Augusta, GA -
In the shadow of busy Wrightsboro Road lies a makeshift bed and bowls.
The bed and bowls belong to a man who is trying to bring back a beloved dog he recently lost. "He's been one of the most wonderful pets I could have ever wanted...very loving and gentle, loves to come to work with me and just likes to get out. He enjoys being with me and the family," explains Jerry Hightower.
It's been two weeks since Jerry has seen his dog, named Sam. The black and white Springer Spaniel was riding with Jerry near Wrightsboro Road and Bobby Jones Expressway when they got into an accident. At some point, Sam disappeared. Now, his owner is healing from his injuries, but his broken heart over Sam's disappearance isn't mending. So much so, Jerry prepared a special spot for Sam..the same blanket that has provided comforted to a beloved dog is now spread out in hopes of providing him a way back home.
"I put that out there in hopes that he might find it and it would be a familiar scent to him and possibly stay in the area," he says.
Jerry and his friends have been posting signs across the area hoping that someone will see Sam and help bring him home. He says Sam has been spotted as far away as the lower end of Wrightsboro Road near Augusta's Medical District. Despite the sightings, Sam hasn't been found, but until that happens, the dog's owner is not giving up on hope that the empty bed will be filled with Sam soon.
"He just means the world to me. It's been heartbreaking for him to be away. I just hope for the best and it would be a great blessing if he would just get back to me," Jerry says.
If you find Sam, please contact his owner at 803-507-6295.