A loyal dog waited almost a week for her owner outside a hospital in Turkey before he was released after being treated for a brain condition.
When 68-year-old Cemal Senturk finally left the hospital in the northeastern city of Trabzon, the tiny, mixed-breed dog named Boncuk was rewarded for her loyalty with an emotional reunion.
According to media sources, Senturk was admitted to the hospital on Jan. 14 following a brain embolism.
In reference to her hazel eyes, Boncuk, whose name means ‘Beads,’ accompanied the ambulance, and immediately started her vigil outside the entrance, returning every morning afterwards. Occasionally, she was fed by hospital workers.
“She doesn’t pose a danger to anyone. Everybody noticed the relationship between the dog and her owner. It makes everybody happy,” Fuat Ugur, communications director of the hospital, said.
The daughter of Senturk tried several times to take the dog home, but said that she kept running away to go back to the hospital.
An overjoyed Boncuk raced alongside his wheelchair, jumping up to be petted and wagging her tail when Senturk finally left the hospital this week.
“It makes a person very happy. The dog is very close to us, like a human being, and it makes you happy,” Senturk said.