Poppy Rocky Tuesday on February 28th, 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.

So today, Kelly decided to lead us out for Poppy Rocky Tuesday. As many of know, Kelly was rescued off the street as well. She was found living near a college close to Vanessa’s house. Anytime we drive past the college we feel very grateful we got the chance to rescue her.

Once again, another display of love, hope and faith defying all of the odds. Anything can happen on any given day. We just need to keep and open mind and open heart.

Time to Rock the Casbah.

Day 780 here in Puerto Rico and day 468 since we rescued. Rocky.

Can a 10 pound Pomeranian become Potus ?

President's Day

Good morning friends.

A few hundred years ago people said there is No chance a 10 pound Pomeranian could ever be President of the United States.

People also said, “Even if a Pomeranian were to become president, which could Never happen, there is Zero chance he would ever be on Mount Rushmore as one of the Top 4 presidents in history

It goes to show you that hope, faith and love can defy all odds.

Happy President’s day friends.

Remy is a Miracle

Remy is a miracle

Good evening friends.

We have a very special story tonight. Please say hello to Remy, a beautiful sweet Schnauzer. The story of Remy is truly a story of miracles.

Remy belongs to our great friends, Deb Dun Magathan and her husband, Larry, both retired now living on the Jersey Shore. They were originally from Pennsylvania

Deb and her family are big time animal lovers. Over the years they have had many many dogs and several kinds of other animals too, including a pig named, Miss Higgins. They always had mini schnauzers up until their last angel passed about a year ago.

One night, Deb’s daughter, Samantha, excitedly texted her about a mini Schnauzer she saw on Facebook. When Deb saw the dog she immediately showed Larry and they immediately knew they had to have him in their lives.

Here’s where it got a little Dicey. Deb had no idea Remy was in Korea and the post had been 12 hours old already. There were many people who wanted Remy.

Deb quickly reached out over FB messenger to Patti Kim in California. Patti works with Jindo Love Rescue for Korean Dogs and Patti could tell how bad Deb and Larry wanted Remy, and picked them.

From there, on January 13th, 2016, Remy flew 19 hours from Korea to JFK International in New York What a little trooper this little fella is.

Remy had a rough life before he was rescued by Jindo Love Rescue. He was being physically abused by the owner’s boyfriend. She gave him up to a kill shelter. This kill shelter sells the dogs to the meat traders in Korea. This is not against the law there in Korea. Jindo Love goes to these places, rescues the dogs and finds homes for them. Deb mentioned that Remy is such a happy lovebug, you’d never know he’d been abused. Animals are so grateful like that.

Sammy & Family has written about the dog and cat meat trade throughout Asia many times over the years. Had this miracle not taken place, Remy was either going to be put down, or worse off, end up circulating in the dog meat trade destined for a horrific ending. An unspeakable ending.

Quick mention on Jindo Love Rescue.

In order to facilitate these rescues from Korea,  Patti Kim out of California and their point person in Shanghai China, Su, coordinate with their fosters in Korea and miraculously bring dogs to the states for a brand new life.

Jindo Love is not a nonprofit or registered organization. They are a group of individuals who pool their own money to rescue dogs from the dog meat trade and high kill shelters.

Sammy & Family wants to thank Deb and Larry for making the world a better place several animals at a time.

We also want to thank Patti Kim and Jindo Love for their tireless commitment towards getting innocent dogs out of Korea and into loving families and homes stateside.

In a world with so much pain, thank God we have incredible people and organizations like this on the front lines for animals everyday.
None of us can change everything, but everyone can change something. A random act of kindness may not change the world, but it changes the world for the recipients of that kindness.

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

Sammy Prefers Blonds

Sammy prefers blonds

Good morning friends.

Sundays are such a family kind of day. Sundays are our favorite morning of the week.

It looks like Sammy agrees considering the big smile on his face. Or is that smile because of the ole expression, “Gentlemen prefer blonds ??

Happy Sunday Funday friends.

Is Pet Insurance Worth It ?

Is Pet Insurance Worth it ?

Good afternoon friends.

So the question arises again, “Is Pet Insurance Worth It”?

In the preview mirror, we all have a tendency to say, “Do I really need this”, “Maybe I will get it down the line”, or the good ole “It’s not going to happen to me”.

In the rearview mirror, we all wish we had it. That’s the whole point of having insurance. So we can have peace of mind in our day to day lives knowing we’re covered. Most of the time, having pet insurance is not about covering annual maintenance, but rather about mitigating disasters and saving lives.

If our pets are hit with a horrible injury, it could require a ten to twenty thousand dollar surgery. Many a times, as our pets get older, they’ll need some sort of surgery that could cost several thousand dollars.

According to Montgomery County Animal Resource Center in Dayton, Ohio, approximately 10 to 12 percent of pets are euthanized because their owners cannot afford the surgery.

So “Is pet insurance worth it ? — You bet it is. Our pets are not just pets, they’re family.

Find out which Pet Insurance Company is right for you with ConsumersAdvocate.org.

Tribute for Westy the Prince


Good evening friends.

Tonight we pay tribute to a fallen angel named Westy. The world lost one of it’s brightest stars.

This beautiful sweet Golden retriever belonged to my great friend, Chantelle Luxenberg and family. Westy passed away in his sleep on January 31st, 2017. He did not suffer. Westy passed away peacefully from natural causes.

When I originally heard the news from Chantelle, I almost fell off my chair. Just a few months ago we talked about doing an evening post about Westy for our friends from around the world.

And then in a blink of an eye, he was gone. Life can be like that. It’s a reminder that everyday is a gift. Tomorrow is never guaranteed.

Westy and my Sammy used to have playdates when they were both coming up in the world. When Sammy and Westey were both 2, 3, and 4 years of age, they had seen each other quite a bit.

Westy was so good with Sammy. Being he was 70 pounds and Sammy was only 10 pounds, Westy was very delicate with him. He knew the exact level of strength to use with Sammy in order to play with him and not hurt him.

I always loved knowing Chantelle and Westy were close by. Those were very dark years back then for me. It was nice to feel a sense of family with Chantelle and Westy close by.

Chantelle and Westy were like peas and carrots. Inseparable. If Westly could speak he probably could’ve finished Chantelle’s sentences for her. And Chantelle knew every move that Westy would make before he even made it. They were truly in unison with one another.

Westy was such a grateful dog. Whether running through the sprinkler system, playing in the leaves or frolicking in the snow, Westy was always celebrating life.

He knew life was about the simple things. It takes some people decades to figure that out. And some never do.

Westy loved car rides with the windows open or the top down. Chantelle and Westy took many roads over the years to the Hamptons, Vermont, Boston and everywhere in between.

Westy was extremely active. He could run a hundred times to fetch a tennis ball. He loved to play tug of war with an old sock too. When it came to toys, Westy was singular of purpose, rip out the stuffing and find the squeaky part.

Back at the house Westy would follow Chantelle around from room to room. It was like Chantelle had two shadows. Many of can relate to that. We are everything to our pets. We’re all they have.

The world is better place because Westy was in it. This Golden Retriever was truly Golden.

Sammy & Family wants to thank Chantelle for making the world a better place one animal at a time. A random act of kindness may not change the world, but it changes the world for the recipient of that kindness. Chantelle changed Westy’s world when she took him home 12 years ago.

When the mourning subsides, we won’t be crying because it’s over, we’ll be smiling because it happened.

Westy is gone, but he’ll never be forgotten. One day we’ll all see this sweet prince again.

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


Poppy Rocky Tuesday on February 7th, 2017

Poppy Rocky Tuesday on February 7th, 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.

Nobody had the deck stacked against them more than the Pops and Rocky. Love, faith and hope can trounce any odds.

OK, being today is the day of hope, let’s kick it off with two positive notions.

1. It never feels like the right time, but it’s always the right time to pursue what we love.

2. In order for something to change, we have to change something. Osmosis only works in the movies. In real life, we have to take an action.

Day 759 here in Puerto Rico and day 447 since we rescued Rocky.

Have a great Tuesday friends. Scott Smith for Sammy & Family.