Friday, December 14, 2007

Family Friday

We decided that we wanted to enter the Best Fur Sibling of the Year contest. We debated and thought about who to nominate. After much consideration, Captain Jack pulled rank on Dante (who wanted to nominate himself) and decided that he would nominate his favorite doggie, Samwise Gamgee.
Samwise is our 6 year old doggie brother. He is part Sheltland Sheepdog, part Border Collie, and part Spaniel. He was found by our favorite neighborhood child, D'Andre. Sadly, he was found on the day that Daddy and Mommy buried Daddy's brother after he died from a heart attack at age 40. Anyway, D'Andre did as anyone would expect and brought the doggie he had found to Aunt Susan's house (as we've said before Aunt Susan is our honorary Aunt and our V-E-T as well). D'Andre wanted to keep Samwise, but his Mom didn't think this was a good idea. Uncle Dave wanted to keep Samwise too, but he and Aunt Susan agreed that they had one very old and set in her ways dog that didn't need a youngster (Sam was only about 1 at the time). So they put up pictures of Sam and "Found Dog" posters at local businesses hoping to find his parents. No one ever called.
Well, as it turned out Daddy was spending a lot of time at Dave and Susan's (he and Mommy were not married yet) trying to get over his brother's death so he wound up spending a lot of time with Sam too. It took less than a week for Daddy to decide to adopt Sam and give him a forever home. Aunt Susan made sure Sam was healthy and had all of his shots and Daddy brought Sam home to live with him. Mommy has always said that Samwise was a gift - that the Fates knew that Daddy was going to have a lot to go through and since his brother was gone, they wanted to make sure Daddy was not alone - so they gifted him with a wonderful dog. Daddy gifted him with the name Samwise because, as he put it - "Samwise the hobbit went through hell and back with his best friend Frodo. Right now I am going through a rather hellish time so I cannot think of a better name for him."Mommy and Daddy were afraid that Samwise was getting lonely because at the time he was the only pet. They talked to Aunt Susan and she suggested that the get a kitty to keep Sam company, because he loved her kitties so much. They thought this was a good idea. Not long after that they heard a knock on the door after a horrible spring thunderstorm. Daddy opened it and discovered about 10 children on the doorstep surronding a little girl holding a black and white kitten. They had found the kitten in a storm drain and were trying to find him a home. Yes, as you might have guessed, that kitten was our own Captain Jack. Sam was just beside himself over having his own "kitten son." The first night, Samwise groomed and bathed Jack for three whole hours! As Jack grew, Sam taught him many things and never ever minded when Jack clawed him or pounced on him wanting to play. Samwise raised Captain Jack and definately contributed to Jack being the handsome and wonderful pirate kitty that he is today! He is the eldest in our household and most loved by Captain Jack - Jack has even been known to beat up Dante when he tries to attack Sam. Samwise was love unlooked for at a time when Daddy really needed him and he was a father to a homeless kitten. Samwise is the most wonderful doggie ever and because of this, we nominate Samwise "The Brave" Gamgee as the Best Fur Sibling of the Year!!!

18 comments:

Kaze, Latte, & Chase said...

Oh he sounds like a wonderful Woofie!! I just adore woofies, I really wish we had one.

Chase

Queen Snickers or Empress said...

If keep hearing these wonderful leaky eye stories about woofies, I may have to let daddy get one! ~Queen Snickers

Eric and Flynn said...

Samwise sounds like a lovely woofie and we liked hearing about his story.

PB & J said...

What a great story! And I'm glad you nominated Samwise, if you had nominated Dante Pearl might have voted for him instead of me!

Bert

(I would have voted for you Dante - it doesn't say I have to vote for my own brother! Purrs, Pearl)

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Congratulations to Samwise for his nomination!

TT said...

Samwise was certainly a lucky woofie. Jack you are lucky too, to have found a goods furever home!

The Cat Realm said...

What a wonderful story and what a WONDERFUL dog Samwise is!!! You are lucky to have such a good dog friend! I think you made a perfect choice in nominating him!
Have you all been over yet to Sassy's to watch the first part of the new CCSI show??? And the second part tomorrow will even be better...
Karl

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

We know a lot of cats don't like woofies and some woofies have cawsed dis by chasing da kitties. In our house woofies are welcome unless dey is bad, we think Samwise would be very welcome here.

Karen Jo said...

I loved reading Samwise's story. He really was a gift of love when he was most needed. He is a great woofie.

Thank you for your kind words about my sister-in-law. They helped me tremendously.

Bogdan, the editor said...

Wow. Samwise sounds like a great D-O-G. He probably has some kitty blood in him.

I got my secret paw! The Investor took photos. I'll have them up as soon as she gets time away from her other, less-important job!! Growl.
I shared the mousies with my co-workers. The mousies are already dispersed throughout the house. Those mousies have great tails for carrying about! I'll post about it all soon.

-Mr. B

Sunny's Mommy said...

What a wonderful sibling he is :-D

Daisy said...

What a great story! I love that photo of Samwise with Jack. He sounds like a very special doggie, and I think fate brought him to you.

michico*Adan said...

That is very very sweet doggie~!!!
I am so glad that you 2 are very good with Samwise~! That is wonderful~!

Tyler said...

Wow, that's a wonderful story!

Parker said...

Well, that story was wonderful! Woofies are OK. We love ours too!

DEBRA said...

Oh what a wonderful woofie! OOPS I almost out wookie....kittygiggle

Oh Capt'n Jack I got the most wonderful surprise in the mail. I could not believe my eyes and my tail started swishin back and forth. I was so happy that I did my happy dance. Momma helped me to unwrapped this wonderful gift and oh to my glorious eyes what magical things appeared. That pearl and diamond collar was just unbelieveable gorgeous and all those great toys. I will be playing for months with all of those and think of you each time I do. Thank you so much for being so generous with me...I can only ask if you would like me to wear that special pearl necklace on our New Year's eve date?

sending kittykisses

Purrs
Miss Boo

Name: Mr. Hendrix said...

How wonderful Sam is! I fantastic fur sibling for sure. It makes me want a woofie brother all my own...don't tell Bendrix.

These are the stories we like. A leaky story that ends with a happy family. Big hugs to you Sam!

Jan said...

Wow! That's quite a beautiful family you've got there.

Jan's Funny Farm