Japanese Shiba Inu Shino, who has been 18 years old and suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, recently passed away, according to his owner.

“At 14:45 on March 7, Shino passed away peacefully and suddenly. Hope he can lead a good life in heaven, my beloved pet,” wrote his owner on Instagram.

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During the days that followed, to memorize Shino, his owner still kept updating his photos online, of course, mostly about the inter activities between Shino and his cat friend Kuu

Due to his health problems, Shino had difficulty to walk – let alone look after himself

But, under the attentive care of his owner, as well as in the company of Kuu, Shino still led a happy life

According to the owner, the 7-year-old Kuu became a bodyguard for his canine friend, not allowing other cats to approach him

Due to his illness, Shino could not control his body while walking, so Kuu became his crutch. Whenever he wanted to stand up or move, his cat buddy was always on the side

“The day before Shino passed away, he got up, had breakfast and walked out as usual, but in the evening, he suddenly fell down with loud wails,” the owner recalled. “I put him in my arms the whole night. He seemed to be in fever, with difficulty in breath …”

“The next morning, after I sent him to the hospital, the doctor said Shino should remain there in observation and might be able to go back home at nightfall, so I went home first to have a rest,” the owner continued

“At that time, Kuu sneaked into my quilt to sleep with me together. It seldom happened before. However, at 2:30 in the afternoon, the doctor gave me a call, saying Shino had stopped breathing

“Learning that Shino had died, Kuu was shocked and then he even collapsed in the hospital. Shino was in good conditions the day before, and it happened so suddenly!” After Shino passed away, their fans online were worried about Kuu’s situation. The owner said Kuu often lied in Shino’s kennel alone. He sometimes lied on the cabinet beside his kennel, watching the place where they often slept together…

The owner knew Kuu was missing his beloved friend…

It needs some time for him to go through, so the owner seldom disturbed him. But the owner said Kuu was getting better and could eat more now, so he told the fans to rest assure