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Remembering Our Home’s Best Friend In a Gallery of Saints

Not an easy thing to put together tonight friends. But it is with a deep love and affection that I shine the light on man’s best friend. For me this gallery serves as a form of therapy today.

In our home’s case it has been a Saint Bernard for over twenty years. Four furry friends in total equaling almost 800 pounds of loyalty and love.

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Handsome Samson was born in October of 2005 making him slightly over ten and a half years old. Sadly, his body couldn’t keep up with his inner spirit, warm eyes and wagging tail. We lost him today and while this is the toughest of posts, I wanted to shine the light on the gentleness of one of the largest breeds of dogs known to man.

For those of you who offer a dog a good home and love, God bless you. For those who have pondered giving a dog, big or small a loving home, go for it as the rewards and affection received in return are plentiful.

Miss Shirley showing us just how easy it is to handle these big guys.

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Donna Reed with the cutest of puppies.  Believe me they grow fast and they grow large.

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Buster and one of the big ones.

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Lazing about, Gary Cooper and pal taking an afternoon nap.

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Who’s more lovable in this ad?

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Miss Betty and woman’s best friend.

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Call of the Wild 1935 …… Gable ……

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and co-star Loretta

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Even as a kid long before I actually owned my first Saint, I was captivated by the breed thanks in part to Cujo.

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The only thing I can say about this pic is…. “Been there. Done that.”

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Samson Perry   October 15th 2005 – May 3rd 2016.

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21 Comments »

  1. Sorry to hear this news. Every St. Bernard I’ve met has been pretty awesome or noble or goofy in a good way, so I’m sure you’ll remember the good times and let those overtake the sad one from today. Oh, that dog in the Carson ad looks as if he’s guarding the beverages so Johnny can’t have seconds. 😀

  2. Sorry to hear this, always a heartbreak and tough thing when you have a beloved pet, but it’s so true that the good far outweighs the sad.

  3. Mike I’m so terribly sorry to learn you went home and went through this loss. We lost our dog last year so I know very well the pain you are feeling. They add so much that is wonderful to our lives! This is a wonderful tribute.

    Best wishes,
    Laura

    • A tearful thank you Laura for the kind words. The highs and lows of this past week have been quite a journey. It was a real pleasure meeting you and sharing some movie memories. Thanks a bunch. Hopefully we can do it all again next year.

  4. Sorry to hear this news Mike, you more than most know pictures will always keep Samson with you young and happy.

  5. Sad news, Mike…always tough to lose a pet, especially when he’s been a part of the family for so long. I love that shot of him in the back of the car…he looks like a very cool dog. RIP, Samson!

  6. Very sorry to read your news. Our faithful beagle/basset mix passed away 2 months ago. He reached the age of 12 and his body just gave out, in a steady decline of several months. We miss him, but know that we gave him a good home.

  7. Lovely memories there Mike. Super pictures of Samson, what a cute big boy!. They really are the biggest awesome loveable monster sweeties. What a superb collection of stars with St Bernards you found too. Thanks for sharing buddy, they are a tough post to do but such amazing memories of a good friend.

  8. Such a loss, Mike. Good memories live forever, so thanks for sharing. I’ve only met two Saints up close and both were super sweet despite their size.

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