On Friday, a woman named Catherine posted a letter to whoever left their elderly German shepherd at a San Antonio, Texas, animal shelter.
The National Dog News Examiner reached out to Catherine for permission to share the letter – Catherine granted permission and also, made a special request:
can (you) thank everyone for me who has shared, liked, commented and raised awareness about Samber. I also do not want to be mad about the person who took her to a shelter. What I want is to ask people to look around themselves and try to help people with pets, especially seniors, who cannot afford vet care or who may just not get it. I really want people to reach out and help one another in love.
Samber showed me again what dogs were sent here to show which is forgiveness and unconditional love
Catherine’s letter follows:
To the person who left the ill, elderly, mostly blind German Shepherd at the San Antonio shelter:
I want you to know she had a dignity about her and she had a soul.
They mistakenly said she was a male, but she was a female and we gave her a name. We named her “Samber” in honor of our dearest Sam who we lost, June 24th at almost 16 years of age.
“Samber” had mammary tumors, lumps all over her body, she was mostly blind, and she was very arthritic. She was also emaciated, covered with fleas and missing most of her hair. Her right eye was enlarged, like she had received some sort of a blow to it, but there was no way of figuring out what had originally happened.
I saw her picture and knew she was not going to die there, in that shelter. I wonder about her, even though she went on to a better place, January 27th. 2016. Was she dumped and did animal control find her or did someone actually allow her to end up in this condition. Were they poor? Or, did they simply not care.
I want them to know that while she was here, bloodwork showed that she had hypothyroidism. After starting her on meds she grew a thick, soft coat where she had lost all of her hair. She gained 12 pounds in the few short months she was here. All the way to sixty pounds! We had planned on having her spayed and we had already started the slow kill regimen for killing her heartworms.
A couple of weeks ago she lost the use of her back legs. We went for x rays and x rays showed she had extensive damage to her lungs from the heartworms. Her spine had lots of arthritic changes. After being on meds for a week or so and supplements she walked again, for 2.5 days. Then, she could not walk again. We used a sling to help her walk because she could only put weight on her left hind leg.
She received lots of bone broth, chicken and sweet potatoes.
Samber would not accept comfort as in a comfortable bed until the very end. It was almost as if she only ever had a hard floor and that was all she knew, but I want you to know at the end, she was on a six inch, orthopedic mattress with a soft cover. Doc came and gave her a shot of dexamethasone because she threw a clot. Even after that, she rallied and we thought she might make it. She was breathing normally and resting comfortably. She ate a whole can of solid white, albacore tuna in spring water and drank lots of water that night. I propped her up on her mattress and at 4 a.m. tried to get a bit of sleep. A short while later we awoke to see she had passed away, no struggle, she looked as if she were just sleeping. She was a quiet girl and she left, quietly.
I wanted more time to show her that it was okay to have nice comfy places to rest and sleep. I wanted to give her many more good meals, but it was her time to leave.
I will never forget her and her sweet face. She bonded right away to me and Jim. Whichever one of us was walking her, she would catch the other one in her limited vision and make a bee line to gets pets. We were even privileged enough to get kisses.
I will never forget Samber and she was worth everything we tried.
Rest in Peace, Dear Girl.
We loved you.
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