The Original “Buddy”

by veterinarywisdom

Sam was my dog.  Sure, he was the “family dog” …but he was really mine.

We didn’t mean to get four dogs.  It was never the plan.  It just worked out that each of us had our own buddy.  Here’s the picture to prove it.  (Sam and I are on the far left)

I am very proud of my dog, Sam.  He was quite the star.  Sam appears on an episode of ABC television’s “20/20” program and in many of World by the Tail, Inc.’s early marketing pieces.  But, what I love most is that his ClayPaws Print has been seen by hundreds, if not thousands of people.

When you order from World by the Tail, Inc. for the first time as a veterinary practice, we include a Demo ClayPaws Print.  This print is meant to show what a finished product might look like.  What most people don’t know is that it was my dog’s paw that made the original mold to create these demo prints.  I told you he was talented.

Most people didn’t know my dog, Sam, but so many people have been touched and inspired by his little paw print…his legacy.

When we lost Sam, I was halfway across the country in my first semester in college.  Already incredibly homesick, losing him while I was away made for a hard and guilty grieving experience.  Eventually, I came to terms with not being there with him when he died.  Knowing Sam the way I did, I knew that he forgave me.

I had his picture, and I had his ClayPaws Print that we made for me to take to school.  They became some of my most cherished possessions.  I still have his print with me today, even after graduating from college and moving to New York City and starting to think about getting a new dog of my very own to go along with my new life–I still have Sammy’s print.

What’s fun to think about is that so many of you have also seen, or held or may even still have, as an example, Sam’s paw print.  He’s famous, but I’ll tell you, he never let it go to his head.

I miss you, “Buddy,”


Bryn Lagoni is the Assistant Editor at World by the Tail, Inc.