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Sampson's Fire Survivor Fund

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Raised by 28 people in 8 months
Sampson (Sammy) was the only survivor of a house fire on 9/11/15 that killed his owner and 12 other Shiloh Shepherds. Sammy was found by the firefighters, burrowed under his pack. He was rushed to an Emergency Veterinary Clinic with damage to his lungs, and spent over a week in recovery. In 2015, we created a gofundme page to help with those bills, and to cremate the other Shilohs who parished in the fire.  

Sammy, upon release from the Emergency clinic, was fostered, and soon adopted, by a Shiloh family dedicated to his health and recovery. Since the fire, Sammy has lived a very normal life, but has occasional crashes due to the damage to his lungs. Sammy's most recent crash, due to pneumonia, resulted in a Veterinary bill of $8,000, not including follow up radiographs and treatments. Sammy is a very special young boy, with an incredible will to live.

Any help to his adoptive family to keep up with his care would be appreciated beyond words.
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It has been a week since Sam went in for the xrays and consequent lung look. We are still waiting for the results of the culture of the gross gunk Dr. Peterson was able to pull up from inside his lungs. When she spoke with me after the procedure, she said she had spent quite a bit of time (at no charge!!!) suctioning as much of the green/yellow thick mucus out. She was very surprised at the consistency of it. She said it was like rubber cement, so sticky that it was hard to pull up and kept clogging her tubing. He has been able to cough a bit more of it up and out which is good. At this time his coughing is very noticeably less. He is not gagging as he coughs, is quiet through the night and the amount and duration of the coughing is very little. Still some but all in all compared to what it is has been, he is almost normal. He is taking the rest of his Doxycyline until we hear what has been cultured and what is next. I think the suctioning has made the biggest difference because there is so much less crap in there or to try and bring up. Still mire to do but maybe we are now on the right track! Thank you all for your care and concern.
Sam today, still sporting his shaved leg from the catheter.
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Well, it has been awhile since I posted an update on Sam and since he is back in the VCA Specialty Hospital for the day , I will do one now. The xrays were scheduled for September 5th but a couple of weeks before that he started coughing quite a bit of the time. I called them and after talking to Dr. Peterson she decided to do a course of Doxycyline. When we came for the September 5th appointment she decided not to do the xrays at that time and put him on Simplicef for 3 weeks as it was a good choice for respiratory issues. I was to let her know after two weeks how he was doing. At first the coughing reduced a bit and nights were better for him. But gradually coughing and gaging increased again. I emailed Dr. Peterson and she recommended a recheck and definitely do xrays this time. That was scheduled for today. Yesterday Sam was kind enough to bring up a gross glob of crap onto a rug in the garage. I baggied the glob up and took it today. It showed a totally different type of bacteria than before and his xrays indicate potential pneumonia as well bronchial changes. She recommended he be put under anesthesia and get the lungs cultured to know what we are dealing with. Unfortunately she is suspecting a "superbug" bacteria. Hopefully knowing what is in the culture will give her the information to know what drug to use to fight it.
We will have more information later today. I had asked the tech if the forest fires smoke could have impacted him too even though we totally restricted all the dogs activity and basically kept them inside during the smokey times. She said the clinic saw an increase in respiratory issues during those times but could not say anything about it for sure for Sam. I will ask Dr. Peterson later today.
So please keep him in your thoughts and pray for some real answers and the right drug to actually work for him. He really deserves to life cough and gag free and be a happy, healthy boy. Thank you all! Will let you know what we find out later today, after he comes home tonight.
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Sam is doing well however that cough keeps hanging on. A friend and horse bodyworker, Sarah Odell Fredrickson, used her Equine Magnetic Pulse machine on his lungs a little over a week ago. He feels much better, way perkier and playful. I think the cough changed, hopefully for the better but the last couple of nights he has coughed differently. It has been deeper, more gaggy and really sounds like stuff coming up. A Mom of one of my students isxa small animal veterinarian and she listened to his lungs Wed. She said they do not snap, crackle or pop like they would with pneumonia but she tbought we should at least call VCA and talk with them. So we did. He will be one another round on antibiotics, Doxycyline, at least until his next follow up with new xrays on Sept 5th. Hoping tbis new antibiotic will finally clear up the cough or least let us know that we live with it like this and he is ok. Wish us luck!! Thanks for all your caring and concern for Sam.
A happier Sam, hoping the new antibiotic will fix the cough!
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Sam continues to improve which is a blessing. The cough does not seem to be as often or as prolonged. He is sleeping through the night now without coughing, at least the last two! Still a bit hard to tell how his actual breathing is with the heat but it does not appear that different from Tala and Phaelyn now. He is engaging with everyone again in his happy self to get that loving he craves. The journey continues. The picture is of Sam and his nebulizer. He tolerates it 2 to 3 times a day for 5 plus minutes a time. Fun stuff for us all. Thank you all for you caring!!
He had just moved his nose away. Have to keep up with a moving target!
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