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Dog Waits Outside Hospital For 8 Days
Reunion with homeless guardian worth it
So glad to see each other!

Lauri da Costa, a homeless man in Brazil who stumbled to the hospital after being hit in the face by a rock, has a priceless friend in his dog Seco. When da Costa went inside the hospital, neither he nor his dog could have known that it would be more than a week before he came out again.

Luckily, the injuries from the attack were not incredibly serious. However, during the exam, doctors discovered that he had melanoma, which required an operation right away. So, it was 8 days until da Costa emerged from the building for a reunion with Seco, who had waited outside in the parking lot the whole time. During their separation, members of the hospital staff fed Seco and gave him water.

Many dogs do wait for their guardians, although such behavior is not universal. Do you think your dog would wait for you?

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Karen B. London, PhD, is a Bark columnist and a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of serious behavior problems in the domestic dog.

screen grab from reunion video

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Submitted by Patty Aarons | April 26 2014 |

Absolutely - my dogs wait for me now. When left for a few hours in my husband' s care, they often refuse to go out for potty and don't drink water. I realize this is not a good thing but what to do about it is beyond me. They are also firmly convinced that there is an escape door from our bathroom to the outside and are certain I will exit via that means. They are so excited when I reappear, it's really comical!

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