From my previous post about Lady you will know she was rescued, but not many of you will know Sam's story.
In 2002 we decided to rescue another dog, we went to various animal shelter and had a look around, picked a couple of dogs we liked, but unfortunately Lady didn't!! We couldn't take another dog without Lady's approval. We finally found Sam in a local animal shelter, he was in a small cage that was on top of another two cages, all containing little dogs - he hardly had room to turn around or stand up- it was awful yet his little tail was wagging furiously at us. We took him out for a walk with Lady and it was an instant success. We had to wait another week before we could take him home with us... it nearly broke my heart leaving him in that tiny tiny cage.
We think he was about 6 months old when we got him but we have no papers so don't really know. He was a funny little thing, we use to throw the ball for him and he use to stand there and look at us as if to say "yes well what do you want me to do now??" we had to show him how to play. He was quite ill the first month we got him so had to spoon medicine down him..... he bit both me and my husband in the process, which was such a shock for us, we had never had a nasty dog before. However, it soon became clear to us he was doing it in defence.... he was getting in first, before we hurt him.... what on earth had his previous owners been doing to him!!
It wasn't long before this little dog knew he was on to a good thing living with us, he knows we would never hurt him and if we do have to do things to him, it's for his own good, he has never attempted to bite us since.
Last year was a wake up call for us, as my regular readers will know, Sam had a tumour which turned out to be cancer, we think the vet got it all out and Sam isn't showing any signs of being ill and there are no more growths, but it has made us think about how much longer we have with him.
Lady has just celebrated her 18th Birthday
so every day with her is a precious day, the first thing I do every morning is check on her......though most days she is up and walking around waiting for me to open the door for her.
Sam will be about 10 we think this year. Having a pet is a life long commitment, yes they do stop us doing things like being able to just pack a bag and go away for a few days, everything has to be planned around our dogs, but the joy and the pleasure they give us makes up for that.
Life would be very quiet here without The Lady of the House and My Little Man.
Hugs Linda xx