A Gotcha Day anniversary is a good opportunity to bring you up to speed. Many of you remember Shyla from our original pack. She arrived when she was very young - only about a year old. She was left in an overcrowded, overwhelmed shelter and had mere hours before some tough decisions had to be made. She was emaciated to the point of it clearly being a case of neglect (there's a fine line between neglect and abuse!), and looked like the proverbial deer in the headlights from the noisy, chaotic environment she found herself in. We slowly put some healthy weight back on her but over time, it became clear the early malnutrition had taken a toll. There were significant nerve abnormalities in her hindquarters which we knew would cause some serious issues eventually. Fast forward ten years (now) and those serious issues have arrived. This is a good day:
Peaceful slumber is a win for our senior sweetheart. Due to significant chronic nerve pain, tremors, and now a fracture which was recently found in her spinal vertebrae, we consider any day that she can relax a good day! She's on a cocktail of potent meds which was carefully crafted by our amazing veterinary team who have followed her throughout her life. The meds relieve her discomfort (on most days) and even allow her to play from time to time. Despite her challenges her loving, gentle demeanor prevails. Tomorrow is her GOTCHA DAY and we've been the lucky ones. She's an inspiration for many and we look forward to a few more good years with our sweet girl.