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November 25, 2005




I had always seen pictures of Sam floating around the internet and I honestly thought "That dog cant be real!!" and then I stumbled upon this page and read his story, and your story on when he passed. I sat here and couldn't help but cry. I to have a wonderful dog and understand the bond and friendship you have with them. Losing them is just like losing a family member. Sam is in doggy heaven!! I'm going to go hug my wonderful dog right now!!!

Sydney Fisher

I am soooooooooo sorry for your loss!!!!! I want a dog just like Sam!!!! I hate that people say he's ugly, I don't think he is at ALL, he's gorgeous and a cutie... I cried so hard when I heard of the death and I wish you and your family the best through these hard times!


Emily Pierce

I know it has been a while since this was posted, but i just stumbled upon the website and i saw Sam and i thought he was the cutest thing ever. It made me smile. When i read this entry, it made me cry like a baby. I am so sorry for your loss. He looks so special to you and I can only imagine the pain you went/are going through. I hope all is well.

Love, Emily


Hi Susie, Just wanted to let you know that I am very sorry for your loss. I am more sorry that, although I knew of Sam's celebrity 'status', I never knew he had a web site or blog. I wish I had know this long before now.
I also own a Chinese Crested Hairless, not necessarily by choice. He was going to be given to the pound in Flagstaff, Az. Well, it snows here & I just knew in my heart this little guy wouldn't get adopted up here where most people own large breed hairy dogs, so I just had to 'save' him from what I knew would be a short existance. He was just 9 months old & oohhhh so cute, not yet house broken, suffered severely of separation anxiety (tearing up precious antique furniture when owners left him alone), and just couldn't seem to calm down. He would snap at us when we tried to pet him, he was a 'nervous wreck'. I had another 'son' (Cocker/Terrier/Poodle/mutt mix)who was 15.7 y.o. at the time & he didn't like our new addition (Dioji) at all! Little did I know that I would lose my 'old man'(in my arms with words of love to send him on his way) within the next 4 months of getting Dioji. By that time, I had house trained him, & he had settled down a little bit. Dioji showed more heart & understanding than I could've ever expected out of an animal. Every time I would cry over the loss of my Buddy, Dioji knew & would jump into my lap & lick my tears. He has continued to do this through many events in my life since those days, including the passing of my father last Oct. Dioji will be 8 on March 22,'06.
I can truly understand the bond between a mom & these seemingly "ugly" dogs. They have hearts of gold & they seem to just LOVE being dressed in whatever silly outfits us humans can find to put them in!! LOL!
Here is a poem I was given by the Pet Cemetary where I laid my beloved Buddy to rest, I hope you get as much comfort from it as I did.

They say memories are golden, well, maybe that is true.
I never wanted memories, I only wanted you.
A million times I needed you, a million times I cried.
If love alone could have saved you, you never would have died.
In life I loved you dearly, in death I love you still.
In my heart you hold a place no one could ever fill.
If tears could build a stairway and heartache make a lane, I'd walk the path to heaven and bring you back again.
Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same. But as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.

May the pain you feel soon be replaced with only memories of a life well lived full of love & happiness.

Rest in peace sweet naked pup. Know you were adored & loved by MANY........

Laurie and Ben de los Reyes

Dear Susie: I am so sorry for your loss. Our family had a similar loss last November. It has been a year now, but we still refer to it as if it were yesterday. Sam and Duke had one thing in common, both dogs that were "unlovable" not up to standards that who sets? Our dog was a "cull" from a breeder who was going to put him down. Never was there a more loyal or loving and fierce defender of the family.
Your Sam seems also to be a found love, and you two were meant to be together for the time you were. The only thing I have really ever questioned about God is why a dogs life is so short in comparison to ourselves. They should be lifetime companions, but when we bring them home, we know that our time with them is limited to what seems FOREVER, but the years fly by. It is wonderful to think that Sam provided you with years of friendship and comfort and that you did the same for him. His death experience was gentle and sounds similar to our time at the end of Dukes life. He could no longer walk, but we took him to the lady who had groomed him since a pup. She groomed him one last time. With his beautiful coat and his spiffy bow in place, he lay in the back of our truck. We held him and told him we loved him as he gently went to sleep. My husband still swears that he saw a beautiful hawk soar away at the moment Duke's soul took flight.We miss him intensely, and he has been cremated. His ashes will be buried with my husband when he dies.
Prays for your recovery from grief and thanks for sharing your "ugly" dog with an obviously beautiful soul with the rest of us.


Hi! I think Sammy was the curest dog ever! I felt so sorry for him! You lovced him so much! How could god have made sammy look so sad! The poor thing! I love that you saw beyond that and you made his life so wonderful! Sammy felt loved and beautiful! You are a very special person to have made Sammy feel so good about himself! Sammy didnt feel ugly at all! That's the Best thing about Sammy! He's was Adorable1 I'm so sorry that he passed away! He had a wonderful life!!! Love, Nikki

Jennifer Rickert

I was extremely saddened to hear about Sam's passing. I know the pain and heartache that come with losing a beloved pet. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Thank you for adopting Sam and giving him the opportunity to live and touch so many people's life

Sheri G

I just went through all the pictures and cried when I read about his passing. I am an animal lover. Thank you for such a beautiful tribute to a beautiful spirit. I have also referred everyone I know to your site. I hope it keeps going. I love it.

OldOldLady Of The Hills

One of my blogge friends posted the story about Sam...and she had a link to the Video from CNN...I think he was the cutest dearest doggie I've ever seen...I'm happy for you and SAm that you both had so many years together, and so much fun...I know your love for him gave him the most wonderful terrific life...I send you my condolences and i truly understand how empty your heart must feel in these tender moments...but, (and you know this, i know) Sam will always be in your heart and I am sur he was deeply grateful for the life you gave him, and the end, with dignity that you gave him, too! Bless You and Bless Sammie, Too!


I am in the UK have just read your truly lovely homage to Sammie and I am in tears. I think he was such a beautiful dog and he was so obviously loved, and he knew that. I think it was absolutely marvellous that the last thing he heard was you calling his name and holding him

When the time comes for my 2 lovely doggies to pass over, I want to hold them close and love them so much as well.

I truly believe that our dogs go to rainbow bridge when the y die and that we will meet them again.

Please visit the above, you will cry as I cry when I view it but it kinda makes me feel better knowing I will see all my beloved pets again when I pass over.

All my love and heart felt condolences at your time of loss. xxxxxxx

Julie Cathrine Holth


I would just like to express my deepest condolences from up here in the cold North (Norway).

I certainly know how horrible it feels when your beloved pet dies.

Everytime I come to think about it, I remind myself that the joy I get from having my pet is far greater then the pain I feel when they die.
I hope that in due time, you'll feel the same way.

With love,

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