Tuesday, April 22, 2014

S is for Samson ~ Samoyed Dog ~ A Love Story

Theme ~ Good Things:

We adopted Samson from a relative after Samson's litter mates had all died, and he felt he couldn't sell him. Samson was seven weeks old at the time. 

At less than two years old, Samson developed pancreatitis, and at three he suddenly became blind. He was diagnosed with UDS, a canine disease primarily found in Akitas. Only the quick actions of our vet, who immediately put him on steroids, restored Samson's sight. He is healthy now, he only needs eye drops every three days, and a vet visit every three months. But our vet thinks his immune system is iffy. Samson will be five in July.   

I posted this, my commitment to Samson, when I wasn't sure if he was going to survive and not sure I could stand the heartache of losing yet another dog. 

From the Westminster Kennel Club:

"The Samoyed is an ancient working breed developed by the nomadic Samoyed people of Siberia. His jobs included herding reindeer, hunting and hauling sledges and guard work. 

The Samoyed people depended upon their dogs for survival. Samoyed dogs actually slept in the shelters with their people. Their exceedingly close association with humans helped to imprint a wonderful temperament on the breed with the smiling face, laughing eyes and stunning silver tipped coat. The Samoyed, a working dog, is happiest when he has a job, even if it is just bringing in the daily paper." 

Samson at two years old. 

From Wikipedia:

Recent DNA analysis has led to the Samoyed being included among the 14 most ancient dog breeds, along with the Siberian Husky, Alaskan Malamute, Chow Chow and 10 others. Samoyeds have been bred and trained for at least 3,000 years. 

From Samson Himself:

Mommy knows how much I like to work, so she lets me take her for a walk every morning. That's a very big job for me. Once we ran into a trespasser and I had to show my powers, I growled and lunged at her, and was so fierce she thought I was a German shepherd dog. I scared her away, she's never been back.

When mommy fell and hurt her ribs, I put two paws on one side and two on the other side of mommy's body and then I stood over her to protect her from wild critters until daddy came with the Jeep. I'm very responsible. 

Mommy takes me to the shed where she does laundry. When she hangs it on the line, I go with her and sit by her side and guard her. You never know who may come, maybe a bear or another trespasser I need to scare away.

Then we walk together around the place and pick up stuff, I don't know why we do this, but I follow along. When mommy cuts down those stupid bushes in the field, I keep an eye out for intruders. She says I make her feel safe.  

Last year they put the picnic table in my dog run and it has been my lookout post ever since. I survey my land and make sure my tenants (rabbits, ground squirrels, gophers, and all the birds) behave themselves. 

And if the coyotes come by and try to scare me, I have to remind them I'm not far removed from my ancestors the big wolves of Siberia.

I am engaged to my love, Gracie, a little white Cockapoo who lives in Maryland. I know, it's far away and since both our mommies are so dependent on us, we will be an online couple forever.  

Since I'm the only dog around here now, I'm pretty busy helping mommy. And that's why I like my nap after all my chores are done.

Me: Since Samson became our only dog, he has proven to be exceptional. He was trained as a puppy by our German shepherd dog, not by me, yet he seems to understand everything I ask of him. He is very communicative and very kind. His complaining dog blogger personality is just a front. Samson has won my heart and my unconditional love for him knows no bounds. 


  1. Samson has won many hearts around the world Inger but do not tell him we don't want his head to swell:)
    I am so happy you have such a wonderful companion to keep you safe. Hugs B

  2. Growing up, we had a neighbor with Samoyeds. I remember when they had puppies. They were the cutest balls of white fluff! I hope your Samoyed continues to beat the odds and be healthy.

  3. Samson is such a beauty and you are both so fortunate to have found each other.

  4. Now this is the best "s" I ever read, Inger!!!...:)JP

  5. You have a very handsome dog. Dogs are fantastic companions - we have a white German Shepherd who is just adorable, if the size of a small horse! :) I love cats and dogs, but a dog's love is unconditional.
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  6. Vilket fint inlägg om Samson. Han är så fin och är ju en kär vovve till er på alla plan. De blir ju så familjära våra kära vovvar. Dt är lika med våra.
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  7. Simon is a beautiful dog and I'm so glad he has a mom like you Inger.
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  8. I think dogs pick their people not the other way around. There is nothing better than the love of a dog except maybe the love of a small child.

  9. Samson is a very loyal and loving dog. It doesn't hurt that he is so beautiful, either!

  10. You rock Samson, guarding and loving... and i laughed out loud at you in the flower pot.. you sure will need a bigger flower pot now. you are blessed to have mommy to care for and a mommy who cares for you... loved your life story.

  11. Hi Inger - we can hear your love for Samson and that special bond that occurs between man and dog ... a very special something.

    Love your story .. and long may Samson be with you .. but these delightful posts of yours and those written by Samson are special .. he's a magic being ..

    Big hugs to the silver tip white one and to you the Swede and your hubby! Cheers Hilary

  12. Awwww sweet Samson! Such a beautful boy!!

  13. i love this huge fluffy boy - and i love the security he gives you. he has taken hearts (yours, gracie's, and a whole lot of bloggers) from all over. :)

  14. Inger,
    I loved Samson's story. I'm sure dogs do more-or-less think like this. I think he's wonderful to have protected you when you broke your ribs.
    It must have been awful to find he that disease, and I'm pleased he didn't go blind.
    Suzy's 14 and has a large growth and can't do her usual walks any more and I'm dreading the time I have to call the vet. We do get very attached to our animals.
    It's wonderful to have the love of a dog.

  15. You're a superstar, Samson.
    So interesting that you were trained by your German shepherd buddy.

  16. You show your love of Samson by the photos of him you take, Inger. You have several winners in this selection you've posted. He is a beautiful dog, I just love that one where he's tiny and in the plant pot?

    Having a pet to care for teaches us compassion, sympathy, love of another creature, and softens our attitudes against other animals.

    Someone once told me I liked animals better than people. I think I was saying they were more reliable and didn't turn on you as much. . .

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  17. A dog like Samson is more than that: he is a close friend and a member of the family.

    Dear sweet Samson.

  18. Samson is possibly the cutest dog I have ever seen, he is so friendly and cute, but also a strong protector. King Samson!

  19. What a blessing you have been to each other. Many would not have gone the extra mile you have with his health and he has paid you back in spades.
    Thank you for the Samson fix.

  20. This is such a good read, Inger! Your love for Samson and his for you is evident in this post.
    His instincts are very sharp and I see why you would feel safe alone with him.
    Dogs.....wonderful creatures!

  21. Really enjoyed this, I love Samson. My dog Coco thinks Samson is very gorgeous.

  22. What a wonderful post. Even though I read most Samson posts, somehow I missed all of the details of his loyalty to you. How wonderful.

  23. I thought I needed a German Shepard - but now I am thinking Samoyed. I really enjoyed this post and you have a very good companion there.

  24. What a beautiful dog and story about him. You have a kind heart, and a great companion.
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  25. What a cutie pie of a pup you were Samson!! And you have grown up to be just as beautiful.

    Gracie: yah! I'm a guard dog too Samson! I guard the house and mom does not appreciate me like your mom appreciates you. Mine YELLS at me if I bark at intruders. Well, we will have to set a date for our wedding soon... Having your beautiful face posted for all the world to see might entice competition for me... ((((licks and cuddles)))) your Gracie

  26. Samson, Inger is so lucky to have you! I am so glad your eyesight was saved. Those pictures of you would get you loads of girlfriends down here in hot Louisiana -- but your fur would make a trip here really uncomfortable!!

    Inger, thank you for showing us so many lovely pictures of Samson and thank you for saving him. :-)

  27. Visiting from A/Z; I so enjoyed reading about Samson. So glad he is doing well and you had a great vet to diagnose him and get him the treatment he needed!

    We had a Samoyed years ago; Snowy. Loved him; we had to give him away when we moved as we were moving into an apartment and I didn't think it was fair for him to be in such confined spaces, but he found a wonderful new home on a farm.

    Love them (except when they shed :)

    Enjoy the rest of the challenge; we are at the home stretch!


  28. I LOVE you, dear Samson! I would love so very much to know you in person and your Mom too, for sure!
    Yes, it is a blessing you have your Mom and your Mom have you! What a lovely friendship you both have!
    Love to read how you protect Mommy when she fell and hurt her ribs. You are really a good companion and very much responsible.
    Fortunately your Mom found a good vet and I am so glad you are healthy now!

    Fortunately your Mom found a good vet and I am so glad you are healthy now!

    Love also seeing your photos, you are really gorgeous!
    You have taken many hearts from all over the blogosphere!
    Lots of hugs to you and to Mommy.

  29. Ops! Sorry a double phrase on the comment.

  30. Samson is such a beautiful dog. You've included some wonderful information about the breed, and I really enjoyed learning. My husband had a Samoyed when he was a young boy and he still talks about Shep from time to time. Samson is sure fortunate to have landed with you, Inger, and all the attention you give him. You've saved his life more than once, I think. The photo of him as a puppy is just adorable!


Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger


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