Saturday, October 6, 2012

Dog Tracks Down Ailing Owner At Hospital



MY FOXNY -- Zander, a husky, was so upset when his owner was hospitalized the pooch tracked him down and paid him a visit.

John Dolan was hospitalized with a skin condition last week. His wife says their dog Zander took it hard. She says the dog sulked and even cried.

Then Zander, seemingly decided he had to be by his owner's bedside. Zander broke out of the Bay Shore home and made his way to the Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center more than 2 miles away.

The four-legged friend likely went under the Robert Moses Parkway and across a busy four-lane road to get there. A hospital employee found the dog on the street outside of building where Dolan was being treated.

The Dolans got the 7-year-old husky from a shelter and nursed him back from starvation five years ago. Dolan says the dog has been like a son ever since.

The couple believes Zander traced John's scent to the hospital. A few days later Zander tried a second visit. He was found on his walk there.

The Dolans say this proves shelter dogs can be fantastic dogs and care for their owners as well as the owners care for the dogs.
Blog author's comments - Zander is obviously a very unique dog that has a strong bond with John Dolan. Many people who have lived with a dog or cat as a pet and friend know that they are special and intelligent beings.

I have been lucky. I had a dog that was such a good and loyal friend for 17 years. I also had a cat that lived to be 19 years old. He was my buddy and best friend. Even though they are no longer with me they continue giving because of the good memories I have of both of them.

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