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March 29, 1998

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Shadow, the Pet of the Day
Name: Shadow
Age: Two years old
Gender: Female
Kind: Dalmatian
Home: British Columbia, Canada
   I got Shadow when she was a 6-week-old puppy. She loved to chew everything from socks, to garbage to the wood coffee table. We had lots of ups and downs, but she brings too much joy to my life, how could I hold any of the bad things against her.

    When Shadow was 1 year old, I went to the S.P.C.A to see about getting a second dog. I adopted a German Shepherd cross. They got along great, but Shadow had tireless energy, and Jezz couldn't keep up. That day, I noticed Jezz was very lazy, sleeping a lot, and just wasn't acting like an 8-month-old dog should. I called the SPCA that day, and they said, "she just needs time to adjust." I didn't believe that for a moment. I made a vet appointment for the next day. The vet suggested that maybe she was just a very mellow dog. She also gets very car-sick, so I thought there was a chance that it was an upset stomach. She also wouldn't eat anything, not even weiners. They put her on antibiotics and sent me home. She got better in the next few days.

    A few days later, Shadow became very lethargic, not eating or drinking, diarrhea/vomiting, laying around. She got so sick, so quick, I didn't know what was going on. I took her to the vet, and they did tests, and didn't find anything. They put her on antibiotics, and sent me home. I took her back the next day, cause that night she went in the basement, all alone, curled up behind the couch, as if to give up on living. We stayed up all night, spoon-feeding her water, so she could stay at least partially hydrated. She couldn't keep down a teaspoon of water.

    We took her to the vet, and they put her on IV, and did more tests. She was hospitalized that night. I went back the next morning to see her, she was so sad-looking, in her crate, with an IV bag hooked up to her, and her shaved little leg. She had lost a lot of weight, and wasn't my fat little dal anymore.

    Another long night went by. I got a phone call when the vets opened, and the vet said that she had gotten up, and is wagging her tail, she looks a lot better. I went in to see her, and she was so happy to see me. Although she wasn't quite herself, she looked much better. She was starting to drink a little bit, and was keeping it down. She came home with me that day.

    She made a full recovery the next few days, and put her weight back on in no time. The previous few days were the hardest ones I ever went through. Seeing my best pal so sick, I felt so helpless. The vet didn't really know for sure what had caused her illness. Later that week, the S.P.C.A. was closed down, for an outbreak of Parvovirus. I then knew what she had. Shadow was vaccinated, but Jezz wasn't. Jezz brought it home, and Shadow got the worst of it. I was very lucky that Shadow made it through. They are both healthy, and loveable lap dogs, well, they try to be lap dogs.

    If it wasn't for the irresponsible dog owners out there, who dont vaccinate their dogs, don't get them spayed, let them have puppies, abandon them, abuse them, and all the terrible things that happen to unwanted dogs, places like the S.P.C.A wouldn't be needed, and things like this wouldn't happen.

    I dream of the day when there is not one homeless dog, I know its only a dream.

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