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Missing my Shadow

Discussion in 'Sheltie Angels' started by Pam, Feb 9, 2018.

  1. Pam

    Pam Forums Enthusiast

    Mar 4, 2017
    I realized when posting on another thread just how much my heart was aching for my Shadow. Here are a few pictures of my baby, gone way too soon. Cancer abruptly ended his life when he was just shy of 11. The last few months were terrifying as he went through chemo and then started to wither away, in pain, not eating but still always trying to act like himself. When my son came home to visit, Shadow, barely able to get up, skidded to the door wagging, and when my son bounced the basketball Shadow made himself attempt to jump. It was heartbreaking and wonderful all at the same time. My Shadow did not go gently into the night but wagged and tried to be happy until the very last moment when he could no longer hoist himself up, and could not eat at all. He was a gentle soul. He will always be loved, always be my fur baby, and always have been my sons' best friend. Here are some photos from baby, to juvenile, to adult, to his last photo shortly before the cancer ravaged him.
    Aurora Shadow of the Black Forest 12/2004-11/2015. <3
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2018
  2. Cindy

    Cindy Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    San Francisco Bay Area, CA
    Sweet Baby.....cancer is devastating :( I know I feel like I am on borrowed time after Gavin's Treatment. It's been 2 years since his radiation ended and I cherish every day now. I feel my heart clinch any time it looks like he has a slight weakness in his leg that had the cancer.
  3. ghggp

    ghggp Moderator

    Aug 28, 2011
    Grosse Pointe, Michigan
    Pam, What lovely pictures... nothing prepares you for the loss even though you know it is coming...
    My heart goes out to you and your son. You can just feel the bond of the two of them in that picture.
    Makes me tear up just thinking about it. There is just something about a boy and his dog.

    My Laddie died recently and had bone cancer. Mr. Chance, love of my life, past 2 years ago and I am still not over his loss.
    I had no children of my own but a friend brought his son over and he just fell in love with Mr. Chance. The feeling was mutual.
    You just have to love these dogs with their capacity to love through all the pain and suffering they are going through.
    Hoping you find peace and beautiful memories of your beloved Shadow.

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  4. Roberta

    Roberta Premium Member

    Apr 26, 2013
    Chicago area
    My heart aches for you. What a handsome boy - gone way too soon.
  5. RikyR

    RikyR Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2013
    Baton Rouge LA
    I feel your pain. We lost Cody to kidney disease 4 years ago, and we still miss him so very much.
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  6. Gypsy0211

    Gypsy0211 Forums Regular

    Nov 28, 2013
    New England
    I'm so sorry to read about Shadow. Cancer took my Gypsy at the end of November, and I still cry saying her name. She was such a big part of my life, she was my first dog and we essentially grew up together. We never have enough time.
  7. Chris

    Chris Premium Member

    Feb 25, 2008
    Northern Virginia
    Cherish every memory -- even the bittersweet.
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