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Lost schnauzer shows up at hospital to find her owner, a patient there

A miniature schnauzer named Sissy ended up at a hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, apparently looking for her owner who was staying there.

Nancy Franck lives in southeast Cedar Rapids, and has been staying about 15 blocks away at Mercy Medical Center following a surgery, according to ABC News. She’s been in the hospital for about two weeks.

From ABC News:

“She was on a mission that night to see her mom,” Dale Franck told ABC News today, “but she couldn’t find the right elevator to take.”

He said he noticed Sissy was missing around 1:30 a.m. this past Saturday, and he was worried sick.

“I kept checking everywhere, calling out, ‘Sissy! Sissy!'” he recalled. “I was pulling my hair out.”

He finally got a call at 5:30 a.m. from security officer Samantha Conrad at the hospital, saying she had found his dog, he said.

“She found my number and house address from her tag on her collar,” Dale Franck said. “I was so relieved, and I asked my daughter go and pick her up.”

Miniature schnauzer finds her way to hospital

The dog’s owners can’t quite figure out how Sissy knew where to go, because they had never taken her to the hospital, according to ABC. However, Nancy Franck works next door to the hospital, and Sissy has been in the car before when Dale Franck picked his wife up from work.

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Do you think your dog knows his way around town like Sissy does?

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Thursday 12th of February 2015

A dog's nose is an incredible thing. It is possible it tracked the scent in the right direction and found her or the person who was with her that way. It would be hard to do, but possible.

Lindsay Stordahl

Thursday 12th of February 2015

It's crazy what they can do! Very interesting, and I know you know all about tracking!


Thursday 12th of February 2015

It always amazes me when animals show up like this. Especially when a family moves across the country and they show up out of nowhere. Like they have a built in GPS to their family.