Dog hitches ride on ambulance to be with hospitalized owner

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SAN ANGELO, Texas — A dog named Buddy jumped on the back of an ambulance after his 85-year-old owner was taken to the hospital.

The Standard-Times reported that Texas rancher JR Nicholson had to be taken to the hospital after becoming dizzy.

But about 20 miles after paramedics loaded the man into the ambulance and drove off, a driver frantically waved them down.

The driver said there was a dog riding on a step on the side of the ambulance. The 35-pound Beagle mix had apparently jumped on.

Officials said they had no choice but to bring the dog inside the vehicle and continue on to the hospital.

Nicholson was released later the same day and his friend Buddy was allowed to visit him.

“I was impressed,” said Nicholson, who rescued the dog from a shelter. “He didn’t have to go to the hospital with me, but he did.”