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Fri Oct 5, 2012, 09:55 AM

Dog tracks down ailing owner at hospital

Such a heart warming story, on this day of just A W E S O M E employment and jobs news......

Zander, a husky, was so upset when his owner was hospitalized that 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.

http://www.myfoxny.com/story/19740226/dog-tracks-down-ailing-owner-at-hospital

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a kennedy Oct 2012 OP
Aeroette Oct 2012 #1
jsr Oct 2012 #2
Melinda Oct 2012 #3
bullwinkle428 Oct 2012 #4
kooljerk666 Oct 2012 #5
Mariana Oct 2012 #8
Baitball Blogger Oct 2012 #6
malaise Oct 2012 #7
MadHound Oct 2012 #9
barbtries Oct 2012 #13
DonRedwood Oct 2012 #10
DarthDem Oct 2012 #11
Chorophyll Oct 2012 #12
myrna minx Oct 2012 #14

Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 09:58 AM

1. That is so sweet! n/t

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 09:59 AM

2. Amazing story

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 09:59 AM

3. Humans best friend, indeed.

Zander on the lam! Good boy, Zander, good boy!!!

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 10:03 AM

4. Utterly thankful and relieved that he wasn't hurt or killed in his efforts to get to the hospital.

K&R!

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 10:10 AM

5. After 2 crappy purebreds 45 years ago..........

 

We have have nothing but shelter dogs.

All my future dogs will be big black adult dogs, for some reason no one wants a black dog.

In my experience adult dogs given a good home are loyal & loving pretty quick. I think they understand & remember the hardship, boredom & loneliness of a shelter & are very appreciative of a good home.

I love my dog more than life itself.

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Response to kooljerk666 (Reply #5)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 10:30 AM

8. My experience, too.

We had our shelter dog for 11 years and she was so obviously happy and grateful to be with us from the day we took her home until the day she died.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 10:15 AM

6. This is the third shelter dog bonding with owner story I've read.

Perhaps staring out in life abandoned, makes that bond stronger?

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 10:26 AM

7. Awwwwwwwwww!

Lovely story

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 10:31 AM

9. Decades ago, I had a Great Dane that I couldn't leave behind

 

If I did leave him behind, he would get out(chew through a door), and track me down, even if I were five, ten miles away. Same with a pit mix I had. It is amazing how dogs can find people they want to find, and will do anything to be by their side. Currently I have a cockapoo who is my little bodyguard. He follows me around everywhere I go, but thankfully he isn't big or strong enough to chew through a door and follow me when I leave.

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Response to MadHound (Reply #9)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 10:45 AM

13. back in the 70's my brother traveled to Mexico

for one or two months, leaving his dog at home. when he returned, he went to visit a friend and when he came back outside the dog was on the top of his van as if to say you do not leave me behind again!

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 10:32 AM

10. Warning: link is for FOXNY.... sorry... some of us try not to put money in Rupert Murdoch's pocket

:0) Same lecture I give my better half: if you hate what the right wing media/FOX does...then don't watch Family Guy and don't link to Fox channels.

It just puts money in Rupert Murdoch's pocket.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 10:39 AM

11. Aw, Soooo Adorable

Thanks for the great story. Zander is quite the companion. I'm glad he wasn't hurt on his journey too. I hope his dad is feeling better.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 10:41 AM

12. Aw, that's a good Long Island doggie!

Sweet.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 10:46 AM

14. Awww. Who's a good puppy!

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