The end of 2010 marked the passing of Shelly, one of my favorite patients. She first came to see me for treatment at age twelve, suffering from weakness of her hindquarters and “accidents” from fecal incontinence. She had been given a very poor prognosis from her regular vet. Shelly was one of those elderly, sweet female dogs with innate dignity and presence. She was my patient for nearly three years. My goals for her were to help her control her elimination, and to address her weakness and stiffness. With acupuncture every three weeks, Shelly did have fewer accidents and increased mobility, enjoyed running with her canine friends, and did well until her body simply gave out from advanced age. We will miss you, Shelly.