In Memory of
our beloved GSPs
We discovered our 2004 alumnus, Sam, passed away in 2017. Here is Sam’s story from his mom Mary…
“Samuel Adams Harrison, a.k.a., Sam came to us as a big, goofy guy, he was about 2 years old. I had found out about SEGSP from a family member in NC. I fell in love with the breed. When I saw pictures of Sam on the website, I knew immediately that he was the one for us. My husband and I drove to Alpharetta, GA and picked him up. I remember my first walk on the way home, rather Sam, walking ME across a field! Sam quickly became a huge part of our family. He loved riding in cars and checking the perimeter of our backyard. Even with a permanent limp from a break, I guess as a pup, he did not slow down. Among Sam’s favorite activities were hunting and catching a multitude of lizards and even a squirrel every now and then. AND being in or on our laps, touching us, leaning against us, following us wherever we went…. true to being a GSP, a Velcro dog for sure. We loved every minute of it. Sam captured the hearts of everyone who met him, and he loved them right back. Especially the ones that would sneak feed him treats!
Sam was diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma at age 12 1/2. After surgery for tumor removal, we were lucky enough to have him for another year and a half. He passed away in March 2017. Without SEGSP, I would have never had Sam. Thank you to everyone who volunteers and supports SEGSP. You make stories like Sam’s a reality for so many families.”
Thank you, Mary, for sharing Sam’s story with us. We know he brought your family so much love and happiness – but we also know you gave Sam a life he could never dream of before he was rescued.
"So long as the memory of certain beloved friends lives in my heart, I shall say that life is good." — Helen Keller
Another reminder of how important heartworm prevention is…
Hannah came to rescue in 2011. She was found on the side of the road and was riddled with heartworms. Our late founder Beth Cochran fostered Hannah and treated her for heartworms. Hannah was already a mature GSP when she was found, so it took its toll on her. After suffering through her treatment, she was finally healthy and was adopted by Heather, now SEGSP’s Transport Coordinator. Hannah lived until 2017 and was spoiled with love and happiness by her mom and brother Charlie (also a SEGSP alum).
Not all heartworm cases have a happy ending like Hannah. Please keep you dog on heartworm preventative meds – the cost of preventatives is as low as 12 cents or less a day (generic). It’s cheaper for dogs weighing less than 51 lbs. If your dog gets heartworms, the treatment costs between $500 - $2000+ depending on the severity. Bottom line…it’s cheaper to give preventative meds.
Rest in peace sweet Hannah – you will be forever loved.
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