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Runaway Dog Showed Up At Iowa Hospital In Search Of Ailing Owner

Sissy is seen left of her brother Barney. The 10-year-old dogs were described by the couple’s daughter as?’so loved and so spoiled it’s unbelievable.’

Video surveillance captured the tail end of the Schnauzer’s incredible feat when she strolled into Cedar Rapids’ Mercy Medical Center early last Saturday morning. With a little help from staff, she eventually found her way to Nancy Franck’s hospital room.

When it comes to loyalty, this miniature Schnauzer knows no bounds.

The adventurous white pooch named Sissy is making nationwide news after breaking out of her yard and somehow traveling 20 blocks to an Iowa hospital, where her owner was recovering from surgery.

With her nose to the ground, the determined dog headed down a hallway out of sight but eventually, with a little help from staff, straight to 64-year-old Nancy Franck’s hospital room door.

“It’s just like she knew exactly what she was doing!” Sarah Wood, Franck’s daughter, told the Daily News Thursday.

Nancy’s husband, Dale Franck,?echoed that sentiment to ABC News.

“She was on a mission that night to see her mom,” the 66-year-old said. The only trouble was, he said, “she couldn’t find the right elevator to take.”

Nancy, who has a second Schnauzer back home named Barney, had been hospitalized at the medical facility for two weeks while battling cancer when Sissy carried out her grand escape plan, her husband said.

The daring dog took off during an outside bathroom break around 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning, leaving her appointed guardian worried sick.

“He immediately went into panic mode because these dogs are so loved and so spoiled it’s unbelievable,” Wood said.

It wasn’t until around 5:30 a.m. that Dale Franck said he got a call from a security officer at the hospital informing him that they had his dog, whose address and phone number were listed on her collar.

Wood was then tasked with fetching the dog who she found in the security office.

“She was sitting there, looking out the door, waiting for someone to come get her,” she recalled.

After scooping her up she then brought her up to her mother’s room and woke her to news of Sissy’s escape.

“She was like, ‘Oh my gosh, you’ve got to go find her. That’s dad’s baby!'” she recalled her mother’s reaction.

“I said mom, you don’t understand we found her and she ran right to this hospital … and she’s right here,” she said before lifting the dog’s tiny front paws on the bed.

Their reunion was short, about 10 minutes in length, but wonderfully sweet, she said.

As for exactly how the tiny dog could have pulled off such a trick, her owners say they’re in the dark almost as much as everyone else.

It was Sissy’s first visit to the hospital they said, though Sissy used to ride to Nancy’s workplace next door to the hospital ? something that was never done on foot.

Nancy, who is undergoing chemotherapy while battling uterine cancer, is currently undergoing rehabilitation, her husband told The News.

He described it as a?”long slow process” with them all eager to have her home.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/dog-showed-hospital-search-ailing-owner-article-1.2113255

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