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Sammy Sammy Sammy

>> Wednesday, May 12, 2010


Meet Sammy! He's our foster Newfoundland. If you look very closely you'll see little tiny Annabelle on the couch behind him. The girls are adjusting just fine. I'll have them tell you about Sammy with their own words later this week.


Sammy Newfoundland Sammy came to us on Friday. He'd been a couple places before he got here. One place had called him Mongo. The other Sampson. I tried both names on him and he didn't respond much to either. Since I preferred Sampson we stuck closely with that.

Why did we agree to foster such an enormous dog? Because we love Newfoundlands and frankly, I signed up with a Newfoundland rescue group to do what I love...have a Newfoundland in my life. I've told you all about Bud, our last Newfie. He lived to be 11-years-old and was just about the greatest dog on earth. Sammy isn't a traditional color. In fact he isn't recognized by the AKC. But Sammy is a traditional Newfoundland. Gentle, kind, clumsy, messy, and funny. Sammy's already won our hearts...all 100 * pounds of him.

Does he have any issues? Yes a few. He's really young (a year) so he came with no manners. He's already doing better. Sammy doesn't like it much when we leave. I have a feeling he's been left once too many times. We're going to work with Sammy to make him as confident as he can be. Then we're going to work hard to make ourselves let him go when the time comes.

By the way, my sister-in-law just visited a wonderful winery where she was greeted by MIRA, a Newfoundland. Go see her post and photos!

16 comments:

Parsley May 13, 2010 at 10:22 AM  

Thank you for loving this fur baby and fostering him!

Debbie May 13, 2010 at 10:24 AM  

Jan thank you for visiting my blog and for leaving a lovely comment. We also have a Newfie called Merlin and 3 Border Collies, plus 6 cats and 25 ponies. Its a case of Love me, love the slobber..xxx

kimmterr May 13, 2010 at 10:57 AM  

He is beautiful. I miss not having my big dogs. Enjoy him while you have him.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ May 13, 2010 at 11:01 AM  

Oh he's a handsome boy!! Kudos to you for opening your heart and home to him!!

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom May 13, 2010 at 12:11 PM  

What a handsome hunk!

I'm going to share him with my pal Remington in MinnieSoda!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Benny and Lily May 13, 2010 at 1:50 PM  

Welcome Sammy..you are cute and look like you would be a good pillow.
Have fun with your friend
Benny & Lily

Gloria May 13, 2010 at 7:15 PM  

Hey Sammy! I think you are in a great place! Wish I could have you though!

Tweedles -- that's me May 13, 2010 at 10:33 PM  

Your hearts are so big for opening your home and caring for these poor little pups who need love.
So unselfish,so loving, so caring, so giving- thats what your friends think of you.
Bless little Sammy
love
tweedles

Kat May 14, 2010 at 11:59 AM  

Jan, He is beautiful.

sandy May 14, 2010 at 2:51 PM  

Too bad we couldn't introduce your Sammy and Mira the Wine Dog, could have been love at first site! I thought Mira was huge, then I met Sammy...........WOZER!!

Anne, Sailor, Jib, and Zoe May 14, 2010 at 9:34 PM  

I love Landseers! Congratulations on your foster Sammy. He's beautiful.

Jan Mader May 15, 2010 at 4:53 PM  

Sammy actually has the recessive gene of a brown Newfoundland and the recessive gene of a Landseer...that's why the AKC doesn't recognize his colors! What a loss!!!

bbes tribe May 16, 2010 at 11:22 AM  

Sammy is beautiful!!! Or should we say handsome!? He is very lucky to have you watching over & helping him get ready for his forever home. Good job!
Tailwags
Ernie,Sasha,Chica

MISTAYA May 16, 2010 at 1:55 PM  

Jan, he is such a beautiful dog. Thank you for taking him in and giving him a great chance to find his forever home! Hugs and Wags, Mistaya and Gail

Sman May 22, 2010 at 11:45 AM  

What a pretty dog and such a soft face... typical Newf! Glad you got one back into your life, if only for a little bit to get your fix :)

Lily Robinson May 26, 2010 at 10:20 PM  

I love the name Sampson. He's a handsome lad. Good luck with the training.

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