Dog hitches ride on side of ambulance taking owner to hospital

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Courtesy of @sfgate, via AP

MASON, Texas (AP) — A dog named Buddy didn’t wait for an invitation when his 85-year-old owner had to go to the hospital.

Four-year-old Buddy, a 35-pound Beagle mix, hitched a ride on the outside of the ambulance carrying Texas rancher J.R. Nicholson, 85, to Hill Country Memorial Hospital.

Ranch hand Brian Wright said Friday that he summoned the ambulance Oct. 26 when Nicholson felt dizzy.

The San Angelo Standard-Times reports a driver flagged down the ambulance to say a dog was on a side step. Buddy was then put into the ambulance with the patient.

Wright drove separately. At the hospital, medical staff told him about Buddy’s trip. Wright retrieved the dog from the ambulance, then later drove his boss and Buddy home.

Nicholson said Friday that he thinks of lot of his dog, who he adopted just four months ago.

Read more at the Standard-Times

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