Long Island love story: Dog travels to hospital to find owner

An amazing - and mysterious - love story from Long Island.

John Dolan got a phone call from an employee of Good Samaritan Medical Center last Thursday informing him that he found his dog outside the hospital. He asked Dolan to please come get the dog right away because he said he was late for work.

Only trouble was, Dolan was in that very hospital at the time, lying in his hospital bed.

Stunned, both men wondered how on earth Dolan's dog, Zander, a 70-pound samoyed-husky mix, had traveled the two miles from his home to the hospital.

Zander had escaped from Dolan's yard while his wife was still sleeping. Dolan said his dog had escaped before but had never traveled toward the hospital, a route that included a stream and highway crossing, according to ABCNews.

When the dog arrived at the hospital, the employee spotted the ID tag on Zander that led him to Dolan's cell phone.

“It’s not nonsense that he was at the hospital,” Dolan, resting at home with Zander by his side, told ABCNews.com. “He was moping around for the days I was already at the hospital, sitting in my seat and rolled up and depressed. My wife said he had water in his eyes and looked like he was really sad.”

Dolan and his wife adopted Zander, now seven, from a shelter five years ago.

The mystery remains about how Zander ended up at the hospital.

“For all I know he was on his way to Jersey,” Dolan joked. “He’s gotten out in the past, but never gone to that location or anywhere near it [the hospital].”

Dolan said that of the couple’s three dogs Zander is the one who sticks by his owner’s side and has been even more loyal since his return.

He says his dog’s inexplicable journey nearly to his hospital bedside is a wake up call for dog owners to properly tag- or microchip - their pets to ensure a happy ending like Zander's.

 (Photo/ABC News)