About Walks With Sam

The beauty of a walk can inspire a life. Ask all the great walkers  — Beethoven, Charles Dickens, Henry David Thoreau, William Wordsworth, Mark Twain. But when you add man’s best friend to the mix, the walk is far more. Come with us each week. It’s only a few steps and Sam loves the company.

Sam (Samantha) is a female Doodle—a mix of a black Poodle and Golden Retriever. She loves chasing tennis balls, gnawing on bones, stealing your socks, and licking peanut butter from a spoon. If she wore a FitBit, she might record 10,000 steps a day. Why? Because Sam loves a good walk. And who doesn’t?

My name is David. I’m a writer, journalist, and broadcaster. My wife and I live outside Chicago. I have always loved a good walk. but when Sam came into our lives and I starting walking her on a regular basis, I realized how enlightening and enriching those little hikes could be simply because she came along. This is how WALKS WITH SAM began. This is why those walks continue.

“There was a lust of wandering in his feet that burned to set out for the ends of the earth.” — James Joyce