It is with great sadness we wanted to pass on the news that Shy unexpectedly passed away today.
As Heather's fiance Kyle writes The details of what happened are unclear, but we know it was not from a lack of love and care from her new owners and online followers. Please keep her in your hearts, and know that she will always hold a part of ours. We want to thank everyone for the overwhelming support that we received through this process. It reminds us of how truly generous strangers can be. Future posts will discuss what is to be done with the donated funds. Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts and know that Shy thanks you too. We know so many of you have been touched by the Story of Shy, and we were so excited to have so many people work together to fund her cataract surgery.
Heather is taking this especially hard, as she worked so hard with Shy from the beginning, and truly thought of her as her own dog. Any condolences can be made to Heather on her blog here.published on Stubbydog earlier in the week:
Shy is a sweet, courageous 4 year old pit bull who was brought in to an animal hospital in central Illinois in August 2010. She was shockingly emaciated, weighing only 28 pounds – half of what her normal weight should have been. Her hair coat was dull and falling out and her owners were ready to euthanize her due to her condition, since she was also drinking and urinating excessively. Despite her horrible circumstances, she wagged her tail through the entire visit and smiled that adorable pit bull grin whenever anyone got near her. A veterinarian at the animal hospital asked the owners to relinquish her to the hospital instead of euthanizing her, recognizing her courageous and lovable spirit. She was diagnosed with diabetes mellitus and treatment began immediately. For six months she lived at the animal hospital, allowing everyone who met her to immediately fall in love. She readily accepted her twice daily insulin injections without a fight, knowing that there would be kibble and someone to love on her for a few minutes afterward. Due to the onset of diabetes, she developed cataracts during her time at the clinic, losing almost all vision in both eyes. Still, her spirit never faltered. She relished her time out of the kennel, giving puppy kisses and loving smiles to everyone she encountered. While in her kennel, she was quiet and obedient until someone approached her – then her tail would wag so hard against the stainless steel cage that it could almost be heard anywhere in the hospital. With help from Facebook and the Blog community, funds began to be raised to help pay for her treatment and to entice people to take a chance on her. Finally, a sweet, young couple found out about Shy and adopted her two weeks after their first meeting. They renamed her Khloe, and she has become a loved member of their little family. She is a quiet reminder to us all about having a true passion for life and she shows us the amazing resilience of animals and their innate ability to not hold grudges or get angry when times get tough. Through the wonderful generosity of the online community, we are working to raise money to correct Khloe’s vision (cataract surgery), and any and all support is truly appreciated to give this little girl a new out-“look” on life!
We are all truly shocked and saddened, but we want to thank everyone for your generosity and support, and really believing that every dog deserves a chance for happiness and love.