Att: Empty Nesters!!'s Story...
Yesterday, I visited the Smithtown Animal Shelter, and was introduced to this exceptional little lady. Her name is Sammie, and in case you can't tell from the photos, Sammie has had a very difficult life, so far. With your help, we can help her to find a bright future. Sammie is a 5-year old Cane Corso girl who was rescued from a deplorable hoarding situation where she was (literally) a breeding machine. She and countless other sweet dogs were found emaciated and in terrible physical condition. In fact, sadly, the Smithtown shelter is the best home she has ever known in her short life.
If I had to sum up her personality in one word, it would be "sweet." This dog is desperate for the affection she has never had. As a result of being deprived of any love, she is painfully shy. Instead of barking to say hello, or getting up to greet visitors, Sammie stays in her little bed and waits for you to approach her. It is heartbreaking to see, and atypical of her breed of dog, usually animated and protective of their surroundings.
But, once you kneel down beside her and begin to pet her big, beautiful head, Sammie warms up immediately, and lets you know she doesn't want you to stop. She soaks up love like a sponge, and amazingly, gives it right back to you in return. There is no resentment or malice in her big heart. Truth is, I fell in love with this gentle giant.
The Smithtown shelter reports that Sammie does not have one mean bone in her body; not one. She has NEVER been aggressive, and always waits for even a small taste of tenderness. So, one would think that Sammie could go to any person or family that will show her love and give her a good life.
However, the shelter believes Sammie needs something more. Because she has never had any love whatsoever, Sammie developed into a very shy and frightened girl. While she is eager to warm up right away to affection, the shelter believes that FOR HER SAKE ALONE, she would benefit most from a situation where she is the special "baby" in the house. Perfect home for Sammie would be either a single person in a quiet household, or an empty-nester couple who want to spoil her rotten. She well deserves it.
Again, Sammie would not hurt a fly. But after the kind of life she has had, she has earned the right to be doted on. And, she needs constant love. What she does NOT need is ANY tough love or intense training. Positive reinforcement and tons of kisses bring her out of her shell. And, when she gets comfortable, she DOES turn into an adorable dog, something she had never had the luxury of being in her five years of life. She plays like a Cane Corso! And, she also will show traits of her breed - a hunter and a guard dog. In other words, when and if she gets acclimated, she will WANT TO DO HER JOB. She will bark and guard what she perceives to be her family's territory. Sammie lived with many other dogs and really has no issues with other dogs. But, again, she deserves to be the one and only in order to come out of her shell.
If you know of someone deserving of Sammie, please contact the Smithtown Animal Shelter at: (631) 360-7575. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this beauty. Thanks.