Nature With My Boy

Nature with my boy
Good morning friends.

Me and my boy were taking in a little nature yesterday. And when you’re only
one feet tall, any tree will do to be considered nature.

I was going through yesterday’s pictures last night and this one resonated the most with me.

If I drew a timeline of Sammy’s smile from 2005 to now in 2017, the one line on the chart that would be unshakable, would be his soulful smile.

That is why I was so captivated by this picture and wanted to share it with our friends from all over the world.

It’s the little things in life. This might just be a tree in front of the house, but to him, it’s a bridge back to nature where it all stared millions of years ago.

I guess it’s true what they say, “One’s perception is one’s reality”

Day 750 here in Puerto Rico. Scott Smith for Sammy & Family.

Poppy Rocky Tuesday on January 24th, 2017

Poppy Rocky Tuesday on January 24th, 2017

Good morning friends.

Happy Poppy Rocky Tuesday. A day filled with Hope and possibilities. Remember, if the Pops and Rocky can make it, anyone can.

The odds on all of us finding each other in Puerto Rico, were zero. But it happened anyway.

Hope, faith and love can defy all of the odds.

OK, let’s kick this day off with two positive notions.

1. Anytime you need a little lift to your spirits, listen to the song “Dancing Queen” by Abba. It’s bulletproof.

2. You are free the moment you don’t worry about what people think of you. While it’s nice to be well liked, it’s not a prerequisite for personal happiness. You’re the only requisite for that.

Day 745 in Puerto Rico, and day 433 since we rescued Rocky.

Happy Tuesday friends. There’s a lot of zeal in the air.

Can you feel it ?

Donkeys, Sheep and Italy

Donkeys, Sheep and Italy

Good evening friends.

So tonight, we’re heading to Italy for some heartwarming information on Farmers, donkeys and sheep. This picture comes to us from our great friend Gabriella Botalla-Bell. We did a post about her two Chihuahuas and a bunny rabbit last week if you all remember.

As you can see here, we have a donkey carrying two baby sheep. It’s the donkeys job to keep the baby sheep warm while the mother sheep eat grass. Donkeys can carry a lot more weight than sheep can.

These precious animals can be seen from Gabriella’s parents backyard. It’s pretty common in Italy to have all kinds of animals growing up together without any restrictions and cages.

I love that. It sounds like a little slice of heaven. Or as some people say, “Heaven on Earth.

My mother’s family is from Palermo, Sicily by the way. Looks like it’s time to visit Sicily’s countryside. My mother also tells me that’s where my temper comes from, lol.

As times marches on, despite being a city boy, I’ve learned to appreciate nature. I really had no understanding of how beautiful and healing nature can be. After 45 years in the city, I thought the whole world operated that way.

I would go years and years without ever seeing the ocean or mountain tops. I remember when I first got to Puerto Rico, I kept feeling such relief in my vision. And what I mean by that is, I did not have any skyscrapers obstructing my vision anymore. In NYC, the only way to see far is to look up.

In the Caribbean, you can just look out and your vision can be stretched very far, in some spots, endlessly far.

OK, sorry. That was quite a tangent, lol.

It’s great to be alive on January 23rd, 2017. It didn’t have to be this way. Thank God that it is.

Signing off from Puerto Rico on day 744, Scott Smith for Sammy & Family.


Redbird was my Heart Hound

Redbird was my Heart Hound

Good evening friends.

Tonight’s post is called, “Redbird was my baby. She was my Heart Hound” — This post is a tribute for a Redbird, a fallen angel as of July 22nd, 2015.

Redbird was a family member of our great friend, Alexandria O’hara Wright and family.

Many a times I have mentioned animals are angels walking amonst us. No better depiction of that than is love story.

Alexandria had just gone through a very painful miscarriage and her two prior Basset Hounds had passed a few years prior. We can all relate to that. Sometimes when life hits, life hits hard. These were tough times for Alexandria back in 2004 / 2005.

Alexandria’s husband had recommended they get a new Basset Hound and Alexandria was totally on board. If anyone can lift a person’s spirits, a dog can. That’s why we see them in emergency rooms at hospitals. Animals are natural born healers.

Interestingly enough, after taking Redbird on, a year later Alexandria realized they’d taken home a completely different basset hound then the one they intended on taking home. Alexandria’s mother in law had pictures from a year earlier that showed different markings then the markings on Redbird.

But you’ll know the drill here. After one year of bonding with a pet, no shot you give them up. You just keep on loving them. And that is exactly what Alexandria did. She loved precious, stubborn and adorable Redbird more than life itself.

Alexandria got Redbird on February 28th, 2005. Originally her name was Little Miss Red. But as time moved on and the love kept growing, millions of names flew through the door before they settled on “Redbird”

As animal lovers its easy to relate to madness of the name picking process. The more we love them and learn about hem, the more names and tones we use for them.

Redbird liked to chase chickens other than the few that she was best friends with. She was a fierce protector of Alexandria and family’s 20 acre farm. She chased wild hogs to ground hogs and anything in between. Redbird was very short to the ground as Basset Hounds are known to be, but in her mind she was 15 feet tall and bulletproof.

I love how Alexandria described Redbird’s confidence. I’ve always found that love is what puts the wind in our pet’s sails. So for Redbird to have that kind of confidence is a testament to the kind of love she was shown.

Fun story about Redbird. She loved to chase hummingbirds off of the family’s porch away from the feeders thinking they were hornets. So every time Alexandria brought the feeder outside, Redbird would look at her like she was out of her mind.

Alexandria pointed out how amazing it was to know her every thought just by the look in her eyes. And vice versa believe it or not. Redbird and Alexandria were like peas and carrots. Best friends forever. She and Redbird had multiple conversations daily.

Redbird also loved belly rubs, being brushed, long walks, rides in the car and riding on the 4 wheelers with us. She also appreciated long naps, ice cream and food of any kind.

We wrote about people having conversations with their pets just last week. You see, it’s actually quite common. People have conversations with their pets all the time. Full fledged conversations mind you.

I’m going to quote Alexandria in this next paragraph. It’s too perfect to edit or paraphrase.

“RedBird was my best friend, my walking partner, my confidant and my heart hound. I never had to leash her or keep her gated as she had no desire to leave my side…after finding what I thought was an abscess tooth I scheduled an appointment with the vet thinking maybe the tooth would be surgically removed. Unfortunately within 3 days of hat vet visit we were sending my precious baby to the rainbow bridge. The gum above her tooth had a tumor called a melanoma. And apparently it had spread from a stomach cancer that we never knew she had. We slept face to face her last 2 nights on this earth and I sent her to the bridge on July 22nd 2015. I have never loved anything as much as I loved RedBird. She was without a doubt my baby and my heart hound”

Alexandria, thank you for sharing Redbird’s story with us. It’s been about 18 months since her passing and your story and precise descriptions of Redbird resonated right through our screens and into our hearts.

Redbird might be gone, but will Never be forgotten. She made the world a better place. In the end, it’s like they say, “We rescue them and then they rescue us”

The story of you and Redbird had to happen. I have been writing about animals for the past 5 to 6 years. I will always remember what you said, “She is without a doubt my baby and my heart hound”

Sammy & Family thanks Alexandria and family for making the world a better place, one animal at a time. None of us can change everything. But everyone can change something. Alexandria did just that and changed the world for Redbird, the 15 foot giant.

No lives will go in vain. No pain will go unnoticed. Amen. Scott Smith for Sammy & Family.

The Atlantic Ocean on day 743 in Puerto Rico

The Atlantic Ocean on day 743 in Puerto Rico

Good morning friends.

Sammy and I wanted to swing by and give everyone a little boost to their Sunday Funday.

Anytime you’re driving along the shoreline, pull over and get a picture. We’re in the digital age now. You can’t just drive by the ocean and Not get a picture. That’s crazy talk.

In case anyone struggled with Geography in high school like I did, this body of water behind us is “The Atlantic Ocean”

When I arrived in Puerto Rico on January 11th, 2015, I can’t really say I knew that, lol. Well now I do know. Today is day 743 in Puerto Rico by the way.

I love Sunday mornings. It’s my favorite day of the week. It’s such a newspaper and coffee kind of morning.

It’s the one day we let imagination in the door and back into our lives. On Sundays, we get to be us again. The people we set out to be from the very beginning.

I always wanted to be the guy that was 47 years old standing in front of the Atlantic Ocean holding a 10 pound Pomeranian.

Who did you want to be ?

Have No Fear, Globalization is Here

Father and Son conversation in the new world

Good morning friends.

We’re not just standing with the populace in The United States, we’re standing with the populace throughout the world.

It’s true, The Untied States of America has changed for the worse as of November 9th, 2016.

But thanks to globalization, the world is more one than ever before. And that is a great thing. After all, that is what connected all of us here, and many others around the world.

So if we take a look at things through sunny side up lenses, we’re really living in, “The United Countries of the World”

Thinking of the Apprentice from a global perspective, sure minimizes him in size to me.

Happy Friday everyone.

#Globalization #Trump #TheApprentice

The Three Musketeers

Gabriella Botalla-Bell and family

Good evening friends.

We have very special story tonight. Say hello to Gabriella Botalla-Bell and family. From left to right, Gabriella, Diesel, a 15 year old short haired male Chihuahua, Gabriela’s husband, Chris, and Gucci Bear, an 8 year old long haired female Chihuahua.

Gabriella and family also have a 5 year old bunny rabbit named Millie Vanilli. Yes, that Millie Vanilli. Gabriella loves music from the 80’s. We can all relate to that. I still have a crush on Debbie Gibson as you all know and my favorite band of all time is Def Leppard.

Now normally, one would think that two dogs and a rabbit would trigger the phrase, Three’s a crowd” — But not this time friends. Diesel, Gucci Bear and Milli Vanilli are more like “The Three Musketeers”. Things are so chummy with these Musketeers, that Milli Vanilli, the bunny rabbit, sometimes thinks he’s a dog.

Ok, we have some fun facts here on how Diesel and Gucci Bear got their name.

Let’s start with Diesel. — Gabriella loves the smell of gasoline, Diesel is an Italian Designer as we all know, and Gabriella’s mother is 100 percent Italian. Put it all altogether and it just had to be “Diesel”

Chris came up with the name for Gucci Bear – Gucci, as in the designer we all know, and Bear because when she was a baby she looked like a bear. Chris was always thinking about trademarking her name so nobody else can use it. For for all intensive purposes, please nobody use that name, lol.

When push comes to shove, no matter what their names are, Diesel, Gucci Bear and Milli Vanilli are the loves of their loves as Gabriella put it so perfectly today.

Diesel and Gucci are in love with Chris, he spoils them like crazy. I guess it’s true what they say, “Dogs are Man’s best friend.  I always thought they meant “Man” as a specie, but maybe it’s literal as in gender, lol.

As for Millie, that is Gabriella’s baby. He gives her kisses and behaves just like dogs do.

Gabriella and Chirs, thank you for sharing the story of your pets with us tonight. I really enjoyed learning about them. As animal loving people, we all have our own methodology of how we communicate with them and what we name them.

If anyone ever overheard me talking to my 6 dogs, anyone in their right mind would be like, “That guy is crazy, he literally talks to his dogs”

But in the end, whether its this idiosyncrasy, or that methodology, it’s like Gabriella said, “They are the loves of our lives”

Sammy & Family wants to thank Gabriella and Chris for making the world a better place, three animals at a time.

The Path to a better World flows through the Humane treatment of all Animals”

Sincerely, Scott Smith for Sammy & Family.

Friendship Across Specie Lines

Friendship Across Specie Lines

Good evening friends.

Every now and then someone catches a picture that is an instant classic. We all see hundreds and hundreds of images everyday. We are almost desensitized by photos at this point.

When i saw this picture in my news feed, the light bulb went off in my head. I immediately knew this picture was very special.

This photograph comes to us from our great friend, Gill Griffith out of the UK. The young woman in the picture is Gill’s daughter, Helen. Also in the picture is the Pony that Helen rides.

I was telling Gill a few days ago that this image was a perfect depiction of what animals kindness is all about. When we show love and kindness to an animal, no matter what their might, they’ll be the gentlest of giants.

Gill, thank you for letting me share this with our friends from around the world. Helen, nice to meet you. One of the best pictures I’ve seen in a long time.

Love is the Universal Language. All species speak it.

Mr. Man, the Cat

Mr. Man, the Cat

Good evening friends.

Say hello to Mr. Man. Yes, the cat’s name is Mr. Man. How great is that ? — He’s 17 years old and a member of our great friend’s family, Amy Farris Kilbride.

Mr. Man was a rescue. He had one owner for all is 13 years until the owner relocated to Oregon and had to give him up.

Amy adopted him about 4 years ago on her birthday. Great birthday present by the way. Amy was decent enough to want Mr. Man to live out his life in peace and with pure love.

He’s a full blooded Maine Coon. Mr. Man is a big boy as you can see in the picture. But as the story goes with us animal lovers, Mr. Man has Amy very well trained, lol.

About 8 months after Amy and Mr. Man rescued each other, he got sick (gallbladder ) and the vet I took him to (who had the ironic name of Dr. Sunshine ) said, “Well, he’s old, so I understand if you don’t want to invest in him and just put him down.

Amy was appalled and left immediately. With loving care and a different vet, he recovered. through that experience, he learned to trust Amy and he firmly bonded with her.

Mr. Man is a healer. He rests on wherever she  has aches or pains, even Amy’s heart.

Amy, thank you for sharing Mr. Man’s story with us. Yes, too many times veterinarians are to quick to suggest putting animals down.  I’ve seen it and heard that quite a bit.

I was very moved by this story and wanted to make sure our friends from around the world heard it. Animals are healers, which is not surprising because they’re literally angels walking amongst us.

Amy describes it perfectly how Mr. Man is so keen on where she’s in pain. Nobody knows us like our animals do. Nobody.

Sammy & Family wants to thank Amy for making the world a better place one animal at a time.

A random act of kindness may not change the word but it changes the world for the recipient of that kindness.

Signing off from Puerto Rico. Scott Smith for Sammy & Family.

Kristin to the Rescue


Kristin to the Rescue

Good evening friends.

We have a very special visitor tonight. This is our great friend, Kristin, and her rescue, Jaqen. — Kristin actually rescued Jaqen and his brother, Jon, who is not in the picture.  They are 8 months old now and were raised by a foster after their mother died.

These two cats were graced with two miracles. Firstly, with their foster, and secondly, when Kristin took them in permanently. The worst is officially behind them.

Sammy & Family met Kristin a few years back while she was visiting NYC. She’s a big time animal lover.

I really love this picture. I found it very moving. Animals are so healing. They really have a calming affect on people

One night Kristin wrote a story for our friends from around the world called, “No thanks, I’ll sit with the dog”  — The story is about a person who had social anxieties and took comfort in sitting next to a dog at a house party one night.

Kristin, thank you for sharing this picture with us. More importantly, thank you for making the world a better place, two rescues at a time.

None of us can change everything, but everyone can change something. And Kristin did just that by offering Jaqen and Jon a great life.

Friends, if anyone ever wants to share their pet’s or family’s story with us, we would be happy to write about it and post it throughout our platforms. We also would be honored to write prayer requests for animals and people in need. We also do really nice tributes for lost loved ones, both animals and people again.

As many of you already know, we’ve been writing across these topics for years. I personally find it very healing and humbling writing prayers and tributes. The people requesting the prayers and / or  tributes have always found it soothing as well.

I hope everyone had a marvelous New Years Day. Signing off from Puerto Rico, Scott Smith for Sammy & Family.