19) Dilly came to us as a senior in October 2006 from a former Sheltie breeder in a nearby state who is a senior who had an accident that left her unable to give her Shelties the standard of care that she wanted to give them. When Dilly arrived here, she seemed to be in reasonable condition. What we soon learned was that she had spondylosis, a degenerative spinal disorder also known as spinal arthritis, as well as very severe arthritis in her other joints. It soon became apparent that Dilly was not really adoptable because of those problems, plus an extremely sensitive stomach, so we placed her into hospice care.
In May 2007, Dilly was in very obvious pain that we couldn't adequately control with medication, and was unable to stand up (and barely able to walk once standing), and almost unable to go potty without being held. We made that horrid decision that hurts so much, but knew that we had to think about Dilly and her quality of life. With great pain in our hearts, we held loving, caring, gentle Dilly in our arms as she crossed the Rainbow Bridge to once again live and play free of pain.