Samia Collage

On June 2, 2017, I lost my first heart dog. Samia came into my life in 2004, six weeks after the loss of my childhood dog, and a year before I moved from Florida to North Carolina. It was my first time living on my own, away from friends and family, and she was all I had. She was enough. According to the Humane Society of Seminole County (FL), in 2004 she was a 14 month old Siberian Husky/Collie mix and an owner surrender. DNA testing revealed that she was, in fact, an Akita/Collie mix and I never understood how she could have been surrendered. She was smart, stubborn, sassy, and beautiful – primarily a ball of white fluff with a tan pinto pattern on her ears and torso. Sadly, the years were not kind to her joints and she suffered from severe arthritis. She’d always been a tank, rarely showing any pain, so when she struggled to go from standing to sitting or laying and back, when she was so obviously in distress, I knew it was time to grant her the last, best gift I could and let her go. She gave me 13+ years of love, fur, and attitude and as any dog lover knows, I miss her more than words can adequately express. I am comforted in the knowledge that she had a good, long, happy life, full of love and companionship, and she is pain-free, running with her brother, and probably grabbing his tail because I’m not there to save him.

~ by Rachel on October 4, 2018.

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