“The Amazing Shelby--Sad News”
Description from Lynn Eileen Chicky LE: Those of you who know me are aware that The Amazing Shelby is our beloved toy poodle -- a sweet, angelic girl we rescued when she was 7 years old. Shelby would have been 13 years old in October. Sadly, she passed over to the Rainbow Bridge this morning. I am writing this through my tears & with a broken heart. Shelby appeared to be fine until Thursday morning -- then she stopped drinking & eating, even her favorite treats. She started having labored breathing this morning, so we called the emergency vet & took her in right away. Tests & x-rays showed she had developed congestive heart failure, had fluid in her lungs, & had liver problems. Her heart was also greatly enlarged. In the short time we were at the vet's office, Shelby's breathing & color became worse & she had to be put on oxygen & medication. Even that didn't help her. With the vet's recommendation, we made the difficult decision to end Shelby's suffering.
What is keeping me going now is the thought that we will see her again at the Rainbow Bridge. Also, Shelby was fine at her last check-up 10 days ago, so she didn't suffer long. The vet said heart & other organ problems can develop quickly in an older dog.
Symbolism: The puppy = little Shelby -- she was only 9 pounds. The hearts = our broken hearts. The angels are to watch over Shelby. The forget-me-not fairy = we will always remember her loving spirit. The feather is because her fur was soft as a feather. The butterfly = Shelby's spirit soaring free now. The 3 peas in the pod = Lynn/Bob/Shelby, because we went everywhere together. AquaKitty is in here to comfort me.
The colors -- Shelby's fur was blackish-gray with tan areas. She had shiny black eyes. Her collar was hot pink. :)
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