A few of you may remember awhile back when I posted a little sneak preview of Sammy the pug in the form of a few pano crop images. I have been wanting to tell you more about him since then but alas, haven’t had the time. (Not that I have the time now, but I couldn’t wait any longer).
Sammy is not only cute, but he is a very special pug as well. You see, Sammy has liver failure.
He has been sick since he was a little puppy. He has had more surgeries than most people you know combined, and has deep 12 inch belly scars to show for it. He has been in the hospital more times than I think even his mom remembers. And he is not even 2 years old.
His doctors now say that he has not just one, but multiple liver shunts. Essentially this little guy is a ticking time bomb.
The good news?
Sammy loves life! You will never meet a happier little pug, or a pug that is so easy to please, and so full of joy. It’s very clear from spending just a little bit of time with this special creature that he lives life to the fullest.
Sammy doesn’t sweat the little stuff.
Sammy takes advantage of every opportunity to play.
Sammy doesn’t forget to get and give love and always says yes to a snuggle.
Sammy treasures the relationships with those he loves, and makes sure to spend quality time with them every day.
Sammy doesn’t care if he is having a bad fur or face day, or even if people think he’s cute, he just wants to be happy.
Sammy never loses touch with the child inside of him, or his sense of wonder and awe at the world.
Sammy vehemently defends the underdog and is a champion for justice for all. Sammy always believes in doing the right thing and being honest and operating with integrity.
Sammy is not afraid to be vulnerable.
Sammy never forgets to stop and smell the flowers, no matter their color, type or size.
Sammy doesn’t care what people think of him because he knows life is way too short for that.
Sammy loves a big wide open blue sky, just like Cowbelly! (BTW: I *love* that shot on the left. It touches me in ways I can’t express in words.)
Lastly, Sammy is at peace with the fact that he is a mortal, and isn’t afraid to wear his emotions (or his yawns) on his sleeve, er- collar.
Dogs have so much they can teach us, and in Sammy’s case this is abundantly true. Although it’s hard to live life as he does, and remember the big picture, I think if we remember just one of his teachings every single day we will be happier, more loving, more joyful and more contented spirits.
Sammy we love you. 🙂