In Memory of Samson 1996-2007


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Age: 18 Years   Sex: Male   Weight: 51-100 lbs

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Nicknames:
Sammy, Sosa, Sam

Doggie Dynamics:
 Energy 
sleepyenergetic
 
 Intelligence 
sillygenius
 
 Friendliness 
aggressiveaffectionate
 
 Playfulness 
not playfulvery playful
 
 Disposition 
anxiouscalm
 

Quick Bio:
-purebred

Birthday:
August 31st 1996

Likes:
Me

Pet-Peeves:
When Major bugs him while he's resting as he's an old boy now

Favorite Toy:
He'll retrieve but he never was much with toys.

Favorite Food:
Lamb and Rice

Favorite Walk:
Anywhere

Best Tricks:
He can sing, pray, play dead, as well as having competed all the way up to novice obedience

Arrival Story:
I saw a sign on the side of the road German Shepherd puppies $100 I called and one was left. I took him and he sat on my lap and cried all the way home to my house and has not stopped crying since. He's a big baby but very obedient.

Bio:
After a few months I noticed something was wrong with him. He would fall down and cry in pain. It was discovered he never developed hip sockets and had to have hip surgery on his right hip before he was 1 year old just so he could walk! At age 5 he had his left hip done and they said he would never jump. Sam proved that wrong. He's been the best dog I've ever had and at almost 10 he moves slow due to his hips now. I know he won't go the full amount of years for a Shepherd but I would not have traded these years for any less.

Forums Motto:
Boy Dog

The Last Forum I Posted In:
Saying Goodbye to Samson

I've Been On Dogster Since:
April 5th 2006 More than 8 years!

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Sam's Life


Saying Goodbye is never easy

February 19th 2007 11:58 am
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February 8, 2007 we had to say goodbye to our beloved Samson!
His hips and spine which he suffered with since the age of one finally caught up with him and the loss of dignity and pain was greater than the comfort.
We cried and still do for a dog who really was the best of the best. Obedient, smart. loyal and truly top dog! We'll miss you forever Sammy Boy...

 

Time Goes By

January 26th 2007 11:03 am
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Well I am almost 10 1/2 years old now. I can't see too good nor hear well and the stair really scare me. I stand at the top of the stairs and cry when everyone goes down. I'm so afraid I'll fall. I stumble alot and Mom gets very upset with me when I have accidents in the house but I just can't make it anymore. Those stairs to me is a long way down. Mom has alot of patiences with me and I am so crotchidy if thats a word. I want more food but she is wise to keep my weight down due to my hips and spine. The pain pills she gives me at night do help but mostly I just like to sleep in a warm place where I know Mom will be. If she is there I feel safe. I just had a hot bath and I usually make a big fuss but I just did not have it in me and I think Mom was very surprised. No one can give me a bath but Mom. They are all afraid of what I will do but I say all aggression is born of fear and you try being in pain with bolts and pins in your hips and sore spine and get up in a slippery tub up so high. It has been very cold out so I run right out and right back in. Mom has her hands full with me. Thank goodness I am still trying to be a good boy.
Dreaming of warmer weather. Samson

 

Another Day

April 6th 2006 1:37 pm
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Well I'm almost 10 years old now and with hip dysplasia I move slow but I take no stuff off Major. I need pain pills now to keep me moving and from being too stiff and I sleep much more these days. But back in the day after my surgeries I could work with the best of em. I still sing but Mom does not work me anymore, she says I'm retired. It makes me sad to see her and Major go and I wish I could still keep up but when I do go for walks with them Major tries to run over me. Oh he's a ham. But a good choice by Mom none the less as he really is pretty laid back and I'm glad cause I like peace and quiet just like Mom. So I'm gonna have to keep my weight down with lite dinner and going out in the yard often. Check back with you soon...

 
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