The hospital staff were just going about their daily business when the dogs walked through the front door. What’s rore, the female visitor had heard a lot of bad things about the pit bull breed, so her heart began to race upon their arrival. Indeed, she found herself too scared to move – and they were coming closer.
The hospital in question was St. Luke’s Anderson Campus (SLAC), a branch of the university health network in Pennsylvania. The non-profit operation has been active since its founding way back in 1872. In addition, it now also has facilities across New Jersey.
St. Luke’s is proud of its patient care, as its mission statement on Facebook shows. “[Our mission] is an unwavering commitment to excellence as we care for the sick and injured,” it reads. The organization also promises to “improve access to care in the communities.”
What SLAC didn’t expect, though, were the two arrivals that walked through its doors one day in July 2017. In fact, the new faces caused some of the hospital’s patrons to freeze in their tracks. That’s because they were a pair of powerful-looking dogs.
Moreover, they weren’t just any dogs, either. The two visitors were pit bulls, which don’t have the best reputation. Indeed, the breed was originally used for blood sports before the barbaric practice was made illegal. However, the media is still rife with stories of pit bull attacks.
In light of the breed’s infamy, it’s understandable that some people were stunned into stillness by the pair. Indeed, it certainly seemed like the two dogs caused some apprehension by their mere presence alone. This can be seen on the footage captured by SLAC’s security cameras as the event unfolded.
The two dogs had wandered into the foyer of the SLAC’s cancer center. However, they didn’t seem like they wanted to stop to ask for directions. Instead, they headed past a bemused-looking woman at the entrance. So, did these savage animals attack the hospital visitors and staff?
Well, perhaps they were in danger of hitting someone with their wagging tails. They subsequently headed further into the building and found someone to ask about a therapy dog vacancy. The hospital employee had other ideas, though, and tried to show the dogs to the door.
The dogs followed their escort back to the foyer, but they had no intention of leaving. In fact, they dashed off down a corridor – much to the amusement of the woman who arrived behind them. In no time at all, the dogs had vanished out of sight.
The pair of pooches may have vanished like Hound-ini, but SLAC’s cameras were still following their adventures. They reappeared in the pharmacy to see if they could get a paw-scription for some fuss and belly rubs. What’s more, it was empty, so they didn’t even have to wait in line!
SLAC subsequently described the events on its Facebook page. “Two dogs strolled into HomeStar Pharmacy in Anderson’s Medical Office Building,” the account read. “Imagine our Pharmacist’s surprise when she noticed who was waiting to be helped!” So, did they get what they were looking for?
Well, while the dogs were in the pharmacy, security guards came to investigate the canine customers. Subsequently, the dogs finally got what they had come for: some love and affection. The kindhearted staff even gave the dogs a drink of water while their owner was tracked down.
Security subsequently put some leashes on the dogs and attended to their every need until the police arrived. Eventually, they were reunited with their owner – a lady called Kathy Tamasi. Her message of gratitude was later posted on the comments section of SLAC’s Facebook page.
“Thank you Saint Luke’s staff for caring for my two escapees,” she wrote. “I’m glad they had enough sense to hang out there!” Tamasi subsequently revealed that she was devastated when her beloved pets – Nero and Emma – ran away, and she explained the circumstances around their escapades.
“Nero was the one who [first] got out through a loose post in my fence,” she explained. “Emma came and told me, [and] as she ate and drank I ran upstairs to put on my shoes to go and look for the boy.” However, Emma didn’t stay put.
“When I came down, Emma was missing as well!” Tamasi continued. “I was frantic; I drove around, and I couldn’t find them. Once back home, I had to calm down and think how [to] find them … then it occurred to me to look on Bethlehem police FB blog.”
“And eureka, there they were,” Tamasi added. “But I now realize that if it wasn’t for your staff’s kindness, this could have turned out so differently. So again: thank you, and Emma and Nero say thank you as well!” The playful pups proved one thing, at least.
The fearsome reputation of pit bulls – a grouping that can also include American Bulldogs – is not necessarily well-deserved. Indeed, the dogs’ behavior often depends on their owners. That’s because pit bulls have a strong desire to please their owners, and this trait is often abused.
Furthermore, their powerful and intimidating presence makes them prime “status dogs” that are used by the irresponsible for purposes of intimidation. That’s a far cry from the playful pups seen wandering the halls of Saint Luke’s. Moreover, SLAC was not taken in by the bad press that the breed receives.
“The dogs enjoyed the accessibility and welcoming employees at St. Luke’s Anderson campus,” the organization wrote on its Facebook page. “We are pleased to say that both dogs are safe and sound at home with their owner. It truly was an unexpected but amazing experience [that] no one will forget!”