Tanner Brown, an emergency medical technician, told the paper it was "a crazy ordeal," after a driver had to flag down the ambulance to alert them to their extra little passenger. Buddy, a a 35-pound Beagle mix, had been perched on the ambulance's small side step for the twenty-mile trip.
Brown told the Standard-Times, "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." So the pup traveled with his 85-year-old owner JR Nicholson, who called the ambulance because he felt dizzy. Brown continued:
"It was kind of funny. We were inside and he had jumped onto the control switch and turned on the sirens and the lights. We didn't know what was going on."
Oh, Buddy. What a character! He added, "It was kind of weird. I guess the dog wanted to be with his owner."
Nicholson only stayed at the hospital overnight, but was taken to see Buddy during his stay. He said he was impressed at the sweet animal's feat, adding,"He didn't have to go to the hospital with me, but he did."