We've moved from Baltimore, Maryland USA to Venice, Italy in pursuit of living our dream!


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

R.I.P. Sam


It is with great sadness that I write today about the passing of my sweet faithful companion Sam. There are no words to describe the incredible joy he has brought to my life, nor the grief I feel today.   Sam was 17 this year, he had a wonderful long life. 

28 comments:

Ana said...

Karen, my deepest condolences. I know how it feels ... It gets easier with time and after a while all those beautiful memories of Sam fill the void you're feeling right now. Hang in there.

Yvonne said...

Vale, Sam. You were truly a lovable dog.

Michelle said...

My heart goes out to you. Sam had a wonderful life with you and such a magnificent adventure!
Take care dear friend.
Michelle and Lili

Linda Sue said...

AWWW...that is so sad indeed! Sam certainly did live a very long time, in dog years he must have been 200- So sorry to have you lose him, though, Bless his little doggie soul.

Laurel said...

Mi dispiace per la sua perdita. E triste.

Fabrizio said...

Ciao Sam!

VenetiaMicio said...

Oh je suis triste pour vous !
J'ai eu une chienne cocker qui s'appelait aussi Sam (Samoa) et j'ai eu un terrible chagrin quand elle a disparu. 17 ans c'est un bel âge pour un chien ! Sam est-il venu depuis les USA avec vous ? Il a donc connu Venise ? Quelle chance d'y vivre tout le temps !
à bientôt
Danielle

VenetiaMicio said...

I want to tell you: your blog is in my favorite links and I'm going to continue to read the posts...
It's Sam who call me !
at soon
Danielle

Thursa said...

I'm so sorry to read this, you have my condolences.

Jan Pag said...

Oh Karen, I am so sorry, what a horrible thing to come home to. At least Sam joined in your adventures! I hope the the trip was good, hugs, Jane

Maïté said...

Bon courage, c'est bien triste de perdre un ami aussi fidèle et on s'y attache tellement...

Rob C said...

Karen,

Our thoughts are with you both.

RIP Sam

Rob & Nat

Marisa said...

Dear Karen,
I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. Losing a dear companion after so many years is very difficult. My condolences.
Sinceramente
Marisa
USA

Jon (Bilbao) said...

Really sorry about it Karen, those little creatures make our life so much richer. Hope you recover soon.

jane said...

Im so sorry for your loss. It always hard. I only went through it myself a year ago - darling Ruby was also 17yrs. They fill a love gap. sending a hug

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.Sam looks like a true sweetheart. Losing a pet is in some ways more difficult then losing a human loved one. One of the things I love about Venice is seeing so many dogs trotting along with their owners, clearly cared for and loved. I'm glad Sam was able to have his Venice experience along with you. The fact that he lived to age seventeen shows that you are a great dog owner/parent.

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry for your loss! Losing a pet is so incredibly painful! My mom called me when I lived in Venice to tell me our family pet Sammy (toy poodle) had died. I think I cried for days, and everytime I'd walk outside and see someone walking a dog the tears would flow again. I pray that you remember the good times and know he had a great life. He looks like such a sweetie!

Tim The Nomad said...

Karen, please accept my sympathies. A dog is not a pet but sometimes your best friend.

Andrew said...

So sorry to hear this news. I guess he had an adventurous life. Commiserations to you both.

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Oh dear, so sorry to read your news.

RAW said...

Karen, very sad news from you and what a wonderful companion Sam has been for so long. Both he and you were favoured by his long and happy life.
On a slightly happier note, the fruit and veg man on the boat at San Barnaba is back!
Richard

Maria said...

I just found your blog tonight. I recall reading it before my trip to Venice last year but never bookmarked. Now I have that done, as I love reading about Venice. Hope to make it back this year.

So sorry of your loss of Sam. It is so very difficult to be empty of a companionship of that length. He looks like one happy dog in that shot.

Maria

Eurogen said...

I can very easily understand your feelings ! I have had cats for all my life, and I feel devastated each time one them passes away... The main consiolation is to know that we have loved them from the deepest of of hart, and that we have done everything possible to make them happy.

Dianne said...

Dear Karen,

I was trying to read the blog from a chronological standpoint but I saw the R.I.P. Sam and just had to comment right away. Please accept my condolences on your loss. Having had 3 of my springer spaniels go to The Rainbow Bridge in the 42 years that Mike and I have been married, I know how empty that feeling is. Please know that there are others who share your grief and realize that now Sam is running free without pain just like a young dog again and waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge. Just google Rainbow Bridge poem to read about it.

Dianne

1bridget said...

genttKaren,

I read your blog and love it, so in a very small way I felt like I had met Sam.

I can only say I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved pet, and to echo your words - R.I.P. Sam.

sincerely,

Bridget

rob said...

17 years may seem like an eternity, but it isn't really that long when you lose someone you love. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Julie Windred said...

Hi Karen,
I'm so sorry to hear about your dog Sam.
Our family dog-Tip passed away last October, aged 18 years. It is still fresh in my memory, and I still think of him and look for him when out in the yard. Your Sam's face is adorable. I know how you are feeling.
On a lighter note, I have enjoyed reading your blog. Thankyou for the posts. I am Australian. I will be coming to Venice to spend two weeks in May. My husband and I and two friends have rented an apartment. We are so excited. Its great to read of your experiences. The info will be so helpful for us.Thanks again, Julie Windred.

karen said...

Thanks Julie! Please be sure to let me know when you are in Venice, we should meet for coffee or a drink! Two weeks in Venice, you are SOOO lucky!!!