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.

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.

Happy New Year – 2017

Happy New Year 2017

Good evening friends.

Thank you for stopping by. It’s always a privilege connecting with people from all over the world. It wasn’t too long ago that we only knew our neighbors on our streets, or the cul de sacs we lived on.

Today, the world is my neighborhood. Said another way, I can say hello to people in Australia, Germany, the Philippines and Brazil faster than I can cross the street and say “Good Morning” to my neighbors here in Puerto Rico.

I want to start out with a fun statistic, then some Baby Step New Year’s Resolutions for 2017, and then prayers for our fallen heroes and loved ones this year.  Continue reading

Sammy & Briggette

Briggette and Sammy

Good evening friends.

We want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. We have a fun and special post tonight.

This is Sammy and is great friend, Briggette Baust. When Sammy & Briggette meet up, they light up the town. Besides being NYC’s number one hairstylist and colorist, she really knows how to capture great pictures.

Every time these two get together, we always get a classic picture. This is actually the first time I’ve seen this picture. It was just scrolling through my feed like any other picture would. Then while I was scrolling back to find it, I was saying to myself, did I just see Sammy & Briggette in my news feed.

In the past 5 or 6 years, we must have amassed about ten thousand pictures by now. And to be Frank, this picture is in the top ten.

Briggette, you have amazing taste. If I had any hair, you would be my go to stylist and colorist. And if Sammy were a person, you’d definitely be his stylist and colorist.

We’ll see you in the morning friends. Welcome to the weekend.

Scott Smith for Sammy & Family .

Lola is Rocking the Wheels off of Life

Lola is rocking the wheels off of life

Good evening friends. We have a very special story tonight. Say hello to, Lola.

Lola is a member of our great friend’s, Meri Puccio & Family. Lola is 5 years old now. Meri rescued just two months ago in October. Unfortunately, the former owner was not able to give her the care she needed.

As many of you probably figured out by now, Lola is Dachshund.  This particular breed has a tendency to have problems with their back legs because of their long shape. As a result, Lola has lost the use of her back legs 2 years ago.

Despite the complications, Meri stepped up in October and history was in the making. To quote Meri, verbatim, “She is the sweetest…delightful…affectionate little girl. We love her so much”

Currently, Lola is getting weekly acupuncture treatments and its helping a lot. Her legs are getting stronger.

Sammy & Family wants to thank, Meri, for making the world a better place one animal at a time. None of can change everything, but everyone change something. Meri stepped up and changed the world for Lola. And that my friends, is how we make the world a better place.

God bless you Lola. You’re such a little trooper. Animals are so amazing. They’re literally angels walking amongst us. They know nothing of greed. They’re just so grateful to receive love and care.

No lives will go in vain. No pain will go unnoticed. Amen. Dr. Harp Seal for Sammy & Family.

The Holocaust is Not over, it’s been relocated to Aleppo, Syria

Aleppo, Syria

Good evening friends.

The Holocaust is not in the past, it’s just been relocated to Aleppo, Syria. What’s going on in Aleppo is nothing short of a 21st Century Holocaust.

It pains me to use that term, but it pains the people of Syria in real terms and real time even more. So it’s small price to pay for what those innocent people are enduring day in and day out. It’s also pains me to post something like this 4 days before Christmas. But how can one just look the other in regards to such devastation. The least I could do is write something about them and for them.

We have to remember, this all started with a 26 year year old Tunisian man, who lit himself on fire in defiance of a tyrannical Government trying to extort money from him, which gave way to the Arab Spring in early 2011.

Here we are, almost 6 years later and Syria is in the worst shape its ever been. Over 400,000 people have killed. And killed violently. Yes, you’re not misreading that. 400,000 people have been killed in Syria since the Arab Spring of 2011.

To put that in perspective, on 9/11, America’s worst tragedy in history, 3000 people were killed. Each and every life lost was significant mind you. No question about that. I’m simply trying illustrate the magnitude of the loss in Syria.

The Untied States has lost 5000 troops to date in regards to the 2003, Iraqi War. Again, 400,000 people have been killed in Syria since 2011.

As many of you know, my family and I run a large animal loving community around the world throughout social media. I’m bringing this up because over the years with respect to certain animal cruelties, we have referred to the Holocaust several times as well.

As an animal lover, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the Holocaust that is taking place throughout Asia in regards to the Dog and Cat Meat Trade, particularly in Yulia China and South Korea. The Holocaust has also been relocated to Canada in regards to the annual Seal Hunt, the Dolphins being brutalized to death in Taiji, Japan, the Pilot Whales of the Faroe Islands, The Bear Bile farms throughout China, The Fur farms throughout the world, factory farm animals throughout the world, bullfighting, dog fighting operations and so on and so on and so on.

A few years ago, I recorded an audio called, “Where is the Geneva Convention for Animals?” — It struck a chord with people all over the world. When you listen to it, please extrapolate the same principles regarding Aleppo, Syria.

There is no amount of money on earth or ideological differences that can justify what is going on in Aleppo. The world’s values are inverted. It’s supposed to be “Lives before Profits”, not the other way around. It’s supposed to be “Lives before differences in ideologies”

Until we put people and animal’s lives above everything else, history will keep repeating itself. It’s very sad because it does Not have to be this way. The Fruits of the Earth are plentiful enough for Animals and People to live in abundance.

Here’s the audio link;  “Where is The Geneva Convention for Animals?” 

No lives will go in vain. No pain will go unnoticed. Amen. Dr. Harp Seal for Sammy & Family.

The Soldier of Love

The Soldier of Love

Good evening friends.

Dr. Harp Seal here. Thank you for stopping by. So tonight, I’m going to tell the story of Henry, the Solider of Love. We have written on this before. But I figured it would be nice to speak the message.

The Solider of Love comes from Henry’s ability to put Sammy and Patrick’s needs and wants before his own. Henry is happy when they’re happy. He is as selfless as they come. As a matter of fact, Henry and I have a pact, when Sammy and Patrick are happy, we Are happy. In many ways, Henry is like Batman. A silent guardian. A watchful Protector.

That’s how the story of “The Soldier of Love” came about.

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Love has no bounds

Love has no bounds Good evening friends.

We have a very special post tonight called “Love has no bounds” — In the picture here is Billy. This beautiful Pit Bull is 15 years old.  He is deaf, blind and can barely walk from arthritis.

Billy belongs to our friend, Maria from Milan, Italy. Maria rescued Billy in 2003.  He had been discarded by firefighters because he was too mild. He was emaciated and almost without fur but very hungry for love.

Billy has been through a knee surgery, cancer, diabetes (which caused the blindness) and many other complications. And despite all that, he’s still a very happy and grateful dog. Billy still manages to play with many toys believe it or not.

Our friend Maria has suffered with chronic depression for many years. There were times when Maria wasn’t sure if she would carry on. The depression ran very deep. Maybe some of us can relate to that. I know that I can.

When Maria and I were corresponding earlier, she told me that she adopted Billy in 2003 to save his life and to give her life purpose. She needed a reason to get out of bed in the morning and to be able to function in everyday life. Billy gave her that reason. Attending to Billy’s needs gave Mari’s life purpose.

To this day, Maria credits Billy with saving her life. Maria could not afford to have bad thoughts anymore because she had to look after Billy.

Friends, I am very moved by this story. I want to thank Maria for being so open with us about their journey together. As animal lovers we often hear the expression, “Who rescued who?” — The story of Maria and Billy is precisely where that expression is derived from.

Sammy & Family would like to thank Maria for making the world a better place one animal at a time. We would also like to thank Billy for bridging Maria back to life in times of crisis.

Sunday’s are so Grand

Sunday's are so grand

Good morning friends.

Thank you for stopping by. Day 580 here in Puerto Rico. It’s great to be alive on, August 14th, 2016. It didn’t have to be this way. Thank God that it is.

This is Vanessa and I at Chili’s yesterday watching the big tennis match.  #MonicaPuig

OK, back to this post now. We loves Sunday’s. It by far our favorite day of the week.

Sunday’s are such a newspaper and coffee kind of morning. I have given a lot of thought on Why Sunday’s are called, Sunday Funday. Here’s what I came up with;

Mon through Friday its, work, work, work, Saturday’s we catch up on personal responsibilities, but Sunday’s are the mornings we love most,  its the one morning we let imagination in the door and back into our lives.

On Sunday’s we get to be us again, the people we set out to be from the very beginning. Now is there a lot of freedom in that or what ?

Have a glorious Sunday Funday. Scott Smith for Sammy & Family.