11/12/2013 05:47 pm ET Updated Nov 16, 2013

Dog Follows Owner To Hospital To Make Sure He's OK

A dog named Burke is really earning the moniker of man's best friend.

After an allegedly intoxicated truck driver crashed into an Idaho home last week, injuring Burke's family, the black Great Dane is believed to have followed an ambulance to a hospital in search of his owner, Jeffrey Groat.

According to The Associated Press, Burke was found near the hospital's emergency room and taken in by a local resident Thursday. It wasn't until the man noticed a photo of the dog along with an article about the accident in a daily newspaper, that it became fairly clear what happened.

"[Burke's] been hanging out in the guy's living room," Brandi Bieber, a family friend, told the Coeur d'Alene Press. "They picked him up Thursday night near the emergency room. We think maybe the dog followed the ambulance and sounds of the sirens."

With the hospital less than a mile away, it's conceivable that Burke followed his owner to the facility. After all, dogs have been known to travel considerable distances in search of their owners. Last year, a 7-year-old husky named Zander sulked for days after his owner checked into a hospital, but the animal managed to track the man down and waited patiently outside the building, which was 2 miles away.

While hospitalized with a broken collarbone, shoulder and ribs, Groat repeatedly asked about Burke, who he thought had gone missing shortly after the truck plowed through his house. On Saturday, after the resident saw Burke's photo in the paper, Groat was finally reunited with his beloved pup.

"It was unbelievable," Groat told the Press, describing the surprise reunion organized by his friends. "It made my day. I didn't even feel my broken bones then."



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