ISTANBUL (Reuters) – A loyal dog waited for his owner outside a hospital in Turkey for nearly a week until he was released after undergoing treatment for a brain disease.
The small, mixed-breed dog named Boncuk was rewarded for his loyalty with an emotional reunion when 68-year-old Cemal Senturk finally left the hospital in the northeastern city of Trabzon.
Senturk was rushed to hospital on Jan. 14 after suffering from a cerebral embolism, media reported.
Boncuk, whose name means “Pearls” in reference to his hazel eyes, followed the ambulance and immediately began his vigil outside the entrance, returning every morning afterwards. She was occasionally fed by hospital staff.
“She is not a danger to anyone. Everyone has noticed the relationship between the dog and its owner. It makes everyone happy, ”said the hospital’s communications director, Fuat Ugur.
Senturk’s daughter tried to bring the dog home several times, but said she kept running away to return to the hospital.
When Senturk finally left the hospital this week, an elated Boncuk ran alongside his wheelchair, jumping for a petting and wagging his tail.
“It makes a person very happy. The dog is very close to us, like a human being, and that makes you happy, ”Senturk said.
Reporting by Yesim Dikmen; Written by Ali Kucukgocmen; Editing by Ece Toksabay and Raissa Kasolowsky