For many people, their pets are part of their family, and spending time away from them is truly heartbreaking — particularly if you aren’t feeling well and are in need of some snuggling.
Shelby Hennick is a 21-year-old veterinary technician living in California. Recently, her grandmother, Dona, was hospitalized as the result of a reaction to medication she was taking. Dona’s hospitalization left her dog, Patsy, without her beloved owner, so Shelby’s mother had an idea to sneak Patsy in to visit Dona in the hospital.
“I just happened to be passing my grandma’s house when she called, so of course I was gonna do it,” Shelby tells BuzzFeed.
Generally, pets aren’t allowed in hospitals unless they are service animals. Shelby decided to sneak Patsy in by laying a blanket over her and making her look like a baby. Shelby tells BuzzFeed that the whole (fairly innocent) plot went over seamlessly, thanks to dog’s sweet and unassuming demeanor.
“Patsy was quiet the whole time and actually kept licking my arm.”
When the pupper finally got to see Dona in her hospital room, it became clear that the heartwarming reunion made the subterfuge totally worth it.
“Patsy kept crying and couldn’t get close enough,” Shelby says.
Shelby shared photos of the visit to Twitter, where it garnered over 486,000 likes and 110,000 retweets.
Everyone’s heart was totally melted.
Some Twitter users shared photos from when they, too, snuck in puppers to visit their own hospitalized relatives.
While some people felt compelled to neg on the sweet gesture, saying it violated hospital rules, several hospital workers commented in support of Shelby’s sweet gesture.
(And honestly — there are plenty of toddlers who probably carry just as many germs as dogs, and their grubby butts are still allowed in hospitals, so everybody needs to just calm down.)
Ultimately, Shelby says it was worth it, just to see her grandmother’s reaction. And, happily, Dona was apparently released from the hospital on Monday night, so she finally got to be reunited with Patsy at home.
“I was really happy we were able to pull it off, and I’m sure it made her day,” Shelby adds.