A loyal dog died 15 minutes after his young owner lost his heartbreaking battle with brain cancer.
Stuart Hutchison, 25, spent eight years fighting the tumour and, despite surgery and chemotherapy, the cancer spread to his bones.
He relapsed twice, was never in remission and died at home on August 11.
The man’s beloved French bulldog Nero died just minutes after his owner.
Heartbroken mum, Fiona Conaghan, 52, said: “Stuart died about 1.15pm that day, and Nero died roughly 15 minutes later.
“He had three dogs, but him and Nero were like one man and his dog.
“Nero was the dog which was always with him.”
Stuart, who married wife Danielle, 22, in January this year, doted on two-year-old Nero, their other dog Nala and Amelia – the puppy of Nala and Nero.
Fiona, from Alloa, Scotland, added: “Danielle was heartbroken to have lost both of them, but she has been so strong.
“We got Stuart home four weeks ago because he wanted to die at home because that’s where he was born.
“We cared for him at home.
“We expected it but it is still tough.
“It is still a shock and traumatic when it finally comes.”
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SOURCE: Mirror, Bradley Jolly