Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Farewell, Sam


Sam passed away last night, Tuesday, January 5th, one month to the day after having his first (known) seizure,  It has been a hard month for all of us here, especially for Sam.  He had a second stoke and tried but couldn't come back from it.  It hasn't been quite ten months since we lost Cameron.

Sam was a big dog, not a gentle giant, as he had no idea how strong he was.  But he was loving and fun - goofy even.  He loved treats and until the last few months he loved to be first to have his picture taken when the camera came out.  At one time, he and Marcus were always vying to be first to have a picture taken when the camera appeared.  He was a huge presence and I will miss him more than I care to consider.

Mr. Doug thought it funny to hear, "We froze last night trying to keep the house cold,"  but it's the truth.  We had to keep it cold until Mr. Doug could come this afternoon and pick up Sam's body.  Sam will be buried next to Miss Mother's Benji and Shorty and Mr. Doug's assorted dogs.

Merci, the sensitive soul, has been sick, too.  Right after Sam passed last night, she sniffed the covers I took off his body, wadded them up and lay down at Sam's feet.   She stayed there until I went to bed.  Then she came to sleep in her own bed in the bedroom.  As soon as I got up this morning, she was back at her vigil, which she kept until Mr. Doug arrived.


Thank you for all the prayers and kind words through this.  They have meant a lot.

Two days before Christmas I wore myself out tearing my bedroom apart to move and wash everything, so I could gate Sam in that one room to try to protect him as he wandered around.  In the early hours of Christmas Eve morning, the phone rang.  An early phone call is bad news, so I answered the phone in my bare feet.  It was the county emergency warning system, but in the dark I couldn't find the #1 to press to get the message - tornado warning (or watch).  As I walked back to bed, I remembered to move the gate aside, but I forgot the heavy toolbox behind it to keep any of the dogs from moving the gate.  I killed one toenail and injured my toes, possibly broke one.

Christmas afternoon Marcus leaped a rolled up carpet as I headed for the door to let the dogs outside.  He landed hard, smack up against the foot that was moving forward.  It stopped my foot but my body was still moving.  A doorknob stopped me from falling down but things started popping in my back and leg.  The next two or three days were spent screaming from the pain in my knee/leg every time I tried to sit down, stand up, or walk.   A couple of days later little Merci popped a muscle in my leg.

There were sick animals, everything was in the house was damp and covered with tracked in mud, Micah tried to kill Percy, all the animals were acting up, Buddy and Merci were refusing to go outside in the pouring rain ... And if anyone has ever popped their tailbone out of alignment, you know what happens.  Through all of this, I was caring for a sick 70 pound dog.  And, believe it or not, there were many days when Marcus was the well-behaved Funny Farmer! 

So, for those of you who have asked, you perhaps now have some idea of why I wasn't responding.  I could barely sit on a chair for five minutes.  Fast emails.  Get offline!  But thank you for caring about us.

Miss Suzanne, Miss Joanne, Miss Johnnie, Miss Cynthia - I am grateful for the meal you each sent or dropped off during the holidays.  I wasn't able to do much for myself and appreciated every bite.

I especially appreciate Mr. Doug's help with Sam's body; however, he injured his back carrying Sam the last yards to the van, and I am very concerned despite his protests he'll be okay.

Sam, I don't believe in the Rainbow Bridge because it isn't Biblical, but I can almost see you running circles  around the meadow, full of life, playing hard, and stealing treats. R.I.P., sweet boy.

125 comments:

  1. Oh Jan, we are so sorry to hear of Sam's passing. Poor guy tried to make it. And now you need to take care of Jan and heal those injuries. Life shouldn't have to be so hard. Many hugs.

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

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  2. Godspeed your journey to heaven Sam; we agree with Jan; we know you are running through fields, chasing squirrels, barking at trees, just because they are there. We send our sincerest sympathies to your entire family; we hope you find a never ending biscuit tree right next to your window at your new home in heaven....with hugs and love from all of us ~~~ boomer, dai$y, tuna...and dude and sauce too ♥♥♥♥♥

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  3. Hari om
    Oh my... words are no use at all in such a situation, but they are all I have from this distance... Rest well dear Sam. Jan, do what you need to do and take the time you need to mend all the broken and aching bits; of all kinds. Huggies YAM xx

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  4. Jan..i can't tell you how sad i am for you all..what a time you have had..bless Sam he tried but as we all know sometimes these sweet babies are needed elsewhere..you are a wonderful lady and we feel so sad we cannot be there to give you a big hug ..Rest peacefully sweet Sam...you will be dearly missed by those you leave behind...Love Bev and family xxxx

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  5. Although we TRIED to prepare ourselves for this... it doesn't hurt any less. We are SO very sorry... We know that Sam was aware of all that you tried to do to Ease his last days...
    We send you caring HUGS and a hope that the memories Sam left for all of us... will lighten the darkness.

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  6. Very sad news - sending gentle purrs of comfort and consolation to all of you - Rest in Peace, dear Sam.
    Purrs ... Rainbow

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  7. So sad! Sending so many pug hugs!!!

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  8. Jan I am so very sorry about Sam. I can understand how incredibly difficult this has all been. There are simply no easy words, I'm sure there is a huge Sam sized hole in your heart and home. I will keep you in my prayers and hope you feel better. ((Hugs))

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  9. Oh Jan! You have been through hell the last few months and sorely tried! Sam is ok now and we know you did the absolute best for him! You have my prayers that throughout the next few days, weeks, months you will receive comfort and blessings in abundance, big hugs, Caro xx

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  10. Jan, we are heartbroken to hear of Sam's passing. Thank you for loving him so much, and for the good life you gave him there with you. Purrs and prayers and much love to you during this very sad time.

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  11. Jan, I'm so sorry, beyond words. Poor Sam. He, at least, is pain-free and no longer suffering in any way. I think you've had more to deal with than any person should, and I'm glad you have good friends to help out. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and that Nicki and Derry are sending soft purrs. Peace to you.

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  12. I am so sorry to hear of Sam's passing and send my love. I am sorry to for all you have had to go through and hope you can take some time to rest and heal.

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  13. Oh no.....we are heartbroken to hear about Sam. And it sounds like it has been a very hard couple of weeks. We are sending gentle purrs....

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  14. Jan, I am very sorry for all of your suffering, but mostly, for the sorrow in your heart...My sincere condolences over precious Sam's passing...You are in my prayers, wishing you comfort and peace at this difficult time...J, Calle, Halle, Sukki, Mommy Cat, Daddy Cat

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  15. oh Jan, we're so heartbroken for you. Sending you much love and many hugs as you grieve - and heal.

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  16. Jan, I'm so sorry.....both for losing Sam and for the terrible time you've had. Hopefully the new year will be better. My deepest sympathy. I'm sure that Sam is running young and free again with all his friends.

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  17. We are so sorry! Maybe you don't believe in the Rainbow Bridge (and really neither do we) but we believe there are dogs in heaven. Otherwise it wouldn't be heaven. Prayers for healing your heart!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  18. We have been worrying about you and Sam and now we read that beautiful boy is at peace and tearing up that meadow, so jan please take care of yourself, all your babies need you so much in their lives and so do we. stella rose and mom

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  19. I am sorry things have been so difficult for you and the gang. Sam is at least at peace now and I hope things settle down for you. Will be thinking of all of you and sending healing thoughts. Your loss is ours - we will miss seeing Sam on your blog. With deep sympathy.

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  20. hello funny farmers its dennis the vizsla dog hay we ar verry sorry to heer wot a ruff time yoo hav had laytly and that sam had to go away!!! saya and i ar sending yoo all lots of vizsla tail wags!!! run free sweet sam!!! ok bye

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  21. We are so sorry for your loss. We are sending lots of hugs across the miles. Godspeed, Sam.

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  22. We are so saddened to read this. Sending lots of love and purrs from us kittehz. Sam will be missed.

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  23. oh Jan, just heard the sad news about your dear Sam. I'm sending deep condolences for this hard loss and hugs.

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  24. Jan, so sad to hear the news. Know our hearts are with you.

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  25. Jan, so sad to hear the news. Know our hearts are with you.

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  26. We are so sorry to hear about Sam's passing. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Sending love and hugs

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  27. We so hate to hear about dear Sam, more than we could ever tell you. Losses like that are so darn hard. All of your blogging pals are here for you and we send you hugs and all our love. Run free Sam, the world loved you pal.

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  28. Such sad news! Sam was such a big presence! I firmly believe all dogs named Sam have large personalities too! (I know our Sam did). Jan, I send you my love, my sympathy and strength. If you lived closer, I would come over with 2 casseroles (one for you and one for the dogs) and would watch the animals so you could have a hot batgh.
    Take care of yourself dear friend and know we love you.
    Barb

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  29. We are so very sorry to hear about Sam. We send you lots of comforting purrs and gentle headbutts to help ease your sadness and hurting heart.

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  30. We are so sorry that Sam got his angel wings -

    Strokes are so not our furiend either -

    We are so touched by Merci's akhtions - I would hope Sam left her with some special messages fur woo -

    We'll light a khandle fur Sam - and send our best wishes South to The Funny Farmers -

    Hugz&Khysses,
    Khyra

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  31. I am so sorry to read of your loss, and all the hardship through the past month. hoping that your body recovers quickly and sending much love and peace as you orient yourself to living without this big, beautiful personality in your everyday life. May all of your good memories comfort you along with the knowledge that your love and care provided him with the best life a dog could ever imagine. Run free Sam....love and purrs from Laura and all the Squeedunk Cats

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  32. Oh Jan, I am so very sorry for the loss of Sam & all you've been through. Sending you lots of love, hugs, & prayers.

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  33. We are so sorry to hear about Sam. Our thoughts and purrs are with you.

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  34. We are so sorry for your loss of Sam. Hope your memories bring you comfort. x

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  35. I'm so very sorry about Sam. I know this has been so difficult and I am sending you many healing wishes and prayers. Run free, sweet Sam ...

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  36. We'r so sorry to hear that Sam has gone OTB. We're sending you soft, healing purrs and prayers.

    (((hugs)))
    The Florida Furkids

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  37. We are so very sorry for your loss...

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  38. Mom Kim here - Oh my - so very much to deal with. So very sorry to hear about Sam - I was just wondering about him yesterday, so hoping and praying he would come back from his stroke. My little Angel Oreo had a small stroke and lived for almost 6 months but he had not developed seizures and did not have a second stroke. However he became increasingly lethargic and unwilling to interact with Shiloh or myself.

    Sam is now in Heaven, running through the meadows, not bumping into anything and feeling like a young pup again. Be free dear Sam - enjoy your new life in Heaven.

    Jan - please, you need to rest now and let the rest of the furries snuggle and care for you the best way they know. I wish I lived closer and could help you care for your dear furmaly. Sending all prayers and hugs.

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  39. Jan, I'm so sorry to hear that Sam has passed as I know he will be missed by you and his fursibs. It is a relief that he is no longer in distress, those last few weeks must have been very difficult for you and Sam. Hope you physical ailments heal soon, and your heart ache is tempered by the wonderful memories.

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  40. Spitty and I are so sorry about your Sam. We send you lots of our very best purrs and purrayers. XOXOXO

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  41. We are so sorry to hear that Sam has passed. Many hugs and purrs to you at this time. It has been a difficult month for you caring for Sam and the other animals.

    From all of us at Forty Paws and Maw

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  42. Oh, My. So sorry about your dear Sam.
    We send out biggest hugs to all of you and are keeping you close in our hearts.

    Merci was so tender and vigilant in her watch, wow! She is very deep!

    We sure do hope you can all get some rest and relief from all those ouches and stresses.

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  43. I am so sorry to hear you lost Sam. Purrs to you - you've been through a lot over the past few weeks.

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  44. We are so sorry to hear Sam had to leave you. We know how much you loved him. Sending purrs.

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  45. With all you have been going through, yet you took time to leave a comment on my blog this week... You are truly my forever friend and Sam will always be your forever dog. For me, The Rainbow Bridge is just an allegory for what really takes place.

    For I have been blessed to know and see more than once that God does take our beloved pets home. I used to be afraid of the gift God has given me, but now those visions help me hold steadfast to the Anchor of My Soul.

    So I pray now that God will let you know that you know that Sam and Cameron are in His Hands and that His gentle touch will heal your body and soul. In the Name Above All Names, Jesus - Yeshua (which means God Saves, Heals and sets us free), Amen.

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  46. We were so sorry to learn of Sam's passing. We will miss him a great deal, we loved seeing him in his hats. Purrs of comfort, paws of sympathy and lots of hugs.

    PS: Lots of healing purrs for you Jan.

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  47. Oh gosh... so many crosses to bear... We are so, so sorry to hear of Sam's passing. Our prayers are with you all... Love from Deb and the Zee/Zoey gang

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  48. Jan, I am so very sorry ...
    Love,
    Ann

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  49. I am so sorry Jan. It is so hard to lose our fur friends. Big hugs to you.

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  50. Big warm hugs and lots of prayers being sent your way from Southrn California.

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  51. We are so very sorry to hear about Sam. Thinking of you-

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  52. Oh Jan, I'm very sorry. Sam is at peace now but will be so missed.
    I hope you and the rest of the Farmers will feel better soon- at least physically.
    I know your hearts will take a lot longer to heal.
    Maggie

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  53. Jan, I'm so very sorry to hear about Sam. Sending many healing thoughts to you.

    Love
    Selina, MomKatt Laura & The Small Furries from Alpha-Centauri

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  54. Sending purrs. So sorry to hear you have lost your friend. - Alana and Crepes.

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  55. I am so sorry to hear that Sam has left us. He was always such fun to read in your posts. It breaks my heart every time that we lose a blogging friend we've come to know and love. He will always hold a special place on the Funny Farm. I hope that 2016 is a much better year for you from here on out. ♥ ♥

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  56. Dear Jan and Sam's siblings.
    We are so very sorry to read about Sam. Oh my goodness what soulful eyes he had. We didn't know his full name but is is certainly a perfect one.
    We hope and pray your injuries and Doug's heal. Madi sends kitty kisses to your fur babes
    Hugs madi and Cecilia

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  57. Oh, Jan I am so very sorry to hear about Sam. He was such a wonderful furiend and I know you are all hurting. My whole pack is sending all of you our loving thoughts and warm hugs.
    Grr and a Saddened Woof,
    Sarge and Staff

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  58. Jan... so sorry to hear about Sam. Sending you lots of purrrs and comfort.

    hugs, Bugsy, Knuckles and Lou

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  59. Oh, Jan, I am so sorry to hear about Sam. My heart goes out to you and all the furry Funny Farms. You are in my prayers.
    ::Hug::
    Susan and Sophie and Griz

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  60. Dear Jan and pack, you've had a really rough couple of weeks! I'm so sorry for your loss of Sam, but he'd be saying thank you for all the love you gave him. I'm a believer and I know while not biblical I do believe the Lord has a special place for our beloved companions. I also believe Jesus must have had a special pet or two.
    Sendings hugs to you and blessings for a peaceful New Year!
    Noreen

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  61. We are so sorry to hear about Sam. He was such a fun fellow and we loved when a post had him in it. Wherever he is we are sure he is watching over us all and cannot wait to meet us again in the land of beauty and grace.
    Get well soon Jan and Mr Doug
    Timmy, Dad Pete and Family

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  62. I'm so sorry for your loss. Our heart is breaking for you. Sending hugs and purrs. And hopes that you heal quickly, more gentle hugs and purrs!

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  63. We are so very, very sorry, Jan. Our hearts are breaking for you and the tears won't stop. Huge hugs for you ♥

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  64. oh Jan, I'm so, so sorry for your loss. We had to let MJ go right before Christmas, and it makes me happy to know that she and Same can keep each other company now. My heart goes out to you and the rest of the farm.

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  65. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this time. I know how hard it is and wish I could take some of the pain for you.

    Hugs

    LB and her rescue Abby Lab

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  66. Dear, Dear Jan - I am so very sorry. Praying for you.

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  67. We are so sorry to hear that Sam has passed over the Bridge and know you will all miss him so very much. We are sending you hugs in the hope that they may comfort you a little.
    Luv Hannah xx and Lucy xx + Sue x

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  68. Dear Jan - we are so soory to hear of Sam's passing. Sending you lots of love and pug hugs and some healing vibes too.
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

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  69. Dear dear Jan, my heart is breaking for you and all you have been through these past months. I'm so very sorry you lost Sam after working so hard to save him. You can be at peace knowing you have done everything possible to help him - in fact, that goes for all your furbabies. You always seem to walk that extra mile just to care for them. M is sending you a giant HUG.

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  70. ♥️love ♥️love ♥️love to all of you.♥️

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  71. We are so sorry to hear the news about Sam. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Hugs,
    Lily Belle & Muffin

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  72. Oh I am so sorry Jan :( This breaks my heart. That picture of Merci is how my Matilda was. Keeping vigil til Daddy could bury her sister.

    I agree these were the holidays from hell this year. We will be praying for you.

    xoxo,
    Jenny - Bell Fur Zoo Mama

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  73. We are very sad to hear this news Jan.......No doubt Sam is in heaven now hoping that you FEEL that he's alright. These are always terrible times and such a big adjustment when you have an empty space where a fur child was just a mere moment ago. I wish peace for you and the whole crew knowing Sam loved you as much as you loved him................it goes on and on and never stops.

    Love and Hugs, Pam and Sammy

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  74. We are so so sorry to read about Sam. What an awful month and yet such kindness from friends and loved ones. Rest in peace sweetest Sam and love to all those you left behind. Take care
    x

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  75. Dearest Jan, I am so sorry and sad to learn that sweet Sam had to leave. You are in my thoughts and prayers dear friend. Sending you lots of warm, gentle hugs and purrs and nose kisses from Pooh and Chancy. Love, Maggie

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  76. I am so very sorry to hear this Jan and send you love and hugs at this time. Not only have you suffered the loss of Sam but you have had to suffer so much more too. I hope that everything starts to settle and that you are all soon feeling much better and in good health. Love and hugs Jan. x

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  77. I'm sorry for the loss of Sam. What a difficult time you're having. Take good care of yourself and I hope your foot/back/tailbone is much better soon.

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  78. Oh awnty Jan we are so very sorry fur yous loss. Fur da loss to all of us in da blogosphere. Sam will be missed terribly. But even so, he went in his own time, his own way. There must be sum comfurt in dat. And we don't believe in da bwidge eever, but we do believe there will be animals in heaven and da here after. So Sam has gone home to his maker. God lent him to you fur a while and you did good by him. You luvved him and he knew it. Mommy offen sez, we may not have much iin da way of money, but there's nopawdy on this earth dat kuld luv us more. And we know it was dat way fur Sam too. He had a pawsum life wiff you and kuldn't have had better wiff anypawdy else.

    Weez sorry 'bout yous aches. Mommy has jambed hers toes into one of those heavy toolboxes afur oon a few occasions. Each time she was sure a toe was bwoke, but never got it confurmed, cuz as you know there's not really anything they can do 'bout it. Weez sendin' lots of purrs and purrayers fur all of ya'.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Lexi and mommy Audra

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  79. We're so so sorry for the loss of your sweet Sam. We send you comforting purrs and gentle headbonks. Purrs

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  80. I am so sorry for your loss of Sam. He loved and cherished you as much as you did him. I hope you will be feeling better soon, both your body and your heart. God Bless you and keep you during this time. Sabina

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  81. Wow Jan, you have been through so much. We are so sorry for your loss of your special Sam. You loved him and cared for him so well. Sending you, Merci and all the Funny Farmers our gentlest purrs of love, peace and comfort as you grieve his loss. We'll be holding you all in our prayers and hearts.

    Much love,
    Karyn, Clooney & Neytiri

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  82. Jan, I know you did the very best for Sam in all the days he was with you but especially in that last month.We are sending you heartfelt condolences and love. Sam, may you rest in peace Dearheart. You were loved.

    the critters in the cottage and their Mama Sophie xo

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  83. I’m here to pay my respects to Sam. *bows head* I’ve got comforting purrz for the rest of the Funny Farmers.

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  84. So sorry to learn you hurt your toe. And I am doubly sorry to learn of Sam's passing. We know this heartache from many losses. My prayers go out to you.

    Debby
    http://homelesscatcare.blogspot.com

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  85. Jan I am so very very sorry to read of Sam's passing. So very sorry you have had to go through so much these last few months. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I so wish I could carry some of the burden for you.
    Marty's Mom

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  86. We are so sorry to hear that sweet Sam has passed. We are sending our purrs to you and all the Funny Farmers.

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  87. We are so very sad to hear this news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very sad time.

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  88. We're so sorry to hear about your beloved Sam, and especially so close to you losing Cameron. Not to mention the "mishaps" you experienced with your toe and your back and everything else. Sending purrs and thoughts and prayers. "The Boys", Hope and Mom Karen

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  89. dearest Jan...my heart is so sad for you right now. I can only imagine the pain you are in...there are no words of comfort I can offer except that I care and am deeply sad for you. Spring will come and ease the sadness and pain. I pray for blessings to fall upon you while you remain upright!
    With great love, Karla and the cozy cottage cats

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  90. Jan I can't convey enough how deeply saddened I am by the news of Sam's passing...and all that you have been through. I know I don't even have the words that could even begin to help right now. Please know that we all send our love, prayers and wishes for strength for you in this most difficult time. What a handsome, wonderful boy Sam was.....you have a new guardian angel now. ((((hugs)))) and love from all of us.

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  91. We are so sorry to hear about Sam.
    Hard enough to lose a beloved pet and be in such pain yourself.
    Hope you are feeling a bit better.
    Words do not seem enough, so we send comforting purrs and hugs.
    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    Treasure and JJ
    and mom Nancy

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  92. I am so sorry for the loss of Sam. He was a sweet boy.

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  93. I'm so very sorry for your loss of sweet Sam. Thank you for taking such good care of him, especially during this last very difficult month. I hope you feel better soon. The cats are sending lots of healing and comforting purrs.

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  94. we're so sad to hear about the loss of your dear Sam. We are very sorry for your loss. sending you purrs and prayers of comfort-

    pip, smidgen, minnie, hollie, sharpie, ditto

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  95. Oh Jan, I'm so sorry for your loss. Sending you hugs and prayers.
    Rascal and Rocco

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  96. I know that my sister Angel Sasha was there to greet him at the bridge and they are running free together. I have paws crossed for all of you.

    Ziggy Out!!

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  97. I'm so sorry about your loss of Sam. I send you strength and lots of love.

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  98. Jan, Please accept our condolences on the loss of Sam. We know you are heart-broken. You will be in our thoughts, purrs and prayers as you grieve. XOCK, Janet and Kitties Blue

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  99. The last four weeks have been rotten. You're not alone.

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  100. Jan, sending you purrs, gentle headbutts and hugs to you and all the critters of the funny farm. Know that Sam is at peace and is doing zoomies wherever he is. Take care of yourself and heal both physically and your heart. Don't worry about blogging for a little while. You need this time to repair.

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  101. Dear Jan... I'm so, so sorry for the loss of your Sweet Sam. My heart goes out to you and Katie, Waffles and I send our hugs and purrs to you. (((love)))

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  102. Oh no Jan, I am so very sorry. Sam was such a character, I know he will be dearly missed. :(

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  103. It must have been a very trying month for Sam and everyone there. These poor animals don't know what's going on when something bad happens; they don't understand. But they know their humans are there for them; they know they are loved and that brings them such comfort that we can't comprehend. You were there for Sam, and he was happy for it. God bless you, and Godspeed, Sam.

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  104. We are so sorry about all that has happened and especially over sweet Sam. Heaven has truly gained an angel. Sending purrs and hugs...

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  105. We just heard about Sam. We're so very sorry to hear of his passing. He was such a sweet boy. We hope for better days for all of you this coming year. Pawhugs.

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  106. We are so sorry to hear your precious Sam has passed on. He was such a special boy.
    Hugs and purrs of comfort,
    Angel Normie, Mika, Sasha & Grady Lewis

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  107. I'm so very sorry to hear about Sam having left for the Bridge. Perhaps while up in Heaven, he'll meet up with my brother Nissy. The two of them can play and romp and chat and maybe even get up to a little mischief. I don't know if Sam was one for mischief-making but Nissy sure was so I'm sure he'll be able to teach him a trick or two, especially if he has been into the nip or there's a ball of yarn handy. purrs

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  108. I just read of Sam's passing. “It’s the circle of life, and it moves us all through despair and hope, through faith and love. Till we find our place on the path unwinding.” I always like that quote fro the Lion King. Know that you are in our thoughts at this time. Rest peacefully Sam.
    Sweet William The Scot

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  109. We're so sorry about your loss, but we can picture what you have written about Sam, that he is running around his environment again, without pain. That made us smile through the tears. We come to bring you extra soft Pawkisses for comfort <3 <3 <3

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  110. I have waited several days before replying because each time I tried, I cried. But here goes. I am so sorry for the loss of Sam...I know the struggles of trying to care for a big dog and/or family of bigs. There are more days than I could count that I would have thrown my hands up in despair if it weren't for my son being here. Like Sam, our bodies just get worn. Sam knows that you did your very best for him, always. Love isn't something that we can measure in time and deeds...it either is or isn't. And you love...not just Sam but everyone. So, please...take care of yourself. Let your body rest and your soul refresh. I do believe we will see our pets again someday...maybe not at a bridge...but Heaven is filled with so many possibilities. Message me if you ever, ever need to talk or need encouragement. Know that I am thinking of you and praying for your recovery and for peace.

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  111. We are so sorry to read that your precious Sam has passed on.
    He was such a special boy <3 <3 <3

    XOXO

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  112. Big hugs and much love to you all. We are so sorry Sam's trip to the Bridge came now. He will always be a Beautiful Soul, and will always be his special self to many. All of you are in our thoughts and hearts.

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  113. We just came back to say we're still thinking of you, Jan, and hope you are mending in your body, if not your soul! Sending big hugs xx

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  114. Our Belated Condolences and Best Purrs Of Comfort to you all...

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  115. We are so, so, so sorry to hear this sad news. We know how much it hurts and hope that you find some comfort here with your blog friends. *ear licks*

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  116. Oh Jan, we are so terribly sorry to hear about Sam!
    We are sending you many, many Noodle hugs right this very minute.

    You are in our thoughts and prayers...

    Noodle and crew

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  117. I must have written an email instead but I am still sending love and care to you snd the rest of the babies.

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  118. We are so sorry for your loss.

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  119. owsers, you must be missing Sam. It is hard when they cross the Rainbow Bridge. We are sending sympathy vibes to you and your pack.

    PAW-SSS, Red's Dad was a breeder and pet trainer. The family decided to return Red back to his Dad after a couple years.

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  120. We're so so sorry for your loss, Jan and your family. Huge hugs and kisses..

    Momo, Pinot & mom

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  121. So sorry for your loss. We'll miss you Sam.
    I'm also really sorry you're having to go through so much trauma and physical pain at an already tough time. Sounds like you have some lovely friends around you though.
    Lots of loving lickies, Ludo!

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  122. I'm sorry to write so late, Jan but wanted to offer my condolences for the loss of Sam. I read your posts and am so sorry for all you went through and are going through. I am wishing you a fast recovery and lighting a candle for you and your furry family. Carol, Peaches & Paprika

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