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Old 12-27-2017, 01:54 PM   #1
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Default Saving Sam - Abandoned Puppy (long read)

This weekend I was at the ranch in Realitos, Tx. On the way back from an evening hunt, I noticed a puppy at the barn. Scared, cold (<45 deg out), skinny, and extremely dirty, she wouldn’t allow me to touch her. Left some food for her as I could tell she hadn’t eaten in days.



Next morning, I go to let the three big dogs (GWPs) out of their porch kennels. When I did so, I realized the puppy had wedged herself between the kennels, for warmth I imagine. After she finally allowed me to pick her up, I realized just how filthy/skinny she was. Totally covered in fleas as well.



Turns out the puppy is an absolute sweetheart. After feeding her and giving her multiple flea baths, she’d follow me everywhere. I stepped on her multiple times because she wanted to be directly underneath me at all times. I had no intention of keeping the dog but I could not leave her out there. She’d be coyote food in no time. My brother is a vet and attempted to make arrangements for her. No luck. Regardless, I packed up the puppy and took her with me to my parents’ for Christmas festivities, still intending to find her a home.







She was the life of the party! This is the friendliest puppy you will ever meet! I’ve owned dogs my entire life and never met one with the personality this little one has. She’s extremely vocal. Always “talking” to you and purrs like a cat when she’s falling asleep Lol She’ll walk up to a total stranger, allow them to pick her up/cradle her like a baby, and she’ll be asleep in ten seconds Lol I purposely refused to name her because I had no intention of keeping the dog. After a few days, I couldn’t imagine giving her up.

Brought “Sam” home to Houston and she’s been great! Went to the vet and got her all taken care of. She had hookworms, a skin infection on her belly, and an obvious infestation of fleas... all of which have been remedied. Got all her vaccines and starts Trifexis today. 11 weeks old and 9.6 pounds. She wasn’t too stressed about the vet ...



I’ve been wanting to get a dog for some time now but decided it wasn’t the time for me considering I’m renting. Turns out the landlord/college buddy of mine loves her. Even allows me to leave her out downstairs (tile) while I’m at work. Looks like everything worked out, for myself AND the puppy. May have found myself a hunting buddy. She’s got a great nose! Always on the ground or straight up in the air. She even started fetching her toy squirrel.

Anyways... sorry for the long read. Obviously I’m excited about my new pup and wanted to share some pics and the experience. Here’s Sam!






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Old 12-27-2017, 01:55 PM   #2
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AWESOME!! Kudos to you sir and thank you for sharing
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Old 12-27-2017, 01:59 PM   #3
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Nice read, sounds like it was ment to be
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Old 12-27-2017, 01:59 PM   #4
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Great story.

Great looking pup.

Great of you for caring!

Thanks for sharing.
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Old 12-27-2017, 02:00 PM   #5
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those kinds of dogs make the best, most loyal dogs ever.
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Old 12-27-2017, 02:00 PM   #6
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Thats awesome
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Old 12-27-2017, 02:02 PM   #7
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those kinds of dogs make the best, most loyal dogs ever.
Loyal to a fault Lol She cries when I leave a room full of people. When I shower, she scratches at the door... So I let her in. Then she's peaking in the curtain, trying to get in. Hopefully she'll grow out of it after a while.
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Old 12-27-2017, 02:04 PM   #8
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That is how you find the best dogs. Great story and write up.
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Old 12-27-2017, 02:04 PM   #9
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Congratulations on your new dog. Looks like you've got a new shadow, bona-fide home alarm, and road-trip buddy for the next decade or so.

Keep her
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Old 12-27-2017, 02:05 PM   #10
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That is good stuff right there! That pup hit the owner lottery being in the right place at the right time...

Good on you!
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Old 12-27-2017, 02:05 PM   #11
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Merry Christmas to you both and what a blessing for you both... Happy ending.. Love them...
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Old 12-27-2017, 02:07 PM   #12
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Thanks guys. Encountered an unexpected problem, though... My gf is getting a bit jealous! Lol
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Old 12-27-2017, 02:09 PM   #13
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Good stuff. Good for you bro. To many sad stories. This one is a great one. Youll have a loyal buddy for life. Sam knows you were her savior. Cuddle up.
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Old 12-27-2017, 02:12 PM   #14
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Good deal
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Old 12-27-2017, 02:17 PM   #15
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Good job!!
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Old 12-27-2017, 02:26 PM   #16
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Dogs are the truest, most loyal friends there are..... Most don't deserve the love and trust that dogs give us. Congratulations to you and Sam, and may you have many happy years together
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Old 12-27-2017, 02:26 PM   #17
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Greatness. My friend says: "you never find a dog... the dog finds you."
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Old 12-27-2017, 02:32 PM   #18
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I like dogs better then most humans. I also like and appreciate people like yourself that look out for dogs. Kudos to you sir
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Old 12-27-2017, 02:34 PM   #19
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Loyal to a fault Lol She cries when I leave a room full of people. When I shower, she scratches at the door... So I let her in. Then she's peaking in the curtain, trying to get in. Hopefully she'll grow out of it after a while.
Lol that won’t change. My lab is the same way, if I’m not paying attention he’ll actually jump in the shower with me haha
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Old 12-27-2017, 02:35 PM   #20
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What a great Christmas story! I'm looking forward to many more stories of you with Sam.
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Old 12-27-2017, 02:36 PM   #21
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Greatness. My friend says: "you never find a dog... the dog finds you."
Lol my stepbrother (the hippie in the second pic) said the same
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Old 12-27-2017, 02:39 PM   #22
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Greatness. My friend says: "you never find a dog... the dog finds you."
That was a heart warming story. And my Pops always said the same thing about dogs finding you.
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Old 12-27-2017, 02:50 PM   #23
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That sir will be the best dog you will ever have.
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Old 12-27-2017, 02:55 PM   #24
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As the "father" of two adopted dogs, I can honestly say, dogs choose their owners,you don't get to choose your dog.
Happy New year
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Old 12-27-2017, 03:21 PM   #25
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".... I had no intention of keeping the dog..."

ararararar...... (-;

We have a couple of adopted dogs, too. We adopted one from a shelter. Another one was on our front porch one morning. I'm not sure who adopted who.....
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Looks like a sweet pup! Any idea what breed/breeds she's a mix of?
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Old 12-27-2017, 03:24 PM   #27
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Looks like a sweet pup! Any idea what breed/breeds she's a mix of?
From the best the vet could tell, Shepherd mix. Although at certain angles, she looks a bit coyote-ish Lol Her paws aren't huge so we're pretty sure she wont get too big.
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Old 12-27-2017, 03:27 PM   #28
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Great read, thanks for sharing and having a kind heart to take in "Sam"!
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Old 12-27-2017, 03:31 PM   #29
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Good stuff.
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Old 12-27-2017, 03:40 PM   #30
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As stated....those do make the best dogs! Had a lab mix wander up to my parents house when I was a kid. Dora was the best dog a little boy ever had. Trained her when I was 8 and retrieve doves like nobody's business.
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Old 12-27-2017, 03:43 PM   #31
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That's awesome, good job on saving Sam. We have had a couple adopted dogs and both seemed to have severe separation anxiety like that. They are so grateful you saved them but also worry about being abandoned again.
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Old 12-27-2017, 03:43 PM   #32
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You are Great people in my book! Thanks for helping the pup & Congrats on your new BEST friend!
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Old 12-27-2017, 03:45 PM   #33
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Bless you
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Old 12-27-2017, 04:51 PM   #34
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That’s one of those stories that makes you smile, thanks for your kindness to that pup.
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Old 12-27-2017, 04:54 PM   #35
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Man that’s an awesome story! Happy for the both of you
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Old 12-27-2017, 05:01 PM   #36
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Great story.

Great looking pup.

Great of you for caring!

Thanks for sharing.
X2!
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Old 12-27-2017, 05:01 PM   #37
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Can't help but get a little emotional over reading this. Kudos to you sir for giving Sam her forever home. Your were her savior during Christmas and she will give you many years of compassion.

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Old 12-27-2017, 05:08 PM   #38
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That's one happy pup!
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Old 12-27-2017, 05:10 PM   #39
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Awesome. Eternal gratitude!!!
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Old 12-27-2017, 05:10 PM   #40
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those kinds of dogs make the best, most loyal dogs ever.
So true! Our current dog Bo found us at my deer lease outside Bowie 14 years ago when she was an abandoned pup. She was malnourished, had mange and missing several teeth. She’s turned out to be an awesome dog and family member. I hope your pup is as good to you as our Bo has been to us.
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Old 12-27-2017, 05:19 PM   #41
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Good on ya man, will probably be the best Dog you’ve ever had. She knows you saved her and will repay you in lots of love for the rest of her life!!
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Old 12-27-2017, 05:23 PM   #42
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Will b ur very best friend. Kudos to you for saving Sam from a certain death. Best of everything to you and Sam
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Old 12-27-2017, 05:24 PM   #43
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What a heartwarming story!! I am so happy for you both! Sam will make a great and loyal companion!
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Old 12-27-2017, 05:26 PM   #44
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Old 12-27-2017, 05:26 PM   #45
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Good job.
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Old 12-27-2017, 05:28 PM   #46
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good read
congrats to you and sam
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Old 12-27-2017, 05:36 PM   #47
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Great story. Thanks for sharing
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Old 12-27-2017, 06:04 PM   #48
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Good stuff!

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Old 12-27-2017, 06:10 PM   #49
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That is an awesome thing. She knows you saved her and to her, you are a true hero.

My wife and I rescued 23 dogs the first year we were married.

I actually rescued a little terrier mix a few years back in Lufkin. I saw her in the 5 lane road about to get hit by a car. I stopped and yelled "git" and she cleared the road just in time. She would have absolutely been hit.

She ran behind a house, and me being the dog loving bashful guy I am, I pulled in the driveway gonna give a light chewing to the owner for letting the little gal get in the road. It was an elderly couple, so the chewing part went right out the window. Turns out she had just shown up 3 days prior. They asked me if I wanted her, and I said no, but wasn't about to let her get killed by a car.

Had every intention of rehoming her. Took her to the vet and got her shots... and guess what. Turns out she is the sweetest baby girl I could ever hope for. She sleeps either under the covers snuggled up to me or on my pillow wrapped around my head.

You did a great thing and Sam will reward you for it more times than you could possibly keep track of.

Dogs are better people than most people.
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Old 12-27-2017, 06:21 PM   #50
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Good on you! Great story and I'm sure she will be a great companion.

I acquired my current dog that way, 15 years ago. Today she is hard of hearing, going blind, but still the best dog a guy could have. I have never, nor will I ever regret saving her one bit. Lot's of good lessons and years joy.
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