While a Pennsylvania woman waited to have her beloved dog cremated at a local humane society, she was reunited with her long-lost cocker spaniel.
Last week, B.J. Ross, 36, came home from her lunch break to find that her 15-year-old dog, Bigsby, had died. It was just one year after she lost her cocker spaniel, Samson, in a snow storm.
Ross drove to the Central Pennsylvania Human Society to have Bigsby cremated. As Ross sat in the waiting room with her mother, a man walked in carrying a cocker spaniel, one that looked remarkably like Samson.
Ross' mother overheard the man tell staff that he found the dog a year earlier in a parking lot in Ross' old neighbourhood. When Ross' mother brought this to Ross' attention, she immediately identified the dog as Samson.
"I passed Samson earlier when we came in and didn't even notice. I was so distraught," Ross said.
"Me and my boy went up and down the streets trying to find the owner," John Aurandt, the man caring for Samson, told the Altoona Mirror. "I thought he was stray, but my boy wanted to keep him."
Because Samson didn't get along with the Aurandts' other dog, Aurandt had decided to give the dog to the human society — on the very day Bigbsy died.
After Ross showed shelter staff photos of Samson, they let her take the dog home.
"I get the goosebumps just thinking about it...There are odd things that happen here, but nothing like that," Humane Society Volunteer Coordinator Tammi Ingham said of the reunion. "It sure made my day."
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