Dogs can sense when we are feeling sad, and they stay by our sides to reassure us that everything will be alright. There is something soothing about the presence of a dog that even comforts different animal species.
A severely neglected miniature horse named Sammy was found wandering the streets in South Carolina. Carolina Equine Rescue & Assistance, a North Carolina animal rescue, took the emaciated mini to their farm to recover. Sammy was so skinny you could see his bones through his thin coat of hair. He was having trouble walking with an injured hind leg.
He weighed only 200 pounds, 100 pounds underweight. Darlene Kindle of Carolina Equine Rescue and Assistance was told by a vet that she should euthanize Sammy, due to the severe neglect he suffered. However, she could not go through with it. She asked the vet if he still had “the will to live in his eyes.” He did so she took him home.
Molly, her Golden Retriever, instantly took to Sammy and stood loyally by his stall to comfort him. Kindle posted a video of the two new friends to Facebook, which immediately went viral. Sammy nudges Molly with his nose and seems to brighten up when she is around. Molly is the greeter at the farm and loves to hang out with the horses, especially the minis because they are closer to her height. “Molly is your typical Walmart greeter,” Kindle posted.
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“Sammy, the mini that she is comforting, just came into CERA’s program. He is nothing but skin and bones and scared. Molly truly has an exceptional sense of knowing when one of the animals doesn’t feel good or sad. So she very gently introduces herself. This is her job and she is very good at it as you can see.”
The road to recovery is going to be long and hard. “Sam was bad. On a scale of 1-10, he was a low 2,” states Kindle. Sam’s back leg was injured and he was dragging it, unable to walk on it. “He walked like a duck,” she said. “You could see the patella popping in and out.”
Sammy will need surgery and a lot of care to recuperate. With Molly by his side and the will to live, he can make it. We wish you a speedy recovery, Sammy!
Watch the adorable connection between the two in the video below.
Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast that resides in West Michigan. When not writing, she is exploring the great outdoors with her dogs and horses.
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