Sunday, December 20, 2015

While The Human Is Away

Sam;s badge by Zoolatry.

Jan:  Many thanks to Ann of Zoolatry for the lovely graphic of Sam and to all who have visited, left a comment, or sent an email since we posted Thursday on Sam's health issues:  (Body here, personality missing.)  I can't get around to visiting all of you to leave a comment, so I started to reply to those commenters I have an email address for, then thought better of it since I don't want Google to shut my email down thinking I'm spa--ing.  But everything has been appreciated. 

Sam is sleeping for a few hours at a time now and then pacing at least two hours before sliding to the floor wherever he is.  The weather has turned cold again so I have to lift him to his feet to walk him to his bed, lift him onto it, and maneuver him down, then position his legs so he can be comfortable.  When he is up and wandering, I have to keep an eye on him as he gets himself into tight places and could get hurt.  Or yank out the computer cords, or blow up the house (gas space heaters), or ... the list is endless.

He has moved furniture, including a bureau and a bookcase, gotten his head stuck between "floors" of the cat tree, tried to burn his nose on a hot heater, and worn me out from extricating him from places it isn't possible for such a big dog to be.

After he got "tangled" in Marcus's crate the other night, I was surprised to see he again wandered into it by accident on Saturday.  This time he walked straight in, waited, then u-turned to his left without falling over, and walked out of the crate.  I was thrilled.  But then he went to the corner outside the bathroom and stood there so long I backed him up and turned him around. 

Sam has not made a sound since he had the seizure on the 5th.  Not a bark or a whimper.   One really weird observation.  A dog's whiskers are sensors.  They have a purpose, one being to help him to not bump into things.   I noticed several days ago Sam's whiskers are gone.  I can't imagine what happened to them.

He is keeping me busy!   And now the crew can have their blog back.

BUDDY:  Okay, guys, she's going to shut the computer down soon, so we have to hurry.

MICAH:  I didn't think she would ever stop talking.

CYNDI:  Who gave her permission to take over our blog?

PERCY:  Uh ... I think I did.

MERCI:  Why would you do that?

PERCY:  Because she asked if we would mind if she said a few words and I said okay. 

RUSTY:  Were you drinking?  You know when it comes to words she can't count!

CYNDI:  That's okay this time.  It was for our Sam.

MARCUS:  We can all use a good laugh and we figure you can too, so we hope you will enjoy our Sunday Smile for today.

MERCI:  This is what Susie the Beagle does when her human is not home.

MICAH:  What do you dogs - or cats - do while your human is away from home?

If the video doesn't play, click here.

We didn't have a chance to do an actual selfie for today.  We hope it is okay to let Zoolatry's picture of Sam stand-in for one today.

Join the Sunday Selfie blog hop hosted by the Cat on My Head blog.


  1. I am continuing to send Sam lots of purrs!

  2. Hari OM
    well Susie is at least having a rare old fun time for Christmas... I do hope you all manage to as well - even dear Sam. POTP continuing this side!!! Hugs, wags, and whiskeries, YAM-aunty xxx

  3. Susie sure looks like she is having a good time!

  4. So sorry to learn that Sam is having these problems. We are praying he could recover.He is so lucky to have you.


  5. You are super vigilant, Miss Jan. that is love at its best:)

    We all are purring and pawyering hard for a good outcome.

    ((((( Hugs! )))))

  6. We've been thinking about dear Sam and send purrs and prayers to him and to Jan too.

  7. We are still crossing our paws for Sam to come back to himself. That IS a mystery about the whiskers.

    That pup in the video is having a grand time - looks like he may have lost his toy at the end.

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

  8. Keeping Sam and you in our purraryers. ((Hugs))

  9. Still rumbling out the purrs and love for Sam (and for you Jan)

    The whiskers missing is a very curious thing

    Mungo, Jet & The Ape xx

  10. Sending you luvs and POTP for Sam and your furramily.
    Marty and the Gang

  11. Sam is surrounded by love and our crossed paws.

  12. Sam, Jan. I am so so so sorry.

  13. Praying for Sam.
    And pug hugs to you lady!!

  14. Purrz and Purrz fur Sam that he keeps getting better... brains do grow new neurons over time. Susie is sooo funny! Glad she didn't break the Christmas ornament playing with it!

    Purrz and Prayers from the Katie Katz.

  15. Just thinking of sweet Sam. It is so unfair. I am sorry that this has happened. But continue to receive positive thoughts and prayers because dogs can improve after such an episode.

    I will keep him (and you) in my prayers.

    The Painter Pack

  16. We keep sending purrs to Sam. Purrs

  17. We are sending tons of POTP for sweet Sam...and big hugs for Jan!

  18. We send our best wishes to Sam, and to you for your hard work keepig him safe and sound. we send our love.

  19. Thoughts, prayers, and purrs are still coming your way. Poor Sam and poor you - my heart really goes out to you for all you are going through. HUGS from M.

  20. We are keeping Sam and the rest of you in our thoughts and prayers. ♥

  21. hello funny farmers its dennis the vizsla dog hay that is sum gud self entertayning wot that home alone dog is dooing!!! i mite direkt his attenshun nekst to his windo seet if he has wun!!! saya and i kontinyoo to send lots of tail wags for sam!!! ok bye

  22. Mom keeps threatening to get a camera to see the secret stuffs we do when she is gone! We cannot imagine what happened to Sam's whiskers! We sure hope he gets better!! Crossing paws!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  23. we hope Sam gets better. That video is a scream.

  24. we hope Sam gets better. That video is a scream.

  25. So far we has left the Christmas tree ornaments alone but that looks like a fun game.

    Purrs for Sam.

    Sasha, Sami, & Saku

  26. We are thinking of Sam and of you, in this tough time. We are sending all the POTP we can muster, in hope that Sam can get back toward normal. Lots of hugs and love to all of you.

  27. That is very odd about the whiskers. I am praying for him.

  28. We are still purring and praying for dear Sam!

  29. Yep!

    Still sending all the support we can -

    Khyra and Khompany

  30. Our purrs to Sam. We know those habits aren't good...

  31. Sending purrs and prayers to Sam!

  32. Sending lots of purrs and prayers to Sam and to you Jan. We have our paws crossed for a turnaround for Sam.

  33. Sending lots of (((purrs))) to Sam !

    What that Beagle is doing home alone is pretty mych what we think Conrad will do , so that´s why we don´t put up any christmas tree this yar :)


  34. Thank you for the Sam update. He is in our prayers!

  35. Aw Sam, we're purring and praying for you buddy! Hugs to all of you.
    Happy birthday to Cyndi!

  36. Sweet Sam..we have been snowed under with the heat wave but continue to send the sweet boy all our purrs woofs and POTP and most of all love in you all bless his heart hoping there is some sign of improvement Loves Bev xx

  37. Thank you for letting us know how Sam is doing. We will keep right on purring and praying for him. Hugs and love to you all.

  38. Still praying and purring lots for you and Sam xx


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