Samwise Paddington (in loving

Flat-coated Retriever/Chow Chow
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Age: 17 Years   Sex: Male   Weight: 51-100 lbs

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Black Dog, Doggeda, Mr. Handsome, S, Sambo, Smarty-Smart, Chewlotsa, Snarles Doggeda, Wags

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Quick Bio:
-mutt-pound dog-dog rescue

Eating, car rides, walks, visits to the dog park, cold weather -- especially snow, ear scritches, romping with dog friends, chasing squirrels

Small supper portions, bathing, ear medicine, manicures, unfamiliar noises

Favorite Toy:
Migrator mallard (now on his fourth), Migrator pheasant, hedgehog

Favorite Food:
Peanut butter

Favorite Walk:
Never had a walk he didn't like

Best Tricks:
Sit, stay, down, come, finish, bark, high-five, doing any of the above with hand signals only

Arrival Story:
Samwise was adopted from the Homeless Animal Rescue Team (H.A.R.T.) in August 2001. When his prospective new mom knelt down to say hello, he climbed right into her lap, all 50 pounds of him. Samwise was named for a character in The Lord of the Rings who is the protagonist's steadfast friend and companion, helping him achieve his life's mission and saving his life on more than one occasion. Samwise's middle name, Paddington, is in honor of his mom's beloved childhood canine companion.

Before coming to H.A.R.T., Samwise had been in a kill shelter in Fluvanna County, VA. Before that, he was a stray. He'd been outdoors so much that his black fur had turned red in many places. He was matted, stinky, and underweight. Sadly, it was apparent that somewhere in his early life he had been abused by a human. He used to be very nervous around sudden movements, unfamiliar sights or sounds, most men, and anyone petting him near his tail. Since finding a good home, however, Samwise has made great gains in his physical and emotional health. He's filled out to a healthy weight, his fur is shiny and black, and he's a friendly, happy fellow. He has an honors degree in obedience and is continuing his education part-time with a focus on agility. He works full-time as a companion and guardian. In his free time, Samwise likes to nap, sniff things, get hugs, play with his toys, and run in the yard.

The Groups I'm In:
Black dogs, Pagan Pets and Familiars

I've Been On Dogster Since:
July 4th 2004 More than 12 years!

I Was In The:
2006 Valentine's Day Party!
See me in Dogster's 2005 Holiday Picture Party!
♥Mom♥ 2005 Mother's Day Stroll!

2005 Valentine's Day Party!

2004-2005 Holiday
Picture Party

Rosette, Star and Special Gift History

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The Continuing Adventures of Samwise

Wiener Mayhem

July 10th 2006 9:23 am
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Yesterday my moms took Annie and Preston and me to Dog Wood Park for something they called a "Dachshund meet-up." It was the craziest thing! There were about twenty Dachshunds there -- black, red, dappled, smooth-haired, long-haired, all different ages. Some of their parents were worried about us big dogs coming in there, but they needn't have been. In fact, they should have worried about me! At one point a whole herd of wieners had me cornered while they barked their heads off. Those little guys can be LOUD. Their moms had to call them off so I could get away. Yikes! Food Lady said I was very good and patient through it all. I just went off to mark the fence and get away from the ankle-biters. I could tell my moms really enjoyed seeing all those Dachshunds. It's funny -- I'm pretty sure Preston couldn't figure out why we were there with all those wieners. He thinks he's a big dog!


It's official!

November 22nd 2005 9:37 am
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Mom said everybody always knew this was true, but now I'm getting a piece of paper that says so: I am a Canine Good Citizen. I took the test last Wednesday, and it was easier than chasing squirrels. I'm not sure what the big deal is, but Mom says she is very proud of me. Oh, and my nice teacher, Susan, gave me a cool bouncy thing as a graduation gift. Yeah!

I'm still studying agility, which is kind of harder than obedience but is a lot more fun. I still don't think too much of that see-saw business, but everything else is cool, and sometimes there are cookies in the tunnels. I'm doing my exercises off-leash now!


Things Are Going Swimmingly

September 21st 2005 5:07 am
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Mom and I have been going to Dog Wood Park every day or two. It's so great! Last weekend it was hot, so I copied what I'd seen some other dogs do and waded into Lake Bow Wow. That water feels so cool and refreshing. What I like is that you can stand in it, and you can drink it. Neat, huh? Anyway, I waded in up to my armpits, then I saw that Mom had a good stick. She threw it into the lake, and before I knew it, I was swimming! That's weird, let me tell you. I haven't done it again since then, but now I wade almost every time we go. Sometimes I like to run along the shore, too, and splash.

Last night I started agility class at Dog Wood Park. We did a little jump and a tunnel. It was a piece of cake. AND we got treats. There are some cool dogs in my class, and, more importantly, some fine ladies (especially the Dalmatian and the Aussie!). So, I can tell I will feel motivated to be on time and do my best. Agility rules!

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