Many things in life come and go, but the love of a faithful dog endures.
For the last 8 months, the loyal pup has been holding vigil outside of the Ruth Cardoso Hospital, in Santa Catarina, Brazil. It all began late last year after his owner, a homeless man, was taken there after falling ill with what turned out to be a fatal infection. Negão had raced after the ambulance all the way to the hospital and watched him be wheeled inside on a stretcher.
Being a loyal dog, Negão then sat out front — eagerly awaiting a reunion that would never come.
It wasn’t long before those working at the hospital took notice of Negão. Every time an ambulance arrives with a patient, he perks up and follows to see if perchance that it is carrying his owner, as it had so many moons before.
Now, rather than try to dissuade Negão from his vigil, the hospital has taken a different tack. They’ve coordinated with a local animal charity to make sure Negão is healthy, gets checkups with a veterinarian, and is regularly taken on walks.
“He will stay here with us until he decides if he wants to leave or not,” one hospital official said. “As long as he remains here, we will give all the care, warmth and love he needs.”