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Dog walks 15 blocks to find cancer-stricken owner inside hospital

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Posted at 3:45 PM, Feb 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-12 15:45:42-05

It’s a surprise no one expects — a dog in a hospital.

Security cameras caught it all.

Just like anybody would, Sissy wanders through two automatic doors and strolls right into Mercy Medical Center.

“We started looking at the tags and we saw how far away the dog lived, as far as gong about 15 blocks to get here. So it was quite an amazing journey the dog made,” says Mercy Security Officer Samantha Conrad.

The security guard used the dog’s tags to call one of the owners at home – Dale Franck.

“I thought she wanted to go someplace but I didn’t know where and had never run away before,” says Dale Franck.

That’s when the security guard realized Dale’s wife Nancy was getting treatment at mercy.

So far from home, Sissy found what she was looking for.

“She wanted to go see her mom,” says Dale. “She was on a mission but she couldn’t find the right elevator to take. Hah! ”

“I don’t know how she found the right door or did any of that by herself,” says Nancy

“She missed mom. That’s all I can say,” says their daughter Sarah Wood “She missed mom and she knew to come see mom.”

That’s why the family believes sissy ran away from home, to find the person who is home.

“I said did you sneak this dog in here? She said no she snuck herself in here mom.”

The family still can’t figure out how sissy knew where to go.

But after a long couple weeks in the hospital, the surprise visitor brought a much-needed smile to Nancy’s face.

“That was great just being able to see her. That was perfect. I’m glad she thought of it.”

Family members say they had not taken Sissy to the hospital to visit Nancy.

Nancy does work next door to the hospital and the dog has been in the car when the family dropped Nancy off at work.