Samson joined our family 3 weeks ago! We had a 1 yr. old female "Gabby" that we had gotten as a pup and felt like she needed a playmate. We've had Boxers for years and always had 2. I had found out that Gabby's littermate was available thru the breeder and was going to get him when a friend of mine said, "why don't you go to the animal shelter? There are so many dogs that need homes!" Actually, I had thought of that before but I have 2 young children (ages 4 and 5) and was unsure about bringing an older dog into the house who's background we were unsure of. However, though I had some reservations, I went ahead and researched our local "Boxer Rescue's" website just to see what Boxers they had available. Such sad stories... they just broke my heart. But, after reading about Sammie, I knew, he was the one (or I hoped anyway). I emailed the director of the rescue org. and told her about our family and asked her to pick a dog she thought would "fit" (but mentioned that my heart went out to Sammie). She called me and said she thought Sam would be a good fit. He was a little over a year... was found as a stray at about 9 mos old. He had been in the kennel longer than any of the other dogs and she wasn't sure why? She said everytime they took him to any of the adoption events he would get completely overlooked. :( She thought maybe because his tail wasn't docked... that it turned people off. (Now isn't that sad?) So we planned a meeting with just me and my kids to see how we all liked each other. Sam was such a sweetie...mellow around the kids... just waggin' that long ol' tail (that was different!) So the next day we set up a meeting between Sam and Gabby (with a dog trainer/behaviorist present) to see how they interacted. We met at a park and all seemed to go well with the dogs introductions so we immediately brought Sam back to my house with the trainer in tow to make sure all went well as Sam was introduced into the household. All introductions went great - Gabby thought she died and went to heaven with her new playmate. However, some issues arose. Sam and Gab would play so hard that Gabby's neck was raw and bleeding on both sides from the rough housing. So I took her to the vet and he wasn't happy. He thought they'd been fighting. I told him no... it was so much playing! I know he didn't believe me. He put Gab on 2 wks of antibiotics and special lotion and told me to keep them apart. (I thought, "you've got to be kidding!!" but I did it.) Then Sam (who was supposedly house trained) started peeing and marking my furniture!!!! I spent $420 getting my formal living room furniture and carpets cleaned. I was so frustrated because the last thing I wanted was to have to return Sam.... and hubby was getting upset! Well, I kept Sam leashed in the house and took him out to pee. At night I kept him on long leash tied to nightstand next to me. Just today I've had him off leash most of the day... making sure we keep going out every few hours. Oh, we have a doggie door which he's totally okay with using so it's not like he doesn't have inside outside access! Anyway, I'm pleased to report that he's happy, playful, eats great (he was underweight) and has gained weight. He's peeing outside and Gabby's sore's have healed!! Sam is a fabulous dog! All those people that overlooked him didn't realize that they gave up the best Boxer ever!! I just joined BW today (I was a member back in the late 90's after we had got our first Boxer)... I'm glad to be back!! Thanks for listening to Sam's story!