View Full Version : Our first cavalier - Sam

29th October 2006, 01:21 PM
As a child I didn't really like dogs, if we were out and we saw I dog we would cross the road so that I wasn't near it. Then when I was 8 we went out one saturday and visited a puppy! Little was I to know that this little puppy would become my best friend for the next 8 years.

Sam had luxating petella for the first time at 7 months old which required surgery and his other required surgery about 12 months later. I can still remember mum and dad taking turns to sit with him through out the night.

Sam grew into such a gentleman, he really was my best friend, I remember begging him some mornings to go to school instead of me or wishing that I could be a dog too and stay at home cuddling him all day. He was the perfect companion and what I now know as a typical cavalier that raelly was content sitting on your lap all day!!

Unfortunately Sam had MVD and passed away just after his 8th birthday. I still remember holding him tight that night not believing that my best friend wasn't going to be around anymore. We wrapped him up in his blanket to keep him warm and buried him at the bottom of the garden with his favourite teddy.

I can't find enough words to explain just how much you meant to me. Sam, I know that you're waiting for us at the bridge, I can't wait to see you again, I'll never forget your soft fur. Thank you for being my best friend xxxx



29th October 2006, 01:39 PM

Thats a lovely story, thanks for sharing. Sam sure was a gorgeous dog. Glad you have such good memories.

Cathy T
29th October 2006, 03:56 PM
Sam sounds like a wonderful little man and your tribute to him shows how much he was loved!

29th October 2006, 05:31 PM
Oh Vickie I now have tears in my eyes thinking of your little one and how much he was loved. These dogs are wonderful for kids who are scared of dogs. So many of my friend's kids are afraid of dogs yet will happily sit cuddling my two, they are more like furry humans than dogs (but without the bad bits ;)).

Take care and treasure your memories of Sam - I love the 'tucked up in bed' photo :lotsaluv:

29th October 2006, 07:00 PM
He was very special, I couldn't have wished for a better first dog.

9 years on and it still makes me cry when I think about him :cry*ing:

You're right Donna, I think if we hadn't had him I wouldn't be so soppy over dogs like I am now :D

3rd November 2006, 12:58 PM
Sitting here crying again...... how they take a hold of your heart...

3rd November 2006, 07:42 PM

Thanks for the kind story....tough to read but nice to know.


6th November 2006, 02:40 PM

He was indeed a very good looking gentleman. My last rescue boy was from Europe and he too passed from MVD in '05. Even tho' he was only with us short of 2 years, I miss him terribly.


6th November 2006, 09:04 PM
Sam was a really lovely boy.

10th November 2006, 12:48 PM
the photo of sam in the bed is very special. i bet he would've gone to school for you, or wth you, if he could.

wouldn't it have been wonderful to stay home cuddling with a dog all day instead of boring school!