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Vettage  (Level: 41.0 - Posts: 241)
Sat, 17th Mar '07 6:43 AM


Oh Samson, my buddy. I miss you so much. I sit here thinking of the times we had over the last thirteen plus years,...where did it go.? We bought you in 1993 for $50 at a time in out lives where we barely had two dimes to rub together after paying the bills. Looking back, it was without question the best money we ever spent.

I wanted your smaller black brother, there were twelve to choose from. But Maria loved the way you grunted and snorted as she held you, so I relented. For weeks you slept on my shoes, and the only reason I could think of was you smelled you siblings on them, and felt comfortable there.

As you grew, we played. Oh, how we played. The street hockey net in the backyard. I would kick that old semi-deflated basketball at you as hard as I could. And you would take it straight on in the chest, bring it back to me and ready yourself for the next one. I never got that damn ball passed you once. You were awesome. And you always amazed everyone with your intelligence,...the things you would do just by hand signals were impressive.

And you grew, a lot. But a gentle giant. You always hated when I picked you up, nervous that we both thought I would drop you, but I never did. Our two children, all the nieces and nephews. All the children of other visitors. No matter how much you were crawled and tugged on, never a growl, snarl, or nip. When you got annoyed you simply removed yourself from the situation. What a good boy.

The life of the party, with your themed bandana on. As soon as you saw me get one out and tie the knot, you were sitting in front of me, eagerly awaiting you 'clothes'. Everybody loved you, and I know over the years a few steak bones were smuggled down to you despite our pleas to not do so. You were such a hog that you could not simply relish it and gnaw away for a while. You had them gone in seconds, and we knew that was bad for your stomach.

The years passed, quickly. Your beautiful golden face started the whiten around your nose and mouth. Slowly the white grayness spread to your whole head and along your back. You used to be able to clear my leg stretched out horizontally in front of me. And now you were reduced to not being able to stand without gasping for air. It killed me to see that, because your mind was still 100%. You still gave me that goofy smile of yours when I walked in the door. The tail still went full speed. Yet you could not get enough breath. So yesterday we did the hardest thing we have ever had to do. Say good-bye. Dustin and Erica took it the hardest, for neither of them could not recall life without you around. Hearing Erica sob ripped at every string my heart contains. As much as it hurt, we did the right thing,....the humane thing.

In time we will get another puppy, but never anything close to the likes of you. We will give him or her a good long life, and I hope that dog turns out to be half of what you were to everyone that knew you. If so, we picked another good one.

I miss you Samson.

You are now running free, able to easily get lungs full of air. And maybe, just maybe,...if I play my cards right, I will see you again someday.

And we will play. Oh, how we'll play.

Cherylann  (Level: 15.2 - Posts: 23)
Sat, 17th Mar '07 7:16 AM

no one could have said it any better!!! lots os love to you all

Ummagumma  (Level: 67.4 - Posts: 186)
Sat, 17th Mar '07 7:23 AM

Tim - that was beautiful - I lost a dog a few years back and I was able to touch that loss through your words.

Kimoira  (Level: 198.2 - Posts: 1189)
Sat, 17th Mar '07 7:33 AM

The photo you have of him is wonderful- such soulful eyes. It sounds as though Samson was a lucky dog to have such a caring human.

Greyghost  (Level: 68.4 - Posts: 640)
Sat, 17th Mar '07 8:33 AM

I am setting here crying like a baby and believe me,it takes a lot to make me cry as of late.I know he is up there blocking hockey shots with some little boy who has had to leave his friend behind.You never know,when you least expect it,there could be another set of big brown eyes peeking from your shoe,sent by "you know who" ,after all God (Dog)works in mysterious ways.

Gypsylady  (Level: 141.0 - Posts: 6036)
Sat, 17th Mar '07 9:03 AM


Sorry about your loss of Samson, and a beautiful description of your lives together.


Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Sat, 17th Mar '07 10:50 AM

Oh, Tim, I'm so sorry. What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful friend, and I'm going to read it again when the tears have stopped.

I can hear through your sadness your satisfaction that you gave him as good a life as a dog could want. I say all the time dogs don't live long enough for how much we love them; but we love them too much to see them suffer, so the hardest and bravest thing we ever have to do for them is to know when the time has come for them to go, and to help them do it in dignity and comfort. I've said goodbye to two wonderful dogs in the past several years, and each has been able to go to the last sleep at home, with their head in my lap.

I tell you--urge you from the heart to get the puppy as soon as you can, if not for yourself, for the kids. You all need a place to put all that love where it will hurt less and do some good. In no way is this disloyal to Samson in the slightest; the last thing he'd want is your sadness. No, of course the puppy will never replace a whisker of what Sam was, and no one would want that. The new dog will have its own endearing ways and goofy expressions, and it will have Sam to thank that you're all so well trained to live with a dog.

I wish you peace in your heart, my friend.

Ladyvol  (Level: 202.9 - Posts: 5435)
Sat, 17th Mar '07 11:33 AM

Tim the tribute to Sampson was beautiful...I am so sorry that you lost such a good friend..
He's running free now with no health problems at all...God Bless my friend.

Jjnoel  (Level: 60.5 - Posts: 9)
Sat, 17th Mar '07 12:17 PM

My Dearest Tim, Maria, Dustin & Erica:

I’ve been trying to write this for hours now. I can’t stop the tears, a beautiful member of our family has left us and I have so much to say, but can’t get it out.

I am so sorry for your loss. Tim, your words are beautiful and repainted many pictures that I remember so vividly. No doubt, there is never enough time with our beloved best friends, friends that constantly give while asking for very little in return. I know your pain all to well, and I’m sure, God willing we’ll experience it again many times in this lifetime - and as difficult as it is, it will be worth it - again.

We are so fortunate to have been given the gift of pets early in our life, some are not so lucky. The simple lessons they teach us every day are indescribable. Truly the gift that keeps on giving.

Sammy made it to heaven just in time - with his Irish heritage flowing freely in wide-open green pastures. And while ours are crying, his Irish eyes keep smiling for eternity. Be free Samps, until we meet again....

We love you all,

Julie & Jeff

And to all of the Sploofus family that has given support to my brother with your kind words and thoughts, THANK YOU, He is a wonderful man, husband, father, brother, friend and animal lover.

Digs  (Level: 116.6 - Posts: 812)
Sat, 17th Mar '07 12:39 PM

So sorry to hear of your loss. I know, from personal experience, the pain that you feel.
I agree with Smoke, get another puppy soon. There's a little dog out there right now waiting for a good home and the love and affection that a family like yours can give.

With tears in my eyes, I share your pain.

Tuzilla  (Level: 131.0 - Posts: 3769)
Sat, 17th Mar '07 1:46 PM

Very eloquently stated. I know exactly how you feel. My dad, who has been gone 30 years, 8 days, navigated bomber in WWII. He fought organizing battles in the tough bird. I only saw tears in his eyes one time. The first was when his father passed away shortly after JFK was assassinated. The other was when he had to put down his best hunting buddy, Smokey.

Valedc4  (Level: 62.0 - Posts: 171)
Sat, 17th Mar '07 2:03 PM

What beautiful words Tim. I am so sorry for you, your wife, and children. He is in a better place and he can run for miles now. Best wishes to you all.

Aslan  (Level: 27.6 - Posts: 356)
Sat, 17th Mar '07 2:40 PM

Very nice tribute, Tim.

Mandy226  (Level: 77.2 - Posts: 128)
Sat, 17th Mar '07 6:09 PM

That was beautiful Tim, I'm so sorry you have lost your best friend. We had to do the same for a very special dog, Ben, who was in terrible pain, it was truly heartbreaking but the right thing to do.

Aquamar  (Level: 176.8 - Posts: 905)
Sat, 17th Mar '07 6:11 PM


Your words for your beloved Samson are beautiful. I too know what it feels like to lose a friend. My cat Amy was with me for 19 and a half years. She died peacefully in her sleep but her death was very difficult for all of us. A year later our dog Ebony had to be put down and a year after that my beloved Chihuahua Chico. I consider myself lucky to have had the pleasure of knowing them.


Vettage  (Level: 41.0 - Posts: 241)
Sat, 17th Mar '07 6:34 PM

Thank-you all for your kind words, including those who sent private messages. We are doing the best we can to get by, but despite it being a sunny day, a cloud hangs over us. We're just going through the motions,...trying to keep some semblance of a normal life.

Time heals all wounds, and this too shall pass. Although we are heartbroken at the present time, at least we have him back home, where he belongs. He's in a beautiful bronze urn, sitting two feet from me, never to leave us again.

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Sat, 17th Mar '07 6:39 PM

That's awful, Cathy! I hope you've found new pets to love. I'm of the firm opinion that if you have room in your life for a pet you need to keep it filled.

It's always sad to lose our animal companions, but I can find a positive aspect to the difference in our lifespans, in that we are given the opportunity to know and love more of them. Another gift our family pets give us is that, hard though it is to see a child grieve for a pet, pets often afford the first grieving experience of a young person's life, and it eases the way for them that little bit when the time inevitably comes to mourn for people. In earlier times everyone learned important life lessons from the animals who shared their homes and graced their tables; lessons about survival and responsibility, sex and mortality, love and grief. Observing the lifespan of an animal at close range gives a young mind a lot to ponder. In these days of cities and towns, it's the family pets who teach us and our children these lessons. I look back at my life and mourn for the lost years when I didn't have a dog. I don't know how I stood it, and I never will again.

None of my current three dogs are young. Bart was born into my hand February 18th, 1994. I had both his parents all their lives. Bart's not in great shape and we know it can't be more than a year or two at the most before it's his time. Angus and Molly are 7 and 8, still half their lives ahead and who knows how much of mine? Suffice to say, should I outlast all my doggies, there's at least one puppy in my future still.

Lisa2412  (Level: 121.7 - Posts: 34)
Sat, 17th Mar '07 6:43 PM

So sorry for your loss.

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Sat, 17th Mar '07 6:44 PM

Tim, I have Bart's parents' ashes too, in polished rose granite cubes. When my time comes, their ashes will be mingled with mine and scattered together.

Vettage  (Level: 41.0 - Posts: 241)
Sat, 17th Mar '07 6:49 PM

Donna, that is beautiful, something only a pet lover could understand.

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Sat, 17th Mar '07 7:12 PM

Well-written very deeply moving.
No-one could doubt you loved your furry family member. I'm so sad for your loss.

In time, the ache will pass...but you will always remember your buddy with fondness.


Smeans  (Level: 109.2 - Posts: 301)
Sat, 17th Mar '07 10:29 PM


I am so sorry to hear about your loss. It breaks my heart. Your post was beautiful and made me cry. Just know that Samson has some great company where he is at now. My Jake(Irish Setter/Lab mix), Abby(Irish Setter/Lab mix.), Mac(Irish Setter), Ginger(Irish Setter) and Lady(English Springer Spaniel) are all up there playing with him as well. He'll just have to keep an eye out for Abby she might take all the balls. She could fit 4 tennis balls in her mouth easily and didn't like to give them up once she got them in her mouth. (((HUGS)))

Shawna (and Sara *Heinz 59 dog* curled up at my feet)

Diva305  (Level: 145.8 - Posts: 1641)
Sat, 17th Mar '07 11:50 PM

Condolences Tim and Fam

Lost my Pom in September; first time in 35 years I am Pomeranianless or dogless.....
Feel your loss


Aquamar  (Level: 176.8 - Posts: 905)
Sun, 18th Mar '07 2:15 AM

Thank you Donna,
You are absolutely right. I love dogs but I was so heartbroken that I haven't gotten another one yet. I have seven cats so when I do find another dog to love I will want them to love him or her too. I have some wonderful pictures of my Schipperke with my oldest cat Cleo. They always slept together and with both of them being black you could hardly see Cleo curled up on Ebony. My Chihuahua Chico demanded the respect he deserved and they all loved him for it. I miss them so much. I know someday that I will have another dog or two. When the time is right, I will know.


Pocahontas1951  (Level: 55.4 - Posts: 172)
Sun, 18th Mar '07 2:19 PM

So very sorry for your loss, I feel your pain. I hope you find a new puppy soon to help ease the pain a bit.

Regards, Debbie

1mks  (Level: 208.2 - Posts: 5865)
Sun, 18th Mar '07 2:26 PM

Oh, Tim, my heart is breaking for you. Ben and I lost one of our cats last weekend. C.W. had a stroke and there was no hope. We both got to hold him until the very end. It truly breaks your heart so I do know what you are going through. Have faith that we will see our four legged friends again someday. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Marsha

Hellborne  (Level: 212.7 - Posts: 47)
Sun, 18th Mar '07 5:31 PM

My sympathies to you and your family. Remember your friend with a smile! Ours is 14+ and having a tough time of it, so I understand.

Marynuala  (Level: 131.4 - Posts: 994)
Sun, 18th Mar '07 5:49 PM

What a beautiful love Tim, and love like that never dies. I believe animals have souls, and you will play together again, and be together forever, when you pass over to where Sam is now. I also agree with Smoke, give youself a little time to recover from the present pain and loss, and then let all of you choose another puppy. It will never replace Sam, but you will love it in another way. Take care, and think of your lovely memories. I once lost a beloved pet cat and often dream about her and wake up feeling happy. Another sad loss was when my boyfriend's cat named Tiger went missing - who was loved just as much. (In the near future I look forward to hearing your happier story about your new pet on BBS Chat).

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