Likes: Sleeping, sleeping, and more sleeping. Loves string, ribbon, and plastic bags (mainly for eating, which is a major problem) Sammy will eat anything, as a matter of fact.
Pet-Peeves: Closed doors and an empty food bowl.
Favorite Toy: String, ribbon, and his little brother.
Favorite Nap Spot: On his tiger-striped pillow, next to his brother on the bed, or between mommy's legs at night.
Favorite Food: He's indifferent to types...as long as it's food it's ok by him.
Skills: Barfing up things he shouldn't have eaten in the first place and having mesmerizing eyes. He also occassionally misses when he tries to jump up on the couch or bed. Don't tell him I told you.
Arrival Story: My sister and I had heard about a kitty needing a home in Jefferson City, MO. The owners were horrible to the cat and were wanting to "dispose" of it, so we were going to take it. We traveled all that way and couldn't track down the owner at all, although she knew we were coming for the cat. Dejected, we decided that the 3-hour trip shouldn't be for nothing. We went to the local humane society to adopt "a" cat. We wanted an adult. At the end of the hallway in a room by himself was a big moon-eyed 2-year old named Sampson. I fell in love immediately as he stared at me through the glass. When we entered the room to pet him he immediately perked up and stood to greet us. He stood on the ledge and returned our affection as we stroked his furr. It took me less than a minute to decide to take him. He's been my best buddy ever since! Of course, we ended up leaving with 2 kitties that day, and it was the best decision we've ever made! Sammy took the drive a little hard. He was a fragile little guy at first. He cried the whole way, ended up busting out of the cardboard carrier we'd had to put him in (we hadn't anticipated 2!) and then pooped and puked in the car before reaching the destination. But I think that one was harder on us than him. Before it was all said and done Sammy had an outbreak of collitis caused by stress. But after some medical care and lots of love he was good as new!
Bio: Sampson came from a bad place, but we don't know any details about what he's really been through. He has a scar on his back that is very clear due to the scattered patches of white furr. Our vet told us that due to the pattern on the skin and the way the furr has grown back it would appear to be a burn caused by acid or some harsh chemical. There had also been a botched de-claw job done on his front paws. By the time he came to us the claws were growing back in and causing him a lot of pain. We had to have the procedure done again for his own benefit, and he didn't take this well. I hated seeing the pain that these bad previous owners had caused him! He hated both the sight of a man and the sound of a man's voice when he first came to us. But after 4 years of passing time and being adopted by a loving daddy upon my marriage 8 months ago, he's no longer plagued by these fears and bad memories. Now he has definite "catitude" and he isn't afraid of anything, not even the vaccuum! I'm so proud of him, because he's seen how cruel people can be but he doesn't hold it against us. He knows that he has a mommy and daddy who love him and would never hurt him (except for the occassional accidental step-on!). He's been made stronger and smarter by his experiences.
It was a dark and dreary night. Daddy had a friend over to stay the night. It was sort of cool outside, so Meowmy had the windows open. This is before the new windows came to the house, so they weren't very good. Very old and nasty looking, if you ask me. Well, Meowmy and Daddy usually keep the spare bedroom closed so me and my bubbies don't roll around all over the guest bed. Well, when Daddy's friend Bob came over to stay the night Meowmy opened the window in Bob's room. She opened it REAL wide-like, so that the room would cool off nicely. Well, when Bob got there he opened the door to the room and left it. Meowmy gave us Tem-tay-shuns (very nice of her, and very fortunate, for the extra treats sustained my life for the night away from home), Daddy and his friend left to go "hang out," and then Meowmy started doing some chores around the house. She noticed the back room was open, so she turned on the light to see which of us kitties had wandered in and that's when she saw it... There was no screen in the window. What she would later find out is that Nigel and I had sat in the window to look outside and the screen just popped right out of there! So, there we went. We decided to explore! At first it was kind of fun, but then I noticed how dark it was. Everything outside was so big and scary. I don't like my house from the outside. And LOTS of people keep dogs in their yards - thankfully behind fences, but they still barked at me. It was terrible! I was out there on my own (Nigel left me when I whined too much). I swear it was forever (note from Mom: probably about 10 minutes) and I got lost! Then I heard Meowmy's voice. She sounded really upset, but couldn't have been nearly as upset as I was! She was calling my name, so I turned around and went back toward her. Then I heard Daddy and his friend. They must have come back for me! I was REALLY really scared, so I started calling to them, too. But then I got confused. They had these big lights in their hands and they didn't look like themselves. I was yelling at these people to get me my mom... I saw the window and knew I needed to get in there, but I couldn't jump it. And then the lady got ahold of me and I yelled at her, "PUT ME INSIDE... NOW!" Oh good... it was Mom. She hugged me and kissed me and told me never to get out again. (No worries there!)
But then Mom just threw me inside the door. *HMPH* And she stayed outside. I sat in the living room window and yelled at her - "Nigel's outside! He's out there! Don't forget him." And I called to Nigel, too. It was scary out there, and I knew he was still missing. So, I was helping find him. He put Mom through a lot more grief. He was gone for SO MUCH LONGER than me (another note from Mom: probably about 5 minutes), so I'm definitely the better son. Crazy times at the Bailey house!
Oh wow oh wow! *Sampson keels over with the heart flutters, then regains composure* Mom just told me the news! She said she got on her email today and had lots and lots of messages... for ME! Efurryone has been so nice and is sending me lots of special concatulations gifts! I've never been honored for anything before and now I got the bestest gift of all: COTW! Thank you thank you thank you Catster and all my special friends. I will do my best to thank efurryone pursonally as soon as I can!