But now I am faced with the sad reality that today brought the loss of our precious Sheba. It began this past Sunday when she collapsed. I found her laying in the grass. At first I thought she was just resting, so I took a few pictures as I walked over to her. She was so perfectly still and her eyes were closed,.
I tried to remain optimistic, and it helped that by Tuesday Sheba was herself. I'd started her on a herbal supplement called Yunnan Baiyao which is a hemostatic powdered medicine famous for being carried by the Vietcong to stop bleeding during the Vietnam War. It appeared to be helping because her gum/tongue color was good, and her appetite had returned. She was tiring easier, but she was up and around and was happy.
Today began normally. With the week we'd been having, I was looking forward to being home and relaxing. I got the dogs out early, and Sheba was eager to play with a ball, and she rolled in the grass.
|~Sheba rolling in the grass this morning~|
|~A Last Photo of Sheba this morning~|
Our nearly 11 years with Sheba passed much too quickly. I was remembering this week why we adopted Sheba from the rescue all those years ago -- And it was because of Charlie. He loved her. We used to joke that Charlie thought we'd gotten her for him because they were instant and inseparable good friends. Keeping her for Charlie may have been true at the time, but Sheba truly became a friend to all of us. Her unexpected loss leaves a hug gap in our lives that will never again be filled. Tonight as I write this, I have searched to find the words to say how much she'll be missed. But there are no words. Just the emptiness because she's gone.
God speed to my beautiful canine sister, Sheba. Missy, you were truly a once in a lifetime dog, friend and companion and we feel so lucky to have had you as part of our lives.