Tuesday, April 5, 2016

D is for Dogs

Me, alone. Life after loss.

Happiness is a warm puppy. ~ Charles M. Schulz

My dogs, Samson, the Samoyed, and Faith, the mutt. 

After he was diagnosed with liver cancer, Errol came home with Faith. He had adopted her from a couple of electricians he met outside the Tractor Supply store. She's supposed to be a lab/some kind of herding dog cross. I see pitbull in her too, so does the vet. And she can jump like a Jack Russell, and dig like one too, so you know I just have to get her DNA done. Now that one can.

Because of all the difficulties of last year, it became pretty much Samson's job to raise Faith and he did a wonderful job. 

Errol adopted Samson when he was still working in Los Angeles and lived in our LA house. So Samson was raised by Errol and he was very hard hit by Errol's sudden absence. For about six months, he was clearly not himself, very quiet and depressed. I was so grateful for Faith, as she provided much distraction for both Samson and me. 

Then suddenly he reinvented himself. 

It was as though he woke up one morning and realized he was the man of the house. And decided he had to be the strong protector of our home. This is a good thing and gives him a job, which is so important for a working breed. 

Samson and Faith have helped me so much this past year. I have no idea what I would have done without them here. 


Faith says: Tell them I sleep with you in the bed, mommy.

Me: Yes, Faith goes to sleep at my feet as I tell her to, good dog that she is. Strange how I always wake up face to face with her! 


  1. They're both gorgeous looking dogs and sounds like they're such a great comfort to you and each other. We had a lab mix once. Never did a DNA test on her, but would have been curious to know what the mix was. I suspect part Shepard.

    Cheers - Ellen | http://thecynicalsailor.blogspot.com/2016/04/d-is-for-ditch-bag-nancy-drew.html

  2. Beautiful dogs, and they both sound very in tune with you :)
    Suzanne from
    Suzannes Tribe

  3. where does Samson sleep? they are both so sweet and pretty and i had forgotten how tiny Faith was when you got her. you are blessed to have them and they are blessed to have you...

  4. What a beautiful story! I always tell myself whenever we lose a pet that it will be the last one then next thing you know we have another. I call them gifts from God. They are so faithful. Great post!

  5. You are very lucky to have them...or are they lucky to have you? Well, it's good for all around!

  6. Handsome dogs both, and a comfort to you. You are fortunate to have each other.

    Keith Channing A-Zing from http://keithkreates.com

  7. Hi Inger - the dogs have been a blessing for you both - and they are lucky to be with you ... and now take care of you. Funny waking up with Faith face to face ... one time I came back to get into bed at home in South Africa ... and found my bull terrier happily laid out with his head on the pillow ... I was going through a troubling time - and he certainly helped ... lovely remembrance story of how they came into your life .... cheers and hugs Hilary

  8. In good times and bad times, our pets give us unconditional love and a reason to get up in the morning.

  9. Good morning Inger. I'm so glad too that you have those two companions to take care of you. I think that Errol had a sense that you and Samson would need Faith to get you through.
    Blessings on your day.

  10. I've always loved your dogs- your posts about them make them come alive for me. I am glad that you had them to help you through this.

  11. Faith was a wonderful gift from Errol to you but also to Samson. I am so glad you had both of them to bring you comfort.

  12. I love your furry family!!

  13. There is this saying: And then god made a dog.
    You know why this is said, so do I, and so do many people!
    You are doing good and fine and okay Inger!

  14. dogs are such faithful companions.

  15. She is just keeping an eye on you and perhaps she likes the pillows too! Our pets can sense when something's wrong and can be great at giving us a sense of purpose. Plus aren't they both good security dogs?

  16. Aww, I love that Samson reinvented himself! So precious. These two are such beautiful pups, I'm glad you have them to take care of you now.

  17. Beautiful dogs, especially Samson. That's funny that Faith goes to sleep at your feet and wakes up nose-to-nose. I had to laugh because my youngest cat does the same thing and likes to lay on my head and nuzzle my hair. He's a pillow hog, but I love it!

    I'm so glad Samson found a renewed purpose and is there for both you and Faith.


  18. Happiness IS, indeed, a warm puppy...


Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger


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