When he was just 3 months old, a boxer pup named Sammie was lucky to survive some very cruel treatment. He had been shot in the head, dragged behind a car, spray-painted blue, and left to die.
Barely alive, he arrived at Paws & Claws Animal Clinic in Columbia, South Carolina, in May 2016. Rescue Dogs Rock NYC agreed to foot the bill for his treatment, and it was there that an amazing friendship formed between Sammie and a dog called Simon suffering from mange.
A perfect example which shows us that our companion animals DO FEEL pain and show compassion for others ….Do not ever…
Rescue Dogs Rock NYC posted an image on Facebook of Simon comforting Sammie, and it gained more than 15,000 likes. One look at the photo and it’s not hard to see why.
“A perfect example which shows us that our companion animals DO FEEL pain and show compassion for others,” said the description with the image. “Do not ever doubt the POWER of our beloved companion animals!
“Last night Simon came in to check on Sammie and see how he was feeling… Sammie accepted Simons soft touch and was grateful for the love and affection that Simon showed him.”
Paws & Claws owner Dr. Mike Sauer told PEOPLE, “When we let Simon out of the cage, he went straight to Sammie.”
According to Yahoo, Dr. Sauer explained that Sammie’s survival was “basically a miracle.” He further went on to add that the bullet, which was a .22 caliber, managed to not pierce Sammie’s skull.
The photo struck a chord with many netizens.
“There are no words to describe what this does for my heart. I just wish that humans were like this. Love, hugs, and healing prayers for both Sammie and Samson,” wrote one Facebook user.
“So very touching made me cry. I look at poor Sammie so young and to have to suffer as he has. I believe Simon feels his pain and knows he is scared as Simon once was. Hang in there Sammie we are all pulling for you,” another commented.
“There are no words to describe what this does for my heart. I just wish that humans were like this. Love, hugs, and healing prayers for both Sammie and Samson,” wrote a third one.
It is hard to imagine why someone would do what they did to the young pup. There is no excuse for animal cruelty.
Luckily, Sammie pulled through and began to recover, no doubt owing to the support and comfort from a friend like Simon.
In June 2016, Rescue Rock NYC posted an update on their Facebook page stating that Sammie was doing amazing.
Sammie Sammie Sammie…….What can we say about Sammie?! He's doing amazing! We all wept for Sammie; we were more…
The post read: “Sammie is a survivor, Sammie lives! Sammie is out in the backyard today enjoying sunshine, green grass, birds chirping & the love of his foster family, so in the end, we must ask, who wins? Sammie wins because he is healing & getting better every day & will go on to have the most amazing life ever!!!!!”
Sammie also has a Facebook fan page called Sammies Journey to Recovery, which chronicles his life and posts regular updates.
Watch the video below:
Happy Monday from Simon & Sammie, 2 victims of horrible abuse who found comfort in each other at our SC vet partner!We are thrilled their suffering is not in vain & their stories are helping to raise awareness about abuse! Their story is helping many other dogs who's stories never get told.#speakforthosewithnovoiceTo donate for these cuties & all the other victims of abuse & neglect currently in our care, please go to www.rescuedogsrocknyc.org/donate/ or PayPal firstname.lastname@example.orgMailing:RDR NYCPO Box 101NY, NY 10028Thank you for helping us raise awareness!!
Posted by Rescue Dogs Rock NYC on Monday, May 9, 2016