I went with my friend Mike to check out Samson yesterday. Here's a few more pictures and a little more info on Samson.
Samson is a very pretty dog though he is a bit on the smaller side for a male. His deformed foot really isn't a functioning foot.. he limps on that leg when he walks since the leg/foot on a whole is shorter than the good leg. He sometimes just holds it up and hops. That whole leg was tender to the touch from the way he reacted. It would be really cruel to leave him to continue trying to walk on it if he could get some sort of prosthetic foot or pad to attach to it. There's just a wee bit of black padding but it didn't seem like enough to 'cushion' the leg bone pressing into it.
Samson was a little standoff-ish and a bit shy and is slow to warm up to you.. The shelter staff said he was like that with them initially but he's warmed up to them now and lets them pet him and he shows no shyness around them. He's a 'quiet' dog, not much reaction out of him. He did squint and blink his eyes when I reached towards his head to pet him like he was expecting me to smack him!! He let me check him all over(teeth,feet,ears,tail) though he froze up, unsure of what I was doing. Overall, he showed NO fear aggressiveness.... He's a very sweet dog... he needs someone to show him attention and let him be happy. He seemed a little depressed. He appeared healthy, beautiful coat, but a little underweight.
The shelter had him mixed with other dogs when he came in, and in taking him to my car to meet "Kato" , Kato surprisingly lunged at him thru his crate and growled and barked at him and Samson turned and tried to get away. He does seem to be ok with other dogs per the shelter and from what I observed.
He was an OS... there was an incident where Samson ran at a man or child in an unfriendly manner thought he DIDN"T bite or nip or doing anything to him. Somehow I guess AC go involved and the owner turned Samson over to the shelter because of this incident.The statement from AC said they felt the man or child had been teasing Samson prior to the incident and they stood up Samson's behavior. There was also mention from the owner that he thinks Samson dislikes people of color,(this was relating to the incident) but I didn't find that to be an issue at all with him when we visited!!!
SO.. He's well worth saving and he needs a nice home and owner to show him some love and get him out of his shell and be a happy dog!!!