Sam


Chesapeake Bay Retriever/Siberian Husky
Picture of Sam, a male Chesapeake Bay Retriever/Siberian Husky

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Home:Mobile, AL  [I have a diary!]  
Sex: Male   Weight: 100+ lbs

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Nicknames:
Sambo, Sammy

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

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Quick Bio:
-dog rescue

Birthday:
December 10th 1997

Likes:
The outdoors. I absolutely LOVE to sit outside on the back porch and while the day away... but only if it's cool outside.

Pet-Peeves:
Thunder, firecrackers, vacuums or anything loud. Loud noises really scare me.

Favorite Toy:
Stuffed squeaky toys, ropes

Favorite Food:
Peanut butter, chicken

Favorite Walk:
Anywhere. Just walk me!

Best Tricks:
I can get out of any kennel known to mankind, I can unlatch seat belts and even open doors. I suppose escaping is my very best trick.

Arrival Story:
I was looking for for a puppy and came across this 12-week-old puppy, who needed a home. He had a terrible separation anxiety and would become very destructive. He even ate my couch once too. :( It took a long time, but Sam finally outgrew that part through love and patience and Sam became the perfect dog. Sam was an amazing companion and my very best friend.

Bio:
Sam loved our other dog at the time, Shadow (who passed on several years before Sam). Sam worshiped the ground Shadow's paws walked on. Though Shadow was tiny (12 pounds) Shadow taught Sam how to play his way, how to relax and so much more. At first Sam didn't like Ginny, our newest puppy. Sam thought she was going to take me away, but he soon learned that was something that would never happen. He did finally accept her and loved her very much. He would cuddle with her when he never really cuddled with anyone. He'd get too hot. Sam finally aged to the point that he had trouble standing up. I don't believe in playing God, but I don't believe in standing there watching an animal suffer. One who trusts you and loves you. Believe me, I questioned it so many times. Was it too early? Did I not do enough? Am I blowing his trust? It's just so hard. I miss Sam so much that I can't say anything further about it. Will I never get past this?

Forums Motto:
Puppy Houdini of the world!

The Last Forum I Posted In:
UKC vs. AKC

I've Been On Dogster Since:
April 14th 2007 More than 7 years!

Rosette, Star and Special Gift History

Dogster Id:
521028


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Life as a Sam


Today's Link

January 15th 2008 7:52 am
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I don't know how many of you have ever heard of Stumble Upon (SU), but I am totally addicted to it. *blush* Anyway, I did a stumble search for "dogs" and am now so moved, that I'm still in tears. I just had to come running back here to share this with everyone.

I wanted to share with everyone (or anyone who is reading this) Puppies Behind Bars. I've seen them profiled on Animal Planet, which was very moving. The website is just as moving (be sure to watch the full video as the page loads) and this is one program that I fully support.

This program uses prisoners (yes, criminals) to train dogs for service (for the physically dependent). Quick political view... I'm not one that believes in criminal rehab, in fact I'm a severe opponent to it. That said; I do believe that to be loved by and to love a dog is a life changing event, provided of course that said criminal has no history of harming any animals.

To hear criminals speak about the dogs with so much love, is moving beyond words. Yep, the dog is God's gift to mankind.

 

Sam & Ginny Video

January 15th 2008 6:14 am
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I don't much care for the Dogster video upload. I keep getting error messages, so to make things more simple, I'll link to videos uploaded elsewhere.

So, how about one now? Click here to see a short (17 sec) video of Sam and Ginny playing in the backyard. Keep in mind that this is a VERY low res video and was taken with my cell phone. It's quite blurry or pixelated, but you can see my point. That being that they're having a great time together romping around. :)

 

The skinny on Ginny: How Sam accepted her.

January 14th 2008 7:00 am
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I'm switching over and will no longer write in 'first puppy.' Geez that can be tough.

Sam has finally truly welcomed her, which was a serious concern for us. He isn't very social with other dogs and since our loss of Shadow, we were wary. Shadow was already nearly a senior when Sam came into the picture, so Sam knew no different and looked to him as a father. When we decided to get a new puppy pal for Sam, we looked carefully at his personality and decided that the puppy must have the following qualities:

1. Puppy must be female. The opposite gender would be less threatening.
2. Puppy must be a puppy and not fully grown. He has reacted very well in the past to just about any baby animal, but definitely not any adult animal.
3. Puppy must be somewhat submissive and very much not dominant. Sam is a dominant dog and any other dominant animal would spell an instant disaster.

Evidently our criteria worked very well. Sam was very upset the moment we picked her up and a couple of days passed without an improvement, but just as I began to wonder if he would ever really accept her, something changed and he did... and with flying colors too!

I'm so very happy for him and in truth, I've not seen him so happy in such a long time. I think he'd forgotten what it was like to have a companion of his own species.

He still gets nervous a bit when we spend too much time with Ginny, but we're sure to give him a lot of loving attention. Ginny doesn't get any of the "extras" Sam gets either, and this works two fold. First, it establishes to Sam that he is a step above Ginny, and it also establishes to Ginny that she is the Omega of the family; an important lesson to be learned.

Some examples are that Ginny gets no "welcome home" treats. Sam always gets a treat when we've been gone for any length of time. Ginny doesn't get to sleep with the alpha mates, while Sam does. Until two nights ago, Ginny had been crated at night. Our teenage son is now letting her sleep with him, but the point is that she doesn't sleep in our room. Every Sunday Sam gets his beloved pigs ear, and Ginny doesn't get one.

In any case, Sam has had more exercise than he's had in awhile since Ginny's arrival. They play so very hard and I'm pleased because this is good for our aging Sam. His activity will likely keep him healthy longer, meaning he'll be with us for a longer period of time. :)

 
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