It is just over three months since Shiloh came to live with me, four since she came to the attention of Sheltie Rescue. Regular readers will remember this sad, sad photo that a friend emailed me asking for my help:
|Shiloh, one week before rescue|
Her full story is here, but a quick recap of her condition will highlight how much can be accomplished with four months of a healthy diet, exercise, and love - even for a Very Old Dog like Shiloh, who will be sixteen in May. When Shiloh first came into care, her skin was a mess, her fur was sparse and dull, she scratched and bit at herself constantly, her back end was so weak she could hardy walk and often fell over, she was very timid and hand-shy, and she was skin and bones. She had been neglected and abused.
Just four short months later, she is a healthy weight, the flakes in her skin and the bald patches are completely gone, she no longer scratches or bites at herself, and she has developed a thick, beautiful coat.
|Hi Mama, you called?|
|Shiloh in sunlight and shadow|
Best of all, her back end weakness is virtually gone. She loves, loves, loves her daily walks and usually does a two kilometer loop every day which includes time on the beach as well. She can now run fast enough and has enough stability to chase and jump at the cat, though she is learning that neither the cat nor I approve of such behaviour.
|Shiloh, learning to "leave it"|
when the cat passes by.
Oh, and she has become Miss Congeniality – walks right up to every person and every dog she sees. She is a very popular dog-about-town. She is, however, a bit hard to photograph because as soon as she sees me looking at her, even with the camera in front of my face, she has to come running over to say hi!
She is a great, great dog and I love her to pieces.