Shelby

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  1. juliefurry

    juliefurry Rusty but Trusty

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    I met Shelby only a few months agos. She was a stray at a local shelter, and her eyes just followed around as we stared at all the other dogs. Never once did she bark or cry or even move from the spot where she was sitting in her kennel. We almost didn't even look at her, we wanted a lab not a husky but we stopped and looked at her then took her outside. Within minutes we fell in love with her and had to have her. So we took her home that day. The moment we got her home she made herself at home on our couch, and on our bed, and in our hearts. She's always had trouble with her one back leg but her previous vet told us that it was arthritis and gave us medicine and we left it at that. Well three vets later we come to find out it's not arthritis and it's actually cancer. We had no choice but the amputate the leg, and even then there was no guarantees. So we went ahead with the amputation, and she seemed to do very well. This past week she started refusing her food and water and vomiting and loosing weight. The vets weren't too worried but this weekend she wasn't able to stand up or even wag her tail so today, when I brought Hannah in for her spay I brought Shelby with. They were going to try and stabilize her but they couldn't. They called me later today and told me to come down and decide what I would like to do. They didn't think she'd make it overnight. I went down and looked at her, she looked so tired and worn out. I had to decide to euthanize her. I didn't want to but I could tell she was tired of fighting, and I owed it to her to let her rest. I sat with her and held her in my lap until she was gone and then for awhile after I held her and cried. I've added a few pictures of her in her prime so we can all remember how beautiful she was. Thank you for listening to Shelby's story.
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  2. Saje

    Saje Island dweller

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    OMG. I hadn't read that you decided that yet. I just got on line. I'm so sorry Julie. I've got tears in my eyes and if I look at her picture again I'm just going to breakdown.

    You did everything right by her.

    ((hugs))
     
  3. colliekid

    colliekid I love collies!

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    I'm so sorry to hear about this. :( You were a kind person to let her go and to end her pain, and very brave to make that choice.

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  4. juliefurry

    juliefurry Rusty but Trusty

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    Thank you. She was very special to us and will always be in our hearts.
     
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    That really is sad.. sorry for your loss. I bet she was a great dog that left behind many memorable memories.
     
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    RD Are you dead yet?

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    I'm so sorry for your loss, Julie.
     
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    R.I.P. Shelby,,,,if you see a sea of Goldens, tell them Grammy will be with them before long !
     
  8. juliefurry

    juliefurry Rusty but Trusty

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    Thank you everyone I appreciate your sympathies. I'm sure Shelby appreciates you being so nice to me as well.
     
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    Shelby. Such a wonderful dog. I'm so greatly sorry for your loss. She thanks you now for taking her pain and suffering away from her. She's happily running around rainbow bridge with other dogs. Julie, I'm soo sorry for this. But remember, she's thanking you every bit now. From saving her and doing all this for her.
     
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    aww julie, this breaks my heart. I'm so sorry! Shelby had became such a part of all of our lives. We all share your grief. ((((HUGS))) Just find comfort that you gave Shelby such a loving home and she is out of pain now.

    Take Care,

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    Julie, may the pain you are in now ease with the memories of the love you shared with Shelby, her pain you have relieved but her love will never be lost.
    You are in my prayers.
     
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    Julie, I'm so sorry for your loss and pray that you find the strength to carry on each day with a smile knowing that sweet Shelby is no longer suffering and that she is watching over you each and every day with a loving smile, patiently awaiting for your meeting once again. My prayers are with you in your time of need. (((((hugs)))))
     
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    Julie, I'm so sorry. I am in shock right now. I also feel like Shelby became part of our lives and just wanted to see her well again. For some reason she came into your life and you did everything you could to save her and make her well again. For the brief time she was with you, I know she loved you as much as you loved her. Shelby will always live on in your heart and memories. Please tell you husband how sorry I am for the loss of such a special girl.
     
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    I'm soooo sorry to hear that Julie. I know you belive you did what was best for her. Please take comfort in that.
     
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    Thank you everyone for your concerns. Me and my husband really appreciate your prayers. I know Shelby is happier now where she is, and not in any pain.
     
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    Julie...you were so brave to let her go. You knew that she was tired and ready to go even though you weren't ready. You are a very unselfish person. I have been there and wow...it's is the hardest thing that I have ever done. My heart goes out to you and your family. It sure sounds like Shelbe had a great life while she was with you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God speed Shelby!
     
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    I feel so sad for you Julie, I know your heart must be breaking.
     
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    I'm so sorry Julie. Shelby will always stay in your heart; she was a special girl. She's just beyond the Rainbow Bridge now, waiting for the day her family will join her. She'll greet you with kisses, and tell you how much she's missed you. ))Hugs(( to you, Julie! You did the right thing for your baby girl, and I'm glad she's not in pain any longer.
     
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    Rest in Peace Sweet faced Shelby
     
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    I'm so sorry Julie :( I don't know what to say...so sorry...
     

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