A homeless man was stabbed and taken to Santa Casa de Novo Horizonte hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil. His dog chased the ambulance to the hospital, and waited outside the entrance. The man soon died of his injuries, but the dog remained for more than four months, waiting for his man to come out the door. Local lawyer Cristine Sardella asked about the dog's story and posted it to Facebook. The Dodo contacted her.
Hospital staff have been providing food and water for the dog since then, but Sardella hoped more could be done to help him. Having taken in two dogs already, she's unable to provide a home for him herself, so she decided instead to spread the word on social media. The response was overwhelming.
Shortly after, a local rescuer picked up the dog and carried him to a kennel while arrangements were made to find him a forever home. But before that happened, he escaped.
"He fled across the city," Sardella said. "He walked over 3 kilometers and returned to the hospital."
Before adoption, the animal was taken to a veterinary clinic by Marco Antônio Rodrigues, who learned of the situation and decided to rescue him.
"He stood at the hospital door every day, but the important thing is that the hospital staff gave him support. Most of the time people drive the animal out. I hope he can now have a happy life with these new owners, "he says.
At the clinic, Champion went through treatment, showered and put the vaccines up. The man who paid the expenses was a woman who was also sensitized by his fidelity.
In an interview with G1 , the new owner, Leticia Fatima Nawas Botoluci, 30, who works at the hospital, said she chose the name because she considered him a winner.