Thursday, January 22, 2009

With much sadness, our VP, Karen Dirksen said good bye to her 9 1/2 year old Anatolian, Sammy this week. Sammy was diagnosed with cancer just a few weeks ago and Karen learned that it was in his lungs and other organs as well as in one of his legs. It came as a great shock as Sammy had not shown any signs of illness before then.

As you can see from this picture, Sammy was a gentle giant. He was a true goodwill ambassador for the breed, as he never met anyone he didn't like. He happily accepted all of the foster dogs that Karen has taken in and helped raise more than one foster pup.

Sammy loved to rub his big ol' head on anyone that was close by, it didn't matter if he knew you or not. It was just his way of saying hello and hoping you'd pet him.

Sammy started his life on a little island in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. Over time, Karen would come to adopt one of Sammy's half brothers (Joey) as well as Sammy's mother, Sadie, who passed away 18 months ago.

Karen and her family are mourning their loss, Sammy has been a big part of their lives for a long time. Whenever we had a public event, Sammy was always the dog Karen would bring since he was always so good with strangers and other animals.

He is missed deeply by all that knew him, including myself and my family. Our most sincere condolences go to Karen and her family.

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