Woman disguises dog as baby, sneaks it into hospital to comfort grandma

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SANTA MARIA, Calif. -- A California woman’s grandma was hospitalized for three days and wanted to see her dog. So her granddaughter made it possible.

21-year-old Shelby Hennick was passing by her grandma Dona’s house when her mom called and said that Dona was missing her dog Patsy.

Pets are generally not allowed in hospitals unless they’re service animals, so Hennick got creative.

The veterinary technician decided to wrap Patsy in a blanket, put her over her shoulder, and managed to sneak her into the hospital looking like a baby.

She took a few photos and posted them to Twitter over the weekend, and they soon went viral with over 120,000 retweets.

"Patsy was quiet the whole time and actually kept licking my arm," Hennick told BuzzFeed.

Hennick’s grandmother was thrilled with the surprise, despite thinking it was an actual baby at first.

"I was really happy we were able to pull it off, and I'm sure it made her day," Hennick told BuzzFeed.

The viral post encouraged others to share similar stories when they brought pets into the hospital to see loved ones - sometimes with the help of hospital staff.


Dona is doing better and was released from the hospital this week.

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