A young widow has been reunited with a dog she was forced to give up following the death of her husband.
Alice Thompson, 21, from Winterton, North Lincolnshire, took the heartbreaking decision to give up Patch less than a week after losing her husband Liam, 22, to cancer earlier this year.
The couple, who married in October last year, got the dog after Mr Thompson was diagnosed with an aggressive form of bone cancer in August 2011 and the puppy was a great comfort to them both.
After her husband's death in February, Mrs Thompson moved house temporarily and had to take the difficult decision to sign Patch over to the care of the Jerry Green Dog Rescue Centre in Broughton, North Lincolnshire.
On hearing about the situation, Lynne Vincent, manager at the centre, decided to step in and look after Patch until Mrs Thompson was able to take the dog back.
Mrs Thompson is now in a new home and has been reunited with 11-month-old Patch. When she went to pick him up, Mrs Thompson presented staff at the centre with a bouquet of flowers to thank them for their support.
A card attached read: "I would just like to say a HUGE thank you to you all for caring after Patch for me during this difficult time. It really meant a lot to us both."
Ms Vincent said: "The night after Alice had brought Patch into the centre I just couldn't sleep as I was so concerned for her having to lose her beloved pet less than a week after Liam lost his battle with cancer.
"Obviously, these were exceptional circumstances and we made the one-off decision to help Alice out on this occasion. We are delighted that we were able to step in and support her at such a difficult time."