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Loyal Dog Hitches a Ride on Side of Ambulance to Stay with Sick Owner

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When his human fell ill and was taken away via ambulance, a loyal little dog wasn’t about to just let them drive off without him!

Texas rancher, 85-year old JR Nicholson began feeling dizzy, so he called for help. When EMTs arrive, they loaded Nicholson into the ambulance and headed off for the hour-long drive to the hospital. About 20 minutes into the trek, another vehicle flagged down the driver, alerting him to an extra passenger clinging to the outside of the ambulance.

When they pulled over, EMTs found Buddy, Nicholson’s loyal 35-pound Beagle mix perched on the vehicle’s exterior side step where he’d ridden for about 20 miles!

“We didn’t have anything else to do but to load the dog up and put him in the ambulance and take him to the ER with us,” Tanner Brown, one of the emergency medical technicians on the memorable trip told The Standard-Times.

While the crew unloaded Nicholson and wheeled him into the Emergency Room, Buddy waited in the ambulance. But, the curious fella didn’t just sit there.

“It was kind of funny. We were inside and he had jumped onto the control switch and turned on the sirens and the lights,” Brown remembered. “We didn’t know what was going on.”

Nicholson was released just a few hours later. Nurses brought him outside to be reunited with his loyal companion.

Nicholson had rescued Buddy from a local animal shelter just 4-months prior. Clearly the pair developed a fast and strong bond!

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