Hi, I'm Samson. ON HOLD

Chow Chow Labrador Retriever | Senior | Male | Large

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About Me

Samson is loving his do-over life. Two months ago, he was a sad sight …  every short, unsteady step seemed painful … open wounds on both ears from relentless fly-strikes … a tail that was hairless at its last 6 inches … and a coat that was caked with urine and feces.

Samson spent his life outside in a backyard pen, with his daily meal of leftovers usually the only contact with his owners. He was never taken on a walk. He didn’t pay much attention to people and when he did, he was pretty wary.

We worried that Samson might have given up on life … but you can’t keep a good dog down!

Every day since his arrival at his foster home has been another step on Samson’s journey to recovery. Every day, the medicines, supplements and good food have helped heal his body. The affection and constant company of his foster mom and dogs have gone a long way to heal his spirit.

Life outdoors exposed to the elements has made Samson super-appreciative of his new life indoors. He loves the comfort of a dog bed and house “training” came natural to him — he has never had a lapse! Samson’s started doing happy dog stuff like rolling around in the grass, chomping on his favorite toys and leaning in to his foster mom for head rubs.

He loves to chew; tree branches are a favorite outside, and indoors he channels the puppy in him by munching on Kongs and rubber toys, as well as hefty rope toys. He’s never happier though than when he’s quietly lying beside his foster mom, whatever she’s doing.

Samson loves other dogs but starts out a little over-excited with them. This usually passes quickly and he has become pals with his foster home’s little dog.

Samson sight and hearing are fine, and he only barks at stranger-danger. Since he does have arthritic hips, keeping his weight in check is important. At the moment he can climb stairs, though with some effort. Samson is receiving a number of medications and supplements that have greatly improved his mobility and comfort and he may well benefit from being on those for life. Short walks several times a day will also help keep Samson mobile, although he does love to stop and sniff as much as walk.

Samson has blossomed so much in just a few months! All he needs is a kind owner to live his happiest life.

If you can’t adopt Samson, but would like to support his ongoing care, please send donations to PGSPCA.org/donate and add a note that it’s for Samson.

My Profile

  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 75lbs
  • Good with kids: I’m good with kids over 12 years old.
  • Good with dogs: Yes
  • Good with cats: Unsure
  • Fenced yard: Not required.
  • Suitable for townhouse and/or apartment: Yes
  • House trained: Yes.
  • Crate trained: I'm comfortable in my crate for short periods of time
  • Barks when left alone: No.
  • Chews inappropriate items: No
  • Training: I walk great on a leash, but I have no formal training.
  • Activity level: Laid back

Meet Me

If you are interested in Samson. ON HOLD, consider letting us know by filling out a (no-obligation) adoption application. Please consult our Adoption FAQ before contacting us.

Due to his age and arthritis, Samson will not be attending adoption
shows. Once we receive your application, we will contact you about
setting up a meeting.

NOTE: We are an all volunteer group and do not operate a shelter. All of our animals are in foster homes. We are unable to place our animals outside of the Baltimore/DC area.