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Chico – Adopted

Chico – Adopted

Posted on 05 May 2016 by susan9472











Photo taken 12/15 when Chico first arrived.

Chico is an 11+ year old Samoyed male. Before arriving at St. Louis Samoyed Rescue, he was an outside dog. His owner took him to St. Charles Animal Control because he was getting “grumpy.”

The following info is from Chico’s foster dad, Dan:

Chico tries his best to be good. His problem is mostly that he never really had the chance to learn how to be good.  He barks at people and dogs when on walks. It’s a tail-waggin’ happy bark, but tends to scare folks off.

He’s learning how to play at home, but it is a bit rough-and-tumble, so he probably wouldn’t be good with small children, mostly because he’s likely to knock them over by accident. His appetite is fairly good, but I’m afraid I’ve gotten him used to being hand-fed some moist food every evening (he wasn’t eating at all at first).

Chico is quite affectionate, and will hop up onto the futon/bed to snuggle off to sleep most nights. But he’s also fine sleeping on the floor or the Kuranda bed I have here.

Chico does have a few “quirks.” He has habit of licking (not to the point of skin irritation). He’s fine riding in the car as long as he doesn’t know he’s going to the vet. This he doesn’t like at all. He needed to be sedated for the visits to the vet. He doesn’t like his ears examined at all. He’s still not too keen on brushing, but he’s slowly getting better with that.

Chico is a sweet Sammy boy and he would love to find a home with a family that would love him for himself and give him the spoiling that he deserves.

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Haley – Adopted

Haley – Adopted

Posted on 13 October 2015 by susan9472

9/29/15 UPDATE:



We had hoped to place Haley in St. Louis, but a perfect home was offered to her about 5 hours away.  The woman who is  Haley’s forever mom has two Samoyeds already; one a13-year-old boy, and the other a 7-year-old girl. Mama Sue has cared for thirteen Sammies over the years, who have needed new homes for one reason or another (including the three she has now).

On July 10, Haley traveled to her new home.  The first few days were difficult for her.  She didn’t eat, sulked, and even growled once or twice.  But then around the fourth morning, she got up, ate her breakfast, and began playing with her new little pack.  What wonderful news that was!

Now, she has become a treat hound..  She will come running when she’s called and thinks there’s a yummy involved.  She follows her new mom, hoping for a bit of bacon, which, although she doesn’t get it often, is definitely her favorite..

But the best part is that she is beginning to enjoy petting.  YES, she actually approaches SLOWLY,  but will come to people, even visitors she doesn’t know. The dogs sometimes curl up together to take naps. Once in awhile, Haley will actually go into her crate on her own now that she knows it’s a safe place.

As for me, after 2 1/2 years as a foster mom, I miss her A LOT..She was such a sweet and gentle little girl.  But I do know she’s happy with her pack because she loves other dogs.  Once in awhile, when I hear a sound and look up, I see a momentary flash of white and wonder if it’s Haley coming to check on me.  Could it be?

-Jackie, Haley’s Foster Mom









7/18/2015 UPDATE:  ADOPTED!

9/8/14 UPDATE:  Haley is still seeking a forever home!

Haley – 12/13













Yes, we really think so!   She has come a very long way in the nearly two years SLSR has had her, but it will  have to be a really special home.  Quiet, no children, a securely fenced yard, and at least one other friendly, playful dog because Haley takes many of her cues from other dogs.

The family who adopts Haley will need to understand her history and love her in spite of her quirks, realizing that she may never be a completely what you would call normal dog. She much prefers to be in the  house rather than outside which was not the case when she came to live with her foster mom, and she seems to really like it when people come to visit.  (And loves it when they bring dogs with them.)

She may have quirks, but she is a love!  Quiet, very sweet and gentle, and adorable. When people meet her, they would love to be able to hug and love her right away, and that is one of the difficult things about living with Haley—she isn’t ready for that and may never be.

She is quick to learn by repetition of words.  She has learned that hands can mean good things like petting, massage, and feeding her treats, although still  quite timid about those things.  When she is on a leash, she will walk along when you say “Let’s go, Haley” and does not pull on the leash, but startles easily and will jump away.

Her foster mom would adopt her in a New York minute, if not for circumstances that make it impossible.  The adoption process may take a while, as we feel that multivisits to the adopter’s home and to the foster home for the adopters will make the final placement less stressful for Haley.

If you are interested in meeting our special Sammy girl, click this link: Contact Us

















8/1/13 New Vignette by Haley

CRATE = HOUSE  I have a crate in Jackie’s bedroom, but we call it call my “house.”  It has a nice pad in it, and also my “baby,” a bone-shaped fleece toy with a squeaker in it and a pair of fleece bed socks.  One time when Jackie forgot to pick them up off the floor, I started carrying them around so she gave them to me. I also usually carry my baby out during the day and sometimes, I move it from place to place.  Then she has to find it at night to put back in the crate.  There’s also a small water bowl because when I go in my house at night there’s a Kong with peanut butter it and also some treats and Jackie doesn’t want me to ge thirsty during the night.

When I first came here to live I was made to go in my house every time Jackie left the house, but being a smart little girl, I started refusing to come in the house during the day, and Jackie figured it was because I had to go in my crate sometimes.  So as she tells it, she took a chance on me and didn’t put me in it one day.  I guess I was a good girl because she never put me in it again—at least in the daytime.  I still have to go in at night.  I used to run and hide under the desk, and run around the dining room table or sofa and she had to “herd” me into the bedroom, but now (see, I’m smart again) she says “house, Haley” and I put my tail and ears down, but I do go in.  A couple of nights ago, while she was reading in bed, I sneaked in and put myself to bed all by myself.  Now every night,  while she’s reading, I’m sure she hopes I’ll do it again—and probably I will—when I feel like it.

7/15/13 New Vignette by Haley

So when I found out I could go in and out of the yard, I really liked that, but I didn’t like having Jackie stand too close or be looking at me when I went out or came in.  So I would come up to the stoop, and then circle the yard, and then do it again.  Well, she FINALLY figured that out and would go to the other side of the room and stand with her back to me, and not look at me.  And then I would quietly (I’m very quiet) slip into the house and hurry by her to my little quilted nest.

Now, I have to brag again.  She sits on the arm of a sofa near the door, and I just walk on by going out and coming in, like I’m in charge and I’m just letting her do that.  Once in a while, I still look over my shoulder to make sure she’s still just sitting there and not following me too closely.

Sometimes I think Jackie is pretty silly though.  She has these soft stuffy things in a box—some of them make strange little squeaky noises—and she’ll toss them up in the air and make woofing and barking noises, and then toss one to me.  Of course, I just stand there and look at her, and maybe take a sniff, and then she just sighs and goes away.  But sometimes when a dog friend is over, I do the same things she does, and have a good time.  I just can’t figure out why a human would want to act that way.

She also ties one of the soft things to a rope or leash and walks by me wiggling it—but since I also just look at it and ignore it, she just sighs again and puts it away.  Sometimes I see an egg carton on the floor, and wonder what it is doing there,  So I investigate, pushing the lid up with my nose.  Guess what?  There are  treats in there, so naturally I eat them.  What a strange food bowl that is!!

7/7/13 New Vignette by Haley

Shhhh!  I’ll tell you a secret, but don’t tell Jackie.  When she’s working in the den, or another room, I sneak into the guest room and hop up on the bed to take my naps.  I’m not sure I’m supposed to be there, so when I hear her coming around the corner to the hall, I jump down and run by her, so she won’t catch me.  Now that I’ve been doing it for a while, I don’t run anymore, I just kind of trot because she never yells at me or anything.

Funny thing though, the bedspread is quilted, and all of a sudden one day, a smooth lightweight cover appeared over the bedspread.  I think I heard her tell somebody that it was a sheet so I wouldn’t get the spread dirty or get dog hair on it.

6/28/13 New Vignette by Haley

So when I first came to live with people, I didn’t want to be near them at all.  I wouldn’t take treats from anybody, and would just pace or run around the loveseat in the living room where I had made my little nest in an old quilt.  And I wouldn’t want you to think I’m perfect now, but when people offer me treats, I do take them very gently from their fingers—that’s assuming I like them.  Since I never go hungry anymore, I’m kind of selective.  And then when there’s another of my dog friends here, I just crowd right up to the table and beg with them.  As far as treats are concerned, Jackie was very excited when I actually ate a bite of hamburger in front of her because I usually take it to my quilt because I’m still in the habit of worrying that someone will take it.

6/20/13 New Vignette by Haley

Oh, yes, this is really important!  I want everyone to know that I really like other dogs, especially puppies, and want to play with them.  When I was at  Westinn Kennel, they let me go out and have playtime with the other dogs all the time. I also had a very special friend.  Elinor was only a ten-week-old Great Pyrenees pup when I met her, but it was love at first sight.  Now she is a year old and very big, but when I have to go to the kennel, Elinor and and I play just like we did when she was only a pup.

Now my foster mom invites her friends and their dogs over to play pretty often.  I really feel more comfortable with other dogs around and sort of learn what to do from them .  I have two Cardigan Corgi friends, Gus and Lily; a Clumber Spaniel friend, Poppy, and five Samoyed friends, Josie, Sammy D,. Murphy, Connor,and Rori.  Josie even came to spend a whole week with me and once Poppy and her mom stayed for eight days.  Well, I just wanted you to know that when I go to my forever home, I would love to have one or two playmates.


6/17/13 New Vignette by Haley

I was only about 35 pounds when I came to St. Louis.  Mary had put some weight on me, but I was still kind of skinny and always hungry!  I ate every bite of food anyone gave me—except I didn’t like the treats.  But I liked the cheap dog food that Jackie referred to as my “junk food” so I got pieces of that for treats.  Then we discovered the small Milkbone Marrow Bones—oh, my, they are still my favorites.  Jackie calls those “candy,” and I will usually come from anywhere to get my candy.  It’s usually reserved for when she leaves me home and goes away—or after my dinner for dessert.

But now I am over 50 pounds and since I don’t lick my bowl clean regularly, I notice it’s not quite as full as it was, and I am on something called “a diet.”  I’ve learned to eat little pieces of chicken, hamburger, steak, and even bits of pork chop.  Once I even ate a piece of scrambled egg—but I picked it up and put it down three times before I really ate it.

6/14/13 Update:

Haley’s foster mom, Jackie, has submitted wonderful vignettes of Haley’s progress in her home.  We will post them here regularly as updates.

Vignettes by Haley

When I first came to Jackie’s house, everything was new again. So I paced and paced in her backyard.  Around and around I went until I wore a path completely around the yard and through the periwinkle and the euonymus.  I’m proud to say that I hardly ever do that anymore and most of the grass has grown back and the periwinkle and euonymus are thriving!!

Then I found that I could stay out in the yard and didn’t just have to go out and potty and come back in.  So I found my hidey place in a corner of the yard and would curl up and snooze.  I even found a  place where I could go behind some big vines, and Jackie couldn’t see me very well—the first time this happened she was really worried that I had managed to escape somehow.

1/31/13 Update:

Haley’s been with us not quite a year and a half. She came to us from a puppy mill is Missouri by way of National Mill Dog Rescue in Colorado.  She’s now about 6 years old and still very shy and wary.  She’s also very healthy, spayed and up-to-date on her vaccinations and tests.  She’s come a long way and we’re proud of each of her breakthroughs.  She has been fostering with Jackie Parchman since October 18, and before that with Mary Riggs.

She’s happiest when playing with other dogs, especially puppies, and when she has company, she’s much more like a normal dog.  She seems to need another dog to show her how to live with people in a house.  I’ve taken my female Sammy, Josie, over to play several times, and Haley is beside herself with joy! She’s come from leaning as far away from a human as possible to venturing close enough to take a treat from our hands. She’s still not ready to come up for petting or cuddling. Truth be told, she may never be. But if you want or have to touch her for any reason, she will stand still for you.


1/9/13  Updates Coming Soon

In August of 2011, three female Samoyeds, 1 year, 2 years and 5 years old were picked up from a puppy miller in Mt. Vernon, MO by National Mill Dog Rescue. They were taken to Colorado Springs for vet care and evaluation. The two younger Sammies stayed in Colorado with Denver Samoyed Rescue. The older female, now named Haley, came to us.

Haley is a beautiful Sammy girl. She weighs about 35 lbs. When you see her, the first thing you want to do is pet her and hug her and tell her that she’s adorable. But you can’t because that’s the very last thing that Haley wants done to her. In fact, the greatest reward you can give is your absence. The truth is that she’s feral and it’s going to take a lot of time, patience, and caring to bring her to the point that she wants to be part of a world with humans in it.

She had begun her socialization process at Misfit Rehab and was making some “little baby steps” with learning to accept walking on a leash. She was joining in on the morning and afternoon walks and not fighting it too much.

Unfortunately, she contracted an infection in her intestines which put a halt to her progress.  After several weeks of medical tests, the correct medicine was found, and she’s now doing very well. She will have to be on this medication for her lifetime. She will be going back to Misfit to continue her learning and socialization with humans.

Haley has a long way to go and we’re very optimistic that she can break through and actually want to be with people.

Samoyeds with serious health and/or behavioral problems are a challenge.  The cost for rehabilitation is high, sometimes up to several thousand dollars per dog for these special needs cases.

Your tax deductible donation will help Haley along her road to recovery as well as all of the Samoyeds in our care.  Your donation goes towards veterinary care, boarding, food, professional training, and grooming expenses.

Would you consider donating today?  It’s simple, click on the “Donate” link at the top of the page, and select a donation amount of your choosing.  Every dollar helps.

Thank you, from all of us at St. Louis Samoyed Rescue

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Courtesy Posting: Sheba

Courtesy Posting: Sheba

Posted on 08 October 2015 by susan9472



Courtesy Posting for American Eskimo Rescue St. Louis, who are fostering a Samoyed. Please contact American Eskimo Rescue STL directly for more info.

Sheba is housebroken, good with people (men too!), and she is house trained. Gets along well with the other dogs. She is about 8 or 9. She had a dental but her teeth were really nice and white before the dental. Sheba has arthritis, but she needs to lose weight and that will help. She is taking supplements now. Contact American Eskimo Rescue St. Louis 314-647-1112


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Nico – Adopted

Nico – Adopted

Posted on 08 July 2015 by susan9472

***9/28/15 Update:  Adopted***

Nico had been adopted by a wonderful forever family in Georgia.  Have a great life, Nico!

Some pics of Nico in his new home:

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Original Post:

My name is Nico.   St. Louis Samoyed Rescue is helping me find a new home. At 11 years old, I’m not a puppy anymore, but I have aged beautifully. I am looking for a person, couple, or family who can spend lot of time at home with me and take me on walks. Right now, I’m growing back my full coat from the summer cut I had to have due to mats. I’m OK with older children and other dogs, but I haven’t met a cat yet.

I have all of my vaccines, am neutered and HW negative. I walk up to about 2 miles a day. I like to watch the squirrels and rabbits when I get close, but I don’t pull on my leash.

I’d love to find my forever home. I might not be a “rough-houser” anymore, but I’d sure like to be part of a family.


Nico-such+a+lookNico A 6.21.15

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Klondike – Adopted

Klondike – Adopted

Posted on 28 March 2015 by susan9472

***UPDATE: ADOPTED 8/15***

Klondike is a young, energetic, and really sweet Sammy boy. He’s about 3.5 years old and is seeking a family of his own.  We are currently working on Klondike’s basic training (manners, leash, etc.) which will need to be continued by his adoptive family.

If you are interested in adopting Klondike, at the top of the page, please select “Adopt/Foster a dog.”

If you have questions about Klondike, at the top of the page, please select “Contact Us.”

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Ginny – Adopted

Ginny – Adopted

Posted on 11 February 2015 by susan9472


Ginny is 7 years old with a quiet and mature attitude.  She is mellow and loves to be outside.  Ginny enjoys walks and does well on a leash.  She would be perfect for an older (not necessarily a senior) single person.

Ginny has a few issues that need work, including digging holes in the backyard (and laying in them), not getting along with all dogs (growls at certain dogs unfamiliar to her), has a strong prey drive, and will chew on fabric items when bored.

If you are interested in adopting Ginny, please complete an application here: Adopt/Foster a dog

Please ask questions via our contact page:  Contact Us



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Posted on 05 August 2014 by susan9472

9/6/14 UPDATE: Albie was adopted today by a wonderful family in Texas! Albie (left) is exploring the backyard with new sibling, Sasha.











Albus (Albie, for short) is very much a puppy at 2 and a half years old. He loves to play with the other dogs and the toys in his foster home. He is very good with children, he’s crate trained and is good with his house manners. He wants to be close to his humans, gives kisses, get a good head scratch, go for car rides and will try to climb onto your lap to help drive. Training or a crate or barricade in the car would be recommended.

Albie is up-to-date with his vaccines and tests, he weighs 62 lbs and is fairly tall. He would do best in a home with another slightly older, calm and friendly dog. We don’t know how he reacts with cats.

Albie is truly a Sammie treasure.











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Posted on 05 August 2014 by susan9472


Sydney is a beautiful 7 year old Samoyed girl, however she has the energy of a much younger dog. She loves her twice daily walks, she does like to pull and tries to make friends with all she meets. That doesn’t apply to the rabbits or the squirrels, though, those she just wants to chase. We’re not sure of how she would react to a cat.

Sydney is good with children, the older the better and would love to be the only dog. She wants all of the spoiling to be just for her. Her house manners are good except that she has the tendency to “hog” the sofas, couches, futons and, of course. the bed. But that’s really true of any Sam!

She is up-to-date with all of her vaccines and tests and she weighs
54 lbs.

Sydney would love to find her forever home, so please contact us if
you think that could be you.



















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Posted on 17 February 2014 by susan9472

Saami joined his forever home in February, 2014.

Saami’s Story…
This is Saami and he’s very special. He’s 2.5 years old, neutered, up to date on all of his vaccines and tests, chipped and heart worm negative. His foster mom really describes him best. She said, “Saami loves stuffed animals, is inquisitive, loves to play in the snow and is great with children of all ages. He is friendly with all, including strangers, and is not aggressive with other dogs and animals. Saami is leash (harness) trained, but still pulls a bit. He is house broken, has moderate energy and knows basic commands, but needs reinforcement. He has gotten used to sitting still for brushing. Saami is not protective of his things – you can easily take food, bones or toys from him and he very gently takes food from your hand. He does have a habit of picking up things – but he does not destroy anything and easily releases. Sammi always wants to be where people are, loves to have his belly rubbed and wants to lay by you. Saami is a truly sweet boy and will love his forever family so much.”

Saami’s Adopt-a-Pet Listing:

St. Charles, MO – Samoyed. Meet Saami a Dog for Adoption.www.adoptapet.comPictures of Saami a Samoyed for adoption in St. Charles, MO who needs a loving home.

















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Posted on 06 June 2013 by susan9472

6/28/13 Update:

Unfortunately, Sacha and her new housemate in Colorado were not a good match, but we have good news to report.  Sacha has now been adopted by  SLSR member Jeannee Brave, who hosted Sacha in Kansas during Sacha’s journey to Colorado.  New photos coming soon.

6/19/13 Update:

Sacha is in the middle of a journey to her forever home in Colorado. First stop was Columbia, then an overnight in Kansas, and now onto Denver with a final destination of Parker, CO. This is a photo from her night in Kansas with SLSR member and volunteer, Jeannee Brave. The dog peeking in the background is her dog, Gracie. A special thanks to C.A.R.E. (rescue transport) and Denver Samoyed Rescue for making this adoption possible.









This is Sacha. She’s 5 yrs old and a beautiful Sammy girl. She’s up to date on all of her vaccinations and tests, HW negative and spayed. She’s looking for her own very special forever home and family. She’s very sweet and loves to play. She’ll do best in a home with one family member that can stay home with her. A fenced yard is really preferable.  She would do best in a home without cats.

If you are interested in adoption Sacha, please complete the online registration form, and we will be in touch with you soon.




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