“Dogs are God’s Apology for Mean People and Bad Day” – Unknown
“When you adopt a dog, you have a lot of very good days and one very bad day.” – Bruce Cameron
“Everyone thinks they have the best dog, and none of them are wrong.” – Unknown
“Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really.” – Agnes Sligh Turnbull
Sam (among many others…aka “Buddy”, “Other Sweetie”, “Samson”, “Sammie”) 12 years old, died June 10, 2020 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Born January 26, 2008 in Burlington, Iowa he came to live in the Twin Cities, Minnesota with his adopted family several weeks after his birth. Sam is a bichon-poodle mix, with a cute under bite. He loves so much, and so many: people, other dogs, his daily walks, visits to the dog park, barking, food (including carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, watermelon, cantaloupe and some dog’s poop), unwrapping presents and most of all snuggling.
“The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.” – Andy Rooney
“When we adopt a dog or any pet, we know it is going to end with us having to say goodbye, but we still do it. And we do it for a very good reason: They bring so much joy and optimism and happiness. They attack every moment of every day with that attitude.” – Bruce Cameron
Sam’s accomplishments in his short life are impressive. He provided unconditional love, companionship and acceptance to a little 8 year old boy who is now a 20 year old man. Through every season and every type of weather, he made sure his “adopted people parent”s got their daily exercise. He greeted everyone with much excitement, so much excitement that people who did not know him well could not guess that most of the time he was a very calm dog.
“Everything I know I learned from dogs.” – Nora Roberts
“Dog is God spelled backward.” – Duane Chapman
Sam is survived by his people family and many friends. He will be missed by everyone who knew him, especially his immediate family and our sweet little 21 month old granddaughter Jade who visits our home and does not understand why she cannot find “Baby Dog” at our house.
“All you need is love and a dog.” – Unknown
“No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does.” – Christopher Morley
We love you Sam! Thank you for the joy you gave us! You are loved and missed. “You are our favorite hello, and our hardest good-bye” (author unknown). Always in our hearts.
“Live. Laugh. Bark.” – Unknown
About Me: Life is precious, capture its beauty. I am lucky to have a loving family, and wonderful friends. Like everyone, I have good days and bad days, happy days and sad days, patient days and crabby days, beautiful days and ugly days, etc. I try to “hold the bright side up” as much as I can because it makes me feel better, and I think it helps others feel better too. I am so far from perfect, but I try to be kind and respectful. I truly believe that life is precious and that there are so many extraordinary ordinary people and moments in life. I want to share and celebrate the “extraordinary ordinary” through my writing and photography. Please check out my photos at Fine Art America Photography https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/35-laura-smith; at Adobe Stock at https://stock.adobe.com/contributor/207669601/Laura%20Jean%20Smith or at Shutterstock https://www.shutterstock.com/g/LauraJSmith. Perhaps you will find something you would like to have as your own?