Sampson the rottie has passed

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Hey guys,

just wanted to let you know my best friend and buddy Sammie/Sampson died Friday morning.

We were doing our normal daily routine and when I went to get him so he could go potty he couldn't get up. He sleeps on my side of the bed and usually stays "in bed" until I am done getting up, bathing, and taking care of the cats, then I get the dogs and head outside, so it was time to head outside and he looked at me like "I don't want to get up" as luck would have it my husband had been home all week with that sinus bug that has been going around so I called for him and between the two of us we got that 135 pound boy up but his back feet were curled backwards and limp as wet noodles, they just flopped as if they were not connected to his body. I called the vet danny drove down and picked up their stretcher, I called mom and had her get one of her neighbor men to drive down to our house and help carry him to the car. The vet said he had a spinal injury somehow during the night. We could do all sorts of tests etc. but regardless he would most likely never walk again. So we had to make the call. I would have gotten him a wheelchair if need be but the prognosis sounded bad and it appeared he might have had a small stroke along with it. We had to let him go - it was so sudden......he was happy and goofy the night before and gone the next day.

He passed quietly and quickly - he was gone just a few seconds after the fluid began, he was soooooo tired we had no idea.  I stood behind him while he was on the table still on the stretcher, with my right hand under his head and my left hand on his left front leg and my face pressed to his telling him how wonderful he had been, and how much he was loved and more and more, I was cheek to cheek and eye to eye with my baby as he crossed over.......I am so devastated I can't seem to quit crying, I cried non stop for over 36 hours and just today I see how swollen my face is from all the crying......he so touched my heart, Benjaman was a love and is precious to me still but he was always my husband's dog, Sammie was mine, sammie decided he was my dog and it has left a huge hole in my heart that will never be filled. I will grieve forever......he was a little human, he was my brave boy, my big comedian of a rottie.

His cats are searching the house for him and squalling horribly for him, we had to return his new food that we had just purchased and some other items like his dry shampoo that never got opened, omg it's just so hard to not have that big old rottweiler hanging around at my side......

I wanted to let you guys know since you knew how wonderful his rescue story was.....as much as we say we will never get another rottweiler cause they are very costly and need medical stuff all the time, we just can't see our life devoid of a rottweiler ever, so one day we will most likely get another senior rottie.....the seniors break our hearts quickly cause they are not with us that long but my god they touch our hearts with a depth that can't be matched.

Say a prayer for my big ol boy

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Tali, I'm so sorry to hear about Sampson.  You were his angel and he was lucky to finish his life in your home.  I will be praying for you and your husband during your time of grief.  

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Oh Talisin, I'm so sorry to hear that =( He had a great life with you, and I'm sure that he wanted to hang on through the night to see you one last time in the morning. He is so lucky to have had you in his life and to know what it is to be so dearly loved. I don't think that we can ever hope to fill the void left by their departure.

Always so hard to let them go - my condolences on his loss.

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Tears in my eyes and I am so sorry for your loss Tal.

Sammie go you to Rainbow Bridge and welcome her, your Lady, when she is come.

Remember to play with Dolly and Gypsy while you are there waiting.

 

Tal you gave him such a great senior time, Thank You.

 I am glad he loved you.

 

Julia, Bella and Michael

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I am really having a hard time with this one......right now I am in the numb stage this coming week will be hard when danny finally goes back to work and the house is deathly quiet and I only have the chihuahua and cats to care for......

My one an only friend locally that has hung out with me and Sammie for the past 4 years or more with me and all of Sammie's life here, has not even made a point to call or message me to see how I am or express shock or sorrow, so that adds a bit of heartache to the situation.....she knew Sammie well and he would get so excited when he saw her, and she has yet to speak with me about his death she knew the day it happened but hasn't called, Sammie deserved better than that.......all my friends in the past have gone to the wayside because of their behavior towards my animals at some point or other. I guess this will be another; to not recognize his death 3 days into it is unacceptable surely he meant something to her......

well enough venting about that......really hard ......I have been slammed with stuff and unable to keep up with the forum, so anyone who has had losses since I was on please know I will read later but that I am sorry for your loss also.....Hope everyone hugs their babies well each night cause you never know what the morning will bring

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This is so sad to hear, I'm sorry he has passed.

 

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Oh Tal... If there are any words that might help.. I would surely send them.. but we know there are not.

You gave dear Sammie the most incredible life with you and your final gift was one of pure selflessness and complete love.

When we look to the Heavens tonight.. we shall see a new star..

It's name is Sampson.

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Tal :(((( I can't imagine!!! I PROMISE to give my fur baby's a little extra for you!! Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.  You are loved here and always will be :))

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Just logged in and saw this - am so so very sorry for your loss. Please know you are in my thoughts and am sending hugs your way. 

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Oh Talisin, I am so terribly sorry to hear. I cry for you, I can't imagine what it must be like to go through. Sampson was very lucky to have someone as great as you to care for him though.

Prayers your way

 

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wow so very sorry to hear of your loss , i know by reading how you spoke of him he was truely your best fur friend and will be missed very much by us all ! prayers sent your way from sunna blue , rossco bones and myself !

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oh guys I cry every time I see how many of you loved him here without knowing in person.  I hope I told and shared his life in ways that you knew him almost like I did.....he even touched my mom's heart, you know she was pretty standoffish with Ben even though he was very gentle and loving she never warmed up to him, but Sammie, well Sammie literally pushed her into his life he would head butt her hand to pet him, he would whine when she visited which was not often and only for a few minutes, but he insisted she love on him, and she finally had to give way and love him cause he loved her so much. He was just that way he "forced" you to love him like it or not hahahaha, he was a pushy rottie and stubborn when he wanted to be, but he adored me and likewise.....

He was very clownish and would show off for the shepherd husky girl next door, he would dive into the ground and roll around then laying on his back would stop and look her way as if to say "did you see that, did you see what I did" etc. He would mope if she wasn't out there too.

He snorted and huffed as he loped the fence line fussing at anyone brave enough to walk "his" street how dare they, and when he barked neighbors many streets away could hear him and everyone knew to look out cause he rarely barked but when he did you best look and see.....

He was my best bud and I roll over at night and see the place on the floor where he used to sleep right next to me and he's not there, I am so broken right now I can't even put it into words. As usual I am getting my dog fix online by looking at rottweilers, collies and bernese mountain dogs you know a big dog will fill the void in the home - never the heart - but the huge hole in the house will be filled. Once you have a big dog of that scope you can't not have one. We keep saying no more rotties they cost too much and are short lived but once you have one you can't stop yourself from wanting another one.

Hugs to all and thank you all for acknowledging his passing with such love,

Tali

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I'm so sorry to hear about your loss:( he lives in your heart though. We all know how loved he was and that love will continue to grow even though he has crossed the rainbow bridge. My humblest of condolences to you and your family.

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awwww that made me cry, it's so true, oddly enough I had been reading and laid my book down turned out the light and laid there listening for his breathing next to me, I didn't hear his breathing BUT I did hear the next best thing and that was I heard Sammie passing gas!!! there is no mistaking it was Sammie - the chihuahua could not possibly make THAT noise and the one cat in the room couldn't, I didn't, and my husband didn't that only leaves the one and only Sampson who was the best gas passer ever - he was in the room!!! it was loud and I was wide awake so I was not dreaming - he is safe and ok I know it's just so hard to look for him and not see that huge boy right beside me.....

Thanks again for the thoughts it means alot as there is only my husband, me and my mom here that understand, so you guys are my lifeline for grief right now......thanks for always being there for me when my babies pass

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Im sorry I didn't mean to make you cry I just know he's there and wants you to know everything is gonna be ok :) and he's not hurting anymore 

 

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I know but I cry so easily over my babies

You know you are right it's hard to recognize the amount of pain cause they are so stoic. He was such a clown and played as best his hips would allow and smiled all the time, but that day when he laid his head on my arm and I whispered that it was ok if he wanted to pass, that I would miss him horribly but it was ok, he took a BIG deep sigh and closed his eyes and I thought he was gonna pass right then, but he didn't

It was then that it hit us just how much of a happy front he had put on to make us happy

I know the dober dogs do this too so you know what I am talking about, but dang had I known sooner...........

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I have only been on this forum for about a year, so I know that I have missed a lot. When you're feeling ready, I would love to see a couple of your favorite pics of the big boy to know how best to remember him by. 

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I will post some when I figure out this windows 10 mess and resizing photos I always used live gallery in windows but it's not on this computer will figure it out soon

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if you go to page nine under general there are a bunch of sampson pics from last year ! found them a few days ago while researching something else . they are very cute , sammie with his cat friend and laying on off his bed lol . hope you are doing ok talisin sorry about pepe , so much loss in such a short time but they are together and you are free to help another senior or two lol !! maybe you can foster  till you find just the right dog that needs you to be his forever mom ! good luck

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I found an Anatolian mix tonight that sounds perfect, and there is a pair of great pyrenees that are bonded seniors that I might consider there are so many needing homes it's hard to choose and know the others are left behind.

My only criteria at this point is that the dog must love cats

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I'm so sorry to hear about Sammie. I know how much he meant to you. You gave him a wonderful life even if it was short. You are an amazing person to take in these senior dogs and give them the greatest care. You will see them all again. Take care my friend. 

Theresa