ABC – As John Dolan lay in a hospital bed at the Good Samaritan Medical Center in Islip, N.Y., last Thursday, he got a phone call he least expected. A hospital employee, later identified as a man named Rick, told Dolan that he was standing outside the hospital with a white samoyed dog whose tag listed Dolan as the owner. The man told Dolan he needed to come pick up the dog because he was late for work. It was then that the two men wondered, how did Zander get so close to Dolan’s bedside, so many miles from home?“It’s not nonsense that he was at the hospital,” Dolan, resting at home with Zander by his side, told ABCNews.com today. “He was moping around for the days I was already at the hospital, sitting in my seat and rolled up and depressed. My wife said he had water in his eyes and looked like he was really sad.” The Dolan’s home is two miles from the hospital, but a “hard two miles,” according to Dolan, that includes a stream, a highway and tricky navigation through neighborhood streets.Dolan said that of the couple’s three dogs Zander, in particular, is known to stick by his owner’s side and has been even more loyal since his return.He says an important lesson from his dog’s amazing journey is for dog owners to properly tag their pets so that all reunions can have the same happy endings as his and Zander’s.
Just another great story about the loyalty of dogs. Nothing surprises me anymore. They will literally walk through the bowels of hell to find their owners. Stay at grave-sites for years. Do whatever it takes to find their masters. Their loyalty knows no bounds. How do they continue to do these remarkable things? Well I’ve come to believe that dogs talk to each other. Like Zander probably walked out his front door and just started asking other dogs if they had seen his dad. Before long he pieced the clues together and was knocking on the front door. Dogs 101.
PS – If this was a cat not only would it never look for John Dolan, but this guy would have come home to find out all the locks had been changed, his bank account was empty and a restraining order was filed against him.