These are the hardest, most painful words I've ever had to write: In typical Red Dog fashion, Shiva decided the party was over yesterday morning, and she left this world while in the loving care of Dr. Cheryl and the gentle embrace of Shiva's Mom and me.
She exited our lives the same way she entered them: in decisive fashion, and with barely a look back. From swimming Wednesday, car rides and Voodoo Thursday, to a subdued Friday, and finally earning her wings Saturday, hers was a blessedly short transition with little time for pain. Never one to shrug off a challenge, Shiva remained true to her nature and charged headlong into her next assignment, granting us the one final gift of a graceful and sudden exit. No muss, no fuss and - most importantly - no suffering.
And so we are left with a wreckage of emotions, knowing in our minds it was time, that Shiva had wrung every last drop of joy out of this broken body and miraculous lifetime, but feeling in our hearts the seemingly-irreparable pain of separation, the dropping of the veil between us and - in many ways - our best friend.
As we come to terms with this gut punch and move through our grief, we'll add more details to this latest chapter of her story. Until then, thank you for loving this crazy dog half as much as we did - and do. Seeing her reflected in each of you showed us - without a doubt - the impact she had on her world.
If there's one thing you can do for us and for Shiva, it's this: Please support the fine folks at Tripawds.com, as they guide people and their pets through the post-cancer diagnosis and post-amputation world, and the wonderful team at Morris Animal Foundation, a dedicated group of people working diligently to kick canine cancer's butt once and for all time.
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