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Our Beloved Friend, Shelby

Our ancestors enjoyed the company of various pets and different animals. We may not know all the details, but we can rest assured that pets were part of our family’s past. My grandfather on my mother’s side enjoyed the company of a horse named Dan, and he loved his dogs, who kept watch at night. My grandfather on my dad’s side loved his honey bees. He would talk to them and, at times, even sing to them. They were his companions. My dad loved his dogs, named Queen and Pete. The first time I witnessed tears from my dad was when Queen passed away. Our pets are treasures that we cherish and love. I have also enjoyed the friendship of various pets all through the years. One day, my dad brought home a puppy for me when I was seven. I named him Buster, and he was my best friend for twelve years. When Buster died, dad helped me to bury him, and for years, I couldn’t think about getting another dog.

In 2007, a picture of a skinny dog appeared on Facebook. He was picked up by animal control a week earlier and on schedule to be put to death the next day. His photo spoke to my heart that day. The look in his eyes was fearful, and I reached out to the shelter, which was four hours away from my home. The staff at the animal shelter named him Shelby, and through a network of friends, I was able to save him and transport him hundreds of miles. He arrived scared, skinny, and frail, but within a few days, he was eating well, playing, and exploring his new home. I kept his name as Shelby, and we became fast best friends.

The adventures we shared through the years are preserved forever in my heart. Shelby listened to my conversations and greeted me at the door when I came home. He loved music and playing in the creek. I have mentioned Shelby several times in our videos on Piedmont Trails. He loved to walk the steps up to the attic and hang out with me as I researched or worked on a project. He was a constant companion for nearly sixteen years. This past Friday, December 16th, Shelby passed away at 5:38 am. My husband, Marty, and I were both with him. His passing has been difficult to bear, especially with Christmas so near. Our Christmas cards included Shelby’s name, and I mailed the last ones the day before he left us. We never knew Shelby’s birthdate, but we know he was near one when he came to us. At the age of 105, in doggie years, Shelby lived a good, long life. We miss him so much.

Thank you all for allowing me to share Shelby’s story with you today. He was a big part of Piedmont Trails in so many ways. We are still hurting and adjusting right now, but Shelby will always be in our thoughts and hearts. He is resting now, and I pray that one day, I’ll see him again in heaven. May GOD Bless you all.

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  1. I’m so sorry for your loss of your sweet Shelby. Our animals are so much a part of our families.

    December 16th is a day of loss in my family too. My father died in a car accident on December 16. 1961. Our Great Dane, Jeff was in the car with him, but was uninjured. I wrote a blog post about Jeff and many generations of dogs in my family.

    I hope you find comfort in your memories with Shelby.

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    • Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m so sorry to hear about your father. We find comfort with so many friends and people that pop into our lives when we need them the most. Thank you for being that angel for me today. GOD Bless your family and Merry Christmas.

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  2. Shelby was a lucky dog to have had you as his mom. I remember hearing him in the background a couple of times. Keep him in your heart. So sorry for your loss. I’ve lost several cats over the years, and I smile when they come to mind.

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  3. Know how you feel. Animals with which we share our waking hours with, who are always there when we are “ready” for this that or the other, are major comforts to us. The price of that comfort, however, is the pain of the loss their passing brings. We are in the same space (having lost our last dog companion back in May). Someday we will get another, but not at this time.

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