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The post I didn't want to have to write

Posted: Thu Jun 30, 2016 12:25 pm
by ShilohsMom
Shiloh had started having seizures. I took him to the vet on Monday who gave him a high loading dose of Pheno (even though his liver was really sensitive to it, it was our only option) and told me to give him another dose that evening and the next morning. On Tuesday we went back to the vet for a recheck (he didn't have any more seizures so that was encouraging). Shiloh wasn't able to get to his feet so the vet kept him overnight for observation. On Wednesday morning I went to check on Shiloh and talk to the vet. Shiloh had exhibited signs of brain swelling and was still not able to get on his feet. Looking at his eyes I knew he wasn't all there. The vet wasn't 100% sure what was causing the problems but knew it wasn't they Pheno because that would of been out of his system at that point. The decision was made to let him go. He had so many physical issues, walking was a challenge on his best days and he was having difficulty keeping food from falling out of his mouth among other things. I know that he's waiting on the other side for me, free from this monster, playing and running around like I know he longed to do. He had the best temperament of any dog which came in handy when he was being poked, prodded and pulled on at all the various vets offices. When we'd go to the dog park he'd hide behind my legs, he wanted no part of fighting. One of the things I'll miss most is that he liked to sit on the recliner with his head over the arm starring at me, mouth open, tongue hanging out with the biggest smile on his face.

I wish nothing more than to one day find a cure for this disease and that each and every one of you have success.

Re: The post I didn't want to have to write

Posted: Thu Jun 30, 2016 12:58 pm
by Gentle Jacob's mom
Colleen has been a phenomenal support to me and my family. The fact that this has happened shows, at it's worst, how disgusting this disease can be. However when these special dogs find people like her to love them and go the extra 1000 miles that it takes, they have the very best chance at a happy life. Shiloh had a happy life.
My heart goes out to you.
Rest in peace Shiloh.

Lynne

Re: The post I didn't want to have to write

Posted: Thu Jun 30, 2016 2:22 pm
by MK's mom
I am so very sorry for your loss. Losing pets that we love so much is never easy, but there is something about our kids that makes it harder to accept. I've been in your shoes, as have many others on this site, so you have plenty of people around you who understand how you feel.

As we say in the Irish Setter world; 'may the shamrocks fall softly' on your sweet boy.

With tears in my eyes,

Vivian

Re: The post I didn't want to have to write

Posted: Thu Jun 30, 2016 6:00 pm
by SpencerBhumi
Dear Colleen,

No words can express how sad I am to hear of your loss.

You have been a remarkable provider to Shiloh - he was a blessed dog to come into your care. And you have given tremendous encouragement and advice to me (and no doubt many other people) on this forum for which I am very thankful.

I am thinking of you and will keep you in my prayers.

Trevor.

Re: The post I didn't want to have to write

Posted: Fri Jul 01, 2016 2:09 pm
by ShilohsMom
Thank you all for your kind words. You all have encouraged me as well as I've been on this journey. This just sucks!

Re: The post I didn't want to have to write

Posted: Tue Jul 05, 2016 10:22 pm
by Chris Douglas
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Re: The post I didn't want to have to write

Posted: Tue Jul 05, 2016 10:22 pm
by Chris Douglas
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Re: The post I didn't want to have to write

Posted: Wed Jul 06, 2016 7:32 am
by ShilohsMom
Thank you Chris. I've been thinking of you. How have you been doing?

Re: The post I didn't want to have to write

Posted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 10:16 am
by Soongsis2
Dear Colleen

So sorry to read about Shiloh's passing. I hope that your pain will ease with the passing of the months.

There is this quote in a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow that always brings to my mind all the furkids that have passed on...

"Silently, one by one, in the infinite meadows of heaven,
Blossomed the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots of the angels"

Please take care.

Jennifer

Re: The post I didn't want to have to write

Posted: Thu Aug 18, 2016 8:44 am
by ShilohsMom
Thank you Jennifer. It does get easier overall but still struggle with being jumpy every time Rylie makes a noise that reminds me of Shiloh having a seizure. I'm sure that will pass as well.

Re: The post I didn't want to have to write

Posted: Sun Oct 09, 2016 6:07 am
by Eley's Mom
Oh Colleen, my heart just breaks for you! I haven'5 been on in a while so I am just now seeing this.

You have been such a huge support to so many on this board.

I hope you have been able to find some healing. I know how much you loved him and you were his angel!

Hugs from both Eley and me!!

Re: The post I didn't want to have to write

Posted: Mon Oct 10, 2016 1:00 pm
by ShilohsMom
Thank you Diana. I appreciate your thoughts and concern. In my heart I knew he wouldn't make it to see next year because he was progressing in his inability to walk. I didn't expect it to turn out the way it did and part of me wonders if he'd had a stroke at some point. I'll never know, but he is at peace and things have gotten better.

Hope that you and Eley are doing well.

Re: The post I didn't want to have to write

Posted: Wed Dec 28, 2016 7:49 am
by athomas989
so sorry to hear. I havent been on this forum for a few months and actually wanted to see how your Shiloh was doing.
Rest in peace.