Wednesday, August 25, 2010

A Wild Week and Sam

A typical crazy, hectic start to the week has, as always, put me behind on all the things that I enjoy doing; including reading many of your blogs. With my day off on Thursday, I hope to get caught up--I've missed reading what everyone is up too.

Sam continues to settle into his new life in the "group home." This evening he was in the crowd to meet me when I came home. It's always a good sign to see these pups up and about and part of the crowd. The only thing I've not seen from Sam is a tail-wag...I hope I see that soon...

I did hear from Doris's daughter, Pat. She was supposed to be there on Saturday when I picked up Sam, but she just felt that she couldn't, so her husband met me instead. Pat did e-mail me on Monday and asked about Sam. I responded and sent her a picture. Below is a response that I received from her today which again confirms how much Doris treasures her boy Sam.
Hi Kim

Thank you for the lovely e-mail with Sam's picture, and for being so understanding about Saturday. I just didn't think I could handle seeing him go. I printed your e-mail and brought it over to my Mother to read and see Sam's picture. I can't tell you how much your care of Sam means to my Mom, she loves Sam so very much and tried so hard to care for him. Mom is going through so many major adjustments with losing her home and moving into an Assisted Living Facility, and her knowing that Sam is happy means more than you can imagine.

I appreciate your kindness and compassion for our situation, please give Sam a big kiss and hug from his Sister.

Thank you again for everything, please let me know if you need anything further.

Please stay in touch.


Pat, Sam's Sister
Isn't that a nice e-mail? It all continues to pull at my heartstrings.

By the way, someone asked about how we're dealing with having 2 Sam's in our household. It's really not a challenge at all because neither one of the Sam's listen, and at least "old Sam" who is hard of hearing has an excuse!

I hope you all are having a good week!


  1. How wonderful! You are an angel to animals and people!
    Sam looks like he's adjusting....

  2. Two Sam's are not enough Sams. Thanks for helping an older Sam. There is nothing like the love of an experienced Golden. Enjoy every moment and they will enjoy every moment as well. Our motto is "Life is short so lick hands and faces while you can".

    Mogley G. Retriever

  3. What a nice note - albeit such a sad one -

    Thanks for sharing it!


  4. Sam looks great! And it won't take him much longer to figure out he's hit the doggie jackpot of retirement living! :)

    You and Carl are doing wonderful things for these dogs.

    Take care,


  5. Hi Kim,

    You are so busy, I don't know how you can keep it all up! I swear, you must have a dozen Goldens at your place.

    Very nice email from Sam's "sister". I maybe couldn't have been there to let him go either.

    Think you need a breather!

    Take care!

  6. Haha ~ that's cute that neither Sam's listen!!! I like your new blog layout and colors Kim ~ very fresh!!

    Hope you are having a nice week!
    xo Catherine

  7. How awesome, Kim, that you take care of these beautiful dogs!

  8. Loved this post. Sounds comfortable and sounds like everyone is doing well. Nice to keep that connection open between Sam and Doris. Enjoyed reading this tonight!

  9. Wonderful letter, very sincere. Lady didn't wag her tail that much for the first month we had her. As she became more comfortable you could see her let go. Not sure exactly what she was letting go of, but she gets happier every day (and we've had her for two years).

    We are rooting for you Sam. Paws crossed and Lady licks for you.

    How is Bubba doing with his therapy?

  10. Oh, BTW, its always good to change the old template. It gives our blogs a fresh look. Mission accomplished. I like it.


  11. Hi Kim
    Your bloggy is so pretty with the new colors and all. It was pretty before and it still is.
    It feels like home, and thats how we like it.
    This story brought tears to our eyes. A very touching story.
    And so many ,,,, are thankful to you

  12. The first blog I've read this morning and a great start to the day. Old, hard of hearing Sams story is simply so heart warming.

  13. Love your new look blog! Sam!...get that tail wagging!!
    How lovely to receive that email,it shows how much you are thought of for all you are doing for Sam.

    Bellaboo :o)

  14. How heartbreaking. I can't imagine not seeing my Sam again - although I'm glad he ended up in such a wonderful place. Can you bring him to visit Doris?


  15. Woof! Woof! Very Sweet email. I'm sure that "new' Sam is still adjusting ... a tail wag will come later (hopefully very SOON) ... or he is just sneaky n does it when you are not around. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

    BTW: Love the changes you made on your blog ...

  16. What a wonderful update. I'm so glad the family is in touch with you.

  17. What a sweet face Sam has! And you're such a GReat family to bring in these wonderful seniors! You give them a chance at life.

    What a nice way to start the morning (at work) reading your posts. Love the changes on the blog too!

    Woofs and extra licks from Apples & Neeli
    Greetings from Nadine

  18. Oh how pretty your blog looks. It's fun to change things up now and again. I am so glad that Sam is now a part of your family. I know you will give him all the love that he needs. I love the part of your post which said that neither Sam listens---made me laugh. My little Sassy seems to have the same problem :)
    Have a Wonderful Day

  19. Kim, I just got caught up on all the excitement at Golden Pines!
    The Rudi incident was terrifying! So happy you were there to save him.

    And Sam is one lucky pup to be with many sad stories like that don't end so well.

    You are a special lady!
    Hugs to you and the pups,

  20. We are so very happy how this has turned out.
    Thank you for taking Sam into your home & heart.
    Hamish & Sophie

  21. How awesome that they appreciate what you're doing and that they are missing Sam as much as you're loving him!

  22. Looks like Sam is adjusting! He is a handome fella!

    It's nice to see that the previous owner and her daughter appreciate what you are doing. It must be incredibly hard for them, but, knowing how well you take care of him must help ease their worry.

  23. Isn't wonderful to have a dog come running to greet you when you come in the door. They are glad to see you no matter what.

  24. Kim,
    What a lovely and caring e-mail.
    I really bet that the pictures and just knowing that Sam is being well cared for really brighten Doris's day.
    I'm sure Sam will be waggling that tail shortly.
    Enjoy your day off!

  25. what a sweet note you got from Sam's sister. I say you will get your tail wag by the end of this week.
    Bird is the only Bird at our place, no hearing problem, and she STILL chooses what she hears. I can totally understand about your two Sams.

  26. Oh, he has the most beautiful smiling face.

  27. Sam's story has really touched my heart. I hope you will see that tail wag soon.--Inger

  28. You are a saint for what you do :o) My mom does some rescue work for dogs as well and I only ever adopt my cats from rescue agencies or vet clinics, like my current mother-daughter duo. In my mind, it's the only way to get a dog or cat aside from well reputed breeders.

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog and becoming a follower, I'm so glad that you did and that I was able to 'meet' you and find out about what you do :o)


  29. That was lovely. He looks right at doesn't take any of them long though, does it?! xxxxxxxxxxxx

  30. Kim,

    I am so sorry I haven't been around. I have been catching up with all that's going on in your world, and it's a busy and hectic world.

    So sad the Doris and Sam situation, but at least he's still being well cared for. He'll settle in, in no time flat.

    You are one in a million Kim for all you do with those doggies.

    Gill in Canada

  31. I think Sam has found the perfect new home!


  32. that email would have me weeping into my lasagne!!!!

  33. How wonderful of you to take on another Sam. Poor baby!! I wonder what he thinks happened to his home. It sure would be hard to explain to him why he wasn't with his Mama anymore!! Have you tried??
    Thanks for your visit..
    XXOo, Bambi & Fern

  34. aww that's lovely. He he, my Sam didn't listen either !
    Dillon gets upset when I call Billy - the cat- as he thinks I'm calling Dilly & comes running to see me cuddling a cat !

  35. Awwwww ... bless.

    Shirl x

  36. He looks like such a sweetheart. I'm so glad you can stay in touch so Doris can take comfort knowing he's in good hands.

  37. That email sure did bring tears to my eyes! Thanks for taking Dear Sam into your home! Have a Great Weekend. Give all those dogs a hug for me.

  38. That email and the sentence you said about not seeing his tail wag is pulling at my heartstrings too! Poor Sam, I hope he can understand what is going on and get a hang of it soon. Hes got a great house, a good new mommy, and an old mommy that still loves him very much. Times like this you wish that they could understand English, huh?

    Thank you for coming and reading my blog posts about Simba recently. I have started the slow transition to changing foods, and so far, no diarrhea. At this point I am afraid I will jinx it! I will continue to move slow.. and hopefully slow and steady will make this easy!

    Give all your dogs a extra hug for me. They are all so sweet. I just love Goldens!

  39. Kim...I love what you do for these dogs! So good that you are there for them.

    I happen to live near where Wegman's got started (Rochester, NY) and we have had a store in Brockport for over 30 years. There are not too many places like this out there. Our daughter, who worked at the local store, had 4 1/2 years of scholarships from them when she went to college. It is an amazing "family"....extremely generous. Can understand why you love it.

    Lucky dogs!

  40. Hi Kim. Nice mail from Sam's Sister. Thanks for taking Sam to your life!

  41. I often wonder what older animals think when they find themselves displaced from the home and family they knew. How confused they must be, wondering where their people are and what they did wrong to deserve this. I hope you see that tail wag soon. Give Sam a squeeze from us.

    Thanks for visiting us. We love making new friends.
    Morgan, Tsar and the Porties

  42. No I don't think any one puts curlers in their hair any more!! They use curling irons now!! I can't imagine useing those curling irons!! Can you??
    I am from a different time!
    XXOo, Bambi & Fern

  43. So very sweet!!! Love that new Sam is getting into the mix! :)

    Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
    Sierra Rose


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