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Three years an angel - Shelby Lynne
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Today marks three years since I said goodbye to my beloved soul mate and heart dog. I didn't even know what that was until I met the amazing souls here that have helped guide me through my pain and sorrow and come out, what I like to think, a better and more aware person. 

Here is Shelby's blog from today that I hope brings comfort and peace to those who are either nearing the end of their journey or have recently said goodbye to their tripawd. 

http://mom2shel.....-an-angel/

I wanted to express in words how time indeed does heal but the pain never goes away. When I look back on the person I was three years ago - today - April 8 - I am unrecognizable. I was a chaotic wreck, caregiver extraordinaire, single focus and then lost... lost without a cause. Without a purpose. And it has been a long time coming and I will never be the same person I was when Shelby and I first met way back when ... in a shelter in New Orleans. I will never be that 20something that thought life went on forever and that Shelby would never die. 

And so when I rescued Jasper, my eyes were open, knowing that some day I will have to say goodbye to her too. And it has scared me over the years how in love with Jasper I have become. How desperate I am to get home to see her most days. And how my life feels incomplete without her by my side. And amazed .. how knowing how much pain and suffering and trauma to my body and soul I went through with Shelby ... and all willing to go down that road again in the quest for love. 

So to those that are hurting ... either starting this journey or ending it ... know that this entire community will be with you every step of the way ... through the good, the bad and the ugly. I didn't ask for a lot of help from my local network while going through this. A lot of my healing has been done privately with skills that can't be taught but it is how I work. While I may seem to be the world's most open book, I am rather introverted and private ... I don't like to share my pain. But I feel that today... I am seeing the other side of the dark tunnel. I cry for my best girl but I know Shelby is always with me. 

And know that your beloved fur babies will always be with you ... either here on earth or over the bridge. 

Much love and more thanks than I will ever be able to offer to everyone who has supported me every step of this journey.. from loss, to rescue, to love ... 

there is a saying about rescue dogs .. who rescued who. Shelby rescued me from the pits of depression after a breakup. And Jasper rescued me from a broken heart and gave me purpose.

heart alison

Shelby Lynne; Jack Russell/Shiba Inu mix. Proud member of the April Angels of 2014.

October 15, 2000 to April 8, 2014

Our story: Broke rear leg in June 2013 - non-conclusive results for cancer so leg was plated and pinned. Enlarged spleen in September 2013 and had it removed and was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma and started chemotherapy. Became a Tripawd January 8th, 2014 and definitive Hemangiosarcoma diagnosis. Three major surgeries in 7 months and Shelby took them all like a champ only to lose her battle to cancer in her brain. We had 8 amazing extra months together and no regrets. #shelbystrong #loveofmylife

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8 April 2017 - 10:54 pm
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You always articulate words from yiur heart so beautifully.

Having had the privilege of "knowing" you these past three years and being by your side this whole crazy journey, I, like every one of your friends here, stand in awe of your Soul's growth. Shelby ABSOLUTELY without question is your Life Lesson Teacher. And she brought Jasper Lily in to be her Assistant! I have no doubt though, that Jasper Lily is sometimes yiur student. You both have learned so much about love and trust.

Thank you for always being courageous enough to share your feelings with us. You express beautifully what many of us feel but could never articulate.

I'm going to hop over to Shebly's blog now. I know it will be bittersweet, but full of hope as we celebrate this beautiful fashionista that we all adore!!!

Lots of love Sweet Alisonheart

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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9 April 2017 - 8:53 am
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Alison,
You have expressed your words and feelings beautifully!
Shelby had a purpose which was completed.
Now sweet Jasper has one as well.
I believe you & Shelby were both rescued. Miss Jasper has another purpose and she is surely doing her job😍
You always have a purpose! These purposes change as we do, as we age and learn our purposes change.

Our animals are pure gifts, we are so blessed to have them for the short time they are given to us. Way to short as we all know!
We with no real human children have fur children!
We love them the same! We grieve the same.

I am so glad you are on the other side of the gut wrenching hurt we all know so well!

So glad you took the chance and Jasper found you or visa versa;)

Thanks for sharing Beautiful Shelby and her memory she will always live on! You will see that beautiful girl again!
Shelby is sitting with your Dad I have no doubt smiling and very proud of who you have become! 😇
In the meantime love and love more. What is life without all the love you give and receive. Never stop loving!
Sending you the biggest of hugs !
Holly, Purrkins & Saxtonheartheartheart

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9 April 2017 - 11:47 am
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This is so lovely, Alison. The connection you and Shelby had – and still have, as she watches over you – is deeply moving and inspiring. You express it so very beautifully, and I so admire the way you have used the pain of your loss not to shrivel up and close in, but rather to expand and reach out. That's an incredibly hard thing to do. But your warmth and generosity of spirit shine out from every post.

Sending love and hugs at a time which I know will be difficult, as well as a celebration of how far you have come and of everything you and Shelby and Jasper have achieved.

I am SO looking forward to meeting you.

Meg, Clare and Elsie Pie xxx

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9 April 2017 - 12:49 pm
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Thank you for this, Alison. You have a way of putting thoughts into words that few of us can hope to match. I agree that sharing this journey with you over the past three years has been good for all of us who are here on the same path.

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Murphy is a five year old Lab/Chessie cross. He was hit by a car on 10/29/12 and became a Tripawd on 11/24/12. On 2/5/13, he had a total hip replacement on his remaining back leg. He has absolutely no idea that he has only three legs!

UPDATE: Murphy lived his life to the fullest, right up until an aggressive bone lesion took him across the Rainbow Bridge on April 9, 2015 and he gained his membership in the April Angels. Run free, my love. You deserve it!

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9 April 2017 - 5:17 pm
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Ohhhh Alison. I just can't believe it's been three years. Seriously. Whenever someone's Tripawd's angelversary comes up it comes as a surprise. Time moves so fast. And it doesn't, in the sense that our beloved Tripawds are always with us. We never lose that connection.

It has been a privilege to be part of your journey with Shelby AND Jasper. To see how far you've come and to know that this community had something to do with the strength you've amassed is just so awesome. THANK YOU for allowing us to be there for you, I know that's not an easy thing for you and it really is our honor. 

Shelby Lynn is an angel but she is never going to be forgotten. We hold her, you and sweet Jasper Lily in our hears now and always. xoxo

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You all are so incredibly kind in your words and support and love... for me and my babies!!! I am forever grateful!

So in true Shelby form... she had to be a day late and a dollar short in sending me her sign. I was "looking" for pennies or bling most of Saturday and nothing. I felt a bit sad but figured she was busy celebrating (and Jasper was a stage one clinger so I had to deal with that). At least no barkies most of the day.

Yesterday ... out and about ... no pennies ... cuddles (and lots) with the sidekick!

Today - up before dawn, actually before dawn's dawn ... to run 9 miles per my running coach before work for endurance. I stop at a stop light and there I see ... not one, not two, THREE pennies! All in a row. THREE! For Shelby's three year angelversary! The sign literally could not be missed or have hit me harder over the head (and at 5 a.m., it's a miracle I saw them). 

THANK you sweet Shelby .. .thank you for the sign, the added motivation and the reminder as to why I started training again ... because running makes me feel alive and I was ready to start living! heart

Shelby Lynne; Jack Russell/Shiba Inu mix. Proud member of the April Angels of 2014.

October 15, 2000 to April 8, 2014

Our story: Broke rear leg in June 2013 - non-conclusive results for cancer so leg was plated and pinned. Enlarged spleen in September 2013 and had it removed and was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma and started chemotherapy. Became a Tripawd January 8th, 2014 and definitive Hemangiosarcoma diagnosis. Three major surgeries in 7 months and Shelby took them all like a champ only to lose her battle to cancer in her brain. We had 8 amazing extra months together and no regrets. #shelbystrong #loveofmylife

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OH ALISON!!!!! HUGE LUMP IN MY THROAT! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 A.HAPPY LUMP! 🙂 🙂 🙂

That Shelby Lynne is something else!!! Pitting THREE pennies for you right at that particular spot where you would HAVE to stop...And while you were doing something that's uplifting for you physically, spiritually and emotionally! 🙂 🙂 🙂 LOOOOOOVE IT! 🙂 🙂

And "technically", Shelby may actually have had them place there the night before (on her Angelversary) knowing she already had you guided to that spot the next morning! 🙂 🙂 🙂

BTW...I certainly admire and respect your commitment to your physical well being (and overall well-being)! Getting up becore the Sun is not for me! I prefer to let the Sun wake up first a few hours ahead of me whenever possible! 🙂 🙂

So happy for you Alison ! This is sooooooo Shelby!!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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