A Tribute to Shadow
Shadow the Groundhog passed away Friday, August 6, 1999.
Below is his obituary from Bob Lutz...
To all of our dear friends and colleagues.....
I am extremely sad to report that Shadow, our beloved pet
groundhog died suddenly this past Friday afternoon. Shadow began to
develop respiratory problems shortly after we returned home from a
public appearance in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho. I rushed him to Ponte
Animal clinic here in Otis Orchards, but despite their valiant efforts,
they were unable to revive him. I requested an autopsy which
ultimately revealed that Shadow had genetic liver cancer which had
spread to his lungs. We had no clue he was even sick! His appetite was
great and until his respiratory distress on Friday, he showed no signs
of any illness. Ponte Animal clinic said that they sincerely believe
that while he was alive he had little or no pain as evidenced by his
enormous appetite, which is typically non-existent in animals that feel
This has been quite a shock to us! As I write this to you all, I
am just overwhelmed with grief.... Shadow was not only a SPECIAL pet to
our immediate family, but he was also a special pet to much of the
Inland Northwest. During his short 12 month stay with us, Shadow also
became a very special part of our Weather Van education program, and
won the hearts of kids and adults alike all around our region.
At this time, plans to obtain another groundhog are uncertain due
to availability. As a memorial to Shadow, and to help us all
"celebrate" his short time with us, I plan on putting together a picture
display which will be available for the kids to view inside the Weather
Watcher Van during the upcoming school year.
In further memory of Shadow, I have also enclosed some pictures
depicting some of his special moments with us.
In closing, I can only say this....... Shadow will be SORELY MISSED!
Here are some photographs of Shadow, so he will never be forgotten.
Shadow showing off his cute face
Kids flock around the Weather Watcher Van to get a look at Shadow
Shadow doing what he did best..... Sleeping
Shadow doing what he did 2nd best.... Eating
Shadow letting curiosity get the best of him
Shadow begging for his favorite food..... Banana chips
MMMM MMMMM More banana chips
Shadow on kitchen crumb detail
Tribute to Shadow
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