Anyone who has ever owned a dog will probably tell you that to them, a dog is the ultimate best friend. But their short lifespan can be a bit of a bummer. Aside from finding a human soulmate, many pet owners would love to grow old with their pets. But in the case of a Jacksonville, Florida man named Dave Cox, that just wasn’t meant to be. He lost his heart when his beloved pooch passed away. But then, he found love again with the oddest creature you’d ever expect… a chicken he named Sammi. Now, he and Sammi are taking Instagram by storm.Usually, the only other creature on Earth that could put a smile like this on his face would be his beloved pooch, a Blue Heeler dog named Cort.
But sadly, Cort passed away when he was 17, which left him devastated. The connection he had established with his pooch was gone, but he wasn’t about to go out and adopt another dog anytime soon.
He’s still not sure what possessed him to choose a chicken. But in March 2017, he walked into a feed store in Destin, Florida, and walked out with a 3-day-old baby chick. It wasn’t long before the two became inseparable.
He wanted to make sure that she wouldn’t fly the proverbial coop when he took Sammi out on a joy ride in his pickup truck. Eventually, Sammi started going everywhere with Cox, just like he used to do with Cort.
As an adventurer, Cox was simply trying out a new experience with his pet chicken. So, what might have come off as a very unusual choice for a pet turned out to be one of the most positive decisions that Cox has ever made.
Photos like this one simply capture the love these two have for each other. On occasion, they stop to take photos, and it’s hard to tell who photobombed who! Maybe Sammi just wanted a kiss from her human friend.
According to Cox, Sammi won’t jump up on him or lick his face like a dog would, but she recognizes his face and his voice. And despite their obvious differences, the two have formed a powerful bond and learned a thing or two about one another.
He has a new pal to go on adventures with and Sammi isn’t afraid of jumping in the ocean and going for a swim. All that matters is that they stick together no matter where they go.