Samantha came to us from a Rescue at age 5. We knew from her behavior she had been through trauma in her earlier life. She very quickly overcame her hesitance and became a member of our family. She was intensely devoted to her "Dad" who is disabled. She was a true caretaker and his constant shadow. Samantha had a strong spirit and put the needs of her people above her own. When her Dad was ill, she would lay by his side day and night, foregoing food or play or anything else. She loved her stuffed animals and would gather them in a pile as if herding them. She was always happy when one of us came home from somewhere -- recognizing the sound of our vehicle before we reached the driveway. Samantha had hilarious responses to things like the garage door, the doorbell, the telephone, the timer buzzer. She would spin circles and shake a toy like crazy. When we didn't know where she was, all we had to do is hit the garage door opener and she came running from anywhere in the house or the yard.|
We can only guess what her life was like before she became part of our family. We do know, though, that she was happy with us and very attached to each of us. It was beyond heartbreaking to let her go and leaving a hole in our hearts. We take comfort in knowing we will one day again see her at the Rainbow Bridge along with her previously departed siblings who she will now get to know -- Shannon, Doodle, Samson, Fluffy, and Harley. All of you have fun until we see you again.
8/16/2010 This has been one of the longest weeks ever. We still can't believe our sweet Samantha is gone and miss her terribly. We still look for her around every corner when we walk through the house and look for her to come running and do her spin when the garage door opens or the phone rings. Wow, we are really noticing how she was so much a part of every moment of our life. It is very empty without her. We hope she are having the best time ever with all of her new friends. Many lovely people have send words of comfort and let us know that they have one or more special friends to help her learn the ropes. That has been a comfort. We love you, Samantha.