We all know who man’s best friend really is and an 82-year-old man just proved it once again. His nine-year-old English Springer Spaniel named Swift died last month while both John Payne and his wife were hospitalized, leaving Payne heartbroken. But the couple’s granddaughter surprised them with a rescue spaniel named Fly.
Payne, whose story was featured on Inside Edition, put down his crutches to greet his new dog and openly wept. Spoiler alert: Better get your tissues ready.
When Payne was discharged from the hospital and returned to an empty house, Jodie said of her grandfather, he found the silence unbearable. So she set out to find the perfect rescue dog. Fly, who had been a product of a divorce and left to starve, came running into Payne’s arms as soon as he heard his new Daddy calling him. Take a look.
Research has shown that the animal-human bond is strong and actually has health benefits. People with dogs walk more, and have lower blood pressure than those who don’t, says the American Heart Association. Studies have shown that heart attack survivors and people with serious abnormal heart rhythms who own dogs live longer than people with the same heart problems who don’t have pets. Come on Fly, we’re rooting for you.