In Loving Memory of Shadow

Irish Wolfhound
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Home:Vancouver, BC, Canada  
Sex: Male   Weight: 100+ lbs

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Quick Bio:
-mutt-pound dog-dog rescue

Shadow loved the snow. When it snowed he would cry at the door and beg to go outside. He would act like a puppy in the snow, rolling over on his back and wiggling around making happy sounds :)

Shadow loved everything and everyone but he did not like it if we were a bit late with his dinner :) Oh, the groans we would have to endure!

Favorite Toy:
Shadow's favourite thing was the big futon bed in the spare bedroom. It became known as "Shadow's Room" because he was too big to sleep on any other dog bed!

Favorite Food:
Shadow LOVED treats! Especially cheese, peanut butter, green tripe, and cookies.

Favorite Walk:
Shadow liked to take very short walks around the block.

Best Tricks:
Sleeping and impersonating a small horse. The little girl who lives across the street always asked if she could ride our "big hairy pony" :)

Arrival Story:
We were meant to be in Shadow's life. Poor Shadow was surrendered to an SPCA several hours from our home at the age of 14. What kind of person could do that to a senior dog with such little time left? I am still angry when I think of it but so grateful that we got to have him in our lives, even if it was only for a short time. When my friend Shilo emailed me the picture of the sad old dog living on the cold cement kennel floor at the animal shelter ( see posted picture) I couldn't stand it! I knew immediately that he was my dog. I contacted the shelter and made the arrangements for Shadow to come home. Shadow arrived the next day :) My husband came home from work that day and I said "Meet our new dog, his name is Shadow". We still laugh about it to this day. I'm lucky to have such a generous and kind hearted man in my life.

Shadow lived with us for approximately 6-7 months before he slowly started to fade away. His back legs started to give way and he found it very hard to walk and get up. He started sleeping more and more and one day he couldn't get up at all. His wise eyes told me what my heart couldn't bear - it was time to say good-bye. Our wonderful vet came to our house and Shadow went to sleep for the last and final time on the big futon bed that he loved so much. He died gently and peacefully and as he went I whispered to him that we would always love him and that he had been the best dog we ever had. I told him that he would always be loved by his canine brothers and sisters, and that we would all cherish our memories of his time with us. I told him that every time it snowed I would accept the snowflakes as his kisses from heaven. Shadow's life with us may have been short, but it was one of the richest and most gratifying relationships I've ever had with a canine friend. My life is so much better for knowing him - he was a wise and gentle giant that taught me the meaning of forgiveness. Because of Shadow my eyes have opened to the plight of senior dogs languishing in shelters all over North America. When you read Shadow's story, please consider adopting a senior from an animal shelter. Senior dogs are easy to care for and they are so grateful for any small kindness shown to them. Please look past the gray muzzle and cloudy eyes and look into a senior dog's heart. The experience will change your life.

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