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Young Lady Sneaks a Dog into a Hospital All for Her Grandma Who’s Feeling Homesick

Shelby Hennick, a Veterinary Technician in California wanted to visit her grandma at the hospital. She also wanted to take her Grandma’s beloved pet, Patsy along.


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Hennick’s grandma had an allergic reaction to a medication she was taking. As a result she needed to be admitted at the hospital where she stayed for some time. Feeling home sick, she wanted to see her dog, Patsy. With that in mind, Hennick decided to sneak her in.

According to Hennick, “My grandma is in the hospital right now and wanted to see her dog. So I made it look like I was carrying a baby and we made it.” She believes that her grandma felt more at home after she brought Patsy in for a visit.

Although it has raised some health concerns, Hennick has a long history of working with animals and she was well aware of what she was doing. According to Hennick, she has a good grasp on disease prevention and medical related issues as she is a veterinary technician.


Shelby Hennick

But despite that she still thinks that it is best to get in touch with the hospital’s medical staff before bringing in your beloved pets. According to her it would be nice if we were to be “smart and considerate of others in the building.”

A recent scientific study has shown that pets help lower blood pressure and reduce anxiety among patients, thus there are more and more hospitals that are allowing therapy and service animals inside their facility.

Household pets on the other hand are a little bit questionable as there are risks that are involved. Risks include IV lines being chewed on or pulled, they may cause unnecessary noise, or they may misbehave.


Shelby Hennick

Dr. David Weber, a medical director, suggests contacting the hospital’s patient relations office first before taking your pet with you to the hospital. According to him “we’re flexible and have ways of dealing with almost anything people want”

As for Hennick, she says that she’d do it again if the situation calls for it.  “Honestly, I would do it again. Not because of the attention, but because I’d do anything to make my family happy”, she said.

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