Thursday, May 22, 2008


Samara the chow (mix?) is a recent arrival at Pets Alive from a southern shelter everyone calls "the trailer shelter". All I know of it is that it's a makeshift operation consisting of dogs in stacked crates in a trailer with no climate control. It's probably better that I don't know more.

Samara came in so filthy, matted and flea-bitten she had to be immediately shaved - which is why she wears this fetching sweater so she doesn't catch cold here in the office that is now her home. Her skin is marked up and patchy from infections and irritation. Grey when she came in from dirt, we now know she's a blonde.

Samara is an older girl - although her teeth are in pretty good shape, she looks to be a "young senior". She's also heartworm positive and in a fairly advanced state of renal (kidney) failure, which is terminal. Her time with us will not be long.

As badly as this poor creature has been treated, she is one of the gentlest, sweetest, most loving dogs I have ever met. She makes friends with everyone who enters the office and has a sharp eye out for anyone with food, sitting patiently for it and taking any offerings oh-so-gently. She loves to be touched and frequently walks up to me and lays her head in my lap. She's very unlike most Chows I have met - a good reminder to me that although breeds may give you an initial educated guess towards a dog's personality, every dog is an individual and many will defy your expectations.

Samara will live in the office, where she will greet visitors, keep an eye out for snacks, and get lots of attention from everyone. She will be loved and cared for and doted on. We don't know how long she will be with us, but as long as she is here we will give her the best life that we can.


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