A DEVOTED dog has spent days waiting outside a hospital for its owner who was being treated in Turkey.
When Cemal Senturk, of Trabzon, Turkey, fell ill earlier this month, his dog Boncuck followed the ambulance as he was taken to hospital.
Boncuk patiently waited for Cemal for five days, and even came back when relatives tried to take him home.
Cemal’s daughter, Aynur Egeli, said that despite the amount of times she tried to bring him home, the loyal mutt would always return.
Speaking to local media she said: “Boncuk never left my father’s side.
“When my father was taken to the hospital, we brought Boncuk to our house here.
“When he learned that my father was in hospital, he refused to stay away. He’s been coming here for five days. Even if we take him home, he runs away and comes here, waiting for my father.”
But Boncuk’s patience hasn’t been in vain, and Cemal sometimes goes down in his wheelchair to see him while he awaits his return.
When he can’t make it to see his loyal companion, Cemal will occasionally speak to Boncuk from the window of his hospital room.
In one of their brief meetings, while doting on his dog, Cemal told local media: “She’s very used to me. And I miss her, too, constantly.”
Hospital staff have also warmed towards the Boncuk and feed the canine in Cemal’s absence.
They say that the pair’s relationship caught everyone’s attention, and that Boncuk just stays outside the door peacefully.
Hospital security guard Muhammet Akdeniz said: “She comes every day around 9 a.m. and waits until nightfall.
“She doesnt go in. When the door opens she pokes her head inside.”
Cemal has owned Boncuk for nine years and the two have become inseparable.
Speaking on their bond, he said: “The reason he is so close to me is because I pay so much attention to him.”
“When you pay close attention to the animal, it understands, the closer you are, the closer they are to you.
“I never get angry with him. Dogs are animals that love constant attention. If you show interest, you can direct him as you wish.”
Fortunately the pair were soon reunited when Cemal was released from hospital this week.