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December 2010 NHS Look Who's Sheltering Shelter Pets!

Mary and Fritz Sampson with Grace and Jake

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Grace and Jake Sampson are living life to its fullest after a rough start for both. Jake ended up at the shelter after repeatedly escaping from his former home. Grace arrived so overweight she had difficulty walking and had to be lifted into the car. Both are now happy, healthy, spoiled members of the Sampson clan. “Dogs are pack animals,” Mary says. “They need to be a part of the family.”

They certainly are with Mary and Fritz Sampson. These dogs have never been kenneled because the Sampson's opt for house sitters when the dogs absolutely have to be left behind - which isn’t often. “When I take them out to the farm they have the run of the place--and they love it,” explains Fritz. Mary adds, “We can’t reach for our keys without them getting excited and expecting to go.”

Mary and Fritz have always had rescue pets. They received a call about Grace from the shelter. Even though Fritz and Mary had adopted Jake (after they lost their prior rescue pet and canine companion Klaus), they took Grace in. The pairing was beneficial to both dogs. After Jake joyfully accepted his new pal, his playful energy helped Grace get active and lose weight. We call that a win-win situation.

 

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