A loyal French bulldog was truly with his owner until the very end.
Fifteen minutes after 25-year-old Stuart Hutchinson of Alloa, Scotland died of cancer, which he had been battling for eight years, his dog Nero passed away too.
“He had three dogs, but him and Nero were like one,” his mom Fiona Conghan told SWNS.
Hutchinson has been battling brain cancer when he was a teen. Despite brain surgery and a scan in March that said the chemotherapy was working, his health took a turn for the worse in May, while he was on vacation with his wife, Danielle Hutchinson.
He moved out of their home to move back in with his mom, who was his primary caregiver, where he lived for four weeks before his death on Aug. 11.
“He wanted to die at home because that's where he was born,” Conghan said. "We expected it but it is still tough. It is still a shock and traumatic when it finally comes."
That morning, Danielle’s glasses had broken and her dad offered to come pick them up and get her another pair, so she wouldn’t have to leave her ailing husband’s side.
“We knew he didn’t have long left,” Conghan said.
When her dad got to their house, Nero had fallen ill, so he rushed the pup to the emergency veterinarian on the way.
Veterinarians discovered 2-year-old Nero had ruptured his spine, even though he had shown no other signs of pain or illness before that morning. Nero died shortly after arriving to the hospital.
Coincidentally, Hutchinson also died just 15 minutes earlier than Nero that afternoon.
“Danielle was heartbroken to have lost both of them, but she has been so strong,” Conghan said.