Rescue Story – An Amazing Journey

When the 2004 hurricane season pummeled Florida,
the devastation in certain areas was mind-numbing. In Tampa, the damage to some
homes was not catastrophic, but it had a strong negative impact just the

Fierce winds ripped away a section
of fence from the Baines’ family property. And then, the unthinkable
happened — their beloved three-year-old Golden Retriever, Sam-I-Am, left the
yard through the exposed gap. Days of searching turned into weeks. There was no
sign of their beloved pup. Even though he had an identification microchip
implanted as a puppy, repeated calls to the vet returned no results. Sam-I-Am
was presumed lost, another casualty of the storms.

And then, three weeks ago, over two years since his
disappearance, the Baines family received a call from their vet. They had just
received a message from the McHenry County Animal Shelter. For those of you who
are having trouble placing McHenry County in a southern state, that’s
because it is not located in the south. It’s in

Sam-I-Am had been located in
Johnsburg, a lake town community less than 60 miles from Chicago. According to
the animal control folks, Sam-I-Am was in incredible shape. And everyone is
mystified how he could have survived the amazing journey of over 1,200

This remarkable canine was
re-united with his very happy and thankful family, one week before

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