Hi from E. TX
Samantha came to live with us a few months after our Greta passed away of kidney
failure in 2007.
We live in a small town and after the first freeze of ‘07 several feral looking mixes
showed up in town. We think they were from the same litter. Samantha was hanging out
around our house.
We weren’t sure if we wanted another dog because it was so painful loosing Greta. We
thought Samantha was an old male dog at first because she was in bad shape and she has
a little gray/white around her muzzle , but that’s just the way she is marked.
For about a week I would see her every other mourning or evening around our block.
Then my wife came and got me one morning. ( I work across the street from the house )
and said with tears in her eyes “That dog was lying in our yard in the asperdystera just
where Greta used to lay” She said she had tried to feed it but it just ran away. We had
seen one of our neighbors shoeing her away earlier and I imagine he wasn’t the only one.
We finally got her used to getting a free meal at our place but she still wouldn’t let us
approach her. I have a fenced lot at my business across the street and we moved the food
dish closer and closer to the back yard there until finally we got her back there. After that
it was no time until she accepted us. It turns out she was a she and only about six month
old according to the vet.
I don’t know what kind of mix she is but she has the best personality. She is very
submissive and affectionate with me and my wife and even now at three she is as playful
as a puppy. She like fetching balls and can catch a nerf baseball in her mouth tossed to
her from as far away as fifty feet! She is much more playful than Greta. Greta was much
more reserved even as a puppy. She loves other dogs and plays so well with them and
seems to know how to tone it down so that even very little dogs feel comfortable playing
with her. Greta couldn’t stand other dogs!
Samantha is much more reserved about strangers of the people variety. which is fine with
us because we need a good watch dog where we live.
This is my first post but I have enjoyed reading others for a while and have been very
impressed with some of the photography. I am not a photographer at all. Some of the
pictures here are really amazing!
Thanks “Barb04” and “showluver” for the welcome.
I am really enjoying this site. I stumbled on to it while looking for information on doggy
pink eye. I thought Samantha might have had it in her right eye. It showed up the day
after a very rare visit to a Houston dog park where Samantha went swimming. I treated
her with antibiotic ointment and it seemed to clear up after the first night then a few days
after we stopped the treatments we noticed a very slight discharge from the same eye and
when I held open her eye lid I could see that a large eyelash was in there and the inner and
upper eyelid and white of her eye were slightly inflamed where the Eye lash was. I don’t
believe the lash was logged there ( in that spot) the week before. It was probably in her
eye but not where I could see it. I tried to wipe it out with a tented Kleenex and
Samantha was holding real still for me but it seems to be adhering to the inner eyelid. I
think it was there so long now that it is half “digested” by her tears. The discharge and
irritation are slight compared to the first time we noticed this issue so I think we will just
wait and see at this point. If it gets any worse she is going to the vet.
We are not very familiar with dog breeds and we have joked about getting Samantha
DNA tested. We would do it but it’s a little to rich for our budget. We would welcome
any input that members might have and I would invite you to take a guess or express your
opinion regarding what breeds might be in her family tree. I plan to keep a running total
of guesses and publish the weighted average of guesses/opinions so please express your
answer in percent i.e. “about 40% breed A and 30% breed B and 20% breed C and 10%
I will post more photos of her to aid in identifying her ancestry.
I will probably start a new thread in an appropriate spot on this site regarding this
Welcome to Chazhound!!!!
Love the story of how Samantha came to you.
She might have had something down in the eyelid as well. I always flush my dog's eyes after running in tall grass that is with seeds. Often you will find a whole line of grass seed along the inner eyelid. Learned recently to do the same after they dig for moles.
Go Petie Go Go Who Go!
love comes in many directions with mary
Side by side on the sofa sat three annoyed dogs and one smug cat
and then in came a little white cat
Thanks for the welcome and the tip ***8220;smkie***8221;. We are going to pay more attention to her
eyes in the future because she goes after moles all the time! Not to mention birds,
rabbits, rats, squirrels, cats, possums and just about anything else that wanders into her
yard and won***8217;t eat her first! The pictures of her looking up were taken of her eyeing a
buzzard circling overhead. I think she was hoping it would land. She is an excellent
hunter, probably due to her wilderness experience before she came to us.
The last few years we have had a real mole problem. They keep tunneling into our yard
It***8217;s funny because before that I don***8217;t ever remember seeing one around here.
Samantha***8217;s eye is much better now.