Heart-breaking & heart-warming: 21-year-old Mike Petrosino says goodbye to his dog Rusty. The young man has battled cancer for 8 years & has a short time left. http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/20...erminally-ill-man-saying-final-goodbye-to-dog Godspeed Mike Petrosino. It's so nice when hospitals allow pets. I was so pleased to take my dying friend's dog into Moses Cone Hospital (Greensboro NC). It was a precious time spent together. There were times when conversation was difficult; emotions don't always translate into words. People & their pets can communicate the strongest feelings without a word said. Oh boo-hoo. Sometimes I wish I was hard-hearted instead of a sniffling, blubbering crybaby. .