Stroke of genius or pure coincidence? On May 26, Community Hospital Anderson posted on its Facebook page a photo of a Black Lab that amazingly walked into the emergency room after sustaining injuries, with hopes of reuniting him with his owner. The good news is that they have accomplished their mission.
It was around 5 o’clock in the morning when the emergency staff of Community Hospital Anderson in Indiana were surprised to see a rather unusual patient walking into the emergency room – an injured Black Labrador puppy. The puppy walked with a limp, had a laceration above the eye, and with apparent injuries in the neck, shoulder, and paw. Even with his condition, he was gentle and friendly with the staff and other patients. He was even generous with kisses when a little kid approached in wonderment. The amazed staff observed the dog and comforted him with warm blankets and water before bringing him to the vet when their shift was over.
Meanwhile, owner Nick Karagianis was at his home trying to get some shuteye after working two jobs and searching desperately for his dog Capone. He lost Capone when they went for a walk after coming home from work at around 2 in the morning. “Usually he comes right back,” he shares in an interview with Fox 59, “I yell for him, ‘Capone! Capone!’ and he’s running around.” With a coat as rich and black as the night, searching for Capone was a difficult feat so he decided to continue the search in daylight.
After finally getting some rest in the morning, he resumed with his search. He asked a neighbor if she had seen Capone. She said no, but did mention the Community Hospital Anderson’s Facebook post looking for the owner of an injured Black Lab. She showed the post to Nick, and with a sigh of relief, he knew his search was over. “It was a dog checking himself into the hospital… It blows the mind,” he said in amazement. Even before getting reunited with Capone, Nick already expressed his gratitude on Facebook, “Thank you sooooo much to the community hospital team for taking care of my baby boy. I’m just waiting to pick him up. I was worried sick about him, thank you again!” At the vet, Nick found out that Capone had not only been treated, but his medical bills already been paid for, too – on the condition that the puppy gets neutered and microchipped.
So was it a stroke of genius or pure coincidence? “He literally walked straight up like he knew he was coming to the right place,” Dr. Thomas short told Fox59.