Owners say dog runs away from home to visit owner in the hospital

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CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – There’s no denying the bond that can develop between people and their pets.  A miniature Schnauzer in Iowa proved that nothing, not even distance, can break that bond.

“We looked up and there was this dog just running across the lobby.” said Mercy Security Officer Samantha Conrad.

It’s a surprise no one expects, a dog in a hospital. Security cameras caught it all.

The dog wonders through two automatic doors and strolls right into Mercy Medical Center.

“We started looking at the tags and we saw how far away the dog lived, as far as gong about fifteen blocks to get here. So, it was quite an amazing journey the dog made.” said  Samantha Conrad.

The security guard used the dog’s tags to call one of the owners at home, Dale Franck.

” I thought she wanted to go someplace but I didn’t know where and had never run away before. ” said Nancy’s Husband Dale Franck.

That’s when the security guard realized Dale’s wife was getting treatment at Mercy. So, far from home, Sissy found what she was looking for.

“She wanted to go see her mom. She was on a mission but she couldn’t find the right elevator to take. HAH! ” said Dale Franck.

“I don’t know how she found the right door or did any of that by herself.” said patient Nancy Franck.

“She missed mom. That’s all I can say. She missed mom and she knew to come see mom.” said Nancy’s daughter Sarah Wood.

That’s why the family believes Sissy ran away from home, to find the person who is home.

“I said did you sneak this dog in here? She said no she snuck herself in here mom.” said patient Nancy Franck.

The family still can’t figure out how Sissy knew where to go. But, after a long couple weeks in the hospital, the surprise visitor brought a much-needed smile to Nancy’s face.

“That was great just being able to see her. That was perfect. I’m glad she thought of it.” said Nancy Franck.

Family members say they had not taken sissy to the hospital to visit Nancy. Nancy does work next door to the hospital and the dog has been in the car when the family dropped her off at work.

By: Jill Kasparie