While working a shift at his local Ace Hardware store, Sam Coleman-Dancer noticed an elderly man looking at the shovels. Concerned about him shoveling outside in the heat, Sam asked the man, Milton Lowe, what he needed it for, and Lowe said that his 15-year-old German Shepherd, Bo, had just died.
"He told me about the times they spent together, walking and playing fetch. He said his dog had always been there for him. They were very connected," Sam told The Dodo. "He was very emotional, and it touched me. I told him I would like to come to his house after work and help him bury his dog. His eyes opened wide. It was amazing. He said, 'I can't let you do that. Are you sure?' I said, 'I'm positive. As soon as I'm off work, I'll head right over.'"
After helping Milton bury Bo in his backyard, the man offered to pay Sam for what he did, but Sam wouldn't accept. All he wanted was a photo of himself with his new friend, which he says is something he'll "cherish forever." After finding out what the compassionate 19-year-old did, the Ace Hardware store Sam works at in Cleveland, MS, shared the photo and praised Sam for the thoughtful act.
"I have to brag for a minute," the post reads. "This older gentleman came into the store yesterday looking for a shovel. He proceeds to tell Sam how he was just diagnosed with cancer and was having to bury his beloved dog of 15 years. Sam, being the kindhearted man that he is, went to the veteran's house and buried his dog for him. We have an excellent staff and goodhearted people that work for us and go out of their way to make sure our customers are taken care of."