~ This is Our Little
Sam joined our family in
May, 2000. At that time, Fred was just six years old and was
very used to being an only
child! But Fred fell instantly in love with Sam, just as we all
did! Although we are
unsure of Sam's early beginnings, when he first came to us, he
was in very bad health.
He had been on his own for a very long time, and he had large
ticks all over his whole
body. He was so sweet and brave! I remember when I first saw
him I just knew that I had
to make him mine! He was such a shy little guy, so polite
and well-behaved! All he
wanted was to give love, and be loved in return!
He has had such a terribly
hard life, and he truly is my very own doggy hero!
We always call Sam our little
Boodle, because he is a poodle-bulldog mix. He is so
cute, with his curly hair
and his bulldog eyes and chest! Not to mention his adorable
underbite! His other
nickname is Mr. WiggleBottom, as he has a tiny little bulldog
tail, and when he is happy,
his whole bottom wags from side to side.
Sam is now thirteen years
old. Nearly three years ago, he developed diabetes, and
we have had a very difficult
time getting it under control. Even now, Sam has periods
when his glucose levels
will spike, and we have to work very hard to get him regulated
again. He is given
two insulin shots, morning and night, and he must eat a very strict
diet. Although the
diabetes has robbed Sam of much of his sight, he is a very happy
and brave little boy and
he is dearly loved by us all.