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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-21-2012, 11:35 AM Thread Starter
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Sam is 10!

I've been lurking since last spring, and am typing with one hand as Sam is asleep in my lap. According to the limited paperwork that Sam came with, sometime in this 2 week period is his 10th birthday. Sam came from Havanese Rescue in June, and his forever home is his third.

I've had goldens for the last 20 years, so am still adjusting to life with a small dog. Every day I'm seeing more interaction between Sam and my 4 year old golden, Harry. The other night they wrestled for at least 20 minutes, initiated by Sam trying to hump Harry. Needless to say the 60 pound difference doesn't phase Sam.

My vet is working VERY hard on one health concern - excessive water drinking, which of course means housebreaking challenges. He has been on a drug trial, and we're seeing improvement. We both think that part of it is behavior, in that he was probably confined in his previous life without access to water, and so he's conditioned to drink as much as he can when he can get it. Also, he probably had to relieve himself in his pen or whatever, so he doesn't have the experience to hold it or ask to go out. Oddly, but thankfully, he is dry all night.

I keep the apartment cool, so the first time I saw him shivering I thought he was having a seizure ;-) I turned to my hearty, weatherproofed golden and said "Toto, we're not in Kansas anymore. " I'm going to make him a sweater today. Today he's also getting his first bath. (Yes, it's been 4 months. I'm from the school of thought that says healthy dogs don't need baths,)

I don't seem to be able to upload pix-sorry!



Julie ~Spokane, WA~
& Harry the GR, Stonecroft Ordinary Wizarding Levels
& Sam, the Havanese
Champ at the Bridge 3/10/99, Mac at the Bridge 7/13/00,
Molly at the Bridge 3/11/05, Buddy at the Bridge 12/18/06,
Moe at the Bridge 4/26/07, Jilly at the Bridge 10/15/11
“Home is where the weenies are!”

Julie ~Spokane, WA~
Sam, the rescue Havanese
and the goldens
Harry, Stonecroft Ordinary Wizarding Levels
Champ at the Bridge 3/10/99, Mac at the Bridge 7/13/00,
Molly at the Bridge 3/11/05, Buddy at the Bridge 12/18/06,
Moe at the Bridge 4/26/07, Jilly at the Bridge 10/15/11
“Home is where the weenies are!”
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-21-2012, 01:00 PM
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Welcome Julie, great for you for taking on this poor guy. You sound like a real dog lover. Sad story . Boggles my mind how some people treat dogs. He's lucky to have found you. Glad he gets along with you other dog. Don't be shy. Yep we need pics.

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Happy birthday Sam!!

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How fortunate this guy is to have a found a home with you! How sad to think he was deprived of water...so basic.

I wonder if you could give him ice to satisfy that urge to have fluid. All depends on whether he likes ice, but it doesn't sound like actually needing the water is the issue...so maybe having something that takes a little longer would give him the sensation of having fluid, and satisfy that urge, without fluid overloading him.

Just a thought- good luck with him!
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Happy 10th Birthday Sam!

Thank you for taking this sweet boy into your home.

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Welcome Julie! I am glad you decided to introduce yourself Happy Birthday to your boy Sam!!!
Glad he gets along with your other dog now. My guys are 8, 7 and 6 and I feel just this year, they are really enjoying each others company.

My guys get cold too. It took me years, but I found the best place for custom coats and sweaters at an affordable price. This place even ships free from turkey and the lady is so sweet to deal with. I started a post called, gearing up for the cold. You can also check out the site at, www.royalfifi.net

Customs sweaters make great birthday presents!!





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Happy Birthday Sam! I'm so glad to know that you have a loving home now. Be well, buddy.
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Happy Birthday Sam, be happy for the rest of your life
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Welcome and Happy Birthday, Sam!

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Welcome to you both! Happy 10th Birthday to Sam.

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