by Kristin Sieber
Shelby, age 12
On Sept. 14, 2011, I lost my beautiful red merle Aussie, Shelby. It was very quick in the end as she had a tumor on her spleen and could not be saved. She was 15 years old. She had been with me since she was 8 weeks old. I miss her so much, my heart literally aches for her.
In a few months I will have a new Aussie puppy (mom is pregnant now) and I know this will help heal my heart but Shelby will always be the most special dog in my life.
I wrote this poem and I found that it helped me a lot.
Sweet baby girl of mine
It was five weeks ago today
You looked at me with sad eyes.
Mama, why do I feel this way?
I knew I had to let you go
The day was here...
I could not let you suffer
It was so very clear.
We had to say goodbye
The strength it came, from where is not clear
I didn't want you to see me cry
Please don't let my girl have any fear.
You slipped away right through my touch
I just wanted you to stay.
In my life, you gave me so much
I will never forget that day.
How do I go on without my good old girl?
The most precious gift to me
You changed my life in so many ways
I hope you are safe and running free.
The sweetest pup that ever was
You were crazy as can be
You showed me how to have fun and play
You were meant for me.
The cutest puppy
You were always a pretty girl
But you grew up to be
The most beautiful dog in the world.