A confused and grieving dog has been waiting outside the hospital where his owner died four months ago.
His 59-year-old owner was stabbed during a street fight in Novo Horizonte, Brazil, and was taken to the hospital where he later died, according to local media, Globo.
The dog waits on a rug outside reception, staring inside the hospital as if expecting its owner to appear. He sometimes goes for a walk during the day in search of more food, but will always return. Locals and staff have got to know the dog, and they offer him food and drink, as he waits in vain for its owner.
Osvaldo Palota Sobrinho, the hospital’s financial director reports that the dog is ‘extremely tame, docile and quiet’ and has not once tried to enter the building.
‘We have a lot to learn from animals,’ writes lawyer Cristine Sardella on Facebook, about the dog.
‘This dog stays every day at the door of the Santa Casa de Novo Horizonte waiting for its owner who unfortunately passed away. ‘I hear it’s powered by some people. Waiting for him is in vain, but the love he nurtured for the owner is eternal. I also observe the respect that the officials of the holy house have for him. ‘And so follow life, animals teaching men true love.’
After Christine’s post, a shelter 3km away took the dog in and found him a new owner, but he escaped and made his way back to the hospital, where he remains.