B.J. Ross, a 36-year-old mother of two young children in Altoona, Pennsylvania, came home to find that Bigsby, her 15-year-old Cocker Spaniel had died.
She was particularly upset because on July 8th her other Cocker Spaniel, Samson, went missing and was never found.
She and her mother drove to a nearby humane society to have Bigsby cremated. While they were there Ross’ mother overheard John Aurandt explain that he was surrendering a Cocker Spaniel that he and his son had found a year before because the dog couldn’t get along with his other dog. They had tried to find the owner, but thinking the dog was a stray, had taken him home.
When she told her daughter what she had heard, she immediately identified the dog as Samson.
If either Aurandt or Ross had been a few minutes earlier or later, they would have missed each other. If Ross had not brought her mother with her, she would not have been aware that Aurandt was there.
“I passed Samson earlier when we came in and didn’t even notice. I was so distraught,” Ross said.
After Ross showed shelter staff photos of Samson, they let her take the dog home.
Ross said Samson has not left her side since his return and her two young children are over the moon that he’s back. Though she admits she’s still deep in mourning for Bigsby, she said her reunion with Samson has been nothing short of a modern-day miracle.
Is it just a coincidence that Samson was surrendered on the very day that Bigsby died, or did Bigsby somehow send Samson back to the Ross family?
From the Altoona Mirror