Thursday, September 03, 2009

Saga of a Bearded Collie

Most of my readers know I love animals, especially dogs, so when I saw a card at All Creatures Veterinary Hospital in Mountain Home AR, promoting a book about a rescued dog, written by a local author, I ordered the book.

All Creatures Veterinary Hospital played a part in Luckie's rescue story, too. [Luckie and I as kindred spirits...., Luckie's "forever" home, How Luckie acquired her name, Luckie's nickname: Meatloaf, Luckie and all our dogs .]

Sometime ago I mentioned purchasing this book, HaTeya Sam, by Deborah Dreher Lively, author/artist. The principal subject is a rescued Bearded Collie, named HaTeya Sam.

HaTeya means "to make a footprint." The name was selected by the author, but her husband preferred Sam, so Sam became his common name.

The 32-page book is a poem about the rescue of Sam, found with injured, broken foot on a city street, taken to the abovedmentioned veterinary hospital and then rescue facility, Rocky Ridge Refuge, Gassville AR. Rocky Ridge Refuge is home of Lurch, the Watusi steer, featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Nov. 15, 2007 & Jan. 9, 2008.

Sam was rescued by author, Deborah Dreher Lively. Sam, like our Luckie, found and deserved "heaven." Unlike Luckie (rescued as 2.5 year old adult female), Sam was a 6-week-old male puppy.

This easy-to-read book is directed toward children. It could easily be used to teach children (and adults) that all forms of abuse are wrong, whether to adults, children, or animals. Further the indomitable, forgiving spirit of Sam with the help of kind, humane persons culminated into a life-changing experience for him, and his new owners.

Author Lively has a second book, Walkabout Sam, due out early this fall. She has another publication listed with, Vanishing Treasure of the Virungas.

I highly recommend HaTeye Sam for children, perhaps as a prelude to introduction of an animal into a household. Children sometimes do not understand a pet is not a toy to be tossed, kicked or squeezed. The book, richly illustrated by author/artist Lively, tells the joy of sharing, caring and companionship of a domesticated animal, in this case a dog.

Other sites featuring HaTeya Sam are listed below:
and many more. There are 10 Google search web pages for HaTeya Sam!

For photos see web links or author/artist Lively's web site.

Hateya Sam may be purchased from several sources, including and Barnes & Noble, or directly from the author at the following address, or e-mail:

Deborah Lively
172 Robin Drive
Mountain Home, AR 72653


Arkansas Patti said...

Thanks Carol, I will check out the links. Rescues alway peak my interest.
Got to admit, "Sam" would be easier when calling a dog.

Anonymous said...

Fabulous post. I read it and most of the links. I like the idea of adopting animals and at the moment we don't have any which makes me sad. My wife said she doesn't want to go through the death part again. It is so sad.

Thanks for your visit to my Pick a Peck of Pixels Blog and for your comment there about busing to school. And your visit helps me get closer to my original goal: 10,000 visits. Pick a Peck of Pixels

Pat - Arkansas said...

Good morning! I'm playing catch-up on my blog reading (been otherwise occupied). I had no idea there was such a marvelous rescue place in, of all places, Gassville, AR. It would be worth the trip to see Lurch. I may have to consider taking the granddaughter there. I'm glad there are many places that rescue animals, while at the same time sad that they need to exist.

Not overly warm here this morning, but no breeze. Overheated and worked up a sweat in the yard in just a few minutes. Guess I'm going to have to get floodlights and work in the middle of the night. LOL

NitWit1 said...

AR Patti- The exposure by Ellen Degeneres helped a financial need of RRR which resulted in a new barn (or some kind of building.)

Abe: the goodbyes are most heart-rending with pets and kept us without a pet for 3 years. But my obsession finally overcame my heartache. Plus I opened my heart to rescue rather than pure bred. It was a wonderful fusion. However the adage mixed bred has fewer health problems is not true with Luckie.

Pat-AR RRR is wonderful informal zoo. The web site is fascinating.

ALL: Some weeks ago, it was mentioned LURCH has some form of cancer, but at that time not suffering. At the point he can no longer stand (those horns weight a lot) or he is in obvious discomfort, he will be humanely euthanized. He is in Guiness Book of Records for the size of his horns in Watusi cattle.

lakeviewer said...

Hi Lucky, thanks for visiting me and leaving me notes. I appreciate the attention.

I see that you do not have a "follower" gadget. There must be a good reason. So, I hope I don't misplace your blog again.

NitWit1 said...

Lakeviewer: Thanks for visit. I had problems with the FOLLOWER Gadget and had to discontinue to per blogger. I would get Operation Aborted on my own and other person's blogs.

Blogger said it would notify me with fixed-but that has not yet happened. it is more related to Internet Explorer 7 & 8.

I still have a list but it only appears when I click on Dashboard which is somewhat unexplainable, too.

Thanks for Calling. Essentially my Bloglist somewhat follower list.

I wish I had learned WordPress.