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Losing a member of the family

Published: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 10:55 a.m. CDT

From Marsha A Wilson


Shiloh Sebastian Wilson, age 9, cream and butterscotch Cocker Spaniel, passed away at 2:15 on June 12. He was on his way to see the vet, and had an attack. Dr. Schuler was able to revive him for a short period of time, so Courtney and I could tell him we loved him. Dr. Schuler and Dr. Nelson gave him oxygen and IVs, but his heart and his breathing just didn’t want to work anymore.

We got him from a lady from Lenox that was selling them out by the old Walmart. Shi was the runt. So we picked him. He loved to go for rides, eat McDonald’s burgers and DQ ice cream and have his stomach rubbed. For nine years he loved unconditional. My heart is broken in half. It feels like losing a child. The doctors said he did not suffer. I miss him. He was my best buddy. Rest in peace. I love you.

Many will think that I have probably lost my mind stating my feelings for my Cocker, but we got him at just a baby, raised him, loved him and he loved us. As he grew older, he was no longer that little baby puppy, but he still loved us unconditional.

I see people on Creston Swap that have full grown animals “we must find a forever home,” we just don’t have the time anymore. How in the world did you have the time when it was a puppy or a kitten? Most people that adopt or buy an animal, it is to be a forever home. I am down to the pound several times a week, and believe me there are many many looking for homes. Once they thought they had “a forever home.”

We now have a pound dog that we rescued from Creston, a rescue dog that was on a farm that no one wanted, and then we have a repo dog (that is another story) ... but they are loved and in a forever home.

Please I am asking those of you that decide to get that pet because “it is so cute and darling” remember they grow up. You may stop loving them, but they don’t stop loving you. If you adopt, adopt forever. They will always be there, no matter what.

Shiloh will always be with me ... in my heart and mind.

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