Sammy T.

Sammy T.

Sammy will steal your heart before you know it.  He is a kind and sweet senior gentleman whose keenest desire is to be within sight of or near his person.  Friendly and loving with people, he ignores his foster home cat and is accepting of the dogs so long as they do not get in his face or get pushy with him.  His arthritis and physical vulnerability may result in a mild vocal reaction if dogs run past and jostle him, but he’s just saying, “Hey, slow down – you almost knocked me over!”.    Sammy has been in the company of older children (ages 9 to 15) who have grown up with small and large dogs and know how to behave around them, especially older and physically vulnerable dogs.  While untested, Sammy may be fine around younger children but should be supervised at all times to avoid a being grabbed and hurt, potentially resulting in an undesirable response from Sammy.

Relaxing

Relaxing

Once acclimated to his environment, Sammy is trustworthy on his own in the house and has had free run of his temporary foster home to sleep where he chooses,  day and night.  He has also been left inside unsupervised up to 3 or 4 hours and behaved like an angel.   Although he will follow you from room-to-room, or outdoors and back inside, he does not exhibit separation anxiety – he just wants to be near you.  Sammy is fully housetrained and has had no potty accidents;  given free access to go outside he will take care of his business on his own.  However, if the outdoors is inaccessible and if he needs to go outside, he will stand by the door or, at night, he will come into your bedroom and give you a gentle nudge to let you know he needs to go out – one just needs to be attentive.  He is not able to navigate through a dog door, and he currently comes and goes via a split screen in place of a patio screen door.

When up and moving, Sammy ambles along outside, exploring the yard, stopping for a rest break or to nap in a preferred spot

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He has been able to slowly navigate up/down 2 to 3 steps from the house to the patio and back inside, but he needs the full width of the open door with nothing blocking his access.  Inside, he will investigate other rooms, probably looking for that next perfect nap spot.  Most of his days are spent napping in the shady grass or inside on the carpet.  He has an orthopedic bed that is seldom used; because he is arthritic and mobility challenged it may be easier for him to push himself up from the carpet rather than from a dog bed.  His physical stamina is very low, most likely because he has experienced pain for so long that he didn’t move unless he had to.  Now, with pain medication and feeling better, Sammy is more inclined to get up and investigate his environment, but he does so in small spurts of energy with stops to rest or nap in between.  He is not a dog that needs to be walked – but he does need opportunities to walk at his own pace and duration when he is able to.

Sammy_Oct 30Sammy has responded well to his pain management regimen, but must take his medication on schedule or he will suffer for the lack of it.  He easily takes his pills stuffed in small meatballs of canned food, or in pieces of turkey hot dog.  When giving Sammy his meatball meds, treats or any food by hand it should be offered on an open palm, as he is very food motivated and can be a bit grabby.  His current weight is good: not fat and not skinny – just right, and he eats an amount of food appropriate to his activity level and weight maintenance.  He has the usual set of other senior dog troubles, but is really in remarkably good health given his age.  He loves to have his neck and ears rubbed, and calmly accepts gentle grooming.  And he smiles a lot.  Be ready to open your heart to him because he will steal it regardless…

Sammy T. is part of the Thulani Program, and as such we are looking for a forever home that will care for him for the rest of his life, in warmth and love. He will come with a supply of food, a cushy pad if wanted, and other goodies such as toys. His medical expenses will be covered for the rest of his life by The Thulani Program. If you want to learn more about Sammy T., or are possibly interested in providing him a home, please contact Bob at thulanidogs@gsrnc.org      Sammy T. is a level 1 dog, and he is fine with cats.