A Japanese Akita has become a local celebrity in Spain for all the right reasons.
Maya, a two-year old dog belonging to Sandra Iniesta, has taken up residence outside of a hospital in Alicante. As Sandra explained to Informacion, she began suffering pains in her abdomen on her way from back from Barcelona. Travelling with her father and her dog, the twenty-two year old woman pulled into Elda Hospital and, eventually, had her appendix removed in an emergency procedure.
Despite the best efforts of Sandra's father, Maya dutifully stayed outside of the hospital and waited for her owner to return - waiting almost six days so far. As Sandra explains it, it's just Maya being a good dog. "She is just doing what she does in Barcelona. Whenever I go inside some place or another, she waits for me at the door.”
As it goes with these things, Maya's become something of a local celebrity in Spain after hospital staff posted about their new visitor. People have stopped by the hospital to leave treats for Maya and, thankfully, Sandra is on the mend will be able to take her dog home pretty soon.
We've said it before and we'll say it again - dogs are better than people.