, such a sad, but heart touching story <3. I needed also a tissue ?? and yes please bring me my dog under any circumstances to my deathbed. But I can only hope that he goes first, otherwise the unbearable worry, of who would care after I'm gone…the bond is very strong….

  7. When my Mom was in a hospice facility (before she came home still on hospice), they told us to bring her buddy on in; they said he just has to be up to date on shots just in case but never asked for proof. Most places allow the pets in in certain situations, but some came be real a-holes when it comes to it. She had a private room so I see nothing wrong with this at all. That poor puppy 🙁

  8. So sad and so touching. My condolences for your loss. Good for you and Bella. Keep Bella safe and well as she very loving, loyal and faithful.

  9. Words fail me that this husband needed to smuggle his wife’s best friend in to see her. Why oh why must these places be so hard hearted. I volunteer at an Hospice where patients animals are encourage to come in. The pleasure it brings these poorly people is a joy to see. Their pet is part of the family. Well done this man and shame on the hospital.

  10. The last lines of this post broke my heart. I know how excited dogs get when they think they’re gonna see a person that’s dear to them, and I can’t stop crying after reading this ?

  11. My Dad did the same thing when my Mom was dying of cancer. She wanted her pup so she could say goodbye to her. She was a 55lbs boxer. He too was busted by a nurse, she walked out saying “I didn’t see anything,”

  12. Wow some heartfelt stories, animals are our soul mates , love them to bits & should be allowed in hospitals, I think some in America allow you ???❌

  13. My HEART Aches for you What a wonderful thing you did for your wife. When a animal loses there owners they get heart broken as we do .These beautiful Animals kneed a lot of love to get them threw there grieving.

  14. I have a dog just like this , And if this ever happend to me, I sure in Hell want My Best Dog around me in times like that . God Bless !! ??? This story did touch My heart Ahh soo Sweet !! ??❤️❤️?? And a Awesome thing U did U have a HUGE HEART !! Sir God Bless U all .. ??❤️

  15. Many hospitals will allow dogs to come in to say goodbye to their owner. When my brother-in-law was dying they allowed his dog to come in for one last visit.

  16. Best husband ever! And no…dogs should not have to be snuck in to see their human. They are part of the family, the pack.

  17. Hospice let my dog visit mama and even stay overnight. I don’t think mama knew Lucky was there but it made the rest of us feel better to have her there

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