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picture of Sampson was taken by Tim's parent's
Christmas tree, probably around Christmas 1994.
Tim used this picture on his original website he
created in Grad School.
used this picture of Sampson peering through the
fence at our home on a Christmas letter in 1997.
October 1996, Sampson moved from his home in Iowa
to Tim's new home in the Twin Cities. These
next four pictures were taken sometime in 1997 or
1998. Sampson loved the large yard and
split-rail fence, and often coaxed passers-by to
come up to the fence and give him some attention.
picture was taken in the same relative time period
as the four above. The boy is Geoffrey, our
loved our garden. He usually didn't hurt
anything, but occasionally we had to scold him
when he'd cut through the middle of it! One
of his "little vices" was stealing
tomatoes off of the vine. Sampson always had
to have something nearby to put in his mouth (our
neighbor kids must have "donated" dozens
of balls by leaving them too close to the fence).
Tomatoes were just like a ball to him-- only he
could eat it when he got tired of playing!
Losing a few tomatoes was a small price to pay for
the love he provided.
pictures of Sampson below were taken in September,
2000. Sampson gave us a scare when we came
home from work and found that he couldn't bend his
neck to pick up something off of the ground, nor
get up from a laying-down position without help.
Fearing the worst, we posed him for a few
pictures, fearing these might be his last.
Fortunately, he fully recovered, and lived over a
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