Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Celebrating the Life of Shiner

It has been a while since I've published a blog post. Since December, I decided to take quite a long blog and social media break. Many of you are familiar with Shiner, as she's been the face of Pawsitively Pets since the beginning. Shiner would have had her 16th birthday in March, but unfortunately her body could not quite last that long. She passed away on December 21, 2018.


Shiner tried her very best up until the end to be a good doggy. Before her passing, I noticed she began to have some trouble walking around and getting up on my bed like she usually does. She was falling down more than usual. I gave her a check-up and noticed her gums were a little pale. The next day, things were exponentially worse and I knew that this was not something she could recover from. Having seen other elderly dogs with the same sort of condition as her, I knew this was not good for her.

She slept in one spot all day and needed to be carried in and out to go to the bathroom. She was anemic and I began to feed her lunch meat and syringe her some water. If she tried to walk, she wouldn't get far before she just fell over. I called our vet and scheduled a euthanasia for her.


Our vet looked her over to make sure euthanasia was the right choice and agreed. She said her heart sounded muffled and it's likely that there was fluid surrounding it. It's probable that she had a hemangiosarcoma in her body, which explains her sudden anemia.

At the vet's office, Shiner tried to act normal so hard. She was walking around the room, despite not being able to walk at all previously. She ate every treat I gave her happily. She never takes treats at the vet's office. Her final moments were very peaceful and I'm glad to have been able to let her go comfortably.

As the title states, this is a celebration of her life. I am sad that she is gone, but at the same time I am happy that she fulfilled a long life that I got to spend with her. She also had so many online friends that adored and cared about her. To celebrate Shiner's life, here's a short slideshow video with some of my favorite pictures.



RIP Shiner March, 2003 - December 21, 2018 

19 comments:

  1. That was a beautiful tribe to sweet Shiner We were fans indeed and seeing her always made us smile. Hugs from all of us Ann.

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  2. Ann, thank you for loving Shiner so much, and for sharing her with all of us. We still have her magnet on our fridge. :) Shiner was amazing and special, and we have always loved her from afar. Hugs and gentle purrs from us to you and your family.

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  3. I'm so sorry about Shiner. Lots of purrs to you.

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  4. I'm so sorry for your loss. I know the difficulty of losing a beloved pet all too well, and when they are the heart of the blog, it is all that more devastating. She will be missed.

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  5. We are so sorry for your loss, Ann. The photos were such a wonderful tribute to Shiner, and showed what a full and happy life you gave her. Big hugs to your whole family.
    Love from all of us at Wag 'n Woof Pets

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  6. I am so sorry for your loss, but glad that you made a tribute to her. I'm sure she will be missed dearly, but you can always remember the love she gave you.

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  7. I am so sorry for your loss. Beautiful tribute to her.

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  8. We are so sorry to hear about Shiner. We know how much you loved her. Purrs....

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  9. My heart is just breaking for you. I know that Shiner was the heart and soul of your blog. I never got to meet her in person but always loved seeing her on your blog. That was a beautiful tribute, if I am not mistaken she was good with your kitties as well. Sending you love and (((hugs))) of comfort. I am so deeply, deeply sorry. (((hugs))) to your kids too, it must be awful for them as well.

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  10. That's a beautiful tribute to your sweet Shiner. Purrs and hugs

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  11. Sorry to hear of the loss of your faithful friend. She will still be with you in so many ways, but right now that doesn't ease the pain.

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  12. Godspeed your journey to heaven Shiner, we are truly sorry and send hugs to mom, dad and your family you leave here on earth. We liked the photos of you wearin mom's glasses and the one where you're in the field, sticking your tongue out at the grass ~ we hope the girls are doing OK ♥♥♥♥♥

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  13. I'm sorry to hear of Shiner's passing. It's never easy. I hope my Honey lives as long as Shiner did. 16 years is a blessing even though we wish it could be longer.

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  14. Thank you for sharing Shiner's life with us. We will miss her beautiful presence in your life.

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  15. I'm so sorry, Ann. You know we all loved Shiner as well and will miss her deeply. I love your tribute to you. So beautifully done. :( RIP Shiner.....hopefully she'll catch up with Zue and they can play together. Hugs girly xox

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  16. Thank you for sharing Shiner with us! She brought a lot of joy to so many people, and I'm glad that she lived such a happy long life. Sending you lots of love as I wipe away my tears (they are a combination of happy and sad tears.)

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  17. What a beautiful presence and influence Shiner had on so many lives. She really touched our hearts and opened our minds. Thank you for sharing some of yours and your family's experiences with her. Thinking of you and sending heartfelt condolences.

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  18. Ann I am so sorry for your loss of Shiner. I loved the big girl too and so enjoyed your blog posts with her. You gave her a great life I know how much you'll miss her. Sandra and Dolly

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