Sammy the life- saver
Samantha seems to be a popular name on this page of late. Having interviewed a dog owner named Samantha just two weeks ago, this week I met beauty therapist Louise Cowley, whose fi ve- year- old german shepherd- cross- husky is also named Samantha – even if that wasn’t what Louise originally called her.
How did you and Samantha cross paths?
I was just looking for a puppy and saw her in the paper for sale down at Primrose Sands. She was the only girl in the litter and initially I named her Sandy because she came from Primrose Sands, but everyone – including myself – kept calling her Sammy so she became Samantha.
Samantha is a german shepherdcross- husky, what traits of the two breeds does she have?
She’s very naughty, but where she gets that I don’t know. Sammy is very loyal and protective, so in that sense she displays tendencies attributed to german shepherds.
I also have a three- year- old cat named Tiger that I rescued from a tree when he was a kitten and Samantha used to snuggle up to Tiger. This was before I got her desexed – I think the two of them may have been in love.
Sammy is very smart, so I guess that’s the husky coming out in her. Surprisingly, she is quite timid; she’s even scared of the waves when we go to the beach.
Tell me an interesting story about Samantha…
She’s pretty awesome. A few years ago she saved our lives.
I was living in a share house with my partner at the time and a fi re started inside during the night when we were asleep.
Sam rushed to our bedroom and started barking to wake us up. By the time we woke the fi re had engulfed so much of the house that my partner, Samantha and I had to escape through the bedroom window.
What’s great about having Samantha?
She’s good value and very intuitive. Samantha’s great at picking up on your mood and if you’re a bit down she’s perceptive enough to know and puts a smile on your face.
IN GOOD HANDS: Louise Cowley with her dog Samantha.