Dying woman holds 19-year-old service dog close. Dog's next move has everyone in tears

"In the arms of the angel, fly away from here..." Music floods the room. Gentle hands touch the people who are here, in the San Diego Hospice, where those who come will leave in the arms of an angel. And into this place of final days comes one who gives his all.
Baxter, a 19 and a half year old certified therapy dog, comes to comfort the dying. Yet he, himself, will soon leave the earth as well. It's a perfect connection, for who else could know the thoughts and cares of those whose lives have come to an end?
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Melissa Joseph, Baxter's owner and best friend, takes him to see the people at San Diego Hospice to offer comfort and the kind of love only a dog's heart can give. Baxter is so old he can no longer walk. So she carefully places him in a wagon and walks down the long corridors.
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Though he can hardly lift his head, Baxter brings a sense of compassion for the dying to the loved ones who attend their aging family and friends. Everyone who meets him is glad for his attention.
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Weighing just 37-1/2 pounds, Joseph lifts him up to the beds of the patients and at their request, lays him down beside them. His soft fur and gentle licks are delightful to their aging hands.
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Those who thought they would never again enjoy snuggling with a dog have another chance when Baxter visits.
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Lisa McCollough, San Diego Hospice Chaplain, comments that she has seen him lick the face of a patient for as much as half an hour, giving and receiving sweet kisses. Time is running out, but his love is strong.
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When he lies next to a dying person, he seems to have a special way of letting them know that he truly understands. And it's okay, he seems to say. I'll be with you.
Shortly after this video was made, Baxter quietly slipped into eternity at home. No longer will he greet the dying in the Hospice. Instead, he'll romp with them in pastures of green in the great beyond. Watch this video. You'll never be the same!
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