The backstory for non-family members: Sam the Dog was my childhood creation. A sarcastic talking animal who lived with a bachelor owner and slept in a cat bed. (I believe my previous character was “One-ear the Sailin’ Dude.”)
I’m not saying I’m totally against reviving Sam, but if I did, I’d definitely want to rethink his character, kind of like how Frasier totally changed when he moved to Seattle.
And yes, I’ll watch out for lightning bolts tomorrow.