Sammi Jo came into our lives July 23, 2004. She had just turned 9 years old and was rescued out of a filthy, depressing puppy mill where she had lived most of her life. When she began having health problems and he could no longer breed her, the owner wanted to get rid of her. A friend of mine was able to get her and two other dogs out. The day Sammi Jo came home with us was the happiest day of all of our lives.
Sammi Jo was such a delight. She twirled round and round when she wanted a treat. She had such short little legs and at her age, wasn't as spry as she once was so she would literally hop when she was following me from room to room. She was one of the most loving dogs I have ever had and throughout my life, and I've had a lot of dogs. She only wanted to be loved and to return the favor. She wanted to be wherever I was. When she couldn't climb the stairs all the way, she stood at the bottom and waited for me to come along and get her. She slept right between my husband and myself and she was the top dog in our household of 3 other dogs, although she was the smallest at 6 lbs.
This week her big, black eyes took on a different look and I noticed that she was shaking quite a bit and seemed to not be herself. Once she refused to eat or to take her treats, I knew it was time. As much as I wanted to keep her, I knew that she was suffering. So, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008, Sammi Jo went to the Rainbow Bridge and joined all my other furry babies. I am missing her so much. I will never know a dog quite like Sammi Jo. It breaks my heart more to think about her 9 years in a puppy mill. However, I know that the last 3½ years were the best for all of us. I am happy she is free of all pain now. My heart is still hurting. I look for her everywhere in the house. I strain to hear the sound of her shuffling on the hardwood floors. I am so thankful for her and that I had her for 3½ years. I feel like I've known her a lifetime. She certainly gave me the love of a lifetime. I love you, Sammi Jo. I will see you again, my sweet little angel baby, Sama-lamba.
For our Loved Ones, The Heart Never Forgets