Nicknames: Sammy, My Boy, Sweetcakes, Sammy Boy, Sammy Bones
Birthday: April 15th 2000
Likes: Food, food, and food! Laying in the sun, going to obedience class (treats!), naps, snuggling, eating the parrot seed that Mommy's African Grey, Pepper, throws all over the floor.
Pet-Peeves: The vet, nail clipping, when he doesn't get to go with Mommy when she goes somewhere, when Mommy takes one of the other dogs somewhere and not him, small portions of food.
Favorite Toy: Mommy's shoes, he likes to carry them everywhere!
Favorite Food: People food! Cheese, chicken, hot dogs, turkey, anything tasty! Also, he loves "cookies" -- Old Mother Hubbard cookies.
Favorite Walk: Any walk with Mommy!
Best Tricks: Sit pretty -- he can do it forever! Looking really cute, plus he's good at obedience stuff like sit and down. He can also roll over and speak.
Arrival Story: Sammy's Daddy, Robert, got him before we were married. He answered a "free puppy" poster that was posted in front of the market. Both Robert and his sister were going to get a puppy at the same time, so they went together. The place was sort of "backwoodsy", but the people were nice enough, and they put a puppy in Robert's arms and one in his sister's, and those were the puppies they got. They told Robert that Sammy was "the cuddly puppy" -- and they weren't kidding! He's still really cuddly! I met Sammy when he was a year and a half old. I ended up marrying his Daddy, and I brought with me my two dogs, Misti and Bob, who became his big brother and sister. It was not long before I became very close with Sammy. He is my sweet little shadow dog, and he loves to go anywhere I go. When I first met him, he didn't like car rides and would throw up in the car. But I loved to take him places with me and it wasn't long before he learned to love to go. I am SO happy that Robert had Sammy -- he the the best Wedding present I could ever get!
Bio: Sammy is the sweetest, most loving, affectionate dog. He is the most well-behaved of my dogs; he is nearly perfect, having no real faults at all. He does like to carry my shoes around the house, which is really cute, although I sometimes can't find a shoe because he took it in the backyard with him. He is a "follow-dog", my little shadow. Even when the other dogs go outside to play (we have indoor/outdoor access for them and they have a big fenced yard they can go into whenever they want), he stays inside with me. When he isn't right next to me, it's because he's sunning himself on the back deck. He is a joy in all situations. We have great fun in obedience class (positive reinforcement only!) and he is the perfect walking companion. He's VERY smart and learns fast, so he knows lots of fun tricks and is a joy to teach. He does tend to get a little chubby, but he eats light food and we walk together to keep it under control. He loves food, though, and I do indulge him sometimes with Old Mother Hubbard cookies and also training treats. He's not only a great dog to walk with, but a great dog to relax with, because he loves to sit or lay next to me and snooze while I read or watch a movie. He even likes to get into my lap while I'm watching a movie, and he's a big boy! I love it, though, because I am just so crazy about him. He is, simply, the sweetest dog, and I am blessed to have him in my life.
Last night the tumor on my heart made me feel very bad. Mommy and Daddy drove me in the middle of the night to the vet hospital where I had my heart surgery last year. They were very nice there, and they knew that it was time for me to go to Heaven and Mommy and Daddy knew too, since I was suffering and there was nothing the nice doctor could do. So Mommy gave me the last and kindest gift, and she didn't let me pass away struggling for breath. She let the vert give me nice medicine that helped me be calm and sleep, and then the vet helped me go to Heaven. Mommy cried a lot, but she knows it had to be my Bridge Day and feels thankful that I got to go peacefully in her arms. I will miss my Mommy as much as she misses me, until that wonderful day when we meet again here at the Bridge.
Tonight Mommy got out our new reflective leash for evening walkies, and she put on her evening walkie LL Bean hat with a flashlight hidden in the bill…. and then she leashed up Bella and went out the door!
Let me tell you, I was a SAD DOGGIE!!! They were gone for at least 1000 hours, and I cried! When Mommy came home, I was howling! I am an old doggie and I get worried easy now, and I was worried I wasn't getting a walkie!
But then Mommy came in and gave me hugs and kisses and then she put the new reflective leash on ME and we got our evening walkie, just the two of us! Then I was HAPPY DOGGIE. I love walkies with Mommy! Now I'm tired doggie, so time for bed!
I am a very old doggie for a lab mix, I am 13 and a half!
I am doing some things these last few months that has Mommy wondering, and she was reading about cognitive decline and it sounds like me!
I wander around the house a lot and I sleep a ton in the day but do the wandering in the evening (which is why Mommy has a little gate set up to keep me next to her bed at night so I will settle down on my comfy pillows rather than wander all over the room all night long). I get confused about how to walk around things, even the other dogs, and sometimes I almost step on them if they are laying in my way!
I am already on an anti-inflammatory and a pain med for my old dog aches and pains, so Mommy doesn't think I'm uncomfortable. She is going to talk to my vet to see what he thinks of all this!
Mommy says it's a blessing to be an old doggie, it means you got a nice long life! She is keeping me happy and we go on walkies and I get lots of loves and treats, and she read that those are good things to help with cognitive decline. Good thing we do them every day!
Love, crinkly old Sammy Doggie who is loved so very much!