Thank you so much, Ann Adamus of zoolatry.blogspot.com, who not only designed and executed the first three gorgeous pictures, but also designed Sammie's banner. And helped get the blog back up again, then directed you all here. So much gratitude goes out to you, Ann. I have missed blogging, and may be able to get back to it once in a while, but can't yet at this time.
It has been so hard to wake up in the morning without our darling Sammie. From the first day we met her, she 'told' us she would rescue us, and rescue us, she did. It is still too hard to write a lot about our adventures with her - she was such a willing companion, ready to embark on whatever task we set out to do for the day, whether it be a boring shopping trip or float trip down the Truckee River. She was enthusiastic about competitive obedience, first earning her CGC title (Canine Good Citizen). I was as much a novice as she was as she went on to earn her Beginner Novice (BN), Novice A (CD - Conpanion Dog) and Open A (CDX - Companion Dog Excellent) titles. She tried tracking and dock diving, but loved swimming and hiking most of all. I can still envision her galloping down the trail, chasing squirrels or finding gophers, sniffing at anything potentially edible (which was most things). She saw the woods as a grand buffet. She adored playing in the snow, snoofling and scratching up holes or catching snowballs. She loved swimming in the Sierra lakes almost more than hiking, going far offshore to scarf up kongs or bumpers and dutifully bringing them back. She never wanted to leave for home, even when I reminded her it was supper time. She filled our lives with her character and antics - she occupied an enormous place in our lives.
We miss her terribly. Grief is the price we pay for love... Sammie, we will love you forever.
Run Free Sammie xxxx