Bay Shore, NY — A husky missed his owner so much that the canine somehow tracked him to a hospital two miles away in the middle of the night.
Zander the white husky was a shelter dog who was rescued by John Dolan five years ago. When Dolan was recently hospitalized in a Long Island, New York, hospital with a skin condition, Zander became very depressed and was moping around the house.
So the dedicated husky snuck out at 3 a.m. and amazingly found Dolan at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip.
According to the Fox affiliate,
“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 nurse called the number on Zander’s collar which turned out to be Dolan’s cell phone number who answered the phone from his hospital bed. Dolan’s wife later came over and retrieved Zander. The dedicated dog even made a second trip to the hospital later.
How did the loyal dog manage to find his owner? Apparently Zander may have tracked Dolan down by his scent. CBS New York explains:
“Animal behaviorists said Zander may have been able to make the more than two-mile trek partly due to his olfactory receptors. Dogs like Zander have 200 million to 300 million scent glands, while humans have just five million scent glands.”
” ‘Some of them seem to have a special human-animal bond that leads them that way, whether it’s a sixth sense,” veterinarian Dr. John Charos told [CBS].’ “
Watch the Fox video about Zander the husky, John Dolan’s best friend: