Anyone who's had a dog knows they have an uncanny sense of location. They'll get fidgety when you're near the vet's office, or excited when they're close to home. Well, a miniature schnauzer in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, took that to a new level.
Nancy Franck had been at Mercy Medical Center for two weeks, following a cancer-related surgery, when she was greeted by an unexpected visitor last Saturday, KCRG reports. Her husband, Dale, had been distraught over their dog Sissy running away. Fast forward about four hours, and hospital staffers noticed a dog strolling into the lobby.
“We started looking at the tags and it had the address and we saw how far away this dog had lived, as far as going at least 15 blocks to get here," Mercy Security Officer Samantha Conrad told KCRG. "So, it was quite an amazing journey that this dog made."
The family still isn't sure how Sissy figured out where to go, since they said they had never taken the dog to the hospital during Nancy's recovery. But they have a theory: Nancy works next door, and Sissy has been in the car when Nancy is dropped off at work, so perhaps that gave her the initial instinct to head in that direction.
"She was on a mission," Dale said, "but she couldn’t find the right elevator to take."