Sad news from Shiloh as one of our ranch dogs, Sarge, was euthanized at the vet clinic this afternoon. He had a very fast growing tumor under his tongue that was affecting his breathing, eating and swallowing.
Sarge orginally showed up at Shiloh one morning a few years ago. He had followed some riders out on a trail ride, and after becoming tired, he stopped at Shiloh for a few days rest before heading home. We welcomed him, put a hankerchief on him and invited him to stay. But, after a few days, he packed up and headed back to where he had come from. We said good bye and hoped we would see him again.
To our surprise and happiness, he returned one month later, this time to stay for good. We laughed and joked that he went home to get his "affairs" in order and let his owner know he was a-moving! He never left again.
Sarge was very old and stiffened with arthritis, but his heart was always young. He would meet us every morning at the gate- but we all knew he was really waiting to see Eric.
Eric and Sarge had a very strong bond, Eric even referred to Sarge as his "son". He would act like a puppy again when Eric was around and they would go on to enjoy many Shiloh adventures together. Our hearts go out to both Sarge and Eric.
Sarge lived a long and full life and we are so happy that his life's path crossed ours. He was a wonderful dog who will be badly missed.
Sarge's ashes will be spread at Shiloh- the place that he freely chose to live out his days.
Good boy, Sarge. Thank you for stopping by our ranch and our hearts. We love you.
- Posted from the road on my iPhone!