The kindness of strangers can sometimes be unexpected, and almost always overwhelming.
On March 20, 2017, Jammer Haggard was driving home to Idaho after a trip to Nevada. He was riding with his beloved pit bull, 7-year-old Achilles, whom Jammer credits with helping relieve his stress and anxiety.
Then the unthinkable happened. While driving through the Las Vegas valley, another car T-boned him from the side.
“It spun me around three times,” Jammer said. “My dog got ejected out of the window. He was gone before I even stopped spinning.”
All Jammer knew after the crash was that Achilles had run in fear onto a nearby golf course before disappearing from sight.
“Not being able to find my dog, I’ve never had that happen, ever,” Jammer said. “Never had him run off; he’s usually always by me.”
But then, an outpouring of help and support came from a group of strangers that Jammer never even met prior to the crash.
He received texts from numbers he had never seen. Meanwhile, surrounding neighbors posted about Achilles on a community app.
Someone loaned him a golf cart so he could search for Achilles.
Finally, on Thursday, the pit bull was found by dozens of strangers eager to help, and Jammer and Achilles were reunited at last.
“This young man’s heart is in the right place,” said Susan Byrd, one of the Good Samaritans who helped find Achilles. “And I met more people in [our community of] Tuscany than I have in a year and a half, so every cloud has a silver lining.”
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