(C.A.R.E. Name: Buster)
I just wanted to update you guys that Shiloh Ray passed away on December 11, 2010. He was almost 18 years old with a heart anybody wishes they could have. I don't believe that I mentioned in the original update that in 2006 he was diagnosed with a severe pneumonia and heart failure. Shiloh over came the pneumonia but we were told he would probably not make it more then six months due to his heart. It was very hard news considering his brother had just passed away that same year from prostate cancer. Now when I say that anyone wishes they could have his heart is because he did not let "heart failure" cut his life short because he knew he had to look out for me and his baby sister. Shiloh knew his work was not done in 2006 so he trotted on like the leader he has always been.
On December 10, 2010 we all went to bed as usual but in the morning it appears Shiloh had a severe stroke that left him paralyzed. He could not move anything more then his eyes and was not aware of his surroundings. My mom & I quickly rushed him to the ER where I stayed with him for 10 hours in intensive care hoping for a miracle. The miracle did not happen this time but I believe it is what Shiloh Ray wanted, a weekend where i could grieve, a night & morning where I was around, a day that his vet was open. I try to laugh when I think that Shiloh was around for every boyfriend approval I have needed from him, my point is that I am currently dating a great guy that I only really knew for one week prior to Shiloh passing. This guy came and sat with me at the hospital and Shiloh was able to give his approval with the little strength he had left, he would not have been content otherwise. I will continue to wonder if Shiloh Ray was more then a dog but my live angel that guided me until he knew I would be okay.
Who ever knew that a severely beaten, frightened dog that lost his eye could be the most loyal and trustworthy companion. He lived an amazing life and I once again want to thank you guys for rescuing Shiloh and providing him the extensive medical treatment he needed. He is deeply missed especially when it comes to meals that involve chicken. Attached is a picture of him and his sister one week before he passed away.