Sam has had a tough year.
First, the senior Weimaraner ended up in the care of Dogwood Rescue when his owner developed a serious illness and could no longer take care of him.
Then, he ruptured a disk in his back and had to undergo a hemilaminectomy, a surgery to alleviate pressure on his spinal cord.
Things weren’t looking too great for old Sam. Initially it was believed that his hind legs would be paralyzed, but his outlook improved dramatically through rehabilitation and massage.
For many months, Nicola Way of Vancouver Animal Massage worked with the 11-year-old, incorporating massage with strength training and balancing exercises to get him back on his feet.
In short, he’s doing great now. He can run and walk like other dogs, although he will always have slight coordination issues. Now he just faces one last hurdle: Finding a forever home.
Dogwood says that Sam would be best with active, mature, perceptive pet parents without young children – ideally someone who “appreciates the companionship of a loyal dog and will take him for a couple of regular rambles every day and who will continue his massage routine.” He gets along with other dogs, though he really does prefer the company of people.
A home with a doggy door and yard is ideal: Sam likes to come and go as he pleases.
This pooch is more quiet and reserved than some Weimaraners but he is extremely loving and good natured.
Although his mountain climbing days are over, Sam still likes to get out, sniff the world and explore new territory. He enjoys going to the beach or for an amble along a forest path, but just not long hikes.
Though he is considered a special needs dog, his needs aren’t particularly onerous and potential adopters should not be scared away. He should just avoid jumping games, like frisbee, to protect his back.
Dogwood says that his limitations are “almost unnoticeable,” adding that life with a special needs senior dog is easy once a routine is established: They’re calm, patient and appreciative. If you want to learn more about Sam, or any of the other great dogs they have for adoption, contact the Dogwood Rescue Society.
This volunteer-run non-profit specializes in taking in neglected, mistreated and unwanted sporting and working dogs, such as Weimaraners, Pointers, Vizslas, Retrievers, Dobermans and Hounds, as well as mixed breed pups.
Many of its dogs are registered purebreds that have found themselves in rescue by no fault of their own.