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Devastated , we were just told my boy has cancer in the right front leg
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He was awesome, loved to watch the bees,butterflies and hummingbirds in the spring roll in the peppermint plants and bark at the hawks. He tried to go everywhere with me and mostly always by my side .He loved to give big bear hugs then do figure 8’s between my legs after I was be gone even for 30 minutes . Or playing with his blanket getting me to throw it over him and he would run around making the rottie rumble then fling it off and smile then do it all over again .

Can came into my life to help me deal with the loss of my 3 boys ( Peter & Loki passed from cancer and Apollo from an undetected tumor that ruptured on his spleen)  Loki passed 1/2015 just a few days before my bday ( which I no longer celebrate) and I found Samson on a Craigslist for pets in CT . His owners no longer wanted a big dog , and after2 weeks of vet checks, yard  checks etc.. He came home with me at the end of Feb. And honestly it was rough going at first for both of us and his original family only spoke Spanish with him, but at least he knew hand commands. Needless to say it all worked out for both of us ..

He also loved the snow , he would stay out in it all day until there was snow stuck in his fur always smiling . Because he knew I would start the wood stove up and he would lay in his dog bed in front of the stove all night long…

And on rainy days ( when it wasn’t cold out) he would just sit on the front steps looking at the world, sky and always smiling . Could never get him to come in on those days unless it was with chicken strips ( his favorite treat) . 

When we bought him a big orange ball ( hard ) he could figure out what to do with it , kept trying the bite it and grab it to carry it away , then i stared kicking it around with him and he made his own version of doggie soccer ( god I wish I recorded that) he would get the ball underneath him and kick it with all 4 paws …

Even though he was only with me for 4.8 yrs it felt like a life time and I will forever cherish those times ( even when he would steal my socks and sleep with them ) And he will be forever missed…

I think my mother will miss him just as much , she called him her big lunkhead. And every time i said grndmas coming he would coming running full speed to give her a hug ..

And now everything is to quite ,calm just not right any more .I only wish I took more videos and pics of him . But I just never thought this would happen 

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21 November 2020 - 7:56 am
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I am so sorry, and so shocked. I have to ditto what Sally said. Samson decided his journey on earth was done, and he did it his way. He just wanted to let you know first that he was beginning his new journey. What a wonderful, and caring dog! What a bond the two of you have. He did not want you to have to make the decision to let him go, so he decided for you. It was time for Samson to go home.

I know it’s hard to believe now but he will always be with you!sp_hearticon2

My Beautiful Beloved Brownie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on February 26, 2019.  With all odds against him he lived an additional one year and eight days with amputation, love, and prayer.  I was honored to be his mom, and I have never been so proud!  He will live forever in my Heart!

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21 November 2020 - 1:59 pm
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I still can’t get over it. What a shock. I’m so sorry.

Thank you for sharing all those beautiful memories. You were so good to Samson, there’s a reason why he found you later in life, and he just KNEW you were the people who could give him all those soccer games and blankie rumbles and snow days. What a gift you gave to your special boy. Don’t have any regrets if you are able, because you really gave him such a great life and packed in so much joy, that no dog could ask for more.

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21 November 2020 - 6:00 pm
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When there comes a time when you are just walking along, and suddenly you trip for no reason, that will be Samson doing a figure 8 under your legs.sp_hearticon2

My Beautiful Beloved Brownie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on February 26, 2019.  With all odds against him he lived an additional one year and eight days with amputation, love, and prayer.  I was honored to be his mom, and I have never been so proud!  He will live forever in my Heart!

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21 November 2020 - 7:21 pm
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knowing him it would be .. or if I fall backwards for no reason .. that would be one of his big bear hugs…

Everywhere I look I keep looking for him , thinking Im gonna see him laying beside me , next to me or snoring in his bed with my socks that he stole under his head .

I walked in from P/T today expecting the figure 8 and a hug … my heart dropped when there was none

His little buddy Athena kept pawing at the blanket he was wrapped in and poking his head with her nose trying to wake him up ..She looked heart broken when I took him for cremation , as was I 



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21 November 2020 - 8:53 pm
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I am so sorry for your loss.  Run free Sweet Sampson.

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I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Samson was clearly loved so much to his very last breath. That is the greatest gift any of us could every hope for and you gave that to him. You did every thing you could – including coming her for support. My heart is with you. Sending you much love.

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Thank you for continuing  to share Samson with us.  Reading  about the way he greeted you, the way he loved the woodstove after hours in the snow, the orange “soccer” ball game,  that blanket….everything  about this boy makes us all fall in love with him and adore him.  So much personality. 

You gave him the best life  a dog could ever hope for, full of love and joy.  “Lunkhead’ will always ge min your heart and you in his.  Keep talking to him…he can hear you.

Give Athena a smooch for us.  And keep these beautiful  memories  coming.  It is sich a privilege to get to kmow Samson and all the experiences you and he shared.

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Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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Thank you everyone .I did give Athena a smooch … She is still a little lost and missing him .. And I will continue to share Samson’s stories here .. in his memory .. And he was a character soo much personality and soo much love 

A recent one was I just bought him a giant Kong ball with a rope that goes thru it , and he would grab that rope and swing the ball with so much power , knocking over lamps , breaking stuff left/right  and hit me with it over and over … And when he would stop he’d push the ball into my legs or stomach prompting me to play with him ….

I will forever miss him , it hurts just looking around , wishing that I had spent less time working and more time with him ….. With him leaning against me as I ept him..

Tomm is going to really hurt and bring it home even more that hes gone .. As I go to say goodbye for the last time and then bring him ( his ashes) home from AB.

I just wish i could turn back tim for even a few months and say to hell with work and make it all about him..

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24 November 2020 - 10:56 am
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Now THAT story about Samson is just so so sweet! Oh my gosh like an adorable bull in a china shop! How could you refuse to play that game eh?!

I understand your feelings, as we are currently coping with the heartbreak of saying goodbye to our Wyatt Ray . We just got his ashes back a few days ago. I look around and just wish for things to be different, to get those 12 years back and redo them in a better way. But I know that’s not going to happen, and I do my best to get through the day without tears. It’s very, very hard. All it takes to feel less heartache is time. Meanwhile, it sucks, it just does.

I hope you’ll share more about Samson. If you feel up to it, please hop over to ourCoping with Loss Forum and start a new topic (you can link back to this one if you’d like) so that Samson’s life story can be shared in more detail and celebrated among all our other Tripawd angels. 

Lots of ((((hugs)))) coming to you now and always. 

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I will and Thank you .. I too wish the tears would stop but.. My apologizes to all but sometimes Im still at a loss for words .As I just found his favorite 3 squeaky toys hidden under a shelf in the bedroom and just fond memories

I am so sorry to hear about Wyatt . I’m reading his story now ,

Thank you everyone , Your kind words and thoughts have helped alot . If Samson was here he wouldv’e slapped the keyboard as if saying enough computer time .. 

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You are going to uncover alot of wonderful memories about Samson.  Brownie passed in March, and I still get over welmed with emotion, and probably always will.  He was my one in a million, like Samson was yours.  Samson will always live in your heart. sp_hearticon2

And do feel blessed that Samson was part of your life, even though it is never long enough.sp_hearticon2

My Beautiful Beloved Brownie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on February 26, 2019.  With all odds against him he lived an additional one year and eight days with amputation, love, and prayer.  I was honored to be his mom, and I have never been so proud!  He will live forever in my Heart!

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24 November 2020 - 6:11 pm
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It never is long enough … My 2 American Bulldog brothers that I raised from puppies that where abandoned  ( Loki and Peterweed) both passed from different types of cancer ( Loki had bone cancer  but we found out too late) And they passed 6 months apart along with my old man Apollo in between them and it took me the better part of 1.5 year and that was with Samsons help . Who I was blessed enough to saved from his 1st home ( really didnt think it was a right choice  but turned out to be a blessed choice ) as he helped me thru so much even though he was going through some major stuff . New home , new people , State and then dealing with a new owner who was devastated by loss .

But I am glad I saved him , they 1 st owners never gave him toys , bones , yard time or let him wander the house . He was basically walked on a leash a little bit and sometimes in a sun room or downstairs in the  basement in his kennel.

I always thought that he was the lucky one because I saved him , but the truth is I’m the lucky one because HE Saved ME …

When Samson came here it had to be overwhelming as he had toys a yard , he still like to sleep in his kennel for the first 2 yrs but then slept in my room . He was soo special and did so much for me in so many ways …

I just had a funny memory of him trying to climb onto my utility quad , front paws on the seat and him trying to get his big rottie but up and onto the footwells.. And when he did he looked at me with a smile and then a look like ” what the heck do I do next” He was way to big to try that , but he did .. 

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I love the stories you tell about Samson. Brownie was also my third dog with cancer. While we were treating Charlie’s cancer we discovered Daisy had lung cancer. They also died six months from each other. When Daisy passed is when I adopted Brownie. Brownie was a neighbors dog left on a chain with no shelter and neglected. It took awhile but I finally talked the neighbor into selling me Brownie, who was previously named Playboy. Just like you. I thought I was rescuing Brownie, but Brownie rescued me. Just like Samson rescued you.  Dogs are a lot smarter then we give them credit for. They know who they are to be with.

Keep telling stories about Samson. I love hearing them. I know this sucks, and it’s hard. I’m not going to tell you it will get better. How can it? Better would mean turning back the hands of time.  But I can tell you it will be different over time. 

One thing that helps me is I write  a letter to Brownie everyday just for me and  Brownie. Sometimes it’s long, and sometimes it’s just a note. It helps me get these thougjts out of my head. 

Hang in there, and keep telling your stories.

My Beautiful Beloved Brownie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on February 26, 2019.  With all odds against him he lived an additional one year and eight days with amputation, love, and prayer.  I was honored to be his mom, and I have never been so proud!  He will live forever in my Heart!

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Aww what sweet memories! Samson was meant to be yours, he found the love and family he so deserved. What a gift. 

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