Lauri da Costa, a homeless man in Brazil who stumbled to the hospital after being hit in the face by a rock, has a priceless friend in his dog Seco. When da Costa went inside the hospital, neither he nor his dog could have known that it would be more than a week before he came out again.
Luckily, the injuries from the attack were not incredibly serious. However, during the exam, doctors discovered that he had melanoma, which required an operation right away. So, it was 8 days until da Costa emerged from the building for a reunion with Seco, who had waited outside in the parking lot the whole time. During their separation, members of the hospital staff fed Seco and gave him water.
Many dogs do wait for their guardians, although such behavior is not universal. Do you think your dog would wait for you?
Karen B. London, PhD, is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and Certified Professional Dog Trainer whose clinical work over the last 17 years has focused on the evaluation and treatment of serious behavioral problems in dogs, especially aggression. Karen has been writing the behavior column for The Bark since 2012 and wrote The Bark’s training column and various other articles for eight years before that. She is an adjunct professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Arizona University, and teaches a tropical field biology course in Costa Rica. Karen writes an animal column, The London Zoo, which appear in The Arizona Daily Sun and is the author of five books on canine training and behavior. She is working on her next book, which she expects to be published in 2017.