SAM... would normally be a little too white for us given our reverse racism policy ;-)  But he is a real stunner (such striking markings) and in need of help so we are delighted to be taking him.

He looks clean and well-cared for so we feel Sam has been loved and may simply be lost rather than dumped. But sadly no one has come forward to reclaim him.

Sam is about 4 yrs old and he was very frightened when he first arrived in the pound - shaking with fear. But he was quickly reassured and soon relaxed.  He is timid, but we think this will evaporate as soon as he’s in a better environment.

UPDATE 29/4/10

Sweet Sam.. a beautiful but scared boy who so wants to trust. He looks up at you with big eyes and a gently wagging tail. Goodness knows what this lad has been through to make him so worried. But he has made huge progress since he arrived a week ago in the wonderfully capable hands of foster dad Rob.

Although we don’t think Sam has ever lived inside, he is house-trained and settles very well in the house - a gentle, loving boy who demands very little and  is beginning to dare believe that people want to be nice to him.  He loves to cuddle next to Rob on the sofa in the evening.

Sam walks well on a lead and is beginning to show signs of wanting to play - although he is nervous of other male dogs, barking at them to go away and shaking with fear if they pass too close, so we think he must have been attacked at some point.

It is going to take a while for Sam to build his confidence and his strength (he is very underweight but eating well and getting a little stronger every day). But we know this boy has the makings of a lovely family dog.

Sam is looking for a kind home, perhaps with a more confident bitch for company. He is being fostered on the Isle of Wight.

Sam is fully-vaccinated, neutered, wormed, flea-treated and microchipped.  If you are interested in this gorgeous fella, please email asap.

There is a minimum adoption fee of  £150 for Sam, which includes the £65 each it costs to transport him from Ireland. 

(added 7/4/10)

UPDATE 30/5/10

Sam went to his new home last weekend - on the Isle of Wight, where he was also being fostered, so he stays in familiar surroundings.  He has come on leaps and bounds in the past few weeks (a HUGE thank you to foster dad Rob who has been just brilliant) and has blossomed into a very affectionate, much more confident dog who is now playing wonderfully with other dogs on the Isle of Wight’s lovely beaches.   He is being doted on by new mum and dad, Liz and Keith, and gets on really well with his new home’s cat too!