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Sampson - P117

Today’s post is for a dear old friend who left this world 10 years ago today. Sampson was my faithful photography companion for 6 years. He was my shadow and would follow me everywhere I went. He became our dog when he was 7 years old and lived to be 13 years of age. He was a large 105lb. German Shepherd mix. Due to neglect Sampson spent the first 7 years of life learning how to fend for himself and he became a skilled hunter in doing so. Often I would find him in the field behind my home hunting for meadow voles. When we moved into our home Sampson came by for a visit and never left, eventually his owners said keep him we don’t want him, and so we did. His favorite past time was playing ball with orange road hockey balls, but you would need to have 3 or 4 balls to actually play fetch with him. He would often stuff two or three of them in his mouth and would not drop them unless you had another one to throw. He also loved to play fetch, in the lake, at the cottage where you could not keep him out of the water. When he was done playing fetch he would chew on these balls as if they were bubblegum. We would often go for very long walks together through the woodlands near the family cottage or down the rural roads where I live. One day he just did not seem to be himself and he had lost his appetite. A trip to the vet would reveal a large tumor in his abdomen. The vet prescribe some medication to help Sampson through the next couple of months. When we arrived home from the vet I asked Sampson if he wanted to go for a walk, which he did. As we set out for our walk, about 20 or 30 feet down the road he stopped, looked up at me, and turned to go back to the house. We had just completed what would be our last walk together. The next morning Sampson died in his sleep. Sampson was cremated and his ashes scattered in the lake at the cottage.

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