#TBT Shelby and the 4th of July

Oh Shelby … what a patient dog you were! I miss you so very much. I’ve been sick this week and I’ve been missing you SO much. You were the best nurse. You snuggled when I needed it. Gave me space when I needed it. Did your business outside when I wanted you to. And always understood that I couldn’t walk as far when I was fighting a cold. I think having a compromised immune system is a recipe for intense emotions. I just miss you so terribly much.

Shelby was always so great about the 4th of July. Maybe it was her early roots on the streets in the hood of New Orleans but the fireworks never phased her. I remember the first year we lived by the beach, we walked down to see the fireworks and people were stunned that I was there with my dog. I held you in my arms and we watched the show. I truly believed you liked seeing the pretty colors in the sky (never mind that dogs don’t see colors). Maybe you just really loved being with me and in my arms. ¬†You weren’t spooked or anything.

Holidays always meant a time to ‘dress up’. What patience you always had for us and the costumes I would put you in. It never got old. And you wore those costumes so well. You were so proud to showcase your ‘assets’ for all the world to see. Everyone loved to see what outfit you would turn up in!

I miss you baby girl. So very much. I hope you know how much I think about you – every single moment of every single day. There will never be another you. There will never be another “love of my life”. I long to hold you in my arms one more time and watch those sparklies in the sky! So tomorrow… I hope you can still see the fireworks over the bridge and I hope you and your buddies are having a blast! I love you, Shelby Lynne… to the moon and back and for all infinity.

First 4th of July!
4th of July in Seattle
4th of July in your pretty dress
Too cool for the 4th of July

Author: mom2shelby

Mom to 13 year old Shelby - Jack Russell/Shiba Inu mix. A rescue dog that was born in New Orleans. Shelby is a spirited, smart and happy little dog who loves to run, play, go to the beach (we live in LA) and ride in the car! She is my best friend and the true love of my life!

4 thoughts on “#TBT Shelby and the 4th of July”

  1. Alison,
    I am so sorry that you aren’t feeling well and the first holidays are always the hardest. Now its time to let Jasper have a little fun dressing up too. Can’t wait to see her outfit.
    Shelby you looked so awesome in all your outfits. We miss you and I know your mom misses you so much. Send her another sign.

    Michelle & Angel Sassy

  2. Alison, so sorry you are not feeling well. Summer colds are the worst. Love the pictures, especially the one with the sunglasses. I saw her banner first thing this AM when I got on the forum. Maybe a new hat or outfit for Jasper is in order. I wonder who did decide that dogs cannot see in color? Knowing Shelby, I bet she could. Love from, Lori and TY

  3. Good morning Alison

    Happy 4th of July from one of your Canadian pals on this journey!

    Shelby sure did love to dress up….she looks positively delighted to be sporting her dress!

    Hope you’re feeling better soon…..I agree that illness plays havoc with our emotions!

    Give Jasper Lily and a hug from both of us

    Linda and Tucker

  4. Yeah, I HATE being sick!! Scares me! I swear by ecchinnaccia (sp) though! At the first sign of anything, take it.

    and anotner “feel better pill”…..look at Shelby’s pictures!! I cannot beloeve jow well she tolerated all the fussin’ and messin’ that it must have taken to always dress her up so cute!

    Thanks for sharing the smiles and some wonderful snippets of Shelby’s life! Cannot get enough! Keep ’em coming!

    Yeab, I think those photos where you are always holding Shelby in your arms or on your lap…..yeah, that’s sheer conentment and happiness! That first picture with those BEAUTIFUL eyes!! OMD!! They are ALL PERFECTION!

    Sendkng lpve and healing hugs!

    Sally and Happy Hannah

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