Dog travels more than 15 blocks alone to visit owner in hospital

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — A woman in the hospital got quite a surprise from a furry friend KCRG reports.

Nancy Franck was in the hospital recovering from surgery when her miniature schnauzer Sissy traveled 15 to 20 blocks alone to visit.

“We looked up and there was this dog just that was just running across the lobby,” Mercy Security Officer Samantha Conrad told KCRG.

Security cameras caught Sissy on camera walking through the automatic doors at the front of the hospital.

“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 fifteen blocks to get here. So it was quite an amazing journey that this dog made,” Conrad said.

Nancy told KCRG that she had been in the hospital for about two weeks when Sissy came to visit.

“I said did you sneak this dog in here? She said ‘no, she sneaked herself in here, mom’,” Nancy’s Daughter Sarah Wood told KCRG.

The security guard told KCRG that she then used the dog's tags to contact the owners at home.

Dale Franck, Nancy's husband, expressed to KCRG that he was devastated when he discovered that Sissy was missing last Saturday.

“She wanted to go see her mom. She was on a mission but she couldn’t find the right elevator to take,” Dale told KCRG.

The family said they still can't determine how Sissy knew where to go because they have never taken Sissy to the hospital. The only reason the family said they can fathom is that Nancy works near the hospital, which the dog has visited on occasion when dropping Nancy off at work.