My Beloved Sheltie Nell

by Priscilla
(Warren, PA USA)

Dearest Nell

Dearest Nell

Nell, when I took you to the Vet last evening, I fully expected to bring you home again. But, when it was discovered that you had cancer of the lymph nodes and and an enlarged spleen, it was not meant to be. The Vet said we could try steroids, but the x-rays showed a grave condition.

You will be in my heart forever. 11-08-08

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Good Idea
by: Anonymous

Hi Priscilla,

That sounds like a good idea to me. When our Ginger died, we got another dog fairly soon. It sure helped our mutt Toby! And there are so many older dogs who need a home!

Just be sure the dog suits you (not too big, rambunctious, is house-trained, etc.) and Callie. Good Luck!! :)

Karen in VA

Nell and Ginger
by: Priscilla

Miss Nell, I still cry over the loss of Ginger. I wonder if Callie is still grieving over the loss of Ginger.

I put my applicaton in for another older dog. I think Callie will perk up with a doggie companion.

Thinking of You
by: Karen

Hi again, Priscilla,

I do know how hard this is. Know that my thoughts are with you. We have to enjoy the time we have, so take care of yourself now.

Hugs,

Karen

Ginger
by: Priscilla

Ginger had a seizure April 02, 2012. She died on the way to the Vet hospital. I can't stop crying.

Little Nell and Ginger are buried close to each other. I still have Callie but her kidney's are not working to full capacity.

It doesn't seem possible that come September 02, 2012, Ginger has been gone from me 5 sad months.

I loved each and every one of them like a child.

My Sheltie Herschel
by: sallymillere

I can say that my sheltie Herschel was a best friend I can never replace. The love he gave was irreplaceable. My sheltie was a gift from God, as I am sure yor Nell was.

My prayers are with us.

More Hugs
by: Karen

Hi Priscilla.

I know how hard it is, but somehow you will get through it. Take care of yourself and Callie.

Best,
Karen in VA

Deep in Sorrow -- Ginger Died Suddenly Monday
by: priscilla

Once again I am deep in the pit of sorrow. Ginger, my little hound and cocker spaniel mix, died suddenly April 2, 2012. I have no family. Callie, my surviving pet, is old and my fear is that she will soon be taken from me.

Take care...
by: Karen

Hi Priscilla,

I just want you to know how sorry I am to see you have lost another dog. I know how hard it is.

Please take care of yourself. Hugs to you.

Karen in VA

Little Nell, Little Ginger
by: Anonymous

Once again my heart is aching. Monday was a good day for Ginger, until evening then she shot across the room, and started convulsing. It was heart-breaking.

Instead of being able to contact my Vet, I got an answering service -- press 1, press 2, etc. I finally was able to get hold of another Vet but Ginger died on the way to the hospital.

Now Nell and Ginger will be buried very close together. Rest in peace, little ones. My heart is broken.

Hi Priscilla!
by: Karen

Hi Priscilla.

I'm so glad to read you're in remission! That is wonderful. I hope your Ginger gets better. How is Callie?

Thank you for the update. I was wondering how you were doing.

Sending best wishes,
Karen in Virginia

Remission
by: Priscilla

It has been quite a while since writing. I am in remission but have to have a checkup every so often. I am thankful for each day that is given to me. My hair is once again growning but seems it can't decide what color it wants to be.

Best wishes to each and everyone.

Priscilla

Remission
by: Priscilla

Presently, I am in remission. I had to take my litte Ginger to the vet yesterday. She is limping badly. The vet checked her and said "no broken bones." She is taking prednisone plus her regular meds. If she is still limping Monday, then another trip to the vet. As bad as she is limping, she follows me to the kitchen, etc. I love her and don't want to lose her. She is 13.

Thinking of you
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Hi Priscilla,

I will be thinking of you tomorrow. You've had a lot to deal with in the last couple of years.

Sending prayers and positive thoughts,

Karen

Zoe
by: Donna

I have read all the updates, we all have such sad stories. I lost Zoe in Dec, I woke up one morning and she was bleeding, so I had to have her go to doggie heaven. Our hearts were broken.

She was a once in a life time kind of Girl. I have her pictures to remind me of what a great Girl she was.

I have since gotten another Sheltie, Missy, 2 years old. She can never replace Zoe but is a nice girl also. Prayer to all my Friends who have lost our beloved Pets.

Nell
by: Priscilla

It has been a long time since writing here. I still miss Nell and now I am fighting cancer. Tomorrow the doctor will let me know the results of my scan. To the person who asked where I live in Warren, I live on the South Side of Warren near the hospital.

Zoe
by: Anonymous

Zoe is still ok. She goes to the bathroom a lot more but is eating well. So we are still giving her the meds for cancer. They do seem to be doing good.

It has been almost 5 months since she was diagnosed. The Vet said she would not expect her to be here in the Winter. I will keep everyone updated.

Can you put a picture of her on here also?

Thank you
by: Tricia

I was looking for pictures of dogs that looked like my Sniffy and I found your girl. She looked exactly like my Sniffy. Sniffy passed on September 22, 2009 at 14 years and 4 months. It was traumatic for me and I found comfort in seeing your girl. Thank you.

Hi Priscilla
by: Anonymous

Glad to hear from you. So sorry to hear about the loss of your brother. Somehow I missed that post earlier.

I am happy to see you got another dog. We, too, adopted a rescue dog a while after we lost our sheltie, Ginger. It is a another sheltie...named Cali! She is a cutie.

Wishing you the best with your new Callie.

To the others who are going through difficult times, you are in my thoughts as well.

Karen
Virginia

Shelties 06 -21-09
by: Donnasbb

Zoe is still doing ok, we now use doggie diapers.

The Vet has told me to use special food without wheat or grain just lots fruit veggies chicken beef. Also she told me to try fish oil as it seems to slow things down. So I am trying everything. She eats great still.

This is one HARD JOURNEY FOR US, BUT WE ARE GIVING HER ALL THE HELP WE CAN THINK OF. I will keep posting & reading.

Thank you to you all

Our Beloved Pets
by: Anonymous

I am still grieving the loss of Nell, but have adopted Callie, a rescue from Ohio. She is a big girl and even now I am adjusting to her almost 70 lbs. There of course will never be another Nell. Sympathy to the loss of your Mother, my brother died Feb. 9, 2009. Guess we all have our cross to bear. Sincerely

Cancer
by: Donna

I just returned form the Vet with My Sheltie Zoe. She was diagnosed with Bladder cancer also. We did xrays, blood work and the Vet is giving her meds to make her more comfortable. Zoe is 11 years old and will be 12 in Dec. We have had one special dog in our life -- this was Zoe.

I have taken her to DH rehab when my husband gets sick. He lost his leg a year ago.

Zoe has been our baby. I did a lot of studying on this topic and was rather expecting the outcome. I have read the stories you have all posted and it did help. I will not let her suffer at all, as surgery is no option at this point.

God Bless all you Sheltie lovers.

Where in Warren?
by: Anonymous

Funny I should run across this tonight. I am going to Warren tomorrow. My mother passed away and I am going to the funeral. I have two shelties and a sheltie/beagle mix. My oldest sheltie, DunKen, is almost 10 now and it would be hard to lose him but I know that day will come.

I have a new page geared to rescues, hoping to be able one day to have a rescue for the dogs that never get past intake at the shelter in order to be adopted.

I know your loss is hard to deal with but maybe geting involved with a rescue group might help.

C. Anderson - Knoxville, TN
koko-123dnce@comcast.net

Condolences
by: Carol

I am so sorry for the loss of your dear dog. I feel your pain, as we are watching the decline of our dear Maggie from bladder cancer. It is soooo difficult. Have you read the poem Rainbow Bridge? Perhaps it will give you some comfort. I wish there was a cure for this terrrible disease.

Difficult times
by: Lucky's Mom

I think I can understand a bit about your loss and will no doubt understand it fully in the next few days to come.

Our Sheltie Lucky was diagosed with Bladder Cancer last summer. We had an operation but the Vet was unable to get "all of it." Lucky was "pretty" good up until this past week. Not eating and laying around most of the time.

She still manages to bark at passersby but her bark is becoming much weaker.

I think we will have to have our dear girl put down soon and it is so hard, as you know.

I don't know when the time will be. The Vet said that we will know.....very difficult indeed.

Thinking of you
by: Karen

Hi again Priscilla,

I am so sorry...please know you are in my prayers. What a difficult time. Take care of yourself. Please post again and let me know how you're doing.

Karen

Nell
by: Priscilla

I am still crying at the loss of Nell as of Feb 1 09. To add to my grief, my brother is dying and has but a few weeks left.

Thinking of you...
by: Karen

Hi Priscilla,

Just wanted you to know I've had you in my thoughts since my daughter Megan (who commented above) told me about you and the loss of your beautiful Sheltie.

I truly hope you are feeling better. I know you did everything you could for Nell, as we did for our Ginger.

After many tears, Megan helped me to see that our Sheltie would never want us to be so sad. So we are doing the best we can.

I hope this note does not make you sad. To end on a happy note, I have to tell you our favorite memory of our Ginger is how she would bark (a lot!) every time the washing machine changed cycles. We assumed she was trying to herd it!

I will continue to think about you and hope that you will soon be comforted by happy memories of Nell. Take care...

Karen

Loss of your pet.
by: Priscilla

I am sorry for your loss and thinking of your during your time of grief. Really kind when you too are suffering a terrible loss.

Priscilla

Nell
by: Priscilla

Thank you for your kind words. Tears are streaming down my face as I sit here. Last night as I was in the bathroom, a dark figure passed by the door. I thought it was my other dog, but I found her sleeping in the entrance of my house. The loss is killing me as she and Ginger were my family. Everybody else is gone.

So sorry for your loss...
by: Megan

Hi Priscilla,

I just wanted to express my condolences at the loss of your beautiful dog and share my story with you. The striking similarities between our stories is something that I hope will give you comfort in knowing you are not alone in the grief you must be feeling right now.

Last Wednesday, November 19, 2008, my family and I had to part ways with our beloved Sheltie Ginger. Upon taking her to the vet that Wednesday, we also had every intention of bringing her back home - only to find out that her bladder cancer was beginning to spiral out of control. We realized nothing else could be done. We had her for over 11 years.

I never truly understood how difficult it could be to say goodbye until last Wednesday.

I do wish you the very best during this incredibly difficult time. Your sheltie was a beautiful animal; it is clear you showed the love and compassion that every dog deserves.

-Megan, VA

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