Last Wednesday, a man named Luiz was taken to the Santa Casa hospital in Cianorte, Brazil, after suffering a stroke. The man may be homeless, but he is not alone. His six best friends were there when he needed it and refused to leave his side.
Hospital staff filmed Luiz’s level of affection for dogs, recording the puppies gasping for breath as they arrived at the hospital.
They had chased their owner’s ambulance for miles, and once they reached the building, they immediately made themselves lie back at the emergency room entrance.
Volunteers from Amigos de Patas Cianorte, an NGO focused on animal welfare, were called to the scene to look after the animals in distress.
Volunteers fed the dogs and took pictures as the loyal puppies continue to wait all night for their owners to return safely.
Luiz and his dogs have become a familiar sight on the streets of Cianorte, where he has lived for more than 20 years. Despite efforts by family members to find housing for Luiz, he turned down the offer, preferring to share the street with his close family dog.
“He lives with his friends and treats them very well; he shares everything with them,” Amigos de Patas Cianorte wrote in a FB post. “That night he had a stroke… his friends went with him, and they stayed [crying] from the outside. There they are still vigilant.”
According to Amigos de Patas Cianorte, when it was morning, Luiz was settled and released in the care of his brother. His reunion with his dogs, however, stalled as he had to escape through another door.
“The dogs were desperate,” Simone Ziliane, a volunteer with Amigos de Patas Cianorte, told Brazilian publication G1. “On Thursday morning, when Luiz left the hospital and went through another door with his brother, the dogs were still at the entrance to the hospital.
One of the NGO’s volunteers had to pick up Luiz at his brother’s house and take him to the place where the dogs were to leave the hospital.”
Luiz and his children have finally been together again, and his friends have proven that they support him no matter what.