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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - If you ever doubted the connection between a dog and their human companion, you might want to think again: For the Francks and their daughter Sarah Wood, it was something they can't really explain.

Sissy, a 10-year old Miniature Schnauzer, walked nearly 20 blocks straight through Mercy Medical Center's 10th Street entrance doors and right into the hospital lobby.

"I said, 'Did you sneak this dog in?' Sarah said, 'No, (Sissy) snuck herself in,'" said Nancy Franck. "Set the door off - she got in by herself too. So she was on a mission."

Sissy was apparently on a mission to find Franck, who is recovering at Mercy due to complications of a cancer-related surgery.

"A big boost -- it helped a lot, just to see her and talk to her," said Franck.

Before being reunited, Franck's husband Dale thought the worst.

Early Saturday morning, while Nancy Franck was still in the hospital, Dale Franck realized the furnace in their home was not working.

So he took Sissy and her brother, Barney, out to use the bathroom at around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

"I thought they both came back in the house," said Dale Franck. " I was panicking. (Sissy's) my baby. I'm sorry."

However, Sissy was nowhere to be found.

Dale Franck looked all over the house and outside trying to find her. He eventually called the animal shelter and Cedar Rapids Police before calling Wood.

"Dad's playing another joke," Wood said she thought.

About four hours later, Wood learned it was not a joke.

"Then I get a call from Mercy (Medical Center) security," said Dale Franck. "They say, 'We have a little dog here.'"

Sure enough, it was Sissy.

Wood went to the hospital security office to pick up Sissy, and says she was waiting in the office looking out the window when Sissy turned around and gave Wood a clear look.

"''Bout time you showed up, I've been here for a while now,'" Wood said, mimicking Sissy. "'Let's go see Mom, then you can take me home.'"

Security cameras in the hospital caught Sissy roaming the 10th Street entrance of Mercy Hospital, prancing around the hospital hallways, looking for Nancy Franck.

"I didn't think they could do it," Nancy Franck said. "I thought dogs could find their way home, but this one found the hospital."

The Francks say Sissy has never run away from home, and couldn't have any idea that Nancy was at Mercy -- or even where Mercy was.

The security officer let Wood take Sissy up to Franck's room to spend a few minutes with her.

"She was on a mission," said Wood. "The way she walked into the hospital, she was on a mission - she was determined to do something and she was going to do it.

"I'm sure when Sissy got home she told Barney, ‘Guess who I got to see, and what I got to do and where I went?'” Wood added.

Nancy is hoping to be released from Mercy soon, so she can spoil Sissy even more.

"It's amazing, and it's God's wish that we got her back," said Dale Franck. "What else can you say?"
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