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Bucket list pit bull given 3 months to live still enjoying adventures

Discussion in 'Pit Bull News' started by Michele, Dec 19, 2018.

  1. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Administrator

    Bucket List Pit Bull Given 3 Months to Live Still Enjoying His Adventures 1 Year Later

    Kelli Bender

    8 hrs ago


    [​IMG]© Courtesy Petco Foundation Bucket List Pit Bull Given 3 Months to Live Still Enjoying His Adventures 1 Year Later
    This Samson’s strength knows no bounds.

    Not long ago, the 80-lb. pit bull pup was sitting in an Oakland Animal Services shelter looking for a special home.

    “Samson wasn’t looking for a typical foster home: he was looking for hospice. He had been diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma, a deadly canine cancer. He was receiving free treatment and electro-chemo from an area vet, but the prognosis wasn’t good. Samson had three months to live, tops,” Julianne Chai told the Petco Foundation.

    This prognosis didn’t prevent Julianne and her boyfriend Dan from taking a chance on Samson last December and committing to giving the dog the best three months possible.

    From the beginning, everything has been better than expected for Samson and his new family. The big dog got along perfectly with the couple’s other pup, 27-lb. Holly the terrier mix.

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    “He became the perfect Yang to Holly’s Yin. Where she was shy, stand-offish, and skeptical, Samson was trusting, affectionate, and giving. He brought her out of her shell and helped her gain confidence. Each day with Samson, our leap of faith was rewarded in ways we never anticipated,” Julianne added.

    It took only a few weeks for Julianne, Dan and Holly to fall “utterly in love” with the “big blockhead,” so the family was amazed and relieved when Samson’s three months passed, and he was still as loveable and eager as ever.

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    Instead of waiting for the end, Julianne and Dan decided to celebrate Samson’s present. The couple created a bucket list for the pooch. In between chemo treatments, Samson has gone to In-N-Out for a burger, walked the Golden Gate Bridge, had a dog-friendly party at a brewery and gone to the beach.

    “By April, Samson was part of our family. We adopted him to make it official. People say love has extended Samson’s life, as he keeps defying the odds. But he has given us much more in return. He’s changed our perspective, giving us new appreciation for the beauty of everyday life,” Julianne said.

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    It has been one year since Samson received his three-month prognosis and he is still here enjoying every minute of his love-filled life. Julianne, Dan and Holly continue to add to Samson’s bucket list and are looking forward to their adventures together.

    Julianne shared Samson’s inspiring story with the Petco Foundation’s annual Holiday Wishes campaign. Each year, the Petco Foundation accepts entries from pet owners on how having a rescue pet has changed their lives. Those chosen by the foundation receive grants to give to an animal welfare organization of their choice.

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    Samson and Julianne received one of the 51 Holiday Wishes grants given out this year. The pair won a $25,000 grant, which they gave to Oakland Animal Services. Overall, the Petco Foundation gave out $755,000 in grant awards through Holiday Wishes this year.
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle...joying-his-adventures-1-year-later/ar-BBR8WRK
     
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  2. brindle

    brindle Little Dog

    Lucky dog! I've heard that dogs tolerate chemo much better than people do.
     
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  3. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Administrator

    I think dogs can handle a lot of stuff much better than humans can.
     
  4. Madeleinemom

    Madeleinemom MS Bites, My Dog Didn't Staff Member Super Moderator

    Wonderful story! Hemangiosarcoma - I am all too familiar with it, unfortunately; and am glad that Samson is doing well with the treatment.
     

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