VICTIM DISTEMPER 01-06-12 – Sammy went to the bridge in the loving arms of his foster; she held him as he slipped away to a place where there is no more pain. Most important he knew she loved him . So while he did not have 15 years of love that we would have wanted for him he had a lifetime of love with Stephanie and his family. He did not die in a shelter on a cold cement slab alone. He went to the bridge full of the love and laughter he had with his foster family.
Sammy was a Rescue Dog Village Guardian, Inc. dog that was rescued from a kill shelter down South. He went to the bridge on Friday after symptoms of distemper became more and more obvious and the decision to let him go to the bridge before it got to his brain ws made, we could not let him suffer any more. For those that knew him, they described him as a lovable sweet baby that only wanted to be loved and love back. His heart was so big that as soon as you met him, you knew he really was a special boy. Our only comfort is that he went to the bridge knowing that he had lots of love and did not pass away in a shelter with no one to whisper in his ear that he was loved by so many. This rescurer hopes to meet him someday and tell him how important he was to her and let him know that he will always be in her heart.
Distemper more than any other canine disease, is prevented with a simple vaccine (can even be bought at the feed store) and prevent so much pain and heartbreak. By the time we get them from the pound, it is often too late and the horrific virus has already infected their system. It is not fast like Parvo. It gives you several weeks with the dog to love and worry about them before striking out with neurological symptoms. :(((((
Stephanie was Sammy’s foster and she said: Sammy, lost his battle on Friday. Jennifer, who was worrying about her sweet Buttercup, waited on me to get him to the vet late Friday evening, and she stayed with us and Sammy until his last breath. I know she doesn’t like for anyone to praise her, but I can’t tell everyone enough how much that meant to me. Sammy was my 7th foster pup, and the only sad ending I’ve had to date. I didn’t even know what distemper was until Sammy was diagnosed. Jennifer is right when she talks about how devastating this disease is; just when you think they may pull through, they take a turn for the worse. Get your pets vaccinated…even OUTDOOR pets!
REST IN PEACE SWEET SAMMY
YOU HAVE ALL OF US FROM RESCUE DOG VILLAGE THAT LOVED YOU
WE WILL REMEMBER YOU ALWAYS
YOUR STORY WILL BE TOLD AND MANY WILL READ ABOUT YOU
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