Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Here is Sammy catching up on some rest after his day of beauty at RBVH! Sammy came to visit for a recheck of his ears and to get his medicated bath. He is doing great! He continues to gain weight every time we see him, and his ear infections are currently under control. We love our visits from our most famous patient!
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Look who is outside enjoying the weather! Sammy continues to come over for visits and his baths. It is very hard to believe that this is the same dog from March. He is back to his normal weight, has strength in his legs and pep in his step. His fur is getting long enough that he is almost ready for a professional grooming! He is doing great with his foster family and loves his other cocker spaniel housemates. Sammy wishes everyone a very happy and safe July 4 holiday!
Friday, June 21, 2013
The first day of summer doesn't get any better than this!! A visit from Sammy makes every day brighter!
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
We got a visit today from one of our most favorite patients! Sammy came in for his bath, pedicure, and ear infection recheck. He continues to thrive in his foster home. In fact, he has gained enough weight back now that we can no longer hold him with just one hand! Sammy has gained a total of 5 pounds since he was brought into RBVH in March. His fur and nails are growing in nicely, and he is trotting down the hallways, too fast for our staff to keep up with him! It warms our heart to see how well he has done in such a short period of time.
Friday, May 23, 2013
You never know who is going to be looking over our shoulder! Yup, it's our Sammy! He came in this week to visit, get his skin and ears rechecked, and get his medicated bath. He has gained enough weight back that some of our staff had to take a double take! He not only walks, but now runs down our hallway. It is amazing what time and TLC can do!
Friday, May 3, 2013
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Look who came in today for a check up and a medicated bath?! Sammy is gaining weight, his skin infections have completely healed, and overall, he is doing great!!! Our staff could not get enough of Sammy today -- he was smothered in kisses!!
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Sammy continues to do well and is making progress in leaps and bounds! He is almost close to running, and he absolutely loves his other 4 legged friends at home. Even though he continues to wear his jacket when it is chilly outside, he is steadily gaining weight. By the day, he is becoming more and more attached to his foster family. It warms our heart to know that he is doing so well and adjusting to home life so beautifully.
Friday, April 12, 2013
A Sammy Fix!!
We are happy to report that Sammy is adjusting to home life very well. He loves his other dog (and kitty cat) friends and has even selected one to sleep next to at night!! He is getting plenty of exercise during the day which is helping to build up some strength in his muscles. We miss this little guy terribly but are so happy he is doing great. Sammy Strong!!
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Look at who we found!! OUR Sammy!
Sammy is doing great!! According to his new foster/forever family, Sammy loves being outside and he enjoys following one of his new older doggy brothers around the house. Yesterday, Sammy walked the perimeter of his new, big backyard at least 8 times!
Sammy: we miss you but are sooo happy to hear about your first day. We love you! And thank you, wonderful foster family, for sharing this fantastic update!
Monday, April 8, 2013
It is with happy tears that we saw Sammy leave the hospital today and head to his foster home. Everyone at RBVH is forever thankful to his foster (and potential adopter) who has taken Sammy into a loving home with open arms. Sammy will be with other senior cocker spaniels with a similar energy level! The veterinarians at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital will continue to monitor Sammy's health closely, so stay tuned for periodic updates. We commend the Monmouth County SPCA for choosing this home for Sammy. We know the decision was difficult with so many loving options available.
All homeless dogs and cats in your local rescues and shelters have stories. Sammy's story went viral, but there are many other animals who do not get this opportunity. Sammy is one of the lucky ones. He will have the best medical care for the rest of his life and will now know the feeling of unconditional love, not only from his foster family, but the entire world. For everyone who has offered to adopt Sammy, please consider rescuing another "Sammy" who is waiting for a forever home.
From everyone at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, we extend a special 'thank you' to Sammy for reminding us all how forgiving and strong the animal spirit can be. You have touched our lives and hearts more than you will ever know, little friend, and for that, we thank YOU. With a piece of you in our hearts, we will continue to use our skills and knowledge to help other animals in need, whether they are owned or waiting to find a home. Stay strong our little warrior...we love you!
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Look who is getting more comfortable with being picked up and held by our staff? Hello from Sammy! Enjoy your weekend!
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Sammy had another visit from our dermatologist yesterday. Sammy's skin infections have all healed and he no longer needs antibiotics!! We are so incredibly pleased with this little guy's progress. Sammy will still wear his jackets and sweaters when it is cool outside to keep him extra warm until his fur grows back.
Friday, April 5, 2013
Thanks to the generosity of people from around the world, Sammy receives lots of fan mail! Here he is checking out some of his cards and drawings!
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Here's Sammy enjoying a Wholesomes biscuit a few minutes ago. OMG, he is just too cute!!
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Sammy received his first dose of acupuncture today thanks to a visit from Dr. Penny Rochelle who works at our RBVH Center for Integrative Medicine. Sammy was a champ! We are hoping that acupuncture will help with his cognition and musculoskeletal strength. Acupuncture can also be used for osteoarthritis, muscle and back pain, and immune system disorders. We are continuing care like this for Sammy to keep him strong and quicken his recovery!
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Sammy and his housemate, Ady, we reunited yesterday for a short playdate. The purpose of this reunion was to see how well they would interact together, and whether they would be able to be adopted separately or together. If you watch closely, you'll see a small tail wag from Sammy! All adoption questions should be directed to the MCSPCA at (732) 542-0040.
Sammy & Ady http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vf3jrtAyr78
Monday, April 1, 2013
Snoozin' Sammy! He had a busy day socializing with the staff, taking walks in the sunshine, and meeting friends! Stay tuned for more details! Overall, a very good day!
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Sammy wants to wish everyone a happy Easter! Here he is checking out his Easter treats. He is getting stronger by the day, and continues to eat and drink well! We couldn't ask for anything more and are thrilled with his progress.
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Look at those big ears!!! Speaking of ears, guess who no longer needs ear medication??? You guessed it!! Our dermatologist rechecked Sammy and gives him an A+ for healing! His ear infections have resolved. Sammy Strong!
Friday, March 29, 2013
Sammy continues to eat very well and get stronger by the day! Many of you have asked about his teeth. Once he has gained enough weight and our doctors feel comfortable, Sammy will get his teeth cleaned. Tartar in any dog or cat mouth predisposes them not only to periodontal disease, but also heart and kidney disease. We want Sammy to stay strong!!
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Enjoy your daily dose of Sammy!! :)It has been our great honor and pleasure to care for this little guy. If anyone has a question that we have not answered, please feel free to private message us on Facebook or contact us through our website. With so many comments on our Facebook wall, we're sure we have missed responding to a few. We know you enjoy the Sammy posts and we equally enjoy reading your posts filled with love and positive energy! Hugs to you all!!
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Sammy: Frequently Asked Questions
How old is Sammy?
We believe he is between 12-13 years old.
Many people have asked about whether Sammy can hear. The doctors suspect that Sammy is deaf, however, this may very well be a function of his age and not related to his previous ear infections.
Sammy has an enormous fan club and many loving people have volunteered to make their home his forever home! Sammy still has a long road to recovery so adoption will take a while. When that time comes, the Monmouth County SPCA will be in charge of placing him with a family. They are not yet accepting names on a waiting list, but they can be reached at (732) 542-0040 or you can visit them online at www.monmouthcountyspca.org
While Red Bank Veterinary Hospital is not charging for any of Sammy’s medical care, we created an account to accommodate the financial gifts that were coming in on Sammy’s behalf. This account will be used to finance all of Sammy’s future medical needs once he is placed in his forever home. Because of the generosity of Sammy’s fan club, this account has more than sufficient funds to care for Sammy for the rest of his life. The money cannot be accessed by Sammy’s original owners, only by verified medical receipts for his future care. We know many of you have been concerned about that.
Should anyone still feel the need to make a financial gift on Sammy’s behalf, we encourage you to first consider a local animal shelter or rescue group such as the MonmouthCounty SPCA. These animal organizations are desperately in need of funds to assist them in caring for unwanted pets, many of whom have sad stories of their own but never get the media’s attention. We hope that Sammy’s story will help his fellow animal friends in shelters around the world.
We also recommend the Save U.S. Pets Foundation. This wonderful organization assists owners with financial constraints so they can provide life-saving care for their beloved pets. You can read more about them at www.saveuspets.org.
Sammy has been very fortunate to receive a variety of wonderful things to help keep him cozy and comfortable during his recovery. The love that accompanies each toy, blanket, jacket, and biscuit can be felt the moment we open the package. The mailman has certainly seen an influx in boxes addressed to “Sammy” J As with the monetary donations, please consider donating a gift, in Sammy’s name, to a homeless pet who would also love to have a special present to make his/her time waiting for a forever home more comfortable.
We know that a lot of people want to visit Sammy and kiss him on the nose! While he is making great progress, he is still in a delicate state. His visitors are limited to medical staff and the occasional reporter from the media. It’s important that Sammy gets lots of rest and that he be kept on a regimented schedule for his medical treatments.
Although we have been allowed to give out limited information on Sammy, thanks to permission by Chief Buddy Amato, the status of our patients is confidential and we don’t allow our patients to receive visitors beyond their immediate owners, which in this case is the Monmouth County SPCA. We show all of our patients the same courtesy and you can be assured that if your pet is hospitalized with us, we would extend the same privacy and protection.
It has been brought to our attention that other medical updates on Sammy have been posted elsewhere on the internet. Only the posts on our website, Facebook page, or blog have been approved by Sammy’s official guardian, the Monmouth County SPCA, thanks to the assistance of Buddy Amato, their Chief Humane Law Enforcement Officer.
Does he know that thousands of people are thinking about him?
YES! Our staff tells him every day and we believe he can feel your love and positive thoughts. Keep them coming!!
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
“Look at me go!”
Sammy is walking much stronger now. He continues to receive cold laser therapy which we believe is contributing to his strength. This is a fantastic therapy that is used for a variety of ailments. It works acutely on pain and also long-term with inflammation. It is used most commonly for arthritis, chronic ear infections, acral lick granulomas, hygromas, and wounds (to help with healing).
Sammy Walking! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgGNdwYUXWU
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Peek-a-boo! Can you find Sammy among all of his new friends? A very special thank you to everyone who sent toys, beds, blankets, clothes, cookies, cards, and money to this very special boy.
Today, Sammy is eating and drinking, and walking a little stronger. He even wagged his tail!!!
Monday, March 25, 2013
Guess who stood on his own for 45 minutes...this guy!!! Sammy continues to do well, is much more comfortable and is even walking stronger. He is making small steps in the right direction! Sammy Strong!
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Here is a video of Sammy getting his cold laser therapy, this time on his hips. Kirsty came in on her day off to do this for him (thank you!!). Our staff remains very dedicated to him! Sammy continues to eat and drink very well on his own. Go Sammy!!!
Sammy Receiving Cold Laser Therapy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjE7pRHX7CU
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Sammy did well overnight. He received another cold laser therapy treatment yesterday for his ears and also his back and hips. We are hoping this will help strengthen his legs! He is completely eating on his own twice a day and loves his dry kibble soaked with some warm water.
Sammy eats! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gx5JfTSK7xc
Friday, March 22, 2013
Cute Photo Alert!
Kirsty, one of our rehabilitation technicians, visited Sammy to perform a cold laser therapy treatment. Doesn’t he look adorable in his doggles? The purpose of the doggie goggles is to help prevent any eye damage from occurring during the laser treatment. Laser therapy is being incorporated into Sammy's treatment plan to help ease discomfort caused by the inflammation in his ears, and to promote healing. Sammy really seemed to enjoy it!
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Sammy slept well and then awoke in time for an appearance on the morning news. He continues to eat and drink on his own. Today's photo shows him getting a compress to help reduce swelling on his neck. He is a very sweet boy and we love him very much!
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Sammy did well overnight. We started to offer him dry food in conjunction with his liquid diet and he gobbled it right up. He is also drinking water on his own. He is standing and continuing to walk, but slowly.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 (second update of the day)
Sammy walks! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=at-BtZUECzU
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Where there is love, miracles happen...Sammy stands!
Monday, March 18, 2013 (second update of the day)
Sammy is eating on his own!!!! How exciting!! We are offering him at least 1/2 of his required amount (remember we have to feed him very slow to help prevent issues when re-introducing food) and he is licking the bowl dry. We are also incorporating passive range of motion and massage for his hindlimbs, which is helping build strength. We keep telling Sammy how the world is rooting for him and he continues to gain strength through all of your support and love.
Monday, March 18, 2013
Sammy continues to make small strides in the right direction. He eats for us each time he is offered food and appears to have less discomfort in his feet. He has yet to stand on his own without support, but this may take some time.
Sunday, March 17, 2013 (second update of the day)
Sammy continues to make slow progress. He is tolerating his syringe feedings and antibiotic therapy, and is now able to hold his head up for short periods of time! The doctors and technicians are monitoring him very closely to make sure that he receives pain medication if he shows even the smallest sign of discomfort.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
St. Patrick's Day Update: Sammy did well through the night and remains stable this morning.. We are continuing to offer him small amounts of food which he is taking like a champ! He remains on antibiotics and pain medication. Keep the prayers coming!
Saturday, March 16, 2013 (second update of the day)
Our friend, Samurai, definitely has a fighting spirit! He decided he did not like his NG (nasogastric) tube and essentially coughed it out! He is actually tolerating very small amounts of syringe feeding by mouth on his own. Dr. Lisa Weeth, our board certified nutritionist, has done a consult and we are working with her to slowly and safely reintroduce food to him (if fed too quickly he can become very ill). It is still going to be a very long process. Dr. Greg Griffeth, our board certified dermatologist, has also done a consult and Sammy is on the appropriate treatments for his skin at this time.
The attached photo is of Samurai with his new bunny friend -- a gift left by an adoring member of his wide-reaching fan club. Thank you all for your love and support.
Thank you also to Chief Amato for the work that you do and for allowing us to post these updates.
Saturday, March 16, 2013
This morning, Samurai is resting comfortably. He did not experience any issues overnight. He even made a few attempts to stand, although he is still too weak. The plan for today is to continue keeping him comfortable and slowly introduce food through his naso-gastric tube (the tube in his nose on the picture).
Thank you to Chief Victor “Buddy” Amato, the Chief Humane Law Enforcement officer for the Monmouth County SPCA, for allowing us to post these updates. Chief Amato can be reached at the Monmouth County SPCA with any questions.
Thank you to everyone who has contacted us about donations. As we posted earlier, Red Bank Veterinary Hospital is not charging for any of Sammy’s care while he is with us. However, due to community requests, we have set up a fund to go toward Sammy’s future needs. Should you wish to contribute, checks can be sent to Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, 197 Hance Avenue, Tinton Falls, NJ 07724. Be sure to note that your donation is for the Morgan/Samurai Fund.
Please remember that our nation’s animal shelters are full of animals in need of loving homes. Many of them could very easily have ended up in the same situation as Samurai. If your lifestyle permits you to adopt another pet, please consider opening your heart and home to a shelter pet in honor of Samurai. We must let his story inspire us to care for one another and to remember the power of love.
Your Friends at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital
Friday, March 15, 2013
With permission from Chief Victor “Buddy” Amato, the Chief Humane Law Enforcement officer for the Monmouth County SPCA, we are able to post this photo of “Morgan” and a brief update. Chief Amato told us that the dog’s real name is Samurai. Tonight, Samurai is resting comfortably in our hospital under the loving care of many doctors and technicians. He remains in critical condition. Thank you to everyone who has called to inquire about him. Red Bank Veterinary Hospital is not charging for any of Sammy’s care while he is with up, however due to community requests, we have set up a fund to go toward Sammy’s future needs.