Dr. Harp Seal

Who is Dr. Harp Seal?

Dr. Harp Seal is Sammy’s alter ego. Dr. Harp Seal makes people feel better, like a doctor. We love harp seals, and Sammy looks like a harp seal! Put it all together, and you have Dr. Harp Seal – an ambassador for animal kindness across all species! [Read More]

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. 

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 .

Sammy the Pomeranian Reindeer

Sammy is a Part Time Christmas Reindeer

Good morning friends.

Sammy is heading to North Pole as you can see. Each Christmas Santa Claus needs extra reindeer to ensure that all gifts are received around the world.
Several years ago, Sammy was fortunate enough to be selected as one of Santa’s part time reindeer.

Now truth be told, Santa Claus does not know that Sammy is a 10 pound Pomeranian. As you can see here, we have applied some Toy antlers to his head.

The good news is that Santa Claus has a “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” policy for his employees, reindeer included.

Santa Claus actually considers Sammy one of his best part time Reindeer. This will be Sammy’s 4th season working in the North Pole.
OK friends, Sammy is preparing for take-off. We’ll catch up with you later.

Have a great day friends.