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Meet Jessica – owner of “Samson the Dood!”

How old are your kids/fur babies, and how long have you lived in Westport? My son Theo is 2, and my Furbabies are Samson (8), and Charley & Shea (brothers) – 2. We moved to Westport in Fall of 2018 – everyone thought we were crazy for leaving Brooklyn then especially without kids yet … good timing though…

How did you end up where you are now in terms of your job, or whatever passion project it is you might be doing? It’s wild – I would have never thought when I first started posting Samson on IG as a puppy it would evolve & grow in to what it is … but something resonated & Samson & Theo’s following has grown to over a million currently which is always bringing fun & new opportunities  …but it really just brings me joy knowing we’re spreading a little happiness &  joy through our videos / pics which keeps me motivated to continue sharing especially in these crazy pandemic times!

What was your best memory from 2020, a strange year we know… Watching Theo grow up and be loved by his 3 furry siblings 😉

What are you most looking forward to in 2022? More fun times together with friends & family!!  Seriously what a crazy 2 years (almost!) it’s been!

What is the best show you have recently (binge) watched? Everyone has been raving about Yellowstone over the past year … maybe I’ll start tonight – ha. I haven’t binge watched anything really since Younger (which was a fun & easy binge watch!)

What is one food you could not live without? HOT SAUCE / Jalapeños

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? Most people assume I was in marketing or photography and that’s how I created Samson the Dood but I actually was in healthcare before.

If you weren’t doing what you are today what do you think your career path might have been? I probably would have stayed on the medical path & would have a small practice as a geriatrician.

If you had 24 hours to do whatever you wanted to do, what would it be? Teleport to Greece or Italy … really missing the old world charm & beauty of Europe.

What was your most memorable family vacation and why?  We just got back from a couple weeks in Tremblant … always good to escape CT in winter to warmth or a winter wonderland and Theo got on skis for first time which was fun, too!

What is the best white lie you have told your kids? I haven’t had to start white lying to Theo too much yet – except for telling him Thomas the Train (on TV) has to take naps & go to sleep too otherwise he could watch it 24/7 … going through that obsession currently

Are you a morning person, or a night owl? How does sleep fit into your life right now? Definitely more a night owl though I do love catching a good sunrise on the beach with the doods finally getting back into a good sleep routine – I feel Mom’s have to sleep train themselves again after having babies?!

What thing has surprised you most about being in the suburbs? The energy! To be honest, I was always a little worried about moving to CT because I just assumed it was sleepy … how silly! I just LOVE the energy & vibe in Westport and all fabulous women & moms I’ve met!

What is the first thing you do when you walk in the door after a long day? Hug the doods & dude then maybe the husband

QUICK THIS OR THAT:
Cake or Pie? Definitely Pie
At a movie: Candy or Popcorn? Candy
Pancakes or Waffles? Waffles
Iced Coffee or Hot Coffee? Hot, except in the Summer
Beach or Mountains?  I always laugh at this meme ….”I want to live by the ocean, but also in a forest, but also in the mountains, but also in a big city, but also in the countryside, ya feel me”….I guess that’s why westport is pretty good right? 😉
Puzzle or Board Game? Puzzle alone, but board games with friends & family!
Chocolate or vanilla? Was always vanilla but as I get older I like chocolate sooo much more …
Reading or writing? Reading though I never find the time; I have a list of 100 + books I want to read
Ketchup or mustard? HOT SAUCE
Watch or play sports? Play!!
Winter or summer?  Summer, but I love skiing and being in a winter wonderland /snow
Comedy or Drama? Rom Coms all the way – Hello Nancy Myers 😉

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