It is with a very heavy heart (and many tears) that I write this note.This morning my sweet Shiloh made the trip over the Rainbow Bridge, I had been praying for a clear sign from God that I would know when Shiloh's time on earth was finished and this morning I received the sign. His pain was intolerable and nausea severe. He was crying and unable to stand on any leg. The meds were no longer effective and the decision was made. His passing was pain free. All his friends from Evergreen came to see him and pet him and comfort him (and me).
I was incredibly blessed with the sweetest dog with a true gentle soul. He put up a good fight and now is free to run and play and eat all the things he was allergic to on this earth.
When I adopted him from Ohio Basset Rescue almost seven years ago, the was about 6 years old and came to me with an old unset broken hip, pelvis and rib as well as a bad case of separation anxiety. Through the years he developed lupus, colitis, extreme food allergies, gall bladder mucocele, yeast dermatitis, chronic dry eye and finally renal failure. Through it all, he retained his sweet spirit and was a real trooper to the end.
We had such fun together. He loved to walk (and later use his stroller) and was a real social butterfly. When we walked, total strangers would remark what a happy dog he was (and he was). A special hi-light was our walking in the Frontier (or Heritage) Days Parade in Milford Ohio with the group of other bassets from the Ohio Basset Rescue. He loved it and the children along the parade route loved him.
We were blessed with the world's best veterinarian and veterinary staff. There is no way we could have gone through all the medical issues without their wonderful care, loving kindness and true heartfelt compassion.
I am also thankful for all of you who extended kindness to Shiloh over the years. I thank those of you who never met Shiloh but have listened patiently to my many stories.
The earth has lost a treasure, but he is home now.
Grace & Peace,