Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Some Sad News

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.
We were so amazed how many people were touched by Shy's story, and worked generously to give her a second chance. Here is the story Heather wrote about Shy that was 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.

46 comments:

The Mama Monster said...

I am sooo sorry to hear this! Just absolutely heartbreaking!

Virginia said...

I am so sorry to hear this. How very sad for Shy, her new family, Heather, and others who loved her. I am glad she found a family who adored her and who will carry her with them.

Ettel, Charlie Poodle, and Emma Pitty said...

Oh no, I'm so sorry. She always reminded me a little of Emma, rough beginnings and all. But you and everyone connected to her must know that you gave her all you could and made sure that her last months were over and above anything she'd previously experienced and she knew she was loved. I'm sure she couldn't have asked for more.

Shauna (Fido and Wino) said...

I am so very sorry to hear this- my deepest condolences to Shy's family- immediate and extended. She clearly really touched hearts and her time here was filled with love.

My heart goes out to you guys.

Two Grad Students & A Pittie said...

were thinking of all of you. the only solace we find is that Shy was so loved in her last days, and really - what more could we (humans or dogs) ask for in life? we love you Shy.

jen said...

I am so sorry to read this about Shy. Our thoughts go out to everyone who loved and cared for her.

Benny and Lily said...

Oh my goodness how terribly sad. We will keep every buddy in our thoughts.
Benny & Lily

kissa-bull said...

oh no !!! the waterworks have begun and the woggie pibble house. how sad!!!!!

pibble sniffles
the pittie pack

Jennie Bailey said...

So heartbroken. :-( I'll go leave my condolences for Heather as well.

jet said...

At least she had a good home when her life ended. RIP Khloe.

darwindapug said...

that's so shocking and sad to hear..

Pauley, Middy, the Mr. or the Mrs. said...

How truly terrible. At least Shy/Khloe knew what it was like to be loved & had a home to call her own before she passed. We will keep everyone in our thoughts.

Heather

HoundDogMom said...

This just shocked me to end when I got the email yesterday. I am actually speechless on what to say.

There were so many people pulling for her in so many ways. She touched so many lives, I know she touched my heart.

My heart goes out to everyone that was involved with showing Shy/Khole the great life the last few months. We know she knows all about "LOVE" from the family that found her to the family that adopted her.

I will be contacted you to see what you want me to do with the money I have collected for Shy/Khole from our comment-a-thon. She was winning by a landslide.

{{HUGS}}

Sniffs,
The HoundDogs

Two Crazy Coaches said...

Oh, my heart just breaks for everyone involved. These last few months were the best of her life and she knew she was loved!

Erika and Blair,xoxo said...

This is heartbreaking to hear. I hope that the Vet family who helped and the family who adopted her know how much of a good thing they did for her. Giving her love and help when she needed it most.

The Heartbeats said...

So sad but happy she was loved in the end.

loveandaleash said...

Poor Shy, and poor Heather. I hope Heather and Kyle feel a little glimmer of happiness in knowing that Shy got to spend her last weeks in a warm, loving home.

Aleksandra

houndstooth said...

I was stunned to read that last night, and I felt so sad for her family! They must be crushed. She will always stand as a reminder of the wonderful things that people can accomplish when they come together for a good cause!

Jenner said...

I am so sorry to hear this. My heart goes out to her family. I'm hugging my babies just a little tigher today.

Jessica M said...

This is heartbreaking to read- and reminds me of how fast and unexpectedly the ones we love can be taken from us- thank goodness she was loved completely until the end.

Married with Dawgs said...

I'm so sorry to hear this! But I take comfort in all the wonderful people involved in making her last bit of time here so full of love.

Maisie's Mom said...

oh no, I am so sorry to hear this! at least the little sweetheart got to experience real love and compassion at the end of her too-short life. RIP, Shy. :(

http://maisieme.blogspot.com/

Kate@TwentySixToLife said...

I'm so sorry to hear this. How heartbreaking. My thoughts go out to everyone that helped Shy get through such a tough time to become the loved family member she was, even if it wasn't for long enough. RIP sweet Shy.

Kari in WeHo said...

So sad to hear about this. At least she knew love in the end.

Kari
http://dogisgodinreverse.com

In Black and White said...

So terribly sad - we all thought there was a happy ending to her story. At least she was loved.

brooke said...

When I saw the post on Heather's blog I was shocked and heartbroken. Poor Shy. I hope Heather (and you) know what a great gift Shy was given with her second chance and all the love she was given.
big hugs and giant Dane kisses from Seattle.

Barbara said...

Oh no! How awful! I'm so sorry!

Traci said...

Oh no, that's terrible - so sorry to hear this! I'm glad that she was well-cared for and loved at the end of her life though.

Trissi_V said...

I have a heavy heart today. What can one say on this...what can I say that I don't start tearing up? I am sorry for their loss, but happy that Shy got to be cared for, loved and getting a family she so needed and deserved. For those little blessings I can smile.

We will all miss you Khloe/Shy, you dear sweet little girl.

Daisy Dog said...

Oh how heart breaking.

Brenda said...

Oh my gosh, I am so sorry!!!! Geesh, I get off the Internet for a few days and miss a lot. I was actually JUST thinking a few moments ago "now when is the deadline to give a donation to Shy's surgery? is it today?" So I came over to your blog, and saw this headline. I think I will donate what I was going to donate to Shy, to that World Vets organization that Pecan Pie Puppies is featuring. I will make a donation in Shy's memory. Poor Heather. :(

Tucker said...

This is just absolutely heartbreaking. Not really even sure what to say or think right now. Awful. We know this is very personal to you as well, and our hearts go out to you also.

Maggie said...

Oh, I'm so, so sorry to hear. Condolences to Shy's friends and family.

Mary said...

Oh no:( This is such sad news. On the one hand, it's comforting to know that she was finally loved and cared for AND found an adoptive family after everything she had been through. But it's just so unfair that she had so little time with them and they so little time with her. She had so many great things ahead of her. My thoughts are with all of the people who made her short, second life happy and wonderful.

Kitty+Coco said...

Waterworks are flowing. So sad to hear this, but know that she had an awesome home before she went over the rainbow bridge.

Kitty and Coco

heatherrey said...

No!! That can't be! :( I'm so so saddened to hear this. I wish Heather all the peace in the world right now. And my sweet Shy rest in peace.

Sam said...

We are so sorry to hear about Shy.

Sam

kimberly said...

Beautiful Baby!! Hugs and kisses from our pack!

the booker man said...

i am crushed to hear that shy/khloe passed away. this is so sad. at least she got to spend her final days getting the love and care she deserved.

the booker man and asa's mama

Susan Campisi said...

I'm so sorry and so sad to hear this. All of you good souls who loved her so dearly, I hope you can take solace in knowing you made her last days on this planet the best ever by giving her the love she so justly deserved. I'm sorry you didn't get to shower her with love longer. RIP, Shy/Khloe.

ForPetsSake said...

I agree with Susan above - knowing that you did showed her what it means to be loved should help ease the pain of her loss. I am so sorry for her family and all those who loved her. Hugs all around.

Laila said...

I am so sorry to hear it...It makes my heart breaks into pieces...T_T


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hero said...

This is heartbreaking... so sorry to hear this... Shy knew she has been loved and she will run free over the bridge now.

Licks, hero

road-dog-tales said...

Just don't know the words to express how heartbreaking this is. We're so sad for Shy and everyone whose lives she touched.

The Road Dogs & Mom

Jess the Dog Shopper said...

What terrible news! Such a pretty pup to be lost so unexpectedly! What a hard blow for her new family! Such loving people do not deserve such a terrible loss! All our best to them during this time! And our hearts go out to Shy!

T2 - My life with pit bulls said...

What a tragic ending to this story. I'm so, so glad to know that she had a little while in her tough life that included the love of her very own family.

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