Devoted dog spends days outside hospital waiting for owner

Associated Press
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A devoted dog has spent days waiting outside a hospital in northern Turkey where her sick owner was receiving treatment.

The pet, Boncuk (Bon-DJUK), which means bead, followed the ambulance that transported her owner, Cemal Senturk, to hospital in the Black Sea city of Trabzon on January 14.

She then made daily visits to the facility, private news agency DHA reported on Wednesday.

Boncuk in front of the hospital where her sick owner was receiving treatment.
Boncuk has spent five days waiting in front of the hospital where her sick owner was receiving treatment. Source: AP

Senturk’s daughter, Aynur Egeli, said she would take Boncuk home but the dog would repeatedly run off and return to the hospital.

“She comes every day around 9 a.m. and waits until nightfall. She doesn’t go in,” hospital security guard Muhammet Akdeniz told DHA.

“When the door opens she pokes her head inside,” he said.

Senturk with Boncuk outside the hospital. Source: DHA via AP
Senturk was discharged from the hospital later on Wednesday and returned home with Boncuk. Source: DHA via AP

On Wednesday, Boncuk was finally reunited with Senturk when he was pushed outside in a wheelchair for a brief meeting with his dog.

“She’s very used to me. And I miss her, too, constantly,” he told DHA.

Senturk was discharged from the hospital later on Wednesday and returned home with Boncuk.

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