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Play With It Again Sam

  Our son and his wife, (Marty and DeeAnn), were married on December 3, 1993 and moved in with us, while DeeAnn finished College. He bought Samantha, a Maltese puppy, for DeeAnn as a Wedding Gift. She was such a sweet, smart dog. We warmed up to her immediately, even though we had never had a dog in the many years we’d been married. Samantha was the beginning of the love we had to give to these precious animals.
Marty and DeeAnn had a daughter 2 ½ years after they were married, After 4 years, DeeAnn graduated from College, so they moved out on their own, taking Courtney AND Samantha with them. They worked very hard to make a home for their little family. A few years later, they gave us another Grandchild, Austin. Austin had some medical problems and they felt it best to find another home for Sam, so they gave her to someone who lived near them. That was the last time they saw her….well, almost.
Over 3 years after they had said their good-byes to Sam, DeeAnn came home from work to a message on her Answering Machine. It was from a woman, who lived in a small town 30 miles away. She had found Samantha at the side of a very busy road, still wearing her old Dog Tags. The lady had contacted the Vet’s Office and they’d given her Marty/DeeAnn’s phone number. The message said that if she didn’t want Sam any longer, to let her know and she would find a home for her.
DeeAnn called her back immediately and told her that she’d come get Sam, that she knew someone would definitely want her. She called us and of course, we jumped up and down with excitement over the idea of getting Sam back. An hour and a half later, DeeAnn was pulling up in our driveway, with Sam.
Sam had ridden in Courtney’s lap all the way back, with Courtney petting her. She put her down in our driveway and Sam acted as if she knew right where she was. I immediately took her into the Bathroom to bathe her and we took her to the Vet the next day. We were a little disappointed with the Doctor’s diagnosis. She had Congestive Heart Failure. Her weight was down to 5.5 pounds. I asked the Doctor to be honest and tell me how much time he thought we’d have left with Samantha. He just shook his head, saying, “Maybe 3 – 6 months, with some medication…”
We have 2 other Maltese Dogs, too…Li’l Bit and Sugar. Li’l Bit actually mated with Samantha a long time ago and Sugar was the ‘runt’ of that litter, so we have the entire family back together again.
I’m telling you that NO animal has ever felt so much love. That Doctor’s visit was over a year ago, September 22nd, 2004, & Samantha seems to be thriving. More than that, her medication has decreased from 1 – 2 a day, down to 1 every 2 or 3 days! Samantha just turned 12 years old on August 20, 2005.
Well, that’s our story and we’re sticking to it! Sam has enhanced our lives more than she’ll ever know. We’ll continue to love this precious little ‘fur-friend’ forever! Thanks, Samantha! ?

Submitted by: Samatha Lynn Walton
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