For the next two weeks, the dogs remained, spending their days and nights camped out front. Turns out, the pups were there with a purpose.
As care staff came to learn, one of the dogs belonged to the patient who'd been admitted on the day of the dogs' arrival. Her name is Princess. The other dog, dubbed Scooby, is Princess's friend who decided to keep her company as she waited for her owner's return.
Veterinarian Maria Alice Altermann first learned about Princess and Scooby from her friend, a nurse at the hospital. She and a colleague were asked to bring the dogs in for a checkup.
But the dogs got more than just that.