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“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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  1. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Here are 2 of my favorite photos of Shelby.

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  2. Daisy Chick - Dawn
    Daisy Chick - Dawn says:

    Oh Lynn, I am so sorry to hear that Shelby has passed away. I feel so bad for you. It is not ever easy to lose a beloved pet. I know your pain, as I too have had to make that decision and it is never easy even if deep in your heart you know it’s best. You know your heart will break. By easing Shelby’s pain it gave her comfort. I know yur heart aches. Please let your wonderful memories of Shelby bring you comfort. Write me a message if you need to, I’m all ears for you. Sending you hugs!

  3. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Dawn, thank you so much for your lovely words, thoughts, & hugs. You are such a dear friend — I’m sure I’ll write more later when I can think clearly. Hugs to you, too!

  4. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    Oh, Lynn! I am so sorry for your loss, Shelby will always be your dear friend and a special part of your life. It is difficult to know what to say, I am sure that faced with such a difficult decision, you did what was best for her, out of the love in your heart! Lynn, I hope you can find some comfort knowing you have given Shelby a wonderful life, and all the best love & kindness she ever had. By letting her go & allowing the pain to end, you have given her a final gift of love. Lynn, it is so hard to loose our precious pets, and I know Shelby was more to you- she shared a special relationship with you. I will send all my prayers that you will be comforted knowing she is out of pain, and chasing her tail around the Puppy Rainbow Bridge!

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Oh my dear Lynn, I am so sorry! My heart goes out to you and Bob. No words can ease your pain but I wish you healing in your heart. And comfort in all the happy memories you shared with your loving Shelby. If there is anything I can do, I’ll be here for you if you need to talk.
    Hugs and more hugs my friend.

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    K H says:

    My condolences. My dogs are getting up in years, and although they are still healthy at the moment, I know that sad day will come. (( Hugs))

  7. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    Dear Lynn,

    I am heartbroken for you. It is a sad day in the Garden as your chickies mourn sweet Shelby’s passing. We are here to grieve with you and send you many thoughts of comfort and chickie hugs to help ease your pain. I am so very, very sorry.

  8. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Thank you very much, Lorrie, Mary, KH, & Martha, for all your prayers, thoughts, good wishes, & hugs! What a lucky Chicky I am to have such wonderful beading buddies who care about me so much. :)

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    Hugs my friend. I am so sorry for your loss. You will have wonderful memories of her deeply saddened by her loss for a time. I am greiving with you and feel your loss. Hugs again Miss Faith

  10. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Thank you so much, Faith, for your lovely words and hugs! I am spending a lot of time today thinking about all the fun we had with Shelby & all the joy she brought into our lives.

  11. Green Eyed Lady Chick
    Green Eyed Lady Chick says:

    Lynn dear I am so sorry and sadden by your loss of Shelby, I know she meant the world to you and Bob. Be comforted by knowing she has no pain and will be waiting for you at the bridge. You and Bob are in my thoughts and prayers, and remember we Chickies are here for you.
    Love and healing Hugs Beth

  12. Violet
    Violet says:

    Oh my dear friend, Lynn, I am so sorry to hear about dear sweet Shelby…… please know that lots of thoughts and prayers are being sent your way….. I know it’s hard, my friend, and I am here for you….. It’s good that you are thinking of the fun and joy she brought to your lives…..
    lots and lots of hugs to you ,

  13. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Thank you so much, Beth, for your kind words, prayers, & hugs — you’re such a good friend! I am taking comfort in knowing we’ll see Shelby again one day. I am so thankful she isn’t suffering any longer. Hugs to you, Beth. :)

  14. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Dear Violet, thank you very much for your loving words, thoughts, & prayers for us as we deal with Shelby’s sudden passing. You are such a wonderful friend to me — I’m sending mega-hugs your way!

  15. Daisy Chick - Dawn
    Daisy Chick - Dawn says:

    How are you holding up Lynn? I know you have a hole in your heart. I so wish I could mend it. I know that Shelby was n important part of your family. Is your Hubby okay too. Maybe in time you will want to make a memory necklace of Shelby. I clipped bit of my Holly’s hair to hve it put in pendant. As I was ready I made a bookmark. Maybe you will do the same. It could be a purse charm……

  16. Vampire Chickie Ravin
    Vampire Chickie Ravin says:

    Oh Lynn! Oh so feel your pain, and you and Bob are in my thoughts and prayers. I know it hurts, but you so did the right thing. I believe I still have some stretched canvas left, if I do, would you like me to paint a picture of Shelby for you? My oils are just sitting in my spare roon collecting dust. Big hugs to you, and all the comfort I can send. Beautiful pick for your darling Shelby.

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    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Oh my dear Lynn sorry to hear about the loss of your beoved Shelby. Hugs and prayers being sent your way.

  18. L Richards
    L Richards says:

    So sorry Lynn. Pets fill our lives with amazing love. I’m sure you filled Shelby’s life love too. Hugs.

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    DOG Chick aka Angela says:

    Lynn, my heart weeps with yours. Our pets, no our babies fill our lives with such love and to have that taken so quickly is heartbreaking. I know you will see her on the rainbow bridge some day until then your memories will comfort you. The pick is a beautiful representation of your love for her.

  20. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Thank you, Ravin, Alice, Lauri, & Angela. Your thoughtful words, prayers, & hugs mean so much to me. Hugs to all!

    Angela, you are so right about our fur babies filling our lives with love — Shelby did that for everyone she met!

    Dawn, we’re doing “OK” — considering, I guess. We’re going to try to eat some dinner in a bit. Sigh. Just not the same without Shelby here to eat her little treats at dinnertime. :( Love the bookmark idea — I read a lot and that would be wonderful to make — I did save some of her soft fur….. I got your message & I’ll write back soon. Thanks!

    Ravin — What a lovely idea! Yes, I would LOVE to have a portrait of Shelby! Could it be from the photo I posted above of her by herself, please? Also, let me know how much you charge so I can send you the money. Thank you, my friend! Hugs!

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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    Oh Lynn, I’m SO sorry to hear this :( . Dogs aren’t our whole lives, but they sure make our lives whole. I’ll be thinking about you.

  22. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Nicole, thank you so much for your kind words and thoughts. Such a lovely saying! We’ve had too many pets leave us recently, haven’t we? Hugs to you, Nicole!

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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    We sure have :( ! Hugs right back!

  24. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Thanks, my sweet friend! Hope all is well with your “zoo,” Nicole! ;)

  25. Chicky Bear-Tara
    Chicky Bear-Tara says:

    Dear Lynn, I’m sorry for your loss of your dog Shelby. I’m sure you will miss her a lot. Just remember all of the good times that you’ve had with her! Take care!

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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    Apart from the two losses (bunny & guinea pig), everything is going well with our “zoo”!!!! :D But, then we’ve also had two new additions (bunny, Twilight, & guinea pig, Dixie), to the family! ;)

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    Wolfkazzy WolfChick says:

    So sorry to hear about your lovly doggy, she had a great home and great love from you. She’ll definitely be waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge. (((big hugs)))

  28. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Thank you, Tara & Kathy, for your kind words & thoughts for us. Hugs to you both!

  29. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Nicole, I’m so glad all is well on your farm! :) E-I-E-I-O……LOL

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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:


  31. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    It feels good to laugh…..LOL ;)

  32. Cj w aka Slacker Chick
    Cj w aka Slacker Chick says:

    Lynn, so sorry to hear of your pet’s passing. I’m glad that she did not suffer long and that you had a support system. I cried for a whole day when my childhood pet dog (Toby) passed and when our Sheltie (Fluffernut) jumped the fence and was hit by a car. I know how much our pets mean to us and the place they reside in, in our hearts. Will think of you and pray.

  33. Yvette R
    Yvette R says:

    My condolences on your loss. I just went through same thing in March when my dog, Buffy (also a rescue) died of heart failure. Also very quickly. Hang in there, I know it’s hard. You gave her a good life. She was right where she needed to be at the end, with you.

  34. Skittles mommy
    Skittles mommy says:

    Oh Lynn! Skittles and I are weeping with you and sending love your way. I cannot believe your news – it just breaks my heart. It was just a week ago when Shelby was saying “Hello” to Skittles :( I mentioned in that post that he had been ill…he too has congestive heart failure. His heart is enlarged 20% and it currently on 2 different medications. He was at the vet today and all seems to be as well as can be expected – he doesn’t realize he is sick.
    I really felt we had a bond with our dogs and I am grieving your loss with you. I am sure Shelby was comforted that you were with her during her last moments and I know you will see her again.
    May God be with you!
    -Cheryl aka Skittles Mommy

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Dearest Lynn, I am so sorry to learn of Shelby’s passing. I know our pets are our children and you must feel like a piece of you is gone. You should enlarge and frame that photo of you and Shelby – it is beautiful! My thoughts and prayers are with you. Imagine my arms encircling you in a big hug. Love, Jeanne

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    Classy Chick JbyJill says:

    Oh Lynn….I am so sorry for you loss. I know how dear your Shelby was to you and Bob. It is always so hard to make that decision… you want to keep them from suffering, but knowing it is final is just unbearable. Your pictures are precious. Shelby reminds me a little of our toy poodle, Bridget, from our childhood. She was a tiny ball of black when we brought her home in a shoe box. Her fur turned a beautiful silver shade. The older she got, she had more black appear in her fur.
    Poodles are very special dogs… and I know how much they LOVE to travel with their owners. When Bridget was younger she would usually go with us. BUT, I remember a few times (quite a few) when she didn’t get to go with us and she was VERY mad!! She was rip holes in the screen door and tear up the carpet in front of the door!!! My dad was NOT very happy when we would come home!!!!!!!!! YIKES!! But we all loved her very much and still talk about her to this very day.
    Shelby will always have a very special place in your hearts. You will remember things about her you never really paid attention to. May she rest in peace….
    HUGS to you both! Jill

  37. ChickyD aka Debra
    ChickyD aka Debra says:

    Oh, Lynn, I’m so sorry to hear about precious Shelby. Our pets always have a special place in our hearts. I’m holding you in my heart.

  38. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    CJ, Yvette, Cheryl, Jeanne, Jill, & Debra — My sincere thanks to all of you for your loving words, thoughts, prayers, & hugs sent to Bob & me as we deal with the loss of our beloved Shelby. Hugs to all of you!

    Today has been SOOOOOO much harder than yesterday. I think we were in shock yesterday & couldn’t quite process the reality of Shelby being gone. Today seems sadder — we keep looking for her to come running around the corner of a room, we think we hear her tags jingling, etc. Sigh. So many tears…..

  39. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Also, though, so many wonderful memories…. :)

  40. Sandra Martinez
    Sandra Martinez says:

    So sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved Shelby…they DO wiggle their little selves into our hearts, don’t they?
    My little Bonehead has an enlarged heart and he is 12… I know we could be next to make that decision…..I know your little Shelby will always love you two! As you will always love her….got to go ….the tears are coming…..Hugs…

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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    Laughing is good for the heart. Last Sat. I was having arguments with my Aunt (which I love very much, but have different views on different issues), and I was feeling so bad, that I just wanted to laugh, but no one was there to make me. And if I just blurted out laughing I would have made a fool of myself! LOL :D All is good now though…at least we’re still friends.

  42. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Sandra, thank you so much for your thoughtful words & the hugs! It is sooooo good to see you back here — I’ve missed you! Sending hugs your way!

    Nicole, you are right about laughter — it IS the best medicine! :)

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    Orchid Betty says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss, I know how you feel! The same thing happened with me two months ago, the pain will slowly become less but the beautiful memories will stay forever, I guess you expect her to come running, even if you know that she’s gone! Nice pick to remember here!
    Lots of hugs to you

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    Helen G aka tea chick says:

    oh Lynn, I’m so very sorry to hear about Shelby- she sounds like such sweet dog and a wonderful companion. We love all our pets, but there are always a few extra special furry soulmates in there that seem to be given to us for a reason. You took loving care of her, and gave her a great family to be a part of. I’m sure her love helped you through your mom’s passing, and so this feels like another sad loss compounding that one. Please take extra good care of yourself, and know that we all love you and are here for you if you need to chat. On the laughter front, ever check out the website “old jews telling”? It’s a riot!
    warm hugs to you!

  45. Kitty Chicky Cat
    Kitty Chicky Cat says:

    O Lynn!! I am So sorry!!! It is so Hard to loose a furry loved one!! It sounds like you blessed her life as much as she blessed yours!! My love and prayers are with you!! Sending hugs your way!!
    I like the idea of a bookmark remembrance, or a necklace. It would be neat to attach meaningful charms and beads to a silk ribbon (Pink?) and one of those tiny picture frames so you can have her picture close to your heart and maybe a locket that you could keep a lock of her hair in. This is starting to sound like a charm bracelet!
    Prayers and hugs to all you ladies who have lost a loved one, furry or human!!! It is never easy but know that you are loved and that you will have their love always in your heart!!

  46. leafy river
    leafy river says:

    So sorry for your loss, Lynn. I had my beloved cat for 17 years and still miss her although she’s been gone now for a few years. My vet sent me a sympathy card with the Rainbow Bridge poem in it and I found it very comforting. May you find comfort in your memories of Shelby and the love you shared.

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    Judith Ann Boyer says:

    Lynn, I am thinking about you on this sad day and hope your memories will ease your pain over time. I lost my two black labs a month apart a couple years ago and I know how much sorrow you are feeling, time will heal, but you will never forget what a love shelby was! :) What a lucky puppy to have found such a loving home..I now have 2 Newfoundlands and one we rescued at the age of 7, think of all the good times and smile! :) You will see her again XXO Judy

  48. CAS
    CAS says:

    Lynn … oh my darling, I’m deeply saddened to hear about Shelby. My most heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and Bob. I know that no words will fill the holes in your hearts that she left, but know that you gave her the best of all possible lives she could have had. Hugs for you both, and one last “pats” for Shelby.

  49. FaeryGoth Chick
    FaeryGoth Chick says:

    My dear Lynn, I am so sorry to hear this! I know what you are going through, losing a beloved pet friend is so hard… I am thinking of you. Your Shelby is in a better place now, no more suffering. Hugs to you xxx

  50. Chicky Suz aka Susan Z
    Chicky Suz aka Susan Z says:

    Lynn, I am so sorry for your loss of Shelby, it is so hard to make the right decision, but you made it.It is so painful now, I know, but in time you will be able to think of the good times, the cute times even the naughty times with a smile! Hugs to both you & Bob, hang in there! The chickies are here for you!!

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    D D Mystic Chick says:

    so sorry to relate my sympathies to you so belated. I haven’t been here much lately and just saw this. felt like I knew Shelby through your sharing her here and I too am saddened by her passing. hugs to you and prince Bob.

  52. grama rose aka stormy
    grama rose aka stormy says:

    Lynn So sorry to hear of your loss of your beloved poodle I have two so I know how hard it would be.. my sympathies are with you your freind in beading Deb

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    Deb D Grammy Chick says:

    My dear Lynn, I am so terribly sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved Shelby. You have so generously shared her with all of us, and I feel as though we all knew her through your eyes and heart. Your loss is a loss to all of us because of your giving spirit and wonderful friendship and kindness. We lost our dear cat Katie less than a year ago, so I know the hearbreak that such a loss brings, but in time, the pain will ease while the memories remain. I know that my Katie was at the other end of the Rainbow Bridge to welcome Shelby with open paws. You and Bob are in my thoughts and prayers with love and Chicky hugs.

  54. Atomic Toad
    Atomic Toad says:

    Oh, dear. I am so sorry. Best thoughts and prayers to you.

  55. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    My sympathies… and a long gentle hug.

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    Cotopaxi Chickie Sue says:

    Lynn, I was so sorry to hear of Shelby’s passing – I asked Bandit to look after her and keep her company until we get there. My love, hugs, and prayers go out to you at this terrible time….

  57. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Oh, my goodness gracious — What a lucky Chicky I am to have such wonderful, amazing, loving, & supportive friends here! Thank you so much, Betty, Helen, Kitty, Leafy River, Judy, Christine, Sarah, Susan, DD, Deb S, Deb D, Atomic Toad, Eeka Mouse, & Sue — your comments, prayers, kind words, & hugs mean the world to me! Hugs to all of you! :)

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    Lynda aka DivaChick says:

    Oh, Lynn. Thank you for letting me know about Shelby. I am so very sorry for your loss.

    You were there for me when I had to let my beloved Camille go recently, and I feel awful that I only found out about Shelby today. Thank you so much for telling me.

    She was such a gorgeous baby, and I can see from the first photo how proud of her you were, and are. We are so lucky that animals have such an amazing capacity to love, aren’t we? I know you have many wonderful memories of Shelby you cherish and which will help you through your grief. You and Bob are in my thoughts and prayers, my friend.

    Love, Lynda

  59. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Oh, Lynda, please don’t feel bad that you just found out about sweet Shelby’s passing. It’s been a crazy week, that’s for sure.

    Our fur babies really DO have an amazing gift for giving and receiving love! :)

    Love & hugs to you, my friend!

  60. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Thanks for your wonderful words, thoughts, & prayers, Lynda — I’m so glad I know you! :)

  61. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:

    Lynn, I’m typing this through tears because I know how awful it is to go through all of that. I wish I would have found out about your loss sooner as well but just know that I will be thinking of you, Bob and your pretty little Shelby! :-D

  62. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Elaine, thank you so much for your lovely words and kind thoughts. Please don’t feel bad about not knowing until now — I knew you were without a computer for awhile and might not see this; also, you wouldn’t be able to receive any e-mails. Hugs to you, my twin.

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