From email received 3/11/2009
We adopted Sam Anthony 051 (Sammy) in October of 2005. He had been on the website for quite some time, and though he had some eye issues, we thought he was a handsome boy that deserved a home. We added him to the herd (or should I say, he was the start of the herd) and we loved him to pieces. He was a cuddly teddy bear; and later in life when he lost his sight in his good eye; he would sit and look like Eeyore, a little forlorn and waiting for someone to notice him sitting there. He managed to get into places one would think were dog proofed. Who could forget a dog named Sam Anthony, getting into the baking cupboard on St. Patrick's Day, covered head to tail with flour! Flour was scattered all over the floor, and even stuck to his fake eye and nose. Life never seemed to let Sammy relax for too long; losing one eye after a long fight with an ulcer and glaucoma (which Shorewood spent many hours of love into, and eventually replacing with a prosthetic), to thyroid problems, losing his other eye, cancer, and then Cushing's disease.
He was plucky and tough and enjoyed life as it was given to him anyway. The fight and pluck finally let go and we realized it was time to let him go, too. Sammy went to Rainbow Bridge on March 9-2009 after 3 1/2 years with us.
He will be missed by his fur brothers, Prince, Buddy, Maxey and Earl; his people, Steve and Lynne; and his boy, Alex.
A verse I found that says it all:
"It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are"
Click here to go to Sammy's Adoptables Bio