Sam went on a new adventure to celebrate his mom’s birthday!

I tend to throw the word “adventure” around when it comes to Sam, so I think it is important to explain that I use that term in its full intended authenticity.   Me and Sam are like peas and carrots who love to go to new places and look for new things. I think it is why we made it as a search team for so long.

yup, that is sam from earlier this year – he was out there swimming for over an hour while I sat on the shore.

We even go on vacation together. A girl and her dog in a truck and off we go, dad is usually invited but rarely can join us.  This summer we took two weeks to explore Yosemite and the eastern Sierra – we made it a goal to hike to and swim in a glacial lake every day.

So, it was quite a treat when DAD says “can you take Tuesday off so we can go to New Mexico for the holiday weekend?”   um, what?  really? Sure!  Let’s go.

We have taken day trips since his surgery, but this was our first overnight trip and we decided to make it a trip to visit Sam’s friends who have been so supportive through this whole ordeal. 

We are 7 weeks post amp, two chemo treatments down, and this was a good week to head out.


Happy hiking dog. We don’t go far, but we go fast! (notice the pretty aspen leaves in the background).

First stop was in Deming to visit his Uncle Ken and Aunt Nancy who we have known for 9 of Sam’s 10 years.   Then up to Sante Fe to see my brother and his lovely wife.  Together, we went out to the Jemez mountains because I wanted to see aspen leaves for my birthday.  We don’t get much color down here in southern Arizona, and it was time to see some autumn leaves.  It was gorgeous.  We drove up to a picnic area and expected to sit in the sun for a while.  Sam had other plans.

He found a trail.

He decided to hike that trail.

So, we followed.  He was happy about it and I think I snapped my new favorite photo of him.

We didn’t go far as it was pretty steep and had lots of roots and rocks to navigate.  At one point he jumped over a 2 foot wall, just because it was in his way.  Yes, there was a trail to go around it.  But Sam decided to go over it.

We splashed in a creek, sniffed some rocks, and he ran ahead and waited.  Our new motto is we don’t go far, but where we go, we go fast!




hopping on sand is hard!

From Sante Fe, we moved north to see our bestest friends Deb and Fred and Millie.  Millie is a beautiful golden girl who Sam loves, and Deb… well, all dogs love Deb.

_We took a day trip up to Great Sand Dunes National Park and tried to go for a hop on the sand.  Sam was game, but man… sand is hard to hop on.   We didn’t make it to the dunes, but we got a good picture of me and my dog part way out. Instead of continuing, we headed back over to some more aspen trees and Sam was ready to go.  So, we started hiking… and he kept going, and going…  it was a loop, so we stayed with him and took breaks when he needed them.

We went a whole 1/2 mile and he still had energy to spare.  Every time I think he can’t do something, he does it anyway.   He is our Sam and is up for anything.

Game on.  Let’s keep planning adventures!








Author: samdog

Sam was a 10 yr old Golden. We found a mass on his right arm bone on August 17, 2012. Confirmed Sarcoma on August 22, amputation on August 23, post amp biopsy confirmed osteosarcoma. We found lung mets on November 27 and Spirit Sam earned his wings on December 2, 2012. As a retired SAR dog, we were always up for an adventure... We didn't know where we were headed, and we don't regret a single step along our path. My heart left us too soon, but left a legacy of love that we will always cherish.

4 thoughts on “Sam went on a new adventure to celebrate his mom’s birthday!”

  1. What a truly amazing and wonderful adventure you all had. You are very fortunate to be able to travel with your dog…. it is ust fantastic! And your photos are just great! I think that photo of Sam in the aspen leaves is a winner! Way to go Samdog!!

    It warms my heart and makes me smile to know how well he is doing and that you are enjoying every day with your terrific tripawd. Keep enjoying those special moments.

    Labby kisses and sniffs from Hunter!

  2. I think I want Sam’s life. Sounds like he is having fun and enjoying it. I just read through your blog and felt your pain on your first few days. So happy you have all made it through and moving forward.

  3. Now that is a great adventure! Sam, I love the way you don’t let anything slow you down, even the sands of New Mexico. FYI, walking in sand is a great workout for Tripawds so when you’re itching for some exercise, head on down to the sandbox.

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