New Years – 2018

New Years - 2018

Good evening friends.

I felt very blessed today hanging with my best friend, Lucky at the tip of the Atlantic Ocean. And as such, I wanted to share that moment with my friends from around the world. I love that dog like a “Crazy Potato” if that makes any sense, lol.

My takeaway from 2017 is that I’m grateful to be alive. This could’ve easily played out differently. Thank God that it didn’t.

I’m going into 2018 asking myself two questions:

1. What are my intentions?
2. And, what actions am I taking to support those intentions?

2018 is the year of action. There is so much hope and possibility in the air, I could barely see straight. I’ll be taking a huge bite out of life this year. Come join me please.

Happy New Year friends.

Muffin’s Halo for Noah

Muffin's Halo for Noah

Good evening friends.

We have a very moving story tonight about a 10 year old blind Shih-tuz mix, Noah. This story actually involves all of you.

Recently, Noah was turned over to “Bobbi and the Strays” in New York as a “found” dog. He was in horrible shape. He was totally matted, his nails were overgrown where he could hardly walk, he’s totally blind and could hardly hear. The streets of New York showed no mercy on little Noah.

Fortunately, Bobbi’s rescue cleaned him up real nice and treated him with lots of TLC. Noah is starting to adapt to his new environment. But still, being a blind rescue is as tough as it gets.

I’ve talked about Muffin’s Halo for Blind Dogs many times throughout 2017. And for good reason; Muffin’s Halo is the solution for visually impaired and blind dogs. The halo around their head creates a bumper free life them. So, the animal’s freedom is restored. And when their freedom is restored, they’re confidence starts to rise and quality of life comes back into their lives. They don’t feel the need to be curled up all nervously in the corner anymore.

Said another way: A blind dog without a Muffin’s Halo, is like a blind person without a walking stick. The Halo and the Walking stick are not luxuries, they’re necessities.

So, although Noah is not from Puerto Rico, The Lucky In Love Relief Fund has donated a Muffin’s Halo to little Noah. And thanks to all of you, Noah can run and play again like any other dog.

Friends, I am Not an affiliate of Muffin’s Halo. I am a major animal advocate and defender of animals around the world. The reason I speak of the Halo with such conviction is because I’ve seen it transform thousands of lives over and over again. The best example of the Halo’s magic is a video from July 27th pinned to the top of Muffin’s Halo For Blind Dogs’ FB page.

If you know of any blind dogs, or just want to have them readily available for your local shelters and rescue organizations, please consider donating a Muffin’s Halo to them. You can make a tax deductible donation through their 501(c)(3) organization, “Second Chances For Blind Dogs.”

Thank you everybody. This was a team effort.

Goodnight from Puerto Rico, Scott Smith for Sammy & Family and Community Editor for

Poppy Rocky Lucky Tuesday on 12/19/2017

PRL Tuesday on December 19th, 2017

Good evening friends.

Happy Poppy Rocky Lucky Tuesday, a day and night filled with hope and possibilities. Remember, If Poppy, Rocky and Lucy can make it, anyone can. Nobody had the decks stacked more against them than they did.

For all of our new friends, Poppy, Lucky and Rocky are 3 of our 7 dogs.

Anytime you’re feeling a little down and defeated, let their story help propel you forward. The odds of them being part of a loving family and home, and a wolfpack of seven no less, were zero. But it happened anyway. The combinations of hope, faith and love can trounce any odds.

OK, let’s ease into the evening with two positive notions;

1. Today was a gift. Good, bad or indifferent, today was a gift. We know that because many people that were here yesterday, are no longer with us today. We owe it to them and ourselves to march forward and be grateful.

2. We don’t have to lose everything to realize what we had. Let’s think it through. Let’s think it through. More often than not, good enough, is good enough.

Day 1073 here in Puerto Rico. Yes, day 1073. Today is day 761 since we rescued Rocky, and day 223 since we rescued Lucky.

Scott Smith for Sammy & Family. Together We Stand.

Poppy Rocky Lucky Tuesday on December 12th, 2017

Poppy Rocky Lucky Tuesday on December 12th, 2017

Good evening friends.

Happy Poppy Rocky Lucky Tuesday. A day and night filled with hope and possibilities. Remember, if Poppy, Rocky and Lucky can make it, anyone can. Nobody had the decks stacked more against them than they did.

Anytime you’re feeling a little down and defeated, let the story of Poppy, Rocky and Lucky propel you forward. Like they, maybe the best is right in front of you. Maybe starting right now.

Can you accept that things are about to get better ? — Because if you can, the sails will set themselves in the direction of your advantage.

OK, let bring this evening to a close with two positive notions;

1. I was a free man the day I stopped worrying about what people thought of me and started concentrating on what I needed to do. It’s nice to be well liked, but it’s not a prerequisite to like myself.

2. We do the best we can with what we have. Taking anything personally is counterproductive.

Day 1066 here in Puerto Rico. Yes, day 1066. Today is day 754 since we rescued Rocky, and day 216 since we rescued Lucky.

Scott Smith for Sammy & Family. Together We Stand.

Friendship, Animal Rescue and Puerto Rico’s Darkest Hours

Friendship, Animal Rescue and Puerto Rico's Darkest Hours
 Good evening friends, — Day 82 since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, and day 96 since Irma hit.
This is my good friend, Eli, his little rescue puppy. We met each other within the first days after Hurricane Maria hit on September 20th. Don’t be fooled by the smiles on our faces for the photo opp, we were utterly exhausted. Although, this picture was only about three months ago, it feels like another life from years back.

Eli had just retired from the board of Education back in NY after 33 years. He was coming to Puerto Rico to visit friends and family. The next thing he knows he’s living out of the Comfort Inn trapped in Puerto Rico because of Mari’s carnage.

For a month straight, the daily life of post Maria was extremely difficult. Communications had been annihilated. If you needed to speak to the airport, you had to go the airport. The problem was that if you chose to do that, you’d be using a lot of gas to get there. And once you were out of gas, there was no replacing it. Many people had no choice and went to the airport anyway, only to find out all flights were cancelled. And guess what ? — Now they had to sleep at the airport. That’s how crazy it got.Despite everything Maria threw at Eli, he kept that puppy by his side the whole time. And in return, the puppy managed to offer Eli some solace in an apocalyptic moment of time.

After 15 days of hell, Eli made it off the island and over to Florida. It’s amazing after only two weeks of knowing each other, Eli, myself and other members of our temporary crew will always been friends. The things that happened, and the things we saw can never be undone or unseen. And through that, an unbreakable bond was formed.

I will never refer to Hurricane Irma or Hurricane Maria as positive experience, that goes without say. But, great friendships were formed. And for that I’m grateful.

Have a great night friends.