Two ᴀʙᴜsᴇᴅdogs have forged a strong friendship and ʀᴇꜰᴜsᴇto ʟᴇᴀᴠᴇ each other’s side as they ʀᴇᴄᴏᴠᴇʀ from ʜᴏʀʀɪꜰɪᴄ ɪɴᴊᴜʀɪᴇs. Both dogs came from nightmarish situations. But at a ᴠᴇᴛᴇʀɪɴᴀʀʏ ᴄʟɪɴɪᴄ this week, it took only an instant for them to understand each other. Two dogs were ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇᴅ weeks apart, from two different sʜᴇʟᴛᴇʀs in South Carolina.
Simon, a 1-year-old ʙᴏʀᴅᴇʀcollie, still ʀᴇᴄᴏᴠᴇʀɪɴɢ from his own ʜᴀʀʀᴏᴡɪɴɢ experience at the hands of his former owner, gently lifted his paw to the ᴏᴘᴇʀᴀᴛɪɴɢ table – and rested it on Sammie’s. A barely 4-month-old puppy, Sammie had also been ʙʀᴜᴛᴀʟɪᴢᴇᴅ in his ᴘᴀsᴛ ʟɪꜰᴇ – ᴅʀᴀɢɢᴇᴅ by a car, spray-painted, sʜᴏᴛ. Sammie, was brought in to a South Carolina ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇ centre by a man who said he found him spray-painted blue, with a ɢᴜɴsʜᴏᴛ to the ʜᴇᴀᴅand had been ᴅʀᴀɢɢᴇᴅ behind a car friendship and ʀᴇꜰᴜsᴇto ʟᴇᴀᴠᴇ each other’s side as they ʀᴇᴄᴏᴠᴇʀ from ʜᴏʀʀɪꜰɪᴄ ɪɴᴊᴜʀɪᴇs. Since the boxer arrived at Paws & Claws, a four-year-old ʙᴏʀᴅᴇʀcollie named Simon has taken the role of big brother.
Despite a barrage of ᴍᴇᴅɪᴄᴀʟ procedures, Sammie took comfort from a fellow sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴏʀ. Jackie O’Sullivan, cofounder of Ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇ Dogs Rock N.Y.C said:”The compassion and understanding between animals is beyond me” . Maybe it was the ᴘᴀɪɴ they shared. Or maybe it was the future they now share – thanks to the efforts of Ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇ Dogs Rock N.Y.C, which hauled these dogs out of nearby sʜᴇʟᴛᴇʀs and gave them the ᴛʀᴇᴀᴛᴍᴇɴᴛ they desperately needed. After undergoing extensive ᴇᴍᴇʀɢᴇɴᴄʏ ᴛʀᴇᴀᴛᴍᴇɴᴛ, both dogs will sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴇ their ordeals. Sammie may still ᴇɴᴅ ᴜᴘ ʟᴏsɪɴɢ ᴀ leg – he was sʜᴏᴛ with ᴀ .22 ᴄᴀʟɪʙᴇʀ ʀɪꜰʟᴇ – but he has gained the kind of friends who count.
Simon who is standing by him every step of the way. At the ᴠᴇᴛᴇʀɪɴᴀʀʏ ᴄʟɪɴɪᴄ, Simon won’t ʟᴇᴀᴠᴇ Sammie’s side. Maybe he knows the little boxer mix needs all the compassion he can get. While Simon is regaining his strength quickly and will be available for adoption soon, Sammie still has a ways to go on his road to ʀᴇᴄᴏᴠᴇʀʏ. O’Sullivan said:” will likely need more sᴜʀɢᴇʀɪᴇs, ᴘʜʏsɪᴄᴀʟ ᴛʜᴇʀᴀᴘʏ, ʟᴀsᴇʀ ᴛʜᴇʀᴀᴘʏ and daily ʙᴀɴᴅᴀɢᴇ ᴄʜᴀɴɢᴇs. Being a puppy, ʙᴇʜᴀᴠɪᴏʀᴀʟ ᴛʜᴇʀᴀᴘʏ is also possible as he has been ʀᴏʙʙᴇᴅ of a ‘normal’ puppyhood.”