Copyright ©1996 Tiffany D. Montano
This is my beloved Samson just after I adopted him. He was about 2 ½ years old when this picture was taken.
A better friend I never had
You never hurt nor made me sad
All you wanted was just to be near
To kiss a tear or lend an ear
When another came to take your place
You just moved over and gave him space
Then Delilah to give you love
A little angel from above
First there were two then there were four
I gave you love, you gave me more
Just a few years and then you were gone
In our hearts you will always live on
For six short years you walked by my side
A river of tears I cried July 14th, the night you died
As I gather treasures for your grave
I pray another
life your death will save
Good bye my friend.
Copyright ©2001 Tiffany D. Montano
Best Poems and Poets 2002 Editor's Choice Award
Samson went everywhere with us. He died July 14th in intensive care unit at UC Davis Veterinary Hospital We are working with UC Davis to set up The Samson Memorial Fund to research and classify Lymphomas. We will update you as soon as we have more information. In the mean while you can make a contribution in Samson’s name to UC Davis. This cancer is also found in humans. Over 50% of all dogs over the age of ten die from cancer. They are our environmental markers and warn us of the pollution to Our Mother Earth but most of all they are little angels who because of their unconditional love have a direct pathway to heaven.
They found Lymphoblastic Lymphoma a rare form of Lymphoma that had spread through out Samson’s spleen, liver and lymphatic system. He was suffering so much and I promised him I wouldn’t let him suffer so we put him down around 9:00 at night. Just twenty four hours after taking him in. I know he had the best of care but the reasons I believe caused this, will scare any pet owner.
High fevers over 104 degrees and up to 105 degrease.
Swollen and red inflamed throat like you would see in tonsillitis
Heavy breathing and panting.
Slobbering from panting so hard.
One attack of diarrhea a week into it
Inability to eat. With accompanying weight loss
Drinking lots of water
He also had an area on his back that he had gotten sunburned after we shaved him that had turned dark and the hair hadn’t grown in the way it should have and one small bump on his left leg at his groin area the size of a white head. Were these symptoms? I don’t know. I know only that I miss my buddy and my heart is breaking.
fever kept spiking and his throat was sore. He was originally diagnosed with
Pneumonia and put on antibiotics but he didn’t respond. The vet we originally went to took no
blood tests or x-rays. He told us
if Samson wasn’t better in a week and a half to bring him back. He continued to deteriorate and when I
took him back to the vet he stayed in ICU for four days. After two days at home it was to a new
vet, Urgent care, and finally UC Davis.
At UC Davis they ran an
ultrasound and found tumors in his liver spleen and lymph nodes. They aspirated
one of the tumors and when the diagnosis of Lymphoblastic
Lymphoma we were devastated and
left for the two hour drive to
A quote from Joan Teitler, the Veterinarian who took care of Samson at UC Davis regarding the article mentioned above:
“WOW That is interesting.
I wish we would have tested Samson for Mycoplasma. It was too late to stop
the cancer cell growth because it was so extensive but if we could avoid
other animals from developing this it would be so great! I will start adding
the test in to see what the incidence is for dogs. Goats have very high
morbidity and mortality with mycoplasma infections....I will definitely
follow up on this article and pass it on to one of the
oncologists.....sometimes, they don't like popular information, but I think
this is extremely interesting! Thank you so much.
wonderful person and brilliant oncologist. The other administrator I talked
to said you could donate the money to the VMTH and it would go to the angel
fund...but I told her you wanted it to be for cancer research. Please
keep me posted--you are doing a great job researching this in ways I
hadn't considered. Thank you again, Joan”
If your pet develops these symptoms or any others and doesn’t show improvement in twenty-four hours, take him to the nearest Urgent Care facility and demand blood work and x-rays and if needed ultrasound. We thought we were doing our best, we just didn’t know. If you need a comprehensive oncology department or want your pet to participate in clinical trials please contact UC Davis I love my baby Samson very much. He was adopted from the Santa Clara Humane Society. I loved Samson so much that I had to get a Delilah for him. We got her from the Keeshond Rescue Society. I prayed that my Samson would get well. I want to tell anyone considering a Keeshond that they are loving and intelligent and a blessing to have around. Everyone loved my Samson even people who didn’t like dogs would ask to take him home with them. And Samson loved everybody. I am a better person for having him in my life. David says he is up in heaven chasing squirrels into the Pearly Gates. Getting into mischief. He can talk in heaven too.
If you can, please rescue a dog or cat and don’t forget to have them spaded or neutered.. I also want to advise semi-annual checkups for your babies that include blood work. Below you will find the hematology report on my baby Samson. I hope this information helps in your quest for answers. But more than that I pray we find answers so no one needs to go through this type of loss again.
This is in no way intended to replace a Veterinarian’s advice but rather to
honor my Beloved Samson by helping others. I believe all pets
should be vaccinated but demand we have better control on our vaccines.
From personal experience I have long suspected a coloration between vaccines and disease.
One ironic twist of fate.
We scheduled a private cremation through UC Davis and
Kahlua, Willy, Joey, Sierra, Simba, Kashi, Cabo and Cobe
The cats names were:
Pepper, Tanga and
Hematology AJ8850 Final
Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital
Hematology/Urinalysis/Cytology 17Jul01 at
University of California, Davis
CYTOLOGY FINAL REPORT
Patient#: 33-00-98 Client#: M31669
Name/Tag#: Samson Client: Montano, Tiffany
Breed: K9-KEESHOND Address: 11997 Oro Quincy Hwy
Sex: MC Color: Silver City: Berry Creek, CA 95916
Birthdate: 1994 Phone: 530 990 0855
Request#: AJ8850 Clinician: Teitler, Joan
Requested: 14Jul01 Reported: 14Jul01
ASPIRATION CYTOLOGY #1
Microscopic Eval Three coverslip smears examined, all are similar.
The smears are highly cellular, being composed
primarily of large lymphocytes and lymphoblasts.
Fewer small lymphocytes are present. Mitotic
figures are frequent