Six Months an Angel

My dearest Shelby … how is it possible that six months ago you earned your wings? Why does it feel like so much longer since I have snuggled those ears (perfect ears) and kissed that little nose and hugged your booty and held you in my arms?

My girl, my sweet angel, I miss you so terribly much. I know you are playing over the bridge and your legs are perfect again! I know you watch over me (maybe if you could not visit at 3 a.m., that would be fantastic as the click, click from your nails on the floors wakes me up).

Thank you for sending me that penny when I got off the plane at SeaTac. I KNEW it was from you. We had such an amazing life in Seattle, didn’t we? Our bond became stronger than ever. You were in the prime of your life. Still, always on your leash since you were still a flight-risk. I ran around Greenlake this past weekend and thought of you. Remember how we used to walk/run around the lake and you would run alongside me and jump up and grab my arm? We called it you sharking me! And how we hiked down to the lake through the bunny forest.

I found your baby album when I was home this weekend. Mom (aka your grandmama) said it didn’t exist but I knew it did. I found your first photos at home, photos from our first road trip, our first parades, your sweaters and way, way, way too many photos of you with the Easter Bunny. And all the cards that grandmama would send to you. I swear, you got more mail than I ever did! I did such a great job of documenting the early years of our life and then I kind of slacked off and then picked up when I got my first smartphone. You then became the most photographed dog.

We talked about you – a lot – this past weekend. Talked about what a good girl you became but boy oh boy were you a naughty girl for many many years! I say, strong-willed and spirited. In your album, there is also you Canine Good Citizen certification, your certificate from your graduation from dog obedience and your Visiting Pet Program card. You loved being a visiting pet. How could you not? You always just wanted to give and receive love. You were good at it. You were happy in my home from almost day one, I think. You picked me that day at the shelter.

Oh Shelby … what a life we had. Never did I think you would bring me so much joy and save me in so many ways … and you continue to save me, as an angel. I feel you within me daily. I dream about you more and more. I miss you more and more. Some days the pain is so raw that I can’t help but cry but most days it is just a dull and constant ache. I think about you first thing in the morning and the last thing at night. I think about you all day. I wear the necklace I had made in your honor and it gives me the chance to talk about you when people ask me about it. I hold it in my fingers many times throughout the day and will myself to feel you within me.

I cannot believe six long months have passed. So much has changed. Yet so much has stayed the same. I doubt that I will ever fully recover from your loss and I admit I don’t want. I want the pain to remain in some aspect as it reminds me how strong our love was because if I didn’t hurt as much, then it didn’t happen.

This is your birthday month. In a couple weeks, you would have been 14. I always thought you would live to at least 15. You left earth at 13 1/2. Too young. Too soon. But you needed to go and I get it. You fought the most amazing fight. So today, I will try and celebrate you and look at your baby album and will those memories to come back to me (I have horrible long-term memory issues) but what I do know is that face – in all those photos – is 100% and your personality shines through each one… they could have been taken yesterday or 13 years ago – because you are happy in all them!

I miss you my girl… always and forever and to the moon and back!

Baby Shelby ... her first day home.
Baby Shelby … her first day home.
Play time! Manic dog on the bed!
Look at how skinny you were? You were always scared of balloons. It made me laugh.
Mystic Krewe of Barkus! My little blue suede shoe!
One of your many sweaters … because of course you needed a sweater in the south.


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!

6 thoughts on “Six Months an Angel”

  1. Such a beautiful girl. I can’t believe it has been 6 months already. I can still feel your pain through every word you write. I know it hurts it will. You said something about not wanting the pain to go away. Shelby knows you will never forget her Alison she also does not want you to hurt. She wants you to be happy & celebrate her life.

    I love these pictures. Such a happy girl.

    Michelle & Angel Sassy

  2. Oh Alison! You never have to worry about time taking the memories away…you have GREAT recall! And that’s because she is still with you in so many ways!

    I LOVE each little snippet of your life with Shelby you share with us….each time I fall in love more…and each time I didn’t realize it was even possible to love her more!

    It is good to remind yourself what a stong willed and sometimes naughty little girl she could be! That takes some of the pressure off Jasper!

    And Good Citizen Award….very nice Miss Shelby…very nice!!

    Thank you sooooo much for continuing Shelby’s journey here on her behalf. She has so much more to say and so many more lives to touch.


    Sally and My Eternal Light Happy Hannah

  3. Alison,
    I love reading your blog on Shelby, I know I will always have a good, cleansing cry……and I’m with you, I will never get over the loss of Polly either, but that is ok with me…..they both came into our lives for a reason, if only to show us the amount love we are capable of feeling….I have to be honest, I do, and have loved my dogs more than I do most people….only us here would understand that.

    Happy Birthday to Shelby over the Bridge! Those pups and kitties have the best and most parties, ever!
    Much Love,
    Bonnie & Angel Polly

  4. I am so sorry. I know this love. This special dog of a lifetime love.
    Keep her close always. My heart broke as I read your words. The real pain of losing my
    Best friends over the years. My first dog; my Jake, he was my lifetime
    dog. I now face the loss of my boy, he is a new Tripawd but we know
    God only gives us a short time with them as Tripawds. Your love is strong and real
    A pure unconditional love that is only known to the few who truly chose
    To love a dog <3

  5. She will always have a special place in your heart. It’s amazing how deeply and eternally a pet touches our lives! So glad you shared that love with her.

  6. Shelby was there with you in Seattle, I’m pawsitive she heard every word you shared as you reminisced. I know it had to have been hard to be there though, I can definitely relate to the emotions of going back to Jerry’s old stomping grounds. Not easy, but definitely a path to healing.

    Bart the Vizsla’s Mom said this to me the other day when talking about her new puppy, I think you can relate:

    “She has no shoes to fill, just a little hole in my heart that Bart made room for her to wiggle into. “

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