Here are more Samoyed Rescue Success Stories
This is a post from SAMFANS and it is rather sad even
though it seems to turn out okay. Thank you Jay for allowing this to be
If you remember, we recently posted about a home available in Kentucky.
I know the couple would not want publicity, so I will avoid any reference
regarding occupation and names. Also, I am not a very good writer, so please
try and tolerate the roughness in my attempt to relate this story.
A call from a rescue group in Los Angeles reported that a Samoyed was to
be put to sleep if a home was not found immediately. The rescue source had
visited the animal on a frequent basis, and had formed a special bond with
him (although the source was not able to adopt his "friend").
Our Kentucky home decided to spend the money for a plane ticket, sight unseen.
This Samoyed (I will refer to him as "Lucky"), had been raised
in the worst area of Los Angeles. When he arrived, it was evident that both
front legs had been broken in the past, and had not healed properly. Lucky
could not negotiate stairs very well because of his legs, and to complicate
things even further, he is slightly dysplastic. Lucky has apparently had
a severe ear infection (both ears) since puppyhood. You can't touch his
head without causing pain (near the ears). Even so, our couple fell in love
with him the moment he stepped out of his crate.
Lucky hates cats, so he does not fit in. He misses his friend, and constantly
looks for him. Lucky does not understand what has happened, but it is clear
he does not belong where he is now. Our couple has seen how much he misses
his friend, and for Lucky's sake, have decided to help.
Most people would have been angry or upset about the $700 airplane ticket.
Not this couple! Their love for Lucky was more important than their own
desire. They called the person in California, and asked him if he would
like to have Lucky back, in good health. He was overjoyed, and of course
These kind people are now in the process of bringing Lucky back to health.
His ears will require an operation. So will his legs. The Veterinarians
we (Karay) use right here in Ohio have been recommended to correct the dysplacia.
We will monitor Lucky when he arrives. Once all this has taken place, he
will be flown back to the arms of a waiting friend.
With the THOUSANDS of dollars this act of kindness will cost the Kentucky
couple, you would think they might be angry or want nothing to do with rescue
again. Granted, the person who reported the condition should have been honest.....
sight unseen makes it too easy to end up with a real problem, and it seems
that a Sam is nearly always described as beautiful, alert, and healthy (even
if it is in terrible shape). But here is the shocking part: THEY STILL WANT
A SAM, and they want it from rescue!!!!!
I spoke with them on the telephone yesterday, and quite frankly, they feel
like it is their responsibility as compassionate human beings to help Lucky.
Since they will be giving him away, they want another Samoyed. This one
should be younger, be within the size standard (they like big dogs), and
get along with cats. Except for the "cat" part, the request should
not be too difficult.
Let's help these people find the ideal Samoyed. If anyone deserves it, they
do!!! It is a great home, and I know the right dog (or bitch) is out there
somewhere. I will even drive it to them myself, if necessary. And considering
what they are doing for the California Samoyed, I feel we should be charitable
and not charge them an adoption fee for the new animal, once it is found.
If you have the ideal candidate and really need the rescue funds, I will
pay it out of my own pocket.
There are a great many pet owners in this world who I would like to strangle
sometimes. We hear about the horror stories on a daily basis, and it makes
us feel powerless, like our efforts are futile. Occasionally, we run across
people who truly care. If Heaven holds a place for souls who reach out with
compassion and help without hesitation, then these two beautiful people
have more than proven they are worthy. And I hope there are Sammies waiting
for them, tails wagging, at the "Golden Gates".
Ernest (Jay) McWhorter
Central Ohio Samoyed Rescue
Copyright 1995 - Must have written permission from KARAYSAMS@aol.com before
reprinting this SAMFANS message.
Toshka's owners moved away and abandoned her along with a black Chow and a
red Chow in their backyard without food or water. A neighbor opened the
gate and let the dogs run free. The Chows were hit and killed by cars on a
nearby highway, but Toshka made it. She found her way to a woman's house who
took her in. She trained Toshka, loved and adored her and even slept with
her. Her elderly mother lives with her and was always fussing about hair
everywhere. Sooooo, Toshka was reluctantly brought to the shelter.
Toshka was then adopted from the shelter by a woman who didn't have a clue
about Samoyeds and had a fit about all the hair. She was brought to the
groomer and shaved. Toshka came down with kennel cough, was too much trouble
and they didn't want to spend any money on her. Sooooo, Toshka was brought
back to the shelter.
Toshka was too ill to stay at the shelter and would infect the other dogs, so
the Samoyed Rescue of South Texas was called to foster her. She was given
antibiotics, decongestants and Robatussen every 4 hours. Toshka was nursed
for about a week, but stopped eating and wasn't getting better. She was then
brought to the Vet for close watch/care where she stayed for 3 days and
Toshka is really *smart*, quiet, submissive, can sit, lay down, catches
treats in the air, leash trained, potty trained, likes her crate, rolls over
when brushed, tries *really hard* to please and loves to snuggle on the
couch. Toshka is a truly remarkable dog! She is very focused, obedient and
During her recovery families from Louisiana, Arkansas, Arizona and
Pennsylvania inquired about adopting Toshka via Doug Daggett from the Rescue
Homepage. After several on-line and phone conversations, the decision was
made to send her to Pennsylvania. The Chakan family recently lost their 5
year old Samoyed due to cancer and wanted another Sammy to fill the void in
their home. Carol Brown donated an airline crate, Continental Airlines
happily agreed to sponsor Toshka's flight and Channel 11 News featured her
story on the 6:00 PM and 10:00 PM news. She was sent with a red cushy crate
mat, matching red collar and lead, food, treats, medical records and her
favorite toy. Toshka arrived in Pennsylvania to open arms and is now
delighting in discovering the beginning of a lifetime of love.
This adoption would not have been possible without the help of many people
joining together and contributing to rescue. Thank you for your help, care
and concern for our wonderful breed.
This story was submitted by Heather Schmidt, Samoyed Rescue of South Texas.
This is a great rescue story of what one man has done to enrich the
of rescued Samoyeds and every human that meets them,
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