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Sammie's Friends

Nevada County Animal Shelter

14647 McCourtney Road

Grass Valley, CA  95949

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Sammie’s Friends is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.  The mission of Sammie's Friends is to provide medical care for the animals at the Nevada County Animal Shelter, making them adoptable, and to support other disadvantaged animals in Nevada County that without help would continue to suffer or would be euthanized.  Sammie’s Friends also operates the Nevada County Animal Shelter at 14647 McCourtney Road.

Kennel Hours:

Monday-Saturday

12:00-4:00 pm

Main: (530) 471-5041

Cat House: (530) 274-1955

Sammie's Scrap Book

Sammie contemplating his future foundation.

A cool picture of Sammie and his Mama.

Sammie,

The Puppy Years

I'm bigger here. See my wrinkles? They're cuter on me than Mama.

I love this picture because it shows how much Mama loved me and I loved her.

Wow! I didn't even know I could pose like this. I laugh at myself when I see this. Tee hee!

I was a little tyke takin' a poop. Later I had modesty and wouldn't poop in my own back yard and always went behind the bushes. Even as a 7 week old puppy I never went in the house. Pretty awesome, eh?

Mama bought me special little bowls. I always knew I was special cuz Mama told me that in everything she did. My Mama really loved me a lot. That's why I grew up to do great things, like start Sammie's Friends.

Hi, it's me again. Man, was I small and wrinkly.

I'm a cute little wrinkle...

7 weeks old and 7 pounds big.

I'm so little you can hardly see me. Mama carried me around in a little sling around her chest until I got too big. I went on a big hike the very first day she had me.

What was Mama thinkin' when she bought me this bed? Did she think I was gonna turn into a St. Bernard?

Sammie at Play

Here I am "poetry in motion". I'm flying so high my feet don't even touch the ground. That was pretending to be an angel. Now I really am one. Hi down there!

Auntie Annie took this picture when she came to pick up my long-time buddy, Mac, the Cairn Terrier. I played with him for seven years while his Mama taught school every day. I loved that boy.

Here's a picture of me and Teddy. Teddy is the other guy in Curtie's life. Teddy, you have to take over from here. It's a guy thing.

Here I am at Auntie Linda's in Loomis gettin' ready for a little nibble of turkey off Mama's plate. I could always count on Mama to think about me and I need Christmas turkey too.

Me and my zebra. That's Mama's other favorite animal.

Just takin' a look into my garage wonderin' when Mama was gonna take me somewhere for some fun. Me and all my buddies and Mama had more fun than a barrel of monkeys. I'm not kiddin'! Mama really knew how to make a doggie kid's life fun.

Here I am with my lab pals, Mocha and Lucy in Carmel. Whoever thought of takin' their Shar-pei to the water with two labs. They dove in. I ran as fast as my little chubby legs would carry me through the sand. How I loved those girls.

This picture says it all. I always marched to my own drummer. I had a mind of my own and I used it. This picture is at Stanford University. For seven years I hiked every day with Mama's friends, Mary and Shelley and their doggies. Man oh man did we have fun. I had to do the hike my way. Everyone was way ahead because I had to smell the "roses". I always caught up at the halfway point, like clockwork. I had lots of hikes up here with Mama and Curtie and my other buddies, Mocha and Lucy and Dusty and Buddy and Domino and mac and Lilly and there were probably others too. One time I rounded up all of the cattle and Mama was mortified. She couldn't catch me. I got in trouble later, but it was well worth it. Ever after Auntie Annie called my Roy Rogers, Yippee!

I love Christmas. I had the most fun opening all the presents. I love Santa Claus.

Here I am with my Curtie and my Mama. I loved them both so much. Curtie and I started every day with a romp-a-roonie-shovin' and pushin'. It's a guy thing. Darn, that Curtie was fun. He has Teddy now and they love each other but they're not identical twins like Curtie and I are. Our souls are one. We totally understood each other and our little ways of being guys.

Here's Mama lovin' me with my new stick horse. I liked my present a lot, especially when it whinnied. I went out in the pasture with Linda's real horses and he about kicked my toe off. Made me mad. After Auntie Linda and Mama fixed my toe up, I went after that horse again. Darn, Mama put me on a leash and relegated me to my stick horse.

Mama, give me that present! It's mine. I already opened all the other ones.

Here I am opening presents on my 9th birthday right before I moved to Grass Valley.

Here's my own little tree. Every year Curtie would get me my own tree and decorate it with doggie and kitty ornaments.

Here's me and Mrs. Claus opening presents. I guess Santa left her for me too. I needed her to bake some cookies.

Party Sammie

Sammie Shar-pei


March 31, 1991 - February 23, 2007


The inspiration for Sammie's Friends, a non-profit founded by Cheryl Wicks and Curt Romander to provide medical care for the animals at the Nevada County Animal Shelter.


Because of this amazing creature many animals' lives have been saved in this community. We, the animals and humans alike, are fortunate to have had him touch our lives.

Read more about Sammie and how he inspired his parents to save the lives of thousands of pets... CLICK HERE!