On December 9, 2003 our beloved Sam made his way to the Rainbow Bridge and left an empty space in our home and hearts. He was such a loving boy and so well-behaved. For 14 years he taught us about unconditional love and there will never be another like him.
Sam used to live in a parking lot under various cars and took shelter from the snow, rain and freezing cold wherever he could. I'm sure he was abandoned in the apartment complex when his previous humans moved. When I first saw Sam, he was like a man on a mission - most likely heading to a door where he had been fed before. His tail had been badly injured at one time and he had a spot on his left flank that he would never let anyone touch. Since he was the king tom and loved to fight, his injuries could have come from fights. I guess I'll never know. I do know that I never saw him lose a fight though!
His last year was spent entirely inside and he never quit wanting to go out and fight whenever he saw a tom come into our yard. Although he was a mean fighting machine, Sam was very affectionate and friendly to visitors. He was polydactyl and loved to be told that his huge paws were beautiful.
Such a wonderful companion he was. I'll always miss his voice and his sweet face. Oh, how I love that face with the beautiful grayish-blue eyes.
I hope by the time you finish reading this that the pictures in the following slideshow have loaded and that you enjoy seeing my wonderful Sam.