When a Brazilian homeless man named Luiz from the municipality of Cianorte suffered a heart attack, he was admitted to Santa Casa Hospital.
But he did not arrive at the hospital alone.
When the ambulance picked Luiz off the street, six dogs, which Luiz fed and tried to take care of as best he could, ran after the car.
The dogs chased the ambulance for several miles and ran to the hospital itself. After which they lay down near the door.
The dogs refused to leave and then the doctors called for help from animal rights activists from the “Amigos de Patas Cianorte” society.
However, they only took pictures of the dogs near the hospital and refused to take them.
They were sure that the dogs would wait for Luiz to recover and then return with him back to the street where they lived earlier.
Luiz has lived on the same street as a homeless for about 20 years.
The locals have long been accustomed to him and his dogs.
Luiz did have relatives and they repeatedly offered him help. But he stubbornly refused. He liked his life.
“He lived with his dogs and everything was fine with him,” says one of the Amigos de Patas Cianorte volunteers.
“That night he had a seizure and the dogs followed him and then whined and howled at the door.”
Luiz spent night and day in the hospital. And when his condition stabilized, he was released into the care of his brother.
Unfortunately, they left the hospital through the main entrance, and not through the back doors for the ambulance.
So the dogs did not know for a while that their owner had already left the clinic.
But soon Luiz returned for the dogs and they ran after him.
Now Luiz and his dogs are already sitting in the same place on the street where they used to.