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29 October 2014 - 3:23 pm
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Alina- How beautiful, thanks for sharing during this difficult time.  I think Buddy and Bailey have hooked up at the bridge.

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   Thank you all for supporting me in this horrible time of grief.  MomShelby,  " To love greatly is to grief greatly"  I think of those words everyday,  I have never loved a pet more then Buddy and I have loved many, but Buddy was and is so special.  Yesterday, I went to pick him up from the crematory the gentleman that works there made sure I had him back fast.  It brought me a bit of relief since I feel he is still home (in a beautiful box) but home. Benny your words are always so wise and even funny sometimes.  Jerry thank you so much for posting those pictures for me as I could not figure it out.  Everyone else that has posted, reading your words have brought some type of comfort to me, as I know I am not alone in this nightmare.  Thank you again to all.  God Bless.  Alina  

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rdreams17 said
   Thank you all for supporting me in this horrible time of grief.  MomShelby,  " To love greatly is to grief greatly"  I think of those words everyday,  I have never loved a pet more then Buddy and I have loved many, but Buddy was and is so special. 

I am glad those words are of comfort to you ... they were said to me when I lost my beloved Shelby from another amazing member of this community -Christine (mom to Maggie, Franklin and Wilson) and they comfort me on the days when I need it the most. Buddy was your heart-dog and that is where he will forever remain. 

And you are never, ever alone ... we are all here for you and Buddy's legacy will remain for forever.

Much love,

Alison with the Spirit of Shelby fur-ever in her heart (and little Jasper too) 

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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30 October 2014 - 11:00 pm
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Alina, yes,we.are all right here with you. And, unfortunately, the nightmare does not go away quickly. In fact, it seems unbearable st times. And it certainly has no time frame...but it does lessen...promise.

You have been on a very stressful and intense roller coaster ride for weeks. You have endured. You have Buddy's strength and love to carry you through. And you have us to lean on when you feel like you cannot stand.

I also felt some relief when I brought my Happy Hannah "back home"...home where she belongs. Many of us here make little"tribute corners" in our home, or "celebration of life" spaces. We fill it with pictures, maybe a stuffy, a collar or something that gives us a smile when we think of them.

There is a thread here called Coping with Loss. Yes, it is heartbreaking, gutwrenching and terribly sad. It is ALSO uplofting and comforting and has sooooo many helpful posts, sentiments and poems. Perhaps you will find some of the posts helpful. And no, you are not alone. And you are not crazy because your heart is breaking. Well, if you are, we feel like you are in really good company of other crazies!

Surrounding you with Buddy's eternal Grace...

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle

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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