His only wish was to hold his tiny dog one final time.
Ann Marie Gemmel, who had been caring for Mr. Cutie, had taken him to visit Simpson at the hospice and the next day he dug a hole under the fence and disappeared.
"I really think he was looking for John," she said.
The search was on in Holiday, Florida for the tiny brown dog.
After almost a week on Friday night the search ended happily and John and Mr. Cutie were reunited.
When Mr Cutie first went missing, Mr SImpson said: "When you're growing up you're asked, 'If you could have one wish, what would you wish for?' Back in those days, I used to say, 'As many wishes as I could wish for.' Now, my only wish would be for my dog to come home."