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I miss my dog Shelby 11/2004

post #1 of 14
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I know this is a cat site, but Shelby was my "fur-family" also..so here goes:

In 1992, my ex-husband and I decided to get a dog to add to our family of 3 cats and 2 kids (ages 1-3)..He knew that I had always wanted a cocker spaniel dog, so he found us a buff colored puppy and the kids named her Shelby....let me tell you how absolutely wonderful this dog was..she watched over the kids from the get-go..if ever the kids were outside in the yard, there she was watching and playing with us, and we never had to be afraid of anyone coming near the yard because she would just go wild to alert...She had all of the usual "cocker" problems from ear infections, to skin allergies, and piddled when excited, and she had hip dysplasia, which after only 5 years of having her, this prevented us from getting to walk her for any lenghth of time, arthritis had set in...she slept with us, waited for us to come home, was never was destructive of anything, and she also loved our cats.
Last year around this time, we had to let Shelby go. She had gone deaf from all of the ear infections all of her life, she had cataracts so bad she was mostly blind, and her arthritis was no longer treatable with meds...
It was so incredibly hard to say goodbye, but I knew it was best for her...she wagged her tail and kissed me goodbye for the last time, and she didn't even wimper when they gave her the shot....
I have been missing her so much all of this year, but I can't stop right now over the grief I am feeling today...I know she is watching down on me, and I know she will be waiting for me at the RB..
Sorry for rambling on so long.

To Shelby, My Darling Sweet RB Angel
May your eyes now allow you to see the Sun,
May your ears now be able to hear my whispers,
May your legs allow you to run free,
And may your heart always know the I you, now and for always.
Mom
post #2 of 14
Awww Monica you poor baby! It is such a hard thing to do, let them go, but you made the right decision. With time it will get a little easier to think about, talk about , cry about Being the animal lover that I am, I have had to say goodbye to far too many angels And some of them still tear me up to think about. The most recent was our beloved Ricky dog It has been a little over a year ago. He was a pit bull mix and the greatest dog ever! He was unfortunatly hit by a car, he was on a leash my dad was walking them but the leash broke and he ran across a very busy street and was hit. He initially survived and underwent a massive surgery to repair his badly broken leg. we got to bring him home, he was getting better starting going up to the park via the car and playing around a little everything was getting back to normal then about a month after we brought him home he collapsed!!??? we didnt know what happened, so we rushed him to the vet it turned out a blood clot from the initial accident dislodged from wherever it was and went to his brain- he was paralized from the neck down- we made the difficult but humane decision of letting him go.My mother and i were with him at his passing-my father was WAY too upset, And as tearful as it was I am soo glad I got to say goodbye to him. I am sorry if this got really long I just wanted you to know you are not alone. The pain will hopefully be overshadowed by warm loving memories soon, even though it has been a year for you already you obviously loved her VERY VERY VERY much. Shelby,Ricky, Peanut,Onyx,Bobo,Bobby,Mr.Grey, Kitter,All the kittens,Sheba,Little girl,Duke,Mickey,Red,SMUDGE ,and all the other fur angels are now playing at the Rainbow Bridge waiting patiently for the day we will join them. Take it easy my dear, they are watching us telling us to stop crying-they are happy
post #3 of 14
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Thank you, I am crying as I read your post...I am sorry about the loss of your sweet one last year also...
Shelby has many friends at RB to run and play with...
post #4 of 14
You are more than welcome! It was so hard for me not to burst into tears writing this ( iam at work) my eyes welled up a few times but somehow I managed to resist. What was the happiest memory of you and Shelby? Everytime you start to feel bad about her passing think of it. It will make you smile from ear to ear it might make you cry too, but at least they will be happy tears-
post #5 of 14
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I remember each year in the fall (this was when I lived in St. Louis, and we actually had fall) when all of the leaves from the trees fell, and we would rake them all in a big pile, Shelby and the kids used to jump in the pile, and Shelby would bury herself in it where you couldn't even see her..then when you called her name, she would burst out of the pile with a huge smile on her face, almost laughing...it was soooo cute to watch...
post #6 of 14
I LIVE IN ST LOUIS!!!!!! Wow what a coincidence! There are plenty of leaves on the ground now! I will be thinking about Shelby whenever I pass a pile of them now. i can just see the goofiness on her face jumping out at you guys LOL LOL LOL I will send you a pic tommorow, or ASAP of some lovely fall leaves up here so you can refresh your memory of fall LOL. That is a great memory, thank you for sharing it. My favorite of Ricky is the first night we adopted him from the shelter. I was working nights at the time and did'nt have a car so I had to take the bus home. I was walking down the alley to go in the backdoor, where my room was, and when I got to our yard Ricky started barking and growling at me fiercly!!!!! I was soo pissed off! He was only trying to protect the house, but he scared the crap out of me that night! It is so funny because like I said he was the best dog, the biggest baby! And the way he acted that night was soo not him. I just look back and laugh now LOL LOL LOL LOL
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Originally Posted by chichismom
I LIVE IN ST LOUIS!!!!!! Wow what a coincidence! There are plenty of leaves on the ground now! I will be thinking about Shelby whenever I pass a pile of them now. i can just see the goofiness on her face jumping out at you guys LOL LOL LOL I will send you a pic tommorow, or ASAP of some lovely fall leaves up here so you can refresh your memory of fall LOL. That is a great memory, thank you for sharing it. My favorite of Ricky is the first night we adopted him from the shelter. I was working nights at the time and did'nt have a car so I had to take the bus home. I was walking down the alley to go in the backdoor, where my room was, and when I got to our yard Ricky started barking and growling at me fiercly!!!!! I was soo pissed off! He was only trying to protect the house, but he scared the crap out of me that night! It is so funny because like I said he was the best dog, the biggest baby! And the way he acted that night was soo not him. I just look back and laugh now LOL LOL LOL LOL

Thank you very much!!!!!
post #9 of 14
wow how incredibly beautiful is this tribute to Shelby that poem brought tears to my eyes. She sure is waiting and watching over you at the RB. Her not making a sound when you helped her pass proves that you made the right decision and it was her time. How wonderful of you to put her above everything else. She will be eternally grateful for that and will love you forever

its so hard to loose these precious baby's but no they are never ever really that far from us

RIP Shelby - you are deeply missed sweetheart
post #10 of 14
I've cried every day since my cat, Leo, passed away in September. I feel your aches and cry with you. It's so hard sometimes to deal with the pain. I hope being here helps you as it's helped me.
post #11 of 14
Oh good grief i've really filled up after reading about Shelby You sound like one sweet little cherub who had a family who loved you

RIP Sweetie
post #12 of 14
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Thanks all for the support, your kind words helped me through a tough day..
post #13 of 14
What a beautiful tribute to Shelby. She sounds like such a sweetheart and wonderful, loyal friend. Sending hugs your way! RIP Shelby.
post #14 of 14
Condolences. Sounds like Shelby was VERY special! May your heart continue to heal from her loss!
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