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Loving Granddaughter Sneaks Dog Into Hospital For a Visit

When Shelby Hennick's grandmother, Dona was recently hospitalized she did what any loving family member would to to help her feel better.

The grandmother was admitted to hospital after having an adverse reaction to one the medications she was taking. Unfortunately this meant that she had to spend 3 days separated from her 13-year-old dog Patsy.

With the help of her mom, the 21-year-old veterinary technician came up with an idea.

"The idea was actually my mom's to break her in," Hennick told TODAY in an email. "But I just happened to have a blanket in my car so I decided to make her look like a baby!"

Continue to the next page to see how the visit went.

Hennick wrapped Patsy in a blanket pretending she was a baby and managed to sneak her into the hospital where her grandmother was staying.

While she may have not loved the car ride over, the pup instantly relaxed when she was being carried by Hennick.

"She kept licking my arm — probably the sweat from being nervous," Hennick said.

Since the hospital staff remembered the family, they just greeted them as they walked past heading to Dona's room.

"Patsy was quiet the whole time and actually kept licking my arm," she added.

Her disguise was so good that it even fooled her grandmother. She mistook Patsy for an actual baby, belonging to Hennick's sister.

When she put Patsy down in Dona's lap she was very surprised.

"I believe it made her feel better, more at home," said Hennick.

Dona got Patsy almost 13 year ago when the puppy was only a couple of weeks old. Their strong bond was created as she bottle fed the new born pup and cared for it.

"Patsy kept crying and couldn't get close enough," she said.

Hennick posted her experience on Twitter and it has been "favorited" over half a million times this week!

People shared how sweet the sentiment was but also their own experiences of sneaking beloved pets into visiting sick patients.

As heartwarming as these stories are, they do still raise health concerns.

While animals are known to lower blood pressure and reduced anxiety, there are also risks associated with animals visiting hospital rooms.

With factors such as allergies and the chance an animal may be dangerous to patients with compromised immune systems, hospitals do not allow regular visits from family pets.

There are also possibilities of IV lines and catheters being pulled out or gnawed on if animals come to visit.  

As a veterinary technician, Hennick is well-versed in disease prevention and other medical issues associated with animals, so she was careful about keeping Patsy's visit safe.

"Honestly, I would do it again," she said. "Not because of the attention, but because I'd do anything to make my family happy," Hennick said.