Sammy loves her father more than anything. The 12-week-old Doberman Pinscher was just starting to live with him when he died suddenly.
Luckily, two compassionate EMTs in Fort Worth, Texas stepped forward to help—and it made their lives better.
“I noticed the puppy was snuggling next to the patient, so I picked her up,” EMT Teigen Sliva, who responded to the call, told The Dodo. “The puppy is crying in my arms.”
Heartbroken and scared, Sammy didn’t want to leave the only family she knew. Sliva and her EMT partner Kirk find that Sammy has nowhere to go but a shelter, and they can’t let that be her fate, so they take her in.
“We took her to the ambulance while we were packing up the equipment,” Sliva said. “We cleaned her with wet wipes because she was covered in dust and we gave her water.”
Kirk’s girlfriend watched Sammy until he was done. But by night, Sammy found her new family.
Despite Sammy’s devastating loss that day, things soon took a turn.
“She’s Kirk’s dog now, and has an older sister named Kelly,” Sliva said. “She is very playful and loves running with her. She loves life.”
Memories of her father will always be a part of Sammy’s life, but now, she has a second chance to make new ones.