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Determined to stay by owner's side, husky sneaks out of home and tracks him down at hospital

Dogart_thumb By Ellen | October 05, 2012 | Comments (4)

Lonely husky sneaks out of home and tracks down his owner at hospital

A Siberian Husky named Zander became very depressed after his owner, John Dolan, had to go to hospital for treatment of skin ulcers. After two weeks apart, the dog missed John so desperately he decided he could no longer stand being apart from him. So the white husky snuck out of the family home in the middle of the night to go search for John. 

The husky made a remarkable two mile trek and ended up directly outside of the Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip, New York, where John was being treated. 

Zander snuck from home and tracked down his owner in a hospitalJohn recounted his dog's adventure to WCBS 880. "My wife had told me the dog is moping around." Zander was howling and curled up on John's bed. It was obvious he was distressed. John's wife, Priscilla, believes Zander is bonded so strongly to John because the dog will never forget that John rescued him from a shelter.

When Zander stole away from home, he had to navigate through homes and a nature reserve. Zander would have also had to traverse the Montauk Highway and a stream in order to safely reach the hospital.

Zander arrived outside of the hospital and was spotted by a nurse. She looked at Zander's tags and called John's cell phone, which John answered in his hospital bed. 

John relates the conversation. "[The worker said] 'You have a dog.' I'm like, 'Yeah.' He's like, 'Well, you gotta come get him. I gotta go to work. I’m at the hospital. I gotta go to Good Sam.' I'm like, 'I can't go and get him. I'm in the hospital myself,'" he said laughing. 

It could have been Zander's amazing canine sense of smell that lead him right to his owner's side. Not matter how he got to the hospital, Zander was happy to see his owner once again. John said, "I think he missed me and he decided, 'this is it, I’m going to get him.'" 


Via CBS New York


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Comments on this Article

Love it! Devotion!
Such a nice story of one dog's love!! Sweet Zander!!
Beautiful story... now that's pure love.. Zander the great!!!
What an amazing story - such loyalty not to mention sense of smell and orientation!
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