In Memory of Fio and Shilo, a story of inspiration and will


Brook’s dog, Fio, was diagnosed with a tumor inside of the spinal cord on April 26, 2011, after months of mysteriously weakening rear quarters. He was given three months – at most – to live.

After realizing that Fio was paralyzed, but his spirit was not broken, Brooke fundraised for a wheelchair amongst friends, family, and strangers. She bought a Ruff Rollin’ wheelchair, specially made with large tires for this active boy.

Fio was back and better than ever. He lived longer than three months – seven months and eleven days, to be exact. He passed away on December 6, 2011.

On January 11, 2012, Natalie contacted Ruff Rollin’ regarding a used wheelchair for her dog, Shilo. The folks are Ruff Rollin’ realized that Fio and Shilo, while aesthetically very different, had virtually identical measurements! Brooke happily agreed to give her wheelchair to Natalie free of charge – a good friend even paid the interstate shipping! The chair arrived on January 18, 2011.

Natalie’s canine friend, Shilo, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma on December 20, 2011 and given two months to live. Natalie was determined that her spirited pup also “live it up” during his last few months. Shilo had a great time all over town (check out his FB page to see his adventures).

Shilo passed away on May 3, 2012, more than four months after his osteosarcoma diagnosis.

Both of these boys far exceeded the limits imposed on them – they were canine warriors! These warriors were able to conquer the world via their Ruff Rollin’ wheelchairs. They went for walks downtown, hikes in the woods, swimming in rivers, and romps in the dog park. Fio turned heads accompanying Brooke on daily jogs and Shilo brought smiles to unsuspecting shoppers faces.

We miss our boys and are so glad to have had the privilege to know them. – Brook and Natalie

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