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Sissy's journey: Coincidence, or bond between pet and parent?

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - Can you explain the bond between pet and owner?

This week we brought you the story of Sissy the dog who traveled about 20 city blocks, wandering into the doors and down the hallway of the hospital where her owner is a patient.

And after we showed it to you, the story has traveled from coast to coast -- hitting Facebook feeds, Twitter pages, and network headlines.

It's such a heartwarming story -- the dog who travels through town to bring comfort to her owner in the hospital. Was it just chance or was it something more -- the love between pup and parent?

Sissy and her brother Barney often do things together, but a few days ago, when both dogs were outside, Sissy left the house. She trotted blocks through Cedar Rapids, into Mercy Medical Center, down the hall -- later getting to greet her owner in the hospital. 

"It was a big boost," said Nancy Franck, Sissy's owner. "That helped a lot."

The story's been seen around the country.

"Overwhelmed with the response and people's comments on this," said Dale Franck, Nancy's husband. "It's way, way too much."

Sissy has been a patient at Frye Pet Hospital for years, and a veterinarian there says that while science has proven that dogs have a heightened sense of smell, there's also things that science just can't prove.

"We can't explain everything, but we do know that their heightened sense of smell and their connection to their owner is something that can safely return them to their home hundreds of miles away," said veterinarian Dr. Jennifer Feuerbach. "You hear stories like this all the time. It's exciting to have it happen here locally."

And isn't that the doggone truth?

Sissy's trip has been a hot topic of conversation around the office. Was it canine coincidence? Or doggy determination?

"I've taken care of Sissy since she was she was in here for her first 8-week exam and know how close the whole family is to both her and her brother Barney, and my personal opinion is that she was out looking for mom," said Feuerbach.

Nancy Franck is still in the hospital following some complications from cancer-related surgery. Her husband says she thinks she'll be out of the hospital, back home with the dogs within the next week.

Previous story: http://www.kwwl.com/story/28088210/2015/02/11/a-persistent-pup-finds-owner-at-a-hospital#at_pco=cfd-1.0
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