Sammy loves being with his new family

Posted by Nerilie Watson on 30 September 2013 | 6 Comments


In June this year, we lost our beautiful Biggles, a 15 year old German Shepherd cross we had adopted from the Refuge way back in 2006. He had waited for a year for someone to come and love him, perhaps because he was older and not good with other dogs. While we could never replace Biggles, there was room in our hearts and home to love another dog, so it was back to the refuge a few weeks later.


As with Biggles, we had already taken a shine to Sammy through the website and facebook, and we knew he had been waiting patiently for almost two years. We had our first meeting in the yard, and haven't looked back.

Despite a slight hiccup in the early days when his excitement got the better of him and he hurt a paw meeting the rabbits, he settled in quickly and became an important part of our lives (although the bunnies may not agree!)

Several months on, and we have moved out to the hills to a small acreage. Sammy loves having room to run and can now have some quality off lead time in the paddocks. Our place backs on to miles of trails through the forest, and our morning walks are one of life's pleasures. He is great company around the home and loves to be anywhere we are.

He has also dropped a few kilos and no longer needs weight control food - in fact, I am having to increase his rations slightly to keep the condition on him.


His antics keep us amused and he has a growing arsenal of toys for chasing, tugging and chewing. His favourite by far is his Kong Bounzer - even tennis balls don't get picked from the toy bucket if the bounzer is there! He does have a bit of a thing for throwing and chasing squeaky toys around the house - usually late at night. The squeakier, the better. He is also quite talkative and will snap his jaws like a crocodile when he wants something.

We have enlisted the help of Sonya from Dog Charming to help Sammy work on his dog issues. Although we have a long way to go, Sonya's advice has been a huge help so far.

Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers at the shelter for giving Sammy a second chance. It was a long wait, but I hope it was worthwhile. Sammy has found his forever home!

Rowena, Franklin, Sammy and the bunnies Velvet and Ender

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  • How I love to hear that Sammy boy is happy! He was passed over time after time. But, everything happens for a reasin. He is a wonderful dog & was loved by many of us at the Refuge.

    Posted by Serina, 11/10/2013 9:19pm (5 years ago)

  • This is an amazing story. It sounds like Sammy has found his dream home! How lucky that he found you, but I am sure you feel very lucky to have found him too.

    Posted by Danielle Bird, 06/10/2013 10:43pm (5 years ago)

  • So sorry to hear of the loss of your Biggles, it breaks your heart when they leave. Thank you for giving Sammy the opportunity to have the same loving home.

    Posted by Jackie, 04/10/2013 12:06pm (5 years ago)

  • How incredibly lucky is Sammy! How wonderful is his family.

    Posted by Linda Mort, 01/10/2013 3:14am (5 years ago)

  • So, so happy that Sammy got you

    Posted by Ali, 30/09/2013 12:24pm (5 years ago)

  • What great pics! Sammy is one very happy and lucky boy :)

    Posted by Donna, 30/09/2013 10:16am (5 years ago)

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