For those of you who don't know Samson, he is our beloved Dog. We adopted him when he was around 8-10 weeks old from the Humane Society and he is now 12 years old. He started out as a dog, moved his way quickly into my heart as pet, and then soon after as family member, or if you will, child #1. He is part Rhodesian Ridgeback and English Foxhound. He looks a lot like a Rhodesian, but without the ridge. He is the size of one though, a fairly big dog for those of you who don't know. So we know his time with us is getting shorter. A big part of the decision in the kids and I coming back to Hobbs instead of staying with Derreck the whole time in NL was Samson and his age. Since he is a family member, he gets all the benefits of one - he's spoiled in other words, at least to non-dog people. Real dog people just know. Anyway, we want the last part of his life to continue to be as he has always known it - the Good Life. So we came back in 3 months instead of close to a year.
He was so happy to see us when we got back, though he certainly had aged. He can't get up and down very well any more. It's probably arthritis. He used to be so agile. It's hard to see. Sometimes he slips and falls down and can't get himself back up. It breaks my heart. We are giving him joint medication now, and it is helping some. He also has more and bigger fatty tissue tumors. There is a name for them, but I don't remember it. They are not a problem, but it certainly shows his age. And then there is the fact that he has gone deaf. I did not realize it right away when we got back, but for some reason during the time we were gone he lost his hearing. It makes me sad, but it is a fact of life and he still has a great life. He doesn't bark anymore, because he can't hear anything. Though we enjoy that he's quiet, he can't hear us when we call him. (Not that he came before though!) Poor Samson, we love you buddy, you are the friend who's always there for me, the big furry shoulder to cry on, the one who gets me out of bed in the morning. I love you Samson!!!