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Southeast German Shepherd Rescue
Facts about Sampson
- Breed: German Shepherd Dog
- Color: Unknown
- Age: Young
- Size: Unknown
- Sex: Male
- ID#: 5619163-2013-139
My name is Sampson!
I am already neutered, housetrained, purebred, a special needs pet, good with kids, good with dogs, and good with cats.
You can fill out an adoption application online on our official website.
If you're interested in adopting any SGSR dog, please fill out an Adoption Application here.
10.7.2013 - Update on Sampson - Sampson is an awesome boy! He loves playing and is getting along with everyone. He does need some training but his mega-esophagus is well under control. He has even learned to pretty much manage it himself! He knows that he can't have a lot of water and he knows that he must eat and then go in his crate. He is so sweet and loving and would make anyone a wonderful companion! He also has gotten quite used to the cats and has been playing in the yard with the other dogs on a regular basis. We also have the vet who has been caring for him willing to speak to any potential adopters to help put their mind at ease about dealing with his mega-e! Do you have room in your home for this special boy! Please fill out an application today!
7.17.2013 Update: Sampson has been doing extremely well with his mega esophagus! We have gone almost a week with little or no regurge! He is a great dog and would love to be in his forever home! He loves to play and is very friendly! He is so smart and learns very quickly! Please fill out your application today!
Meet Sampson! He is a 6-month-old black-and-tan German shepherd who is energetic, happy, and playful. Sampson still needs to gain some weight, as he came into SGSR a bit too skinny, but he is getting the best food now, and the size of his paws indicate that he will grow up to be a big boy!
Sampson has a condition called megaesophagus (often abbreviated to “mega-e”). Mega-e is a congenital condition that occasionally crops up in German shepherds. Mega-e means that Sampson’s esophagus does not have normal muscle tone and thus cannot propel food to the stomach. Sampson, therefore, will always need to eat and drink in an elevated position (either on a step ladder or with a special device for dogs called the “Bailey chair”) and must stay in this position for as long as possible for at least 30 minutes. If Sampson eats or drinks any other way, he will regurgitate, which is not only messy but also dangerous to his health. There is no cure for mega-e, but dogs with this condition can live happy, healthy lives with proper lifestyle management.
Sweet Sampson doesn’t let this condition stop him! He is very affectionate and outgoing; he loves to nap with his head in his foster dad’s lap, and he loves meeting new people. Sampson loves to play with people and with other dogs. He does like to chew a bit, as with all puppies, but he can happily entertain himself with a bone. He hasn’t met any cats yet, but his energetic disposition indicates that he may see cats as something fun to chase.
He’s very curious and wants to check out his surroundings. We think he is very smart; Sampson picked up basic training in no time at all (and learned the command “sit” in less than a day). He may be a great fit for more obedience classes or even agility. He is learning how to walk on a leash, and he is making great progress with housetraining. Although Sampson doesn’t love the crate, he’s getting acclimated to it while he sleeps.
If you are interested in this bright, very special boy, fill out an application today or contact your adoption coordinator!
Sampson is being fostered in Salem, VA.
Our adoption process consists of a telephone interview, a call to your veterinarian and a home visit. If you have any questions about the adoption process please contact firstname.lastname@example.org .