This is Sam.


Sam went with us on our recent camping trip. It was hot, and he found a conveniently cool mud pit to lay in, as if he's half pig.


The thing between his paws in the first picture and the thing in his mouth in this picture are huge, heavy rocks. Sam loves to dive for rocks, but even in the woods he'll find the biggest one he can carry. He's a retriever - he retrieves things. Especially rocks.


Sam prefers water-based outings, like swimming or canoeing, but he'll take a hike without complaint.


Really, he's just so happy to be with his family. He loves us very much.


Sometimes when we greet him after we've been away all day or for 15 minutes, he'll put his head back and howl. At ear shattering volume.


If you visit, bring a lint roller. He sheds like a beast and he loves company, so he'll pester you near to death to be petted and you will leave hairy.


Sam turned 12 this month and received a Happy Meal, a slice of Texas Sheet Cake (which he did not eat, he just blew out the candles), and a new Chew Man (pictured above).

We've had Sam since he was a large, chubby, soft, sweet-smelling baby (just like Honey Bear!).

He's our wonder dog.


mudmama said...

Happy birthday Sam! What a pal, what a cutie-pie!

Amy @ Taste Like Crazy said...

Cara is sitting next to me right now and she saw Sam's picture.

"Mommy! That puppy dawg has a partay hat on!"

She's very excited for Sam. :0

rowena___. said...

happy birthday, pretty boy! what a wonderful post, thank you for sharing this special member of your family.

purejoy said...

happy birthday, sam! you look like you are well loved! our weimaraner (who now lives with some friends on a farm) is still going strong at 13. seems hard to believe. she's an old woman, but loves well.
i just love me some big ole dogs. . . which makes me scratch my head that i have three dumb weiner dogs.

The Urban Cowboy said...

Happy Birthday Sam! Nothing beats a good 'ole four-legged friend at your side.

Amy said...

Thanks everyone - Sam appreciates all the birthday wishes!

Pamela M. Kramer - A Renaissance Woman said...

LOVE the party puppy photo! Too cute.

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

I love Sam. He looks like an awesome buddy and family member...happy birthday to him!!! :)

p.s. that last pic is the best!!!!

Anonymous said...

Awww. Happy Birthday, Buddy.

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