John Simpson didn't know if he'd live to see his best friend again. The cancer patient's little pup, "Mr. Cutie," dug a hole under Simpson's fence last week and was lost for days.
But thanks to FOX 13 viewers, the dog is finally back where he belongs. John and Mr. Cutie were reunited on Friday night.
"It was just ecstatic and very hard to put into words the feelings inside. It was like it was supposed to be," Simpson said Monday.
John told FOX 13 last week that it was his dying wish to be reunited with his dog. He has pancreatic cancer, and doctors say he has just days left to live. Those words weighed heavily on viewer Amy Cobb.
"I watched the whole story on FOX News and it just broke my heart. I thought, I can do something here," Cobb said Monday.
The former librarian searched the pet locating website FidoFinder.com for hours. She was shocked when Mr. Cutie's picture showed up on one of the pages.
"When I found that it was the dog, I was like, 'Oh! It's the dog!" she said.
Now, Mr. Cutie and John are inseparable. Despite five days of distance, John says their friendship didn't skip a beat.
"It's natural. It's like I'm natural for him and he's natural for me," Simpson said.
Mr. Cutie's gotten some new digs out of the deal: he is now making himself right at home in John's hospice room.
"If I got out of this chair to take a walk, he'd be right behind me, jumping after me, having to be in my arms," he laughed.
When John passes away, Mr. Cutie will go live with one of John's friends.
In the meantime, though, John says his wish has been granted, and that he finally found the peace he was holding out for.
"Another miracle has occurred, and I am part of that miracle," he said.
John and Mr. Cutie's story went viral. John says he's hearing from people around the world.
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