Sam’s Sez


Treat me kindly, my beloved friend, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart that beats inside of me. Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I should lick your hand between blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me learn. Speak to me often, for your voice is the world’s sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footsteps fall upon my waiting ear. Please take me inside with you when it is cold and wet, for I am a domesticated animal, no longer accustomed to the bitter elements. I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth. Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst. Feed me clean food that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding; to walk by your side and protect you with my life should your life be in danger. And, my friend, when I am very old, very sick or badly injured, and will no longer be able to enjoy good health, hearing, and sight, do not make heroic efforts to keep me with you. I am not having any fun. Please see that my trusting life is taken gently, I shall leave this earth knowing with the last breath I draw that my fate was always safest in your hands.
– Author Unknown

008Puppy kisses, Sam

Live, love, bark!  🐾

17 thoughts on “Sam’s Sez

  1. What a beautiful poem and so very true. Mom says we are treasures and should be treated like that. Sam and I are such lucky guys. 😀

  2. It is so true. The look of an animal after it has been rescued, they truly know that they’ve been saved and its the greatest feeling that they know it. Makes you just want to spoil them even more!! Really are man’s best friend.

  3. I loved this! My dog Murphy is my pride and joy. He is such an intelligent, loving and loyal companion, and so adorable that we can’t help but spoil him even when we know we shouldn’t. It’s funny but he has traits that I loved about my first dog, and sometimes it almost feels like she is with me through him. The way he lays on the floor like a frog with his feet out behind him, the way he looks at me, that sort of thing. Dogs are the best <3

  4. That was so inspiring; I had to have a pet euthanized today and I took comfort in reading the words. She was my best friend for 11 years and I lost her to cancer. She is in my heart and mind always. Rest in peace, Zoey.

    1. Oh no, Lu. I’m so heartbroken to hear your beloved Zoey crossed the Rainbow Bridge. I hope Puck and Eliot take her under their wings and show her the ropes. We’re thinking of you and sending hugs and puppy kisses. ღ

  5. In 2003, I was trying to come to grips with the very first loss of my first, and dearest “3 legged” friend. I had “lost” others in the past, but never in my arms. I moved and had to give pets up, my dad’s dog, who I would visit on holidays and summer, but I never owned my own pet, and certainly never saw one die. A colleague of mine saw how tough it had been on me and reached out to comfort me. She had recently gone through something similar and wanted to help. She pulled from er bag, a piece of paper, handed it to me, and said, “When you’re ready, you’ll understand. It’s not going to be easy, but I think it will help”. It was “A DOG’S PRAYER”. After reading it once, I was able to understand the loss, if only a little. I was very thankful that she brought me that opportunity to help let my friend go in peace and dignity.

    For years, I kept this, knowing, since I loved my companions, I would always go through the pain and suffering of the loss of a pet, and need some sort of solace in the fact that I eventually will lose another friend. So after 4 moves and one relocation to the”middle of nowhere”, I was devastated to find that I had lost that piece of paper. My dog of 14 years is getting closer to the end, and I’ve been searching for that for over a year now. Not knowing where to look in the house anymore, I turned to the internet, only to come up empty handed.

    I get these updates on your blog, so when the petition to shutdown PT Barnum came across, I of course hopped over to see what the buzz was. Then I saw “Sam’s Sez”, and decided to click on the tab. Apologetically and regrettably, I hadn’t really had the chance to checked out the entire site, so imagine my surprise, when I found what I had lost, right in front of me!

    I can’t believe I found this. It means the world to me that you had it here and that I was able to finally find, what I had lost. It was a bittersweet moment. We never want to experience the loss of a beloved friend, but it IS inevitable… unavoidable. So if there is something out the that can help ease the pain, even a little, it might as well be available, if possible. This will make my loss, only a little easier to cope with, but the fact that it will be a LITTLE easier, gives me some comfort. Thank you, so much!

    1. I’m so humbled knowing this content will be “there” when the time comes. Having had to face that inevitable a few times myself, I know the incomprehensible pain you experience when it’s time to let them go and cross the Rainbow Bridge. Your comment really touched me and brought a tear to my eye but also a smile that posting this may be a small slice of comfort for when you will need it. Thank you for your touching comment. Please hug your dear friend for Sam and me when the time comes to let him go. 🐾❤️

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