This Dying Man Had One Last Wish That Involved His Dog

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Walter Hollier from Texas was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer and given six months to live. One of the first things that he thought of were his dogs.

Many people are overwhelmed and forget to make arrangements for their pets when they are diagnosed with a terminal illness. Unfortunately, many pets are then brought to shelters. The pet is grieving the loss of their companion, and they are confused as to why they are not at home.

Walter’s wife, who had passed away from breast cancer two years ago, made a final request that he takes care of the dog. He made her a promise and he planned on keeping it.


Walter needed to know that both of his dogs were going to be cared for before he passed. Even though Walter has beat the 6 month timeline, he knows that the time is coming. Family members agreed to take Doc, the older of the two dogs.

Still needing a home for Diego, Walter went to Facebook to make a plea and find him a happy home. According to We Love Animals he posted, “Hi, My name is Walt Hollier and this a picture of my dog Diego. 6 months ago, I was diagnosed with liver cancer, stage 4, terminal. I was given 3 to 6 months to live. So in all likelihood, I will be leaving this world soon. I must find Diego a caring and loving home. He is 8 years old and loves people. He has not shown any aggressive behavior in 8 years. He is in great health and loves to run, play, swim, and ride in cars, or trucks. He is a red Heeler, weighs 50 lbs. He is a great watch dog and real low maintenance. It tears me [sic] heart out to lose him. But, it would bring me great comfort when I die that he is well taken care of. I live in the Austin area. So if you can help in any way, please contact me.”


He was not expecting to get 92,000 hits to his post. He found the perfect home for Diego and posted this reply: “To all you wonderful folks who helped me find a home for my dog Diego, thank you. I would [have] loved to answered each and every one of you, but with over 92,000 hits, I’m sure you can understand that I’m overwhelmed. Diego has been adopted by The Last Resort. It is a men’s recovery center in Smithville, Texas. He lives on 50 acres of beautiful land with horses, cows and free range. He has over 40 new friends and is acting as a service dog for men in recovery. He is getting lots of TLC and only being 50 miles away, I can visit him a lot.”

He now has peace of mind that his dogs will be taken care of.

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Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast who lives in West Michigan. Her horse and 3 dogs are her children. She loves to write and share her knowledge of equine and canine nutrition. In her spare time she likes to volunteer with animal rescues, camp with her husband and dogs, and trail ride with her horse.
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