Unexpected joy of team Sam

New best friend: This is one happy dog, called Sam, with his new owner Hans Peet. Mr Peet is legally blind and was not sure if owning another dog was a good idea. But it has been a wonderful experience, and has given Sam, who was left abandoned on a farm when the owners left, a new lease on life. Picture supplied

An abandoned dog now has a forever home with a blind man who describes him as “my shadow”.

The pair have become “a team” after Hans Peet reconsidered a decision not to commit to another dog following the death of his best buddy of many years.

His new best friend, Sam, was left behind on a rural property when his owners moved away.

He was underweight and frightened when Gisborne SPCA took him in.

But manager Lindy Magee said Sam responded quickly to the staff’s love and attention.

“He has the most amazing smile and learned to dance with us while here.”

The best news came when Sam found a “forever home” with Mr Peet, who lives in Wairoa.

Mr Peet can’t drive, as he is legally blind, so Mrs Magee delivered Sam and spent time with both as they got to know each other.

A month on, the pair are inseparable.

“Sam and I are a team,” says Mr Peet. “He is my shadow and looks after me. He has a lot to learn but most things just come naturally, which is what I was hoping for.”

Mr Peet says Sam is friendly to everyone he meets .

“Early in the morning when we walk to town, you can hear ‘hi Sam’ from everywhere.

“People are happy for me that I have another dog and are happy for Sam that he found a forever home.”

Mr Peet lost his last dog and buddy of nearly 17 years last November.

“Losing him hurt like hell. I decided that now that I am in my early 60s and legally blind I would not make a commitment to another dog for my sake and that of the dog.”

But one day after a chat in the street on his way to town, a woman told Mr Peet she understood but that he should think about the wonderful years a dog could have that he or she now would miss out on.

So Mr Peet decided to look for a dog and found Sam at the Gisborne SPCA.

“The follow-up from the Gisborne SPCA team has been nothing short of incredible,” he says.

“From Lindy the manager, who we keep in touch with, to inspector Cassie (Norris), who first found Sam and now comes to visit to say hello from time to time.

“I knew the SPCA did good work but this was my first time of dealing with these dedicated people.”

Mr Peet says Sam still smiles and loves pulling faces when they take selfies to send to the SPCA.

“He is funny, can be naughty, is always loyal and is my best mate.

“It has been a wonderful experience.”

An abandoned dog now has a forever home with a blind man who describes him as “my shadow”.

The pair have become “a team” after Hans Peet reconsidered a decision not to commit to another dog following the death of his best buddy of many years.

His new best friend, Sam, was left behind on a rural property when his owners moved away.

He was underweight and frightened when Gisborne SPCA took him in.

But manager Lindy Magee said Sam responded quickly to the staff’s love and attention.

“He has the most amazing smile and learned to dance with us while here.”

The best news came when Sam found a “forever home” with Mr Peet, who lives in Wairoa.

Mr Peet can’t drive, as he is legally blind, so Mrs Magee delivered Sam and spent time with both as they got to know each other.

A month on, the pair are inseparable.

“Sam and I are a team,” says Mr Peet. “He is my shadow and looks after me. He has a lot to learn but most things just come naturally, which is what I was hoping for.”

Mr Peet says Sam is friendly to everyone he meets .

“Early in the morning when we walk to town, you can hear ‘hi Sam’ from everywhere.

“People are happy for me that I have another dog and are happy for Sam that he found a forever home.”

Mr Peet lost his last dog and buddy of nearly 17 years last November.

“Losing him hurt like hell. I decided that now that I am in my early 60s and legally blind I would not make a commitment to another dog for my sake and that of the dog.”

But one day after a chat in the street on his way to town, a woman told Mr Peet she understood but that he should think about the wonderful years a dog could have that he or she now would miss out on.

So Mr Peet decided to look for a dog and found Sam at the Gisborne SPCA.

“The follow-up from the Gisborne SPCA team has been nothing short of incredible,” he says.

“From Lindy the manager, who we keep in touch with, to inspector Cassie (Norris), who first found Sam and now comes to visit to say hello from time to time.

“I knew the SPCA did good work but this was my first time of dealing with these dedicated people.”

Mr Peet says Sam still smiles and loves pulling faces when they take selfies to send to the SPCA.

“He is funny, can be naughty, is always loyal and is my best mate.

“It has been a wonderful experience.”

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