Owner Pulls Over When Stranger Calls Number On Van. His Motive Putting Internet In Tears
Cailyn Finkel 1/31/2018
Sherman the therapy dog is used to getting attention everywhere he goes. Even though his sweet personality is the thing that hooks people, it's his massive size that really turns heads. Sherman's owner and handler is accustomed to flocks of people waiting to give him a quick pet or snuggle - but one recent interaction stuck out to her.
Now the story of that heartwarming moment is going viral online - and once you read it for yourself, you'll understand exactly why Sherman is one of the best service dogs out there!
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It all started when Sherman and his owner were stuck in traffic. Thankfully, she rolled down the window so Sherman could stick his giant head outside and smell all of the wonderful new scents. They had no idea that someone was keeping a close eye on them the whole time.
Sherman's owner shared what happened next with the Love What Matters Facebook page:
"We were stuck in a huge traffic jam for about 15 minutes, without moving, when my phone rang. Since we obviously weren't going anywhere, I answered. On the other end of the phone was a soft-spoken man who introduced himself as, Andy.
He explained he was a few cars back from us, and saw Sherman stick his big ol' head out the window, so he called the number on our decal (we have a huge decal on three sides of the suburban with a picture of Sherman's head, his name, and our contact number). He told us he had just returned home after a 3+ month stay in a nursing home facility. He was recovering from the most recent of multiple back surgeries.
It's because of this stay in the nursing home and his failing health that he had to rehome his large breed dog. He is, sadly, unable to care for him any longer. This decision clearly broke his heart, as we could hear him choking up as he spoke.
He asked if we could meet up sometime, so he could just pet Sherman. Of course, we told him we would love to set a time to meet up with him. He thanked us and we said our goodbyes, with a promise to set something up in the next few days."
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"As we sat there in traffic, I couldn't get Andy's sad voice out of my head. We decided to call him back and ask if he would like to turn off into the Wal-Mart parking lot to say, 'Hello' to Sherman real quick. We could hear his voice cracking over the phone when he said, 'Yes!'.
When we met him in the parking lot, he slowly got out of his vehicle, using a cane. After proper introductions, we opened the side door of the suburban and told him he was welcome to sit inside the door, to visit with Sherman.
As soon as he sat down, Sherman came right over and started nuzzling into him. The tears started almost immediately... Andy sobbed into Sherman's neck. Sherman just sat there, letting him hug him, hold him, and kiss him. It wasn't long before we were all pretty teary-eyed, as he told Sherman all about his dog he had to let go.
'You're a good boy, Sherman.'"
This sweet interaction gave Andy the will to keep going and proved how powerful a service animal can be when it comes to healing the soul. Even though Sherman brought back painful memories of giving his own pup away, Andy was grateful for the chance to snuggle with him.
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Pets have such a profound impact on our lives, and their love keeps us going through the roughest times. Thankfully, Sherman was there to comfort Andy in his time of need. He really is a good boy!