June 22, 2012
Woman loses one dog, finds another
By QMI Agency
A Pennsylvania woman was waiting to get her beloved cocker spaniel Bigsby cremated when she was serendipitously reunited with her long-lost cocker spaniel Samson.
B.J. Ross, 36, came home last week to find 15-year-old Bigsby had died, just a year after she'd lost Samson in a storm.
Devastated, she drove to the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society to have the Bigsby cremated.
When a man walked into the waiting room with his own cocker spaniel, it was salt in Ross's wound.
"I was heartbroken," she told the Altoona Mirror. "He was my best friend and never left my side."
Ross's mom overheard the man talking to the humane society staff. He told them he'd found the dog a year ago in a parking lot in Juniata — Ross's old neighbourhood where Samson went missing.
At the time, Ross called the humane society and the local radio station, all to no avail.
Her mom looked closer at the dog and realized it was, in fact, Samson. She got Ross, who was in the adjacent room, and told her to come take a look.
"I opened the door and said, 'That's my dog.' I passed Samson earlier when we came in and didn't even notice," Ross said.
John Aurandt told the Mirror he'd had Samson for a year.
"Me and my boy went up and down the streets trying to find the owner," he said. "I thought he was stray, but my boy wanted to keep him."
But Samson didn't get along well with Aurandt's other dog, so he decided to give him up, coincidentally, on the same day Bigsby died.
After Ross showed the shelter staff pictures of Samson, they let her take him home.
"I get the goosebumps just thinking about it...There are odd things that happen here, but nothing like that," she said. "It sure made my day."