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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