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Dog spent days outside Turkish hospital waiting for owner

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 21, 2021

Associated Press

ISTANBUL – A devoted dog has spent days waiting outside a hospital in northern Turkey where her sick owner was receiving treatment.

The pet, Boncuk (“Bon-DJUK”), which means “bead,” followed the ambulance that transported her owner, Cemal Senturk, to hospital in the Black Sea city of Trabzon on Jan. 14. She then made daily visits to the facility, private news agency DHA reported on Wednesday.

Senturk’s daughter, Aynur Egeli, said she would take Boncuk home but the dog would repeatedly run off and return to the hospital.

Hospital security guard Muhammet Akdeniz told DHA that “She comes every day around 9 a.m. and waits until nightfall. She doesn’t go in.

“When the door opens, she pokes her head inside.”

On Wednesday, Boncuk was finally reunited with Senturk when he was pushed outside in a wheelchair for a brief meeting with his dog.

“She’s very used to me. And I miss her, too, constantly,” Senturk told DHA.

Senturk was discharged from the hospital later on Wednesday and returned home with Boncuk.

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