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Dog spent days outside Turkish hospital waiting for owner

Boncuk made daily visits to a hospital in northern Turkey after following an ambulance that had transported her owner there.
(Associated Press)

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

Boncuk, which means bead, followed the ambulance that took her owner, Cemal Senturk, to the hospital in the Black Sea city of Trabzon on Jan. 14. She then made daily visits to the facility, private news agency DHA reported.

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: “She comes every day around 9 a.m. and waits until nightfall. She doesn’t go in.”

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

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,” he told DHA.

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


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