Sylvie, I think that all of the regulars on this board can be counted in your list of people who love our pets unconditionally. You know that you are one of us! I think of you and all the others constantly, knowing we share so many of the same issues.
I mentioned in another thread about seeing Mr. Big the Akita on my drive in, I haven't seen him in days now and am worried that he may be gone, but if that is so, I know it was his time. He also struggled daily, it was plain to see.
Thanks for the kind thoughts Sylvie, I hope your Shadow is doing well these days. Always in my thoughts.