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Timbers workers with big hearts make steps for Sam

Raw footage of David Sequeira and his 13-year-old dog Sam, who now has some steps to help him up on his owner's bed after a random act of kindness from timber workers.

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Here's a story so heart-warming it will probably warm not only your heart but all your other giblets as well.

Artist David Sequeira, of Hughes, has a venerable little dog, Sam, who is more than 13-years-old.

''He's my best buddy ever since I got him from an animal shelter 11 years ago,'' Sequeira explains. ''He's developed a limp and can't get up on to my bed by himself. Yes, I know, he's very spoilt. He sits on the couch and sleeps on the bed. I even cook for him! What can I say?

David Sequeira's 13-year-old dog Sam now has some steps to help him up on his owner's bed after a random act of kindness from timber workers.

David Sequeira's 13-year-old dog Sam now has some steps to help him up on his owner's bed after a random act of kindness from timber workers. Photo: Stuart Walmsley

''Last Thursday I called Bunnings' Fyshwick store and asked if there was such a thing as a small set of steps that I could buy to enable Sam to climb up on to the bed.

''I spoke to a man, plainly a dog lover, who said that no, there wasn't anything in stock that was suitable but that if I came in the next day and asked for him he'd see if something could be worked out for Sam.''

Of course, for Sam's sake, he was prepared to have a go, but as the world's worst handyman he had visions of spending a week making shonky steps that would fall apart (perhaps even while Sam was climbing them).

He had visions of Sam up to his ankles in glue.

So he, Sequeira, showed up at Bunnings the next day in great trepidation only to find that ''Some staff members had actually made me a small set of steps for Sam. They were even carpeted! I offered to pay but they wouldn't take anything. It was so moving. I can't explain how someone would be so kind and compassionate. Such a random act of kindness.''

Sequeira reported yesterday that the steps are ''Just the right size for Sam'' and that Sam now ascends, with ease, to an emeritus dog's rightful place, on his owner's bed.

Bunnings at Fyshwick was being modest, shy and coy yesterday and didn't want any of its participants in this noble project named.

 

20 comments so far

  • More power to those people who made Sams life more bearable,, be proud good people, be very proud of yourselves.

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    Nitro Gangster
    Location
    ACT
    Date and time
    June 13, 2012, 11:16AM
    • A little bit of kindness goes a long way. It doesn't take much to make this world a better place. Good on you guys!

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      tasha
      Date and time
      June 13, 2012, 11:46AM
      • Altogether now, "Awwwww!"

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        MerriD
        Date and time
        June 13, 2012, 11:55AM
        • I can't "awwww". I'm trying to stop this leak my eyes developed.

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          Patrick F
          Date and time
          June 13, 2012, 2:30PM
      • What a terrific story. It's great to hear such good news about people who've carried out such positive acts, even if they weren't named directly :)

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        Turquoise Puce
        Location
        Queensland
        Date and time
        June 13, 2012, 12:18PM
        • We need to see more of these stories just to balance out all the other depressing/tragic stories.

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          mhmhmh
          Date and time
          June 13, 2012, 12:24PM
          • Great story. Dog lovers unite! Not to take anything away from the very kind people at Bunnings in Fyswick (who are truly wonderful)....but if there is anyone else looking for something similar, just go onto ebay and search for pet steps. There's quite a few to choose from....plush, folding, plastic.....

            Commenter
            KP
            Date and time
            June 13, 2012, 12:25PM
            • That really is super sweet. Little gestures can be very meaningful and these steps seem to have really improved life for Sam and David. Good corporate citizenship, too -- I've forgotten all my usual Bunnings rage from never being able to find things and am filled with warm Bunnings feelings for a change!

              Commenter
              Ms D Writes
              Date and time
              June 13, 2012, 12:37PM
              • How kind. Good on 'em.

                Commenter
                Mel
                Date and time
                June 13, 2012, 12:37PM
                • I was really moved reading about the staff at Bunnings. I probably need some steps for Sam's cousin too!

                  Commenter
                  Sam's real life uncle
                  Date and time
                  June 13, 2012, 1:47PM

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