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Facts about Sampson

  • Breed: German Shepherd Dog
  • Color: Unknown
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Unknown
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 5619163-2013-139

My name is Sampson!

German Shepherd Dog Dog for adption in Morrisville, North Carolina - Sampson
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Sampson's Info...

I am already neutered, housetrained, purebred, a special needs pet, good with kids, good with dogs, and good with cats.

Sampson's Story...
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


Update 7 November 2013:
Sampson is a sweet boy who is a little over a year old. He came to SGSR in April and was soon diagnosed with mega esophagus. It has become very manageable and he is understanding that he can't eat and drink the way other dogs do. Basically, he puts his front paws on his crate and we hold the ball up a bit. When he is finished, we keep him in that position for about 5 minutes (or however long he will let us do it) and then put him back in his crate for about 30-45 minutes. He is doing quite well and the vet that has diagnosed the mega-e is willing to speak with his adopter. We have found treats that dissolve and we give him ice cubes because for some reason they do not create any regurgitation like regular water does. Now every time someone hits the ice button on the fridge, he comes flying!
Sampson loves to play. He has a favorite soccer ball and watering can that will go with him. He also loves to chew on deer antlers and nyla bones. He can get protective of his toys and think that they are all his but since we have started Off Leash K9 training, that is improving. He is learning the commands and doing very well with his homework. His training will need to continue in his forever home because he really needs the structure, discipline, and confidence that it provides. He is still very much a puppy and can be quite energetic but the training is helping so much. He gets along with other dogs and will chase the cats if they run. If he does go to a home with cats, I suggest that the cats be very dog savvy. He is very quick and can run like the wind!
Interested in adopting Sampson? Please complete an application today at

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 .


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About Southeast German Shepherd Rescue

About Our Rescue Group...

Southeast German Shepherd Rescue; a non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives and creating lasting change for unwanted, neglected, and abandoned German Shepherd Dogs. Our priorities are to ensure that each dog we rescue is protected, provided with proper medical care, well-nourished and able to thrive in a loving forever home.

Our Adoption Process...

Our adoption process consists of three steps (Vet Interview, Phone Interview, Home Visit) after an initial application is filled out. Once all three steps are successfully completed then the adopter and their coordinator will work together to find the right dog. Our adoption fee is $250.