They say that the worst part about owning a dog or a cat is having to say goodbye, because that goodbye always feels like it comes far too soon. I can say without a doubt, that it does. And when it comes just a month after you've said good-bye to another beloved dog or cat, it stings that much more.
On Monday, we said a sad and a bit unexpected good-bye to Shelby. Just as I did with Jake, I'll post the story of what led to her loss in a few days. But I will tell you that it was bone cancer that took this sweet girl from us.
Shelby and Jack came to us in November of 2020 from a rural shelter. Though not a bonded pair, they were companions to one another - I'd said for a long time that Shelby was the only other dog that Jack loved more than himself and it always showed. Shelby was the opposite of Jack. Easy going, friendly with people, dogs and cats. She was well-mannered, eager to please and she loved attention and was always smiling. Beautiful inside and out at about 14 years old, she had a silly and playful side that shined through right until the very end. And given what I saw from her the last few days with us, I'd have to add brave, stoic, and courageous too.
This sweet girl leaves a big empty place in our home and hearts - Not just with us, but with Jack too. Our candle has been lit since yesterday to help Shelby find her way to the Rainbow Bridge. And, I hold onto that hope and belief of Shelby's restored health and someday, a reunion with her and all those who have gone before her.