Local Man Grants Dying Father’s Last Wish

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A local man broke the rules to grant his dying father one last wish.

Rodney Trent had a heart attack after surgery last month and never regained consciousness.

His wife wanted to bring his favorite dog in to see him before he died, but UPMC Passavant wouldn’t allow it.

So their son, who uses a service dog, put his German shepherd’s vest on the tiny shih tzu and walked into the ICU.

“We wanted to have Asia in to see him before he passed because those two had a true love affair,” Viola Trent, Rodney’s wife, said. “He lifted the dog up and she got to sniff his hair and kiss his face.”

The next day, Rodney Trent died.

His wife says she believes he’s looking down and laughing at the lengths they went to for him to see his beloved dog.


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  • dog lover

    I am really sorry for your loss

    • Margaret De Vido

      My thoughts and Prayers go out to Mr.Trent’s family…God Be With You..

  • Lois Nicole Spear

    i would have done it my dad had massive storkes that was great thing u did it made him happy

    • Lois Nicole Spear

      i sorry for your loss

      • Loretta

        I would much rather see my dogs than to see any human being if I am about to die

  • Connie

    Sorry for your loss but I think that taking a dog into an ICU unit where there are people who are in critical care is irresponsible and callous, you not only broke the rules, you displayed an abject indifference to the patients in the ICU unit. Rules are present for a reason, in this case, animals can and do carry germs that could have been fatal to a person in an ICU unit. I was angry when this aired on the nightly news, the respect for the patients in the ICU wasn’t even considered. I understand your emotional need, but it should not have been done.

    • Pitt

      I doubt they let this dog go around and lick every person laying in ICU. Also, if they will allow service dogs in – what is the difference to once in a while bring a non-service dog in? Same thing, just different dogs. Lighten up. People die of MRSA given to them by hospitals, dogs don’t carry diseases that are passable to humans.

      • Carla

        Great comment. Agree

      • intn

        Actually dogs DO carry germs and diseases that are passable to humans. Before you post something, EDUCATE yourself!

    • Yup

      Connie – dogs are often used to help sick people. Make them happy, life spirits. Maybe you need a dog?

      • DOG

        Connie needs a HEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • me

        yes they are but those dogs are bathed before they are let in (EVERY TIME) and they are trained not to jump on or lick people. to those who say “humans carry more germs” that may be but we dont go around putting our bare a**es on the chair or bed that someone else is going to sit on and we dont go around licking and putting our noses on everything we come in contact with. so when you figure in the behavior then no they are not cleaner then people. i understand the family wanting to make him happy but he did not make the request (as it said he never regained consciousness) so it was not granting a dying mans last wish it was simply doing what his wife asked and it could have done serious damage to someone in ICU for resp issues just having the dander in the air. sometimes we need to think twice as people and think out the cause and effect of our choices.

      • tom

        Connie sucks

      • Andi

        People – they let the dog in thinking it was a service dog, so obviously they didn’t think that a dog was a threat to others in the unit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Bob

      When a family member is dying, the last thing most people worry about is other people. Human Nature.
      I would have done the same thing.

      • Margaret De Vido

        Thank you,Bob!!

      • Carla

        I agree 100%.

    • to connie

      hey connie did you know Humans carry more germs that dogs, many more. Lighten up it’s obvious there are few who agree and honestly is it right for you to sit and bash the actions of someone who just lost a loved one? Don’t ever judge until you are in their shoes.

      • TIMSTER

        I think we can all agree that Connie is emotionally challenged. I would suggest she get a dog to chill out with, but that wouldn’t be fair to the dog. That would be animal abuse L O L

    • Heather

      I am sorry but if they allow service dogs in then they should allow a family pet. A service dog is the same as a pet dog except for training. Being a service dog does not mean it does not have germs.

    • rtg

      I’m guessing the dog had its shots, it didn’t lick anyone else, and frankly, some people simply seem to have an annal compulsive need to be sticklers to rules regardless of the probability of anyone actually catching some mysterious disease. Sometimes, the heart does indeed come first, something I’m guessing you may learn one day, or then again, maybe not. Personally, I’d rather see my dog than most people, and will probably escape from whatever hospital I might be found in, because of annal compulsive people who won’t allow me to be with the creatures I treasure at the time I most need them.

    • Lisa

      Well said Connie! I know it was important to your family, but there were many other people who needed to be considered. Any number of patients in that ICU could have had weakened immune systems, and the last thing they need is an animal bringing more germs in. Rules are in place for a reason…..to keep ALL the patients safe!

    • paulRN

      Connie I hope to God you are anyone like you is never doing direct patient care or making decisions regarding patient care. You are callous and obviously bitter! As a criitical care nurse who has years of experience the dog is the least of any “germ” concern! I am ashamed to even see your response and blatant disregard for the human experience,

    • Marsia Powers

      When my mom had a stroke and was spending a month at Kaiser we brought our Shepard. The nurses knew and took turns coming into the room. They felt the dog was a good stress reliever for my mom and for them.

    • Jessica

      i understand connies concern for the safety of other patients but whether it is a german shepard or shih tzu service dog they will both carry germs..a dog is a dog..very sorry for the families lost…hope you find comfort and peace knowing you went out of your way to grant his wish

    • Jac

      I somewhat agree with Connie. Hear me out. I’m not even concerned about germs that dogs carry at this point, I’m more concerned about allergies. Had someone in that ICU been allergic to that cute little dog that could have been life threatening for them. I know they were acting on impulse and it was a sweet gesture, but next time – take everyone into consideration. For the most part that breed is supposed to be ‘hypo-allergenic’ but that’s not a guarantee. These days, you have to be so careful bringing pets, peanuts, etc. into hospitals and even some schools because of allergies. Anyway, RIP.

    • esmiranda

      Anyone who thinks that Connie is cold, heartless, ignorant etc. – if you feel the “no dog” rule is unfair, don’t waste your time bashing Connie. Contact your local health care facility,and talk to the head administrator using the same arguments you are using here to change the policy at the source. Good luck.

    • KLC

      guess you don’t care for pets much — I’m glad they did it! ICU is not one big open place, their are individuals rooms and the dog wasn’t running around licking every patient!

    • Laura

      While I understand both sides of this story, I have to admit Connie is correct. As much as we love our family and friends, and we would like to grant everyone’s last wish (although I don’t see it has his last wish as he never regained consiousness and never expressed a desire to see the dog,) The other people in the ICU were not considered when this dog was brought in. The ICU is for the sickest of the sick patients of the hospital potentially on the brink of death, and if I were a patient or the family of a patient with extreeme allergies to whatever animal what brought in and a death resulted from this, not only would the staff, the hospital and the family of the patient who died as a result would be liable.

      • Paula

        Connie is a brutal piece of sh!t

      • Karen Penland Baldwin

        The hospital did not have a policy against service animals so had the dog been an actual service dog it would have been allowed in anyway. It’s not like they took the dog to each patients room. I for one think they did the right thing.

      • William A Dlubak

        Great comment Laura, But I am sure ther will be some out there that your comment won’t penetrate. God Bless, you know what you are talking about..

      • Charles

        First of all, have you ever been to an ICU? They are private rooms under positive pressure. Beyond that you would have to ask every person to be sanitized before entering the hospital since remnants of their dog/pets or friends pets would still be all over them and their friends and their friends friends and so on and so on and so on. Perfection is not possible and striving for it just makes you ridiculous.

    • Laura

      I can understand both sides of this issue, but I have to admit Connie is correct. As much as we love our family and friends, and everyone would always love to grant everyone’s dying wish (although I don’t see it as his wish as he never regained consiousness and never expressed it as his wish), to bring this animal into the hospital without considering the fact that the ICU is for the sickest of the sick patients who are potentially on the brink of death was irresponsible and reckless. If I were a patient or the family of a patient, and if that animal brought something in and affected the health of either myself or my loved ones, not only the staff, the hospital, and the family that brought that animal in would be liable financially in a court.

    • Jenn

      Did you notice that he could bring in the service dog? beyond the training whats the cleanness difference between a service dog thats 75lbs and a relatively small dog that had to lifted up to see her master one more time??

    • Mona Farrow

      What’s th e differnce between a service dog (German Sheperd) and a Shih Tzu? A dog is a dog. A dog gives uncondiional love and as stated early can calm and relax an ill person. If they were that close — it was the best thing a love one could do. I have found out in several occasions with friends and relatives who are supposely unconscious, heard and knew everything that went on in that ICU. We will never know what joy and peace this action this dog gave to his owner in his last moments.

    • Carla

      Oh Connie, you are a very sad person. Like Bob said, when you have a family member that is dying what matters to you is your family member, doing everything possible to give him his last wish. I would have done the same thing.

      • Sarah Connelley

        Really Carla, you would have only cared for YOUR family memeber and not given a ratt’s behind to everyone else in that ICU?? Really??!! Then that makes you about as selfish as they come.
        My husband of 40 years died in an ICU of a COPD related illness. On top of that he was severley allergic to dogs. Watching him trying to get just enough oxygen to keep him alive was more heartbreaking that I will ever be able to express.
        If a dog was brought in to the ICU when my husband (who was the kindest man I had ever had the priviledge to know) was gasping for breath, not only would I have them forcefully removed from the hospital, I would have sued the family for going against hospital policies, that family would be paying me for years to come for their stupidity.
        While it is a nice thought to comfort someone who is dying by granting thier last wish, even this one as good hearted as it was, by putting everyone else around you at risk by doing so was thoughtless and selfish.
        If you think I am wrong, wait until it’s someone you love is in that position before you comment.

    • NAMVET

      One the hospital let them bring in the dog under the disguse of being a working dog, whats the difference between a working dog and a normal dog (one works the other one doesn’t. hair ,germs,or what ever are the same, So the hospital had no problems with a dog being in there as long as it had a job,

    • junior

      Connie, would you have felt the same way if it was his REAL service dog and not his dad’s pet that he brought in? Or should the son who needed the dog not be allowed to see his father because of his dog? More people DIE in a hospital exposed to germs than those that die after discharge to their germ filled homes.

    • Maggie Schneider

      Connie I agree, That is Why there should be arrangements that make it safe for things like this to happen. If the person was dying there should be a palliative care area where no one else would be put at harm and the emotional needs of the paitent- family could be met.

    • D

      Connie I work in a hospital and to me that was the greatest thing a person could do for a dying patient. I would do it in a heartbeat…..Back of a little

    • Laura

      Sorry Timster, Connie is right. While caring for your loved one is a great thing to do but it’s when we neglect or flat out ignore the rights of others because we think only of ourselves, that is where conflicts arise.

      • TIMSTER

        No need to be sorry Laura, you are wrong anyways. If you had a loved one, and this situation would arise, you would do the same thing. Any person with a heart at least would.

    • Beags

      Connie, if it was so dangerous to bring a dog into the ICU, then the hospital staff would/should’ve not allowed it. These people didn’t sneak the dog in or try to conceal it. The dog strolled in with a service vest. So the irresponsibilty and callousness you speak of lies on the ICU staff. If you have such an issue with it, contact them, bash them. Don’t lash out at this grieving family.

      p.s. get over yourself.

    • clara

      You obviously are not a pet owner and don’t understand the connection that a person can have with their dog. They love you unconditionally and are perhaps the best friends that a human can have. They don’t judge (as you have) and don’t have as many “germs” as any human at any given time.

    • Charles

      The only thing keeping his beloved dog away was the service vest. What about all the service animals that do have proper access? Are they germ free? When talking about being callous, you fit the mold

    • Neil

      Thank God we have Connie as our moral barometer …

    • Andi

      Connie – you aren’t all there apparently. The hospital allowed a dog into the unit (thinking it was a service dog), so apparently they felt that a dog’s presemce wouldn’t hurt others in the unit. Duh.

  • Tim in Ohio

    I’ve been single my whole life. I’ve had my dog for 16 years. If I could feel the physical touch of my dog a last time relating a lifetime of friendship, my last breath would be a sigh of relief. God’s Speed.

  • life is short

    I probably would have done the same thing…and was he actually in ICU…we dont know…
    My only grip is to dog lover…dont blame the nurses for hospital rules…UPMC is fining its employees and Doc’s for not washing their hands so I think this would entail a fine or worse if they allow it….just sayin

  • Bernie

    God Bless …I hope my child will be brave enough to do the same for me….

  • R Barnes

    Connie needs to get a life I had a stroke a few years ago and my dog was brought in to the hospital and helped me. They thought it was good my recovery it worked for me.

  • george


    I work in an ICU. Trust me…the amount of infections there are 10 times more dangerous than a dog that licks its butt and licks you.

    • esmiranda

      Since you know for a fact that the “no dogs” rule is biased and not based in scientific fact, perhaps instead of arguing with Connie here in the comments you should go to the chief administratior of the facility where you work, and use the words you use here to make them change that “no dogs” rule. I wish you luck – finding another job.

  • William A. Dlubak

    I do respect someones last wishes but, when it endangers others you must be logical. I know dogs are usually clean but ICU has this rule for a reason. What if
    a dog hair, which is very light and easily carried through the air lands on a patient with an open wound, it would be detrimental to that patient and the patients family. Rules are made for a reason, and this is a just reason. Dog hairs can carry infectous elements especially around patients with open wound. Why would you chance another life over a last wish? You have my sympathy on your loss. May God bless you and your family in the name of Jesus Christ.

    • jessica

      its not like they said the dog couldnt come in they assumed it was a service dog so whether they allowed a service dog or a “service dog” a dog is a dog the both have hair they both have germs

      • Charles

        Laura, you foolishly base your argument on the NON-FACT that the dog was dirty, Since the family has a service dog, wouldn’t it be more likely that they wash it and complied with cleanliness requirements? You sounded reasonable earlier, why ruin that with stupid assumptions?

      • Laura

        Exactly Jessica, The hospital thought it was a service dog. What’s the difference between a service dog and a regular house pet?? The difference being that a service dog is washed from head to toe shortly before entering a facility thereby significantly reducing the risk of allergic reaction. How many times does a regular dog get washed?
        This family, and I do not begrudge anyone from granting a last wish, took their scruffy unwashed dog into an area in which this was prohibited to an uncertified service dog into an ICU. If anyone had died from that, again, the staff would have and probably have been repremanded, the hospital and the family that brought the dog would have been sued for neglegence.
        Yes humans are germ infested creatures, but the ICU has rules for a reason and they must be respected and enforced.

  • Jack Beiber

    god bless you for helping your dad have a lastbright day.

  • Doug the pet lover

    I am sorry for your loss, too. Good for you! I would have done it, too, and I sure hope someone would have done it for me. William, if all the hospital employees can go sit outside with scrubs on and then come back in and tend to patients, how do you think that is not MORE risky to the patient than the chance in ten million that a hair is going to float into an open wound and cause an issue? I understand hospitals need to be clean, but with all the things they allow to go on this is not worth getting worked up over. Plus, it may have even HELPED others in the hospital that benefited from seeing the dog. It is so good to see someone caring enough about a parent to do this – God bless you!!

  • William A. Dlubak

    All I am saying Doug is why enhance the possibilty of infection. This is true, they do go outside, but not into a kennel. They also wear protective gear and isolate those with open wounds. Why take the chance? I would be asking for my Bible knowing I was washed clean by the Blood of Jesus Christ. A dog would be the last thing on my mind. Pleasing my God would without a doubt be my mission. But I would not chance putting anyone at risk even at the smallest
    possibility. God Bless You and all you do……..

    • Lainey S

      Maybe the spirit of God was being carried by the dog. Probably more germs on the Bible cover than on the dog.


      William A. Dlubak, are you related to that idiot Connie? You both have to be from the same gene poll. And to bring religion into a forum about a dog, look in the mirror. Usually people who qoute the bible have guit about something, and remember, a dog is one of God’s living creatures.

      • Andi

        TIMSTER – Why do you care if he made a simple comment about God? You were quick to jump on this. He said nothing judgemental – you actually were the one spewing out all of the judgement, which actually makes YOU the hypocrite. In his reply, he only simply pointed out (correctly I might add) that calling someone an idiot when you can’t spell simple words is funny. That makes him no less of a Christian. I can guarantee if someone from another religion had made a post, you wouldn’t have griped, and don’t you dare equate all Christian’s with those sicko’s at Westboro Baptist! Also, if you are so “God-fearing”, you would understand that religion has everything to do with everything, even down to a simple discussion about a dog. So, now it’s your turn to look into the mirror.

      • William A. Dlubak

        Hey Timster, Your comment reflects your education. When you graduate grade school, let me know!!!!!!

      • Yankee fan

        Hey William – how Chirstian of you to degrade someone’s education. Is that what your religion teaches you? To judge others and look down on those who are less educated than you? If so, you can have your religion. I’ll take my dog over your judgmental Bible any day!

      • TIMSTER

        Billy A. Dlubak, for what it is worth, I have a Masters Degree. This helped me understand social religious misfits like you in today’s society. Quick question, what ever happened to “Turn the other Cheek”? Oh that’s right; you must have one of those bibles that you refer to when it is convenient for your ideologies.
        Shouldn’t you be protesting a veteran’s funeral somewhere? I am a god fearing person, but I keep my religious beliefs to myself. Hypocrite. Go Yankees, Yankees fan.

  • Dog Kennel

    The hospital including the ICU is already like a kennel from the tons of fur and dander from pets on peoples clothing. Also, imagine the the pathogens from the soles of shoes.How could one think one dog would matter? What a relief the hospital recognized that a dog is fine to go in there,howevet with service dog certification.Brilliant effort on part of the son. May God comfort the family.

    • thin about it

      germs from the bottom of shoes stays on the floor but a dog walks on the floor then they put him up on the bed where a nurse lent down to check his vitals then she went to another patients bed to check on them and maybe she brushed against the edge of his bed causing the germs from the floor to be transfered to his bed where his hand of arm comes in contact with them and all of a sudden now this patient had a raging staph infection from an “unknown” source, say that patient is too weak to fight it off and dies how the h*ll would you feel to know that just because YOU wanted (he was unconscious and never asked for the dog) to bring a dog in you basically killed an innocent person. try explaining that to another family who lost their loved one because you made a decision without thinking it through and try living with that on your conscience. Still think he was “brilliant” ? If so your not too brilliant yourself.

      • Blondie

        Please stop getting your medical information from the tv show Scrubs.

  • William A. Dlubak

    In most ICU’s they make you wear hospital clothing before you go in. Pending on what is the risk. They are aware of these things you mentioned. But rules are for a reason, not just to anger the patients or families. Why don’t you call them and ask them why? God Bless

    • Yup

      Nurses and doctors shouldn’t be going outside to smoke then coming back in, I don’t want someone smelling like pewp to tend to me.

      • Laura

        Yup I completely agree. Any hospital staff stupid enough to smoke fully knowing and seeing the damaging effects of smoking by watching them die from smoking related illnesses should either quit or find another profession before they land up as patients themselves.

    • My Own

      William, you need to go visit an ICU because they do not make you wear protective clothing. A hospital is a breeding ground of germs, the few extra from that dog don’t make a difference especially since there are not transferrable to humans. I think you need to get a dog and find what true love is. The love of God is all fine and well, I believe in Him and seek his guidance, but when I’m on my death bed someone better bring me MY DOG.

    • Blondie

      If the rule stated that there were *NO* dogs allowed, then they wouldn’t even be able to let a service dog in, but they did, so common sense tells me that the people working in the hospital know the risk of having a animal in there and know when they can & can’t. Think about.

    • Vicky

      I am a nurse and have worked in the ICU. It has been years since people have to change clothes to go into the ICU, including nurses and doctors. Now this may not be true where you live, but this was a cost saving effort. Only surgery changes, and sometimes OB.

      There are dogs that are therapy dogs, and they are allowed to be placed on beds and lick the patients face, if it is given the command to do so. If a person is allergic, they stay away from those rooms. It is obvious from the story that a dog had been in there before, so there doesn’t appear to be an issue unless the dog had fleas. And the way this family loved their animals, I highly doubt that was the case. I would bring my family members pet in, rules or not. A hospital is so teeming with germs that are deadly, that what a dog brings in is nothing in comparison.

  • nurseamy02

    At AGH we not only allow dogs to come in and visit but we have a volunteer service that constantly walks dogs through the halls for any patients that want a visit…I think its an amazing idea and I have yet to hear a complain from my patients. Its really therapeutic .


      Thank you Amy for you service, nurses are a dying breed.

      • William A Dlubak

        For your info Timmy, The Lord said to go out and spread his word to everyone. I did not call no one a name, I was called a name. I do not need a hypocrite like you to preach to me. Why don’t you go look into a mirror, All I can do for you is pray, and I advise you learn the gospel, we are not to keep the Lords teachings to ourselves. You talk a good game, but thAT ALL IT IS , TALK. Try using scripture instead of judging, if you know any????

      • TIMSTER

        Well “JUDGING” from you comments Billy Boy. I don’t need a bible toting person who can’t take it in the real world to preach to me and others explaining religious values. As I mentioned earlier, I am a God fearing person, and I only have to explain my actions to him. I have no guilt, which in turn, I don’t need to “Preach”. For you to be so religious, you must have done some terrible and immoral acts in the past. It is your “GUILT” that makes you state passages and spew false love for God. The last time I checked, this forum is for TALK, I don’t need someone like you to pray for me, please don’t.

  • terri

    i would do the same thing dogs are like kids they know when people are sick im happy you did what you did and your dads happy too hes looking down and thanking you for hes last wish know this you did nothing wrong buy doing it my heart gos out to you and your family god bless

  • Nina Lyons

    My old neighbors… Wonderful Wonderful people and real animal lovers. So happy they did that for Rodney… and for Asia… God Bless…. I know Rodney is looking out for all of them now…

  • j

    Its not always the Nurse who is the mean one. We are on the front line of hospital policies, management, and other things that can get us fired. We are the first ones with our neck on the chopping block. Bringing any visitor in without regard to the policy can get us canned. Most of us are just trying to keep our license. It is very unfortunate that we have to play security guard just so we can do our job. Recently I had to endure verbal and near physical abuse from a non-compliant patient every half hour for 10 hours of my shift. So think before you label us as “mean”. We are just trying to do our job the best we can.
    Sad to know that you must have had a poor experience with a nurse or two, and clearly do not have a family member in the medical community.
    With that said, If I were in their shoes I would have tried to do the same.

    • hunnykins

      I agree. I work at a hospital, and people don’t understand that we on the “front lines” are expected to play rule police, and our livelihoods ARE on the line if we don’t make sure rules are followed. As for being mean, I admit I can get cold and business like when pushed and pushed by the same person trying to bypass hospital policies I’m expected to enforce. I try to be polite and courteous, but “nice” does tend to go out the window when the pushing gets to the point of personal insults and threats. We do try very hard on a daily basis, but we are only human.

    • Carol Thomas

      I’ve been a nurse since 1983, mostly in ICU/CCU. My opinion is we are not responsible for policing a policy that is not in the best interest of the patient and family.
      We are patient advocates first. I have many, many times turned a blind eye to theraputic pet visits, baby visits…whatever. If it comforted a family to bring the little dog in to see a dying patient, DO IT! I’ve cleared the way for bigger dogs to come up the back stairs on the weekend.
      When a patient is dying and you’ve done all you can, the family becomes your patient and you do what’s best for them. This was reasonable. If caught, mea culpa, I’m sorry.
      I’ve done alot of things against policy over the years:
      Advising family to transfer their loved one to a university center for better care. Advising them to switch doctors while the medical community drags their feet on getting rid of a dangerously bad surgeon. The families have always protected me from scrutiny from management, and if they hadn’t, well, so be it. Patient advocate first, hospital employee second!

    • Sara Fine

      Nurses are amazing. My mother and two of my aunts were nurses and I have nothing but the greatest respect for their decisions, compassion, and strength.

  • Matthias

    I would have to think that the hospital staff knew it was safe to bring the dog into the dying man’s room and that no other patient was in harm’s way because of that act.

    Dying and death is a sad event as we all know… and it was a good thing that this dying man had a chance to smile at the end of his time.

  • Debbie

    dogs are usually better behaved than some of the people and their kids that go to visit relatives and friends in the hospital. I have worked as a nurse in local hospitals for over 30 years. There are many sources for germs that are more of a concern that what a dog could bring in (MRSA). For those of you who are against this. lighten up. Kudos to the son who did what he thought was best for his Dad and Asia. Bad marks for “Pass-away” Hospital (as we affectionately call it in the North Hills) for being unfeeling and so regimented. Now I have even a better reason NOT to seek my health care at that facility!

    • Big Daddy Kahuna

      Well said Debbie. Yes, a lot of us humans carry that MRSA bug around … and yes …. I would agree that most dogs behave better than humans!

  • Chuck

    My wife had emergency surgery at Passavant and while she was in emergency after surgery waiting for a room we smuggled 2 Doxie puppies in a big bag into see her.They were so excited to see her thet were jumping out of the bag and whining; it was cute and really helped cheer her up.

  • William A. Dlubak

    . They do on certain cases make you put on special garments when an open wound is involved. I know this because I went through it when my sister was in the hospital. A dogs love for you cannot be compared to TRUE LOVE. Sure, you can love your dog but True Love? I had a dog and I did love it, but if I was in the hospital, I would have respect for the other patients. Maybe one patient has
    an allergy to animals, you do not know this. There is a time and place for everything, a hospital is not the place although to be truthful, if that was someone I loved and they requested to see their dog, I would pursue every
    avenue to get that dog in to see my loved one. In closing, to some degree i concur, but to others I do not. Depends on the situation. God Bless

  • Happy

    That’s what is wrong with this world everyone is too worried about how everything affects everyone else. If YOU smoke, I might get cancer, if YOU bring a dog into the ICU I might get sick. We are a bunch of whiners. I’m glad
    this family was able to do this for their loved one.

    • Joe

      Actually it is the exact opposite. People only care about themselves and getting what they want. This situation is a good example of this.

      Right or wrong there is a rule that prohibits animals in the ICU. This family felt the rule did not apply to them or they were more important than every other family that had someone in the hospital at that time.

      Do not use a tough situation (loss of a loved one) to justify your selfish behavior. We all lose people at some point.

      If this is acceptable, where is the line?

      • Blondie

        Obviously, there was NOT a rule prohibiting animals in the ICU or a service animal would NOT have been allowed in there. Do you think service animals are specially bred to be antibacterial?? No, they are regular animals (just trained differently). Do you think the staff didn’t know what they were doing when they allowed what they thought was a service animal in the ICU??

  • Big Daddy Kahuna

    Well folks, here is a perfect example where common sense should take over, but again, the “sticklers” get in to the mix and put their foot down. Great to see the family get around them this time!

  • mike

    Bravo for the wonderful Trent family to bring in RODNEY’S baby Asia to see him one last time. Double bravo to Rodney’s son Tom to give Rodney a Vietnam vet who fought for our country, one last wish on earth. Dust no Dust , Dander no Dander, nothing matters more that the human heart.. Geez… Dying mans last breath of love for his wife and son and baby dog Asia . It’s a no brainier.. If we worried about every little germ and infection we would all be in a vacuum with masks upon masks and would not live.. These beautiful people did what I’m sure every loving family member would do for their loved one for one last time if given the chance. ..and this little soul is what Rodney loved so much in his short life.. What a story. I cried. When did everyone become so sterile and loose heart. Time for the hospitals and places like that to come up to 2011. It’s been proven that animals heal and give life to people that are depressed and lost; and even people with Alzheimer are benefiting from these beautiful. dogs, Time to change the rules. Every case is different and not all is one size fits all. Do u hear that UPMC Passavant.!!! ICU need to re think your policy for the dying.. God bless to Mrs. Viola Trent and her son Tom and Rodney’s little Asia.My prayers for your loss..

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