Shy has left us.
Last Friday evening, Shaila collapsed and we took her to the vet. We thought it was a minor seizure (she got up almost right away), but she had a second attack after reaching the vet. It turns out that she had an enormous amount of fluid around her heart, probably due to a cancerous tumor. Although the vet was able to drain it to make her more comfortable, there wasn’t anything else they could do. So, we made the hard choice to let her go. She had just turned 14 that Tuesday.
Merlin, of course, is confused and doesn’t understand where his big sister is. He’s still his basically cheerful self, but he’s a little depressed. He does look for her from time to time, which breaks our hearts. There is, however, a silver lining.
Another five month old husky puppy practically fell into our laps on Saturday, just the day after we lost Shy. No one can replace Shy, of course, but there’s always room in our hearts to love another dog, so this Saturday we’re going to go meet Queen. She’s Merlin’s age, and she’s in a no kill shelter about an hour away from us. Assuming she and Merlin hit it off, we’ll bring her home and Merlin will have a new sister to play with.
We’ll end up renaming the blog, probably, but we’re not sure what yet. (Suggestions are definitely welcome).