Sam is a 14 year old Pug. We adopted him when he was 10 months old and he was returned to the breeder by his previous owner because his nasal folds were splitted and he no longer could compete - he was the champion of many USA competitions and he still is a Champion - The Best Pet Pug Ever!!

We love our Sam - a senior gentleman who loves to sit in the garden and contemplate the world. He also taught me how to stop and smell the flowers in our long walks. Sam no longer can walk, he walks only briefly to the mail box, and we have to pick him up and carry him back home. I still take him to his favorite beach - Fay Bainbridge Park - he loves to relax and contemplates people and the ocean. It is a true Zen’s Pug Life.
— Sam’s Mom

Sam Arthur



Date of Birth: 01/31/2004, 14 year old pug ~ Bainbridge Island, WA

Needs: Small Rear-End Wheelchair ~ $200.00

Donations received: $200.00 (Updated 7/28/2018)

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Vet Recommendation

Sam has Degenerative Myelopathy which is caused by a Mutation of the SOD1 gene, therefore it is an inherited neurologic disorder of dogs. This mutation is found in many breeds of dog, including the pug. Sam has suffered this condition since one year ago and has been deteriorating slowly as from the past year, however only recently he has lost almost completely the strength of his hind-limbs. He is slowly developing fecal and urinary continence and the forelimbs may be affected in the future. This disease is similar to humans ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis which is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. There is degeneration and atrophy of the muscles and hence the loss of capability of walking. Sam is still very healthy otherwise, stubborn, strong and very determined. I sincerely recommend the use of a wheelchair for his well being in this last stage of his happy Life.



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