Matthew Van De Riet was traveling along a desolate part of the Highway when he noticed two dogs (Kipper, a 10-year-old Basset Hound, and Merlin, a 2-year-old shepherd) standing on the side of the road all alone. It wasn’t until he looked up further that he saw a flipped vehicle on its roof, with two injured passengers inside.
Matthew quickly got the two dogs to a secure and safe spot. He then ran over to the badly wrecked vehicle (where the two passengers were), to help them until medical arrived. When the emergency medical team showed up, they decided that one of the passengers would need to be airlifted to the Halifax Hospital.
Since Matthew knew that the other passenger would want to be at the hospital with his girlfriend (the airlifted passenger), Matthew offered to take him. When they got to the hospital, Matthew offered the boyfriend yet another helping hand. He offered to look after the couple’s two dogs, Kipper and Merlin, until the couple was able to pick them up.
“I figured the least I could do was take those dogs home with me,” he told CBC News. “I knew the pups were shaken up and I know if somebody was in an accident and their loved one is hurt, the last thing they need to worry about is their dogs.”
Matthew was able to take both dogs to the vet, where they were given free checkups due to their circumstance to make sure they were not hurt. He later took them home to play with his two miniature Doberman housemates.
“It was the least I could do. I would expect anyone in this province to do the same thing if they were in my shoes,” Matthew told CBC. “It just happened to be that I was the one that was there first, I guess. [I’m no] Good Samaritan… It’s just the Nova Scotia way.”
Matthew, we want you to know that you are more than a good samaritan. You are a blessing. Thank you for having a great, loving heart, and your story will never be forgotten.