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Saying goodbye to a furry friend.

February 29, 2012
by Paul Jones

Sam the Pointer

This is Sam the Pointer.  We rescued him in the fall of 2003, from a group of people that found 22 shorthair pointers in deplorable conditions.  Sam was about a year old, and was bottle fed for 3 days to see if he would make it.  He weighed in at a paltry 27 pounds.  (he is 60 in this photo)

Sam hung in there, and was nursed to healthy enough state to be adopted, and he won us the minute we met him.  Something about that all black head.

Today, Wednesday February 29, 2012, Sam left us.  He just could not fight the tumor on his heart, and we had to let him go.  We shed a lot of tears, and he is already missed, the other two dogs know, but I think they understand too.  Sam was the perfect example of why rescues make the most awesome pets, and he gave us eight great years.  We will miss you.



10 Comments leave one →
  1. Meg permalink
    February 29, 2012 5:38 pm

    I’m so, so sorry to hear this. I know he will be missed greatly. Hugs.

    • Paul Jones permalink*
      March 2, 2012 5:51 am

      Thanks Meg,

      Sam was my bud, and I am gonna miss him.


  2. laurie permalink
    February 29, 2012 6:35 pm

    I am so sorry to read this. Heartbreaking. Thinking of Sam!

    • Paul Jones permalink*
      March 2, 2012 5:52 am


      Thanks for your words! When we have the little fuzz in our lives, it is so second nature to expect them there, and when they are gone, the hole is big. You will find it funny that my son wants a cat… stay tuned.

  3. Kris permalink
    February 29, 2012 11:24 pm

    Dogs have a way of finding the people that need them, and then spend their entire life making them happy. I’m so glad Sam found your family.
    He’s got all the tennis balls and plenty of room to run now. The only place he will truly be buried is in your hearts.

    • Paul Jones permalink*
      March 2, 2012 5:53 am

      I sometimes think we were meant for him to find us. :-)

  4. March 1, 2012 8:25 am

    I’m so sorry, Paul. Thinking of you.

    • Paul Jones permalink*
      March 2, 2012 5:55 am


      Thanks! It has been a bit of a long week, but the other two dogs have adjusted fairly well, and we are too. I didn’t think I would start missing the hair.

  5. rewka permalink
    March 1, 2012 1:50 pm

    Just know that you guys gave him a wonderful home and a full life. He can move on having been a happy, loved dog. I’m so sorry and will be keeping you guys in mind.

    • Paul Jones permalink*
      March 2, 2012 5:56 am

      Thanks Katt,

      Sam has taught me that rescues are definitely the way to go. He was my first.

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