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Beagle-mix proves it’s rancher’s true Buddy, hitches ride on ambulance

The Associated Press

MASON, Texas — A dog, aptly named Buddy, didn’t wait for permission to accompany his 85-year-old owner to the hospital.

Instead the four-year-old beagle-mix hitched a ride on the outside of the ambulance carrying Texas rancher J.R. Nicholson.

Brian Wright, a ranch hand, said Friday that he summoned the ambulance Oct. 26 when Nicholson felt dizzy.

About 20 miles into the ambulance’s journey, it was a motorist who flagged down the emergency vehicle to say a dog was on a side step.

“We didn’t have anything else to do but to load the dog up and put him in the ambulance and take him to the ER with us,” said Tanner Brown, an emergency medical technician.

Wright drove separately. At the hospital, medical staff told him about what had happened.

“Two things go through your mind in a split second,” Wright said. “First, what could have happened to (Buddy), and second, you realize he is quite an animal.”

During Nicholson’s short stay at the hospital — he was released the same day — nurses brought him out to see Buddy.

“I was impressed” by his feat, Nicholson said.

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