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Employee at Ace Hardware helps veteran bury beloved dog of 12 years

Employee helps man bury his dog of 12 years; Source: Ace Hardware Facebook page Employee helps man bury his dog of 12 years; Source: Ace Hardware Facebook page
CLEVELAND, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Thursday an elderly veteran walked into Ace Hardware looking for a shovel and ended up leaving with a friend.

19-year-old Sam Coleman-Dancer is an employee at the Cleveland Ace Hardware store. He immediately noticed the elderly man walk into the store that Thursday morning and asked if he could help him find what he was looking for.

The veteran told Sam that his beloved German Shepherd of 12 years had recently passed away and he needed to get a shovel to bury him. 

While walking to the back of the store to find the shovel, Sam struck up a conversation with the man and told him he was concerned with how hot it was outside.

"I thought of my grandfather who has been a little under the weather and I thought that if it was my grandfather and i was not there to help him out, somebody offering to help would be amazing," said Coleman-Dancer. "So more on an emotional level, where I felt that it was my duty to help Mr. Milton Lowe."

Sam told the veteran that if he could wait until he got off work, he would come over and bury the dog for him.

After work, Sam kept his word and drove to the man's house just outside the city limits of Cleveland. The two talked and Sam learned that the veteran was just recently diagnosed with cancer. He had been getting treatments in Memphis. His wife is a cancer survivor.

"Something he said stuck with me," added Coleman-Dancer. "He told me that great things come to you at unexpected times and we both smiled. Definitely something we will both remember. He asked me if there was anyway he could repay me and I told him 'yeah, by taking a picture with me'. Because I know that picture is something I will cherish forever."

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