Wednesday, April 28, 2010

My Beloved Shelby

You may have noticed that I've not been blogging as much recently as I did in the past...there was a Shelby has been ill. Our vet who is WONDERFUL thought it was arthritis, first meds made her ill, second meds worked on the pain for about 3 days then we saw a rapid decline in her physical being. Last night I slept beside her knowing our moments together were coming to an end...touching her coat, nuzzling her, telling her how much I loved her and watching her sleep. Today she could not get up when I called her...I cried as I told Mr. B that I could not bear to watch her suffer any longer. Our Vet was out of town until May they referred us to an incredible office filled with loving, caring and supportive staff and their Vet was superb! Tests were ordered and when the results came back my worst fears were confirmed.

Shelby passed on today. We said our goodbyes, held her, loved on her, asked her to go towards Bubba (our son) in Heaven. As we were leaving the vet's office Shelby struggled to walk, her tail wagging, her panting unabated and her love for us so powerful that if I could have gone on this last trip with her I would have. But now I again trust in God's wisdom and mercy. We have so many memories and were so blessed to have her in our lives that we are willing to believe that she runs with our Bubba, the angels and is pain free again in Heaven. She certainly brought Heaven on earth to each of us.

So thank you for your patience...I will mourn, I will tear up, I will smile at all the Shelby memories, I will meet up with her again in feel her gentle breath upon my face at the waking hour, to be greeted at Heaven's gates with her loving spirit, seeing her sitting at my feet no matter what my task was with her ever present wagging tail and all the while knowing...that she was mine and I was hers...gratefully.


  1. Oh, I am so very sorry! It hurts so much, they really become like our children.
    I'll keep you in my prayers, sweet friend.


  2. oh Sandy... I have tears in my eyes.
    I can't even begin to tell you how sorry I am. Dogs make the most wonderful companions in life, forever loving and carefree. It is the worst feeling having to let them down, not be able to make them feel better when they give us so much.
    Keep Shelby close to your heart, and when you are sad remember her with that tail wagging.
    biggest HUGS

  3. I am so sorry for your loss.... I too teared up at your tribute to your sweet, sweet friend...

    hugs to you all


  4. Sandy, have been gone most of the afternoon, only to come home and read this...I am heartbroken for very, very sad...I know your daughters and husband are too.

    And yes dogs are the most wonderful pets on the face of this earth...the most trusting, devoted animal that God ever created.
    I too am convinced we WILL meet again with our dear beloved animals..... when it is our time to go.
    And won't that be a GRAND time....Our Lord, (and those of us who have alrady lost a child ) ...along with our pets... seeing them all at the same time ?

    Oh what JOY.


  5. Sandy, I am so sorry about your loss. It is so terribly hard having one's pet pass. Our minature schnauzer passed away this past Dec. 21st. We had him for twelve years.. We miss him so much.. They are really like one of our babies, that's for sure.


  6. Oh Sandy I have tears running down my face...just the other day you had such a beautiful post about your beloved Shelby. I am so sorry for your loss...may she rest in peace. I am a firm believer that our pets will meet us in heaven....God's beautiful creation....our pets are such an extension of the Father's love for us....

  7. I am so sorry, sweet friend.

  8. Okie dokey. For a little levity, I have written 2 responses and failed to remember to do the secret password thingy. So, here I am on my third effort. I am so very sorry for the loss of Shelby. What a wonderful mother you were to pay attention and know her needs. You both were so very lucky to have found each other. Hugs from Poetry. ~Mindy

  9. Oh, Sandy, I am so, so sorry to hear of your sweet Shelby. I think each of us who owns a dog has had a "Shelby" in our lifetime. Ours was named Belle. So glad she will be giving your dear son a nuzzle.
    much love,

  10. Dear sweet Sandy, I am so very sorry for the loss of your precious Shelby...these wonderful creatures become such dear members of our family ~ sending you much love and healing hugs, Dawn

  11. My Dearest Sandy - I am so sorry for your loss and will keep you in my prayers.


  12. Sandy,

    I cannot imagine your pain, as I have not yet lost one of my babies, but it makes me fear the day even more.

    Know Shelby is over the Rainbow Bridge and no longer suffering.

    I'm visiting because you left such a kind comment on my little blog.

    How wonderful you're a gardener!
    I am, too, even though I am starting from scratch again. I will keep coming for inspiration.


    Sandy @ My Shabby Streamside Studio


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