Shadow, a collie mix, adopted at the Humane Society in State College as a 7-month-old puppy in 2001, passed away Dec. 30, 2011.
He belonged to the Franco family of Hollidaysburg: Scott, Ann Marie, Maggie, Julianna, Dominic and Vincent.
Shadow is also survived by fellow dog, Daisey, a cat, Rascal, and a rabbit, Ruby.
Shadow, a gift for Maggie on her 6th birthday, was a very calm canine who was so good that you could let him outside with you without a leash and he would always stay by your side.
He was also very protective of the Franco children, always getting in front of them whenever someone would come into their home for the first time. He was the epitome of the collie breed.
However, he was not a big fan of trains or horses. A railroad track goes through the backyard of the Franco home in Hollidaysburg, and no matter what time of the day, Shadow would always bark until the train passed. Also, when the family lived in Mifflin County, anytime an Amish buggy would drive by their home, Shadow would again bark until the buggy passed.
He would sit on the floor, sometimes with Scott, and watch sporting events on TV and wait by the door in the afternoon when he knew it was time for some of the children to come home from school.
His family was deeply devoted to him and vice versa. He has been gone for seven months and is still sadly missed.