I’m Leaving Now

May 10, 2016


I always knew this day would come, I just didn’t know when. Endings come too fast when you’re happy, and I’ve been so very happy at Asherpark.

It’s a beautiful warm sunny day. It’s the kind of day that makes your heart ache for something you can’t quite explain.

I’m leaving this evening. Mama is waiting for me on the other side of the bridge just like she said she would. But first I have a few things to say.

Ash, you’ve been so good to me. You made me laugh. You were gentle when you played with me. I felt happy just being near you. Mama loved you too. Thank you, Ash. I will miss you.

Journey, I’ve grown to love your silly puppy self. You tried your best to be respectful and not annoy me. Did you know that when you were asleep in your crate I would lie down next to you? I liked to watch your lips quiver when you were dreaming.

There are no words big enough to thank the many people who saved my life when I had no hope. The rescue people in California who took me to a foster home and then drove me to Asherpark are special angels. I wouldn’t be here without them.

My human family at Asherpark showed me more kindness and love than I had ever known. They made me forget about the dark times. They taught me how how good love feels.

In some ways today has been a very good day. Once mom realized this was my last day, she never left my side. She’s been sitting next to me all day reminding me how much she loves me. She says my passage from this world will be an easy one. I hope she’s right. I hate needles!

There’s so much more to say, so many people to thank, but time has run out. Blessings on all who have dared to love a throw away dog like me. I will never forget your kindness.


5 Responses to “ I’m Leaving Now ”

  1. liz on May 11, 2016 at 10:40 am

    blessed shiloh, kev’s shadow, sweetest of souls.
    you will be missed.
    love liz

  2. Debbie on May 11, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    So sad for everyone at Asherpark. We’ll miss sweet little Shi.

  3. Joani on May 11, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    Dear sweet Shiloh: What a special presence you brought to Asherpark. It was such a joy to witness your transformation from the abuse and neglect that marked the first part of your life, to seeing you become ever healthier, and to enjoy your days so much. What a delight to see you come to the gate to greet us, with all the other members of the canine crew. You have such a gentle soul, and we are so glad we got to be part of your life.

    Joani & Art

  4. Julie on May 11, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    Deeply bittersweet to know that you are not here, Shi, though you are with Mama.
    You were a loving and happy soul in your fragile body, sweet and strong-willed girl!
    Weeping for all whom you loved so well. Julie

  5. True Hibbard on May 11, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    Oh sad day and coming weeks for Asherpark. How blessed the park has been to have sweet Shiloh as a member. Left alone when her Mama crossed over, she grew in stature and lived on to enjoy Ash and the little spirit, Journey. All of us were blessed to know you, Shiloh.

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