Feel good story of the day: Dog finds owner in hospital

The owner of a shelter-rescue dog was hospitalized.

The white husky, Zander, somehow followed his owner’s scent to pay him a visit in the hospital that was more than two miles away. Zander had never been taken to the hospital before. The husky’s journey involved crossing a busy 4-lane highway.

Faithful dog, Zander

Adrienne Supino reports for Fox 5 NY, Oct. 4, 2012:

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.

John Dolan and Zander

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Caroline Niven-Roy

Thank god dog found one…



Caroline Niven-Roy



great story…..great pictures. If God is Love then dogs are definitely there in heaven to greet us.


Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this most uplifting post! Surely this dear little dog received help from the guardian angels and St. Francis. He is so darling!

Joseph E Fasciani

There was a pet store in Vancouver, BC, Animal World I think it was called, which forty years ago ran radio adverts that always ended with “For the only love that money can buy.” Nothing’s changed since then. I say that if one wants/needs/believes in ‘unconditional love,’ then s/he should get a puppy and raise it as their life companion, same as a child. Rescue critters very often become our best ever companions.