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Sami has taken care of so many, and needs our help now. My family has done all we can. That's why we are reaching out for help.

Shortly after my dad passed away and my brother left home to start his own life, I fell into a deep depression. I was only 16, but I had already dealt with things no one should ever have to deal with. 

One day, I got it into my head that a puppy would be exactly "what the doctor ordered." So, I begged my mom to allow me to get a puppy. She put up a fight, but somewhere deep inside of her, she knew what was best for me. She scoured ads and then surprised me as we pulled into the driveway of Sami's family at the time. I was lead into a room where a litter about 9 adorable puppies (what ones aren't?) were running around and playing. I knelt down on the floor and tried to get them to pay attention to me.

As most of you who are reading this may know, puppies don't have long attention spans, so they didn't pay attention to me for very long. I became frustrated, but was still excited about the prospects of having my own puppy. I looked up at my mom and clearly remember saying "How am I going to choose?" I don't remember her response, or even if she didrespond, because a little tiny little nugget of a sweetheart came out of nowhere, grabbed my scarf, and started tugging.

I played with her a little and then asked my mom if she would be a good fit for our family. My mom had a series of tests she always conducted on any dog or puppy that was potentially entering our family. She conducted those tests and proudly announced that she would be perfect.

We took her home that day and she became Samantha Jane, or Sami for short.

Sami was and is my pride and joy, my baby, and drug me out of the deep depression I was in (and again on more than one occasion).

She has given me someone to take care of and someone to get out of bed for. She has given me someone to share my knowledge with (to train) and also someone to talk to and share my thoughts and emotions with.

Sami always has a snuggle she is willing to give, and gives the best "backwards" kisses. (She drags her tongue backwards just a teeny tiny bit to give you kisses.) She knows what you need, when you need it, and most times before you even know you need it. Including a "clown moment" where she does something so incredibly silly, just so you'll laugh.

Sami has helped raise at least 5 other puppies/dogs and at least 14 cats and/or kittens. Half of them being a litter of kittens that one of our cats had, and Sami and myself being the only outsiders she allowed around them from day 1.

Sami has even taken care of my mom when she had her stroke, standing guard over her, laying with her, helping her to stand when she needed an extra oomph and stability. Keeping her company when my husband and I would go to work and getting her to laugh again too.

Sami is incredibly timid, however. I think that she has worried so much for everyone else, she never was able to find her confidence aside from when she is caring for someone. She runs from people that she doesn't know, and she hates car rides. BUT once she realizes that the person she doesn't know is okay, they become a part of the family that she cares for and about.

Starting around June of this year, Sami started losing a little bit of weight. She was eating the same, no problems with that at all. Just the weight loss. We were obviously a little concerned and started treating for worms right away-starting with the Walmart stuff. There were no issues and we hadnt noticed any changes after that until recently. We thought things had been taken care of.

Then the blood started. The blood came and went for a little bit, so we just figured she was picking at our daughters stuff and eating things she wasn't supposed to.... and then it recently returned almost consistently. At that time we realized that she had lost ALOT of weight. Almost overnight.

This time we ordered some worm medicine off the internet that attacks all different types of worms. Stuff you need a prescription from a vet to get. It took awhile to get here, because we didn't have the money to get the actual prescription kind, so this came in from out of the country. We just gave that to her at the beginning of this week on 10/17/16, as soon as we got it in the mail.

I've noticed there hasn't been a whole lot of blood in her feces since then, but I'm not convinced that this is the issue.

I was looking through photos from earlier this year, two days ago and was smacked in the face with the reality of just exactly how much weight she has lost. To say that I feel terrible, is an understatement. I cry every time I look at her or think about her. I have completely failed her.

My husband and I can not afford to take her to a vet due to financial and personal hardships we are enduring and trying to recover from. We have spoken with the vets in our area, and none of them are willing to offer a payment plan for us. A few of them offer the Care Credit, but neither my husband or I are able to be approved. No family member will help us with medical/vet costs, and our local SPCA's have been tapped dry financially.

Sami has always been a lover. She has always been a caregiver. It always seems as though that the caregivers and lovers never get their needs fully met. I WANT to meet Sami's needs. She deserves that. She deserves to be taken care of, even if just in her final days.

No animal deserves to suffer. My husband and I can't stop Sami's suffering without the help of others. Your money can help us do that. Your money can offer us the ability to get her to a vet to find out what is wrong with her. Your money can help us get her the care she needs.....and if it can't completely help with care costs, it will help us humanely end her suffering, when the "correct" time is upon us.

Please help us help our Sami. She has helped us and cared for so many others. She deserves what we can't give her on our own.

Thank you.

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