Lonely Dog Makes Hospital His New Home

All Pirata wants is love and companionship. With no owner to love the dog, the only ones left to show him affection are hospital staff, patients and visitors.

Three months ago, Pirata (Spanish for pirate) and his owner arrived at San Antonio de Padua Hospital in Río Cuarto, Argentina. The dog’s owner went in for surgery and sadly passed away, his dog never left the hospital and now roams the halls, hoping to meet again with his human and best friend.

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Hospital workers don’t know the dog’s real name, but they dubbed him Pirata because no matter how hard they try to keep the dog outside hospital walls, the pooch re-enters the health center and visits the last place he saw his owner alive, room 404.

According to a local newspaper, when the pet owner died the hospital’s staff wanted the dog gone. However their feelings towards the pet changed when they realized how loyal the dog was. Now, Pirata is loved by all staff members and has been officially adopted as the hospital’s mascot.

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Doctors and nurses know all Pirata wants is love and companionship, and with no owner to claim or love the dog, the only ones left to show him affection are hospital staff, patients and visitors.

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The dog comes and goes as he pleases, he greets everyone and at time is even seen keeping other patients and visitors company. No one really knows where to find the dog during the day, but at night they can always find Pirata comfortably sleeping outside room 404.

Pirata, we are deeply sorry for your loss. It is comforting to know that during the most difficult time of your life, you’ve found new friends who have welcomed you with open arms.

30 thoughts on “Lonely Dog Makes Hospital His New Home

  1. That poor sweet dog. How sad. I know the people in Buenos Aires are very much dog lovers, I hope someone will take this sweet pup home and give it love.

  2. This story brought tears to my eyes and reminded me of the story “Hachi”. A dog’s loyalty and devotion knows no bounds . What more could you ask from a companion?

  3. Is it because this happened in Argentina that the dog was allowed to hang out in hallowed hallways? I feel for this dog, I do… is it enough to say I get it. What the heck are these workers doing. This is like that famed dog in Japan waiting at the subway for his owner – for years+. Where do they eat? Where do they sleep. (So many questions) I’m sure that get loving pats from time to time…a box of noodles?

  4. The dog is happy where he is and the hospital staff welcomed him and take care of him. Leave him where he is comfortable and feels safe. Don’t traumatize him by taking him away. He also provides comfort to patients and staff. He does not need saving.

  5. He still feels his owners presence in the hospital.but he still needs a family who would give him a warm loving home.I bet his owner really loved th dog.roaming the hospital not a home.but at least he is not roaming the streets and fed.Hope they continue to take care of this precious dog.

  6. I was thinking the hospital staff might try to find a family member of the deceased, but since the dog is loved and cared for I think he should stay there. Also, he can be close to room 404.

  7. Loyality can not be bought but cherished. Pirata should be adopted by a good family because you never know what other crazy people who do not like dogs, if they may hurt him.

  8. I think when a loyal dog’s owner passes away you should show the dog the deceased body so they know they’re dead and not coming back. Not sure they will understand, but dogs are very smart.

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