The most loyal golden retriever ever to come into this world was born fourteen years and one month ago. From his first moments with us, Sam was at the center of our family, all heart and soul, connecting each of us in his own special puppy way. Never has a tail wagged faster than his would upon greeting us. Never has a dog curled up faster into the lap of someone he only just met. Sam just wanted one thing out of life: for everyone around him to be happy. And he never spent a day in his life failing to live up to that expectation he held for us, always at our side, always trying to find an excuse to make us scratch his ears and belly, because he knew we'd like it just as much as he, and that sometimes we'd need that just as much, too.|
It was impossible to meet Sam and not love him, and it was equally impossible for him to meet you and not love you. He was heart was just too big for it to go down any other way.
A week ago we had to say goodbye to our dearest friend. We would've given anything on this earth to save him, but there was no cure for what ailed him, no treatment; nothing. They say you don't really know how much you love someone until they're gone. That isn't always true. When Sam was diagnosed, all of the love we had for him hit home like a thousand sledgehammers against our hearts, but for that I'm grateful, because we had a chance to shower him with the same unconditional, unequaled, incredible love he gave to us all his life, right up until the moment we had to say goodbye.
Sam, you were the best, most loyal, loving friend a person could ever hope to have, and we will see you in our dreams ten thousand times, and then one day we will see you again for real, and all the pain between now and then will be forgotten and only the love we had for each other will remain.