Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A blessed 13 years it was. **Pretty long and picture heavy**

"And I'll take with me the memories To be my sunshine after the rain"

Today as we woke up at 5:30 a.m we didn't get frustrated because we both knew it would be the last 5a.m wake up, it would be the last middle of the night water drinking induced potty break. For today was the day we were putting our sweet westie to rest.

We made this decision many many months ago, but it was me who was finally able to really let "go". So on Monday morning I called the vet and set the appointment. It was very short call. " okay 10:45 wednesday morning, sorry"

After that phone call my DH and I decided to make his last three days with us the best we could.Even though through out his life he lived a GREAT one. Samson had been blind for alittle over a year,and while he was fine in the house, when he got outside it was like walking in a maze. So Sunday we took him for a little car ride with the windows down even though it was around 35 degrees outside. We feed him leftover steak and a splash of sparkling wine on Monday. On Tuesday he got ice cream from Zestos along with some chicken. And on Wednesday morning when he woke we gave him all his favorite duck treats.

Knowing that your pet is GOING to die sucks, because you have MANY days with him which is wonderful but so heartbreaking at the same time. He had become very ill after being bit by what we think was a snake over a year ago. He then became dibetic, lost his eye sight and just slowly went downhill. we had three days to reflect on the wonderful dog he was, all the while crying our eyes out and telling him he was special.

See we have had this little guy from his start. My Brother, his wife and I drove 3 1/2hours to some country town in the middle of Ohio to pick him out. He was the biggest in the bunch, though my husband could not make it with us he had told me before we left, make sure we get a girl. LOL well obviously that did not happen. There were 4 dogs in the litter all bigger than the next, as we were sitting there watching them all here comes this brut of a dog sliding into the food bowls and knocking all his litter mates out of the way. My brother looked at me and said "that's the one, he seems like a clown"

And yes he was. He was always the life of the party, never afraid and always up for some kisses be it human or canine as seen here :D

He was always curious and LOVED the snow but in order to go potty we had to clear a patch away to reveal grass, imagine doing this in a 6' snow storm in Colorado LOL But we did it because after all we loved him. And he would not go unless we did it LOL

He had a special blanket that he stole off the back of the couch as a puppy, he slept with blanket, he sucked on that blanket like it was his pacifier and he went to doggie heaven wrapped in the warmth of this blanket while in my arms. I am so blessed to have had this special dog in our lives. He taught me patience, love and how to enjoy life. He was ours and we loved him.
Samson may you know no pain and have endless beaches to walk and mounds of snow to frolic in. We love you little dude.


  1. Oh Natasha I am so sorry for your loss. I am sitting here with tears streaming down my face. You said he was blind, was he also ill.


  2. Linda,
    Thank you. Yes I know I am streaming tears still. He was bite by what think was a snake or a spider, he needed monor surgurey last August and while on steroids to combat the infection he became dibetic, which then he became blind and then his health declined.

  3. I'm sitting here in tears, sharing your pain. It's a horrible choice you had to make, but I know you knew in your heart that it was time. Hold those beautiful memories close; Samson will always be near, as close as your heart.

  4. Aww, I know your pain and share in your tears. I'm so sorry for your loss.

  5. I am so sorry for the passing of your Samson. Cherish the memories and may they bring comfort to you in the coming.

    Robin in Virginia

  6. What a wonderful tribute . Made me cry , but not as much as you I guess. Thinking of you . xxx

  7. Oh Natasha, I am so very sorry. Dogs are such a precious, special gift from God. He had such a good, good life with you.

  8. I have tears in my eyes. I'm so sorry. I can tell how much you love Samson.

  9. I am so sorry for your loss! Westies are such neat dogs! Your tribute made me cry as well! Hugs!!

  10. aww thanks for sharing his story, sending you warm hugs through this time and may you know he is in a better place Merry Christmas

  11. I know your pain well and are keeping you and your hubby in my prayers. Samson is waiting on the other side of the rainbow bridge for you and thanking you for doing your best for him. They truly do take part of us with them when they go.
    Hugs and prayers

  12. Aww, I'm so sorry. It is never easy letting a pet go. :(

  13. What a precious little guy he was and so blessed to be loved by you. It's never easy losing a part of your family, but what wonderful memories you must have.

  14. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I know how your heart must be breaking. Our fur babies are so precious.

  15. Oh, I'm so sorry, Natasha... I totally understand how painful it is to say goodbye to a beloved pet. Samson sounds like true and loyal friend--you were lucky to have each other.

  16. Hi Natasha

    I've never visited your blog before but I wanted to say how sorry I am to read about Samson.
    What a moving tribute to a gorgeous westie.
    Sending you hugs from NE England x

  17. What a sweet, sweet remembrance of your Samson. I'm so sorry for your loss.

  18. So sorry Natasha! Samson was a gem of a dog but you have all these photos and memories and whereas they are not the same, Sam is free from pain and watching out for you, G and Licorice. Sending hugs your way!


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