Stray dog repeatedly escaped from shelter to hang out in a nursing home. Now, he gets to call it his own: ‘If it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be.’

A nameless stranger with a mysterious past finds himself imprisoned in a facility in Berea, Michigan. Although he was clearly homeless, he still displayed a strong sense of belonging. But he apparently didn’t feel like he belonged to Antrim County Animal Control and Conservation.

The dog, later named Scout, was a 65-pound, at least 10-year-old mixed-breed dog who was known little other than past marks of abuse and a shot in the face, but was repeatedly exiled from the shelter. succeeded in escaping. Remove both the shelter’s 10 foot chain link fence and 6 foot privacy fence, cross the highway, report Detroit Free Press.

“He climbed out of the chained kennel,” said Heather Belknap, director of the shelter. Said Washington Post. “There’s a six-foot solid plastic fence around the kennel. He jumped over it.”

This was not just an escape, it was a journey to a specific place. Meadowbrook Medical Facilitya long-term nursing home with 82 beds, mainly for the elderly.

The first time he went outside, Scout went into a nursing home and slept in a leather cot in the lobby. The next morning, a nurse found Scout and called animal control, who admitted he had gone missing the night before.

Scout made another great escape just a few nights later. Again he found his groove in the leather loveseat and slept until he was caught again.

The free press reports that even though the scouts were taken to the shelter for the second time, they were not prepared to say it was over and headed to the nursing home for the third time just a few nights later. Indicated.

“He was pretty relentless in his pursuit of coming here,” Stephanie Elsie, the clinical care coordinator at the facility, told the Post. “He found his home.”

After the dog broke in for the third time, nursing home staff brought Scout home. The arrangement was unintended, but sparked conversations among nursing home staff about the possibility of adopting Scout.

“I’m someone who pays attention to external signs, and if it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be,” facility manager Myrna Robertson told the Free Press. “He did it once, twice, three times. Anyone want a dog?”

The staff apparently responded in the affirmative, making the residents happy.

Rhonda Tomzak, administrative assistant at the facility, said, “I think this reminds them to stay home. Having a dog makes me feel at home.”

Since 2017, Scout has reportedly operated Glacier Hill, a facility unit housing 20 seniors.

In addition to visiting various residents, especially those who give them biscuits, she comforts the elderly who have long learned to open biscuits, even behind closed doors.

One resident, 82-year-old Shirley Sawyer, said: “He always lets me pet him and talk to him when he needs someone to talk to…it’s very nice.”

Sawyer’s brother, Bob Shoemaker, is also in the same mansion and frequently pretends to be asleep while the scouts sniff Sawyer’s nose, until Mr. Shoemaker becomes depressed and gives him a biscuit.

Despite an apparent history of abuse, the dog reportedly responds well to older people, especially those who are most vulnerable.

Robertson told the Free Press: “He certainly has a fondness for older people. He’s very attuned to their needs, especially our very vulnerable people. “If they have dementia or are dying, he knows it and he will leave.” “And be with them and comfort them. He must have just felt the need to be here.”

“For each of them, it’s their dog,” said Jenny Martinek, the nursing home’s domestic coordinator.

To commemorate the scouts, the nursing home has started events again. fundraiser For Antrim County Animal Shelter.

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