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Losing my running and walking partner...and friend


Monday, February 17, 2014



Yesterday my Sammy went to doggie heaven. He had an aggressive tumor in his nose that spread and surgery wasn't an option, and radiation is iffy (only 10-20% success and his life would have been full of appointments we couldn't afford, and I did my research, the best success story the dog lived 6 mo. Longer and then passed.) Sammy lived a total of 14 wonderful years, and lasted 6 mo. after his diagnosis.









We rescued Sammy from the dog pound in Chicago. I told my husband I felt there was a dog there that needed us, and he went, blindly, looking for the one while I was at work. How could he choose from all of these dogs? They all needed and deserved homes. But one stood out because his cries were so loud and sounded human...actually it was more like a scream. We got Sammy and while he only cost us $30, it turned out he had pneumonia and was very sick, he ended up costing us almost $1,000 which gave us a good laugh. He was worth it, though. The most handsome dog, he loved burrowing under blankets and he loved being under my feet. When we got him I was unhealthy and obese, but as I grew healthier, I discovered that inside of me, and Sam, was a runner. He became my running partner and really took to it. Later, when he got sick, he slowed to walks. But he always loved going out, even on his last day here on this earth...he could only make it a house down, but he loved it the same.





I am devastated. But we had over two months more with him than we thought...we almost lost him a few days before Christmas...but our vet suggested giving him a steroid shot and that got him through..here's what Sammy got to enjoy these last few months...








A weekend in the city and getting pampered at the Hilton.

A duck dinner.

Many walks, including my old marathon training ground and michigan avenue

Seeing Marlo and Lucy dance

Watching episodes of dexter

Seeing Ralph the dog play piano on the muppets movie

Going sledding

Seeing the snowpocolpyse...twice

Celebrated Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year's Eve and Valentines day

Stayed by my side while I attempted Pilates

Worked from home with me the two days the office was closed with his doggy bed outside my closet office

Had a custom doggy king cape made by Lucy





.since then he's been on steroids and had 3 more shots, but in the end we could tell he was in pain...hard for him to breathe at night...and we knew it was time.











Thank you, God, for being able to take our time saying goodbye...and thank you Sammy for being the most amazing dog and partner a girl could ask for. For teaching me more about love. For always being by my side. We will always love you, Sam.
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DZINE4KING 4/7/2014 9:24AM

    Just now saw this. I am SO sorry for your loss! By looking at your pictures, I see how much you loved your dog, and your dog loved you! God bless you!

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DZINE4KING 4/7/2014 9:24AM

    Just now saw this. I am SO sorry for your loss! By looking at your pictures, I see how much you loved your dog, and your dog loved you! God bless you!

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FEELINGFITERIN 3/3/2014 9:05AM

    I'm so sorry, Kathy... Our dogs become like our children, don't they. It looks like you have lots of beautiful memories of your time spent together. emoticon

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RUDITUDI2000 3/2/2014 9:59PM

    I'm so sorry! emoticon It is hard to lose a pet. Praying for you.. emoticon

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CINDYAST 3/2/2014 5:10PM

    Ah dang. It is so hard when we lose a beloved pet. I understand, as our old dog got cancer last spring and we lost her.
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LIFEISPURRFECT 2/22/2014 1:57PM

    What a wonderful post. With tears in my eyes, I can feel the love that your family had for your four-legged family member. Our pets may physically leave us but, they always leave a little bit of them when they cross the rainbow bridge.

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TRAVELGRRL 2/19/2014 9:29AM

    He was so well loved during his life, and you gave him so much! My condolences...

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SGTSUNNY 2/18/2014 1:21PM

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RUNNERRACHEL 2/18/2014 1:08PM

    emoticon emoticon to hear about losing him. He was a great companion. emoticon

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MSBOOTCAMP 2/18/2014 10:24AM

    My family knows the feeling, and we send you and yours our condolences...

Looks like your doggie lived a great dog's life! It's wonderful that you have so many pictures and memories to share!

Eventually, if your family might feel like it (and I'm sure you know), there are so many rescue doggies - all shapes, sizes, and ages - that would love to share a home and family with you.

Wishing you and your family all the best, with lots more great workouts, in the days, weeks, and years to come.

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 2/18/2014 1:05AM

    So sorry for your loss!!!!!!

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_JODI404 2/17/2014 11:17PM

    What a loving tribute to your beloved Sammy! It's the hardest thing to say goodbye... their love will always be with you - forever. These pictures are absolutely beautiful, and capture the absolute LOVE that was mutually shared by all of you!

So sorry for the heartache that I am sure you feel from his absence. They become such a big part of your daily life...it is quite a void without them. May your fond memories help you through the tough times now.

That extra time after Christmas was such a blessing. It's great that you got to spoil him extra, extra rotten! He had a wonderful life with your family -- I can tell!

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KERRYG155 2/17/2014 9:09PM

    I am so sorry. I know it is hard to lose our fur kids especially a special one like this.

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/17/2014 8:56PM

    What a sweet tribute blog and lovely pics. Sorry for your loss, but lucky to have had him so long.

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THEADMIRAL 2/17/2014 8:54PM

    I'm so sorry emoticon

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IS1GAR 2/17/2014 8:33PM

    Sorry for your loss, keep the good memories in your heart.
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1HAPPYSPIRIT 2/17/2014 8:02PM

    Cherish the memories of your beloved dog, Sammy! My deepest sympathy!

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CHRISSY792 2/17/2014 7:35PM

    I'm so sorry :(! My heart breaks for you and your family! This was a beautiful tribute to him!

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SOPHIEDO13 2/17/2014 7:35PM

    Your post was very touching it brought tears to my eyes. I lost my dog of 14 years a 1.5 ago she ate a spaghetti dinner (she loved table food) and about an hour later she passed naturally no warning but about 30 min before she started to feel sick her name was Katie. 9 months later my husband made his final push for another dog and now we have Sophie who just turned a year on February 11th she has softened my heart I didn't think I could get close to another dog so soon but she is a joy. I'm sorry Sam passed and there will be an empty spot like when you open the door coming home (that for me was the hardest). emoticon emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 2/17/2014 6:56PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss. It sounds like you all had an amazing life together. I'm glad his last few months were memorable.

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BOBBYS1GIRL 2/17/2014 5:56PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss!

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BOBBYS1GIRL 2/17/2014 5:55PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss!

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CARILOUIE 2/17/2014 4:59PM

    What a beautiful post. Sending prayers to all of Sammy's family.

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SAINTBERNARD6 2/17/2014 4:46PM

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KATD13 2/17/2014 4:44PM

    So sorry to hear about the loss of your beautiful Sammy. The story of him crying at the pound, broke my heart. But he knew that you were his forever family. Thank you for sharing his story & photos with us.

I have a few pups waiting for me at the Rainbow Bridge. Loved seeing the beautiful drawings of the Bridge.

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POOKASLUAGH 2/17/2014 4:18PM

    :(

*hugs*

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WINNIE1978 2/17/2014 4:12PM

    It sounds like Sammy had a very nice life with you and your family. I hope your good memories bring you comfort.

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LUVTOBOWL 2/17/2014 4:11PM

    Aww, hate to hear about your walking partner. I don't blame you for the decision you made.

Hugs!!!

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LEKESHIA35 2/17/2014 4:06PM

  im sorry to hear about your dog so sad.

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UNICORN212 2/17/2014 3:51PM

    It is hard to type through the tears in my eyes. He was a lucky dog. And you were a lucky family to have found him.
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PICKIE98 2/17/2014 3:49PM

    Had to take my glasses off to type this, tears clouding my eyes.. I am SO sorry for your loss and pain.. We lost our dear Pooky Bear a few years ago,, a rescue girl.. and I still am so devastated I cannot bear to get another dog..Had at least one or two at a time my entire life until now..

Know that my Pooky greeted Sam,, we also had a German Shepherd named Sam...

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EABHA70 2/17/2014 3:47PM

    I'm so sorry to hear about Sammy!

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INSPIREBYNATURE 2/17/2014 3:38PM

    We love you Sammy! He had an AMAZING life with you guys

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GETFIT2LIVE 2/17/2014 3:33PM

    Such a sweet tribute to a wonderful friend. It is hard to say goodbye to our four-legged family, but you know when it is the right thing to do. I know some people will say they are "just" dogs, but they are so much more--a gift from God to us.

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MELLY3183 2/17/2014 3:30PM

    so sorry to hear about your pup! it's always hard losing a furry friend. My thoughts are with you and your family now.

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