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Sheltie love never dies

PansyLoosing a Sheltie is never easy, but it seems somehow the dog we have lost’s personality peaks through in other dogs we love.

My beloved, stunningly beautiful AND willful blue-merle Sheltie sole/soul mate, Pansy, suddenly died & joined her ‘Daddee’ (my late husband) in heaven this past Mother’s Day – eight years TO THE DAY that I received her as my 7-week old first-ever baby. 

A few days after her passing it literally tore my heart out to see deer confidently grazing not only in “her” wooded back yard but at her fiercely guarded FRONT yard!

JesseUnable to exist without Sheltie LOVE, I’d adopted a terrified, recently orphaned 9-year-old bi-blue boy.  My gentle Jesse quickly learned the meaning of the word, “DEER!”  He has even found a clever place to lay unseen to patiently await his noisy ambush!

Jess especially enjoys the attention that follows, when his “new” mama lovingly picks & brushes out all the damp mulch, twig and leaf bits tangled in his fur… along with all her kisses. :)

Beautiful dogs & beautiful gardens, Daria.  Congrats on finding Jesse!

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  1. We lost our precious, beloved Spanky yesterday. He lived to be 15 years old. He had tumors all over him, and had one on his behind that absessed. It was the most painful decision my husband and I have ever had to make. He was our baby and always will be. My heart is hurting so bad today and I have cried a flood I know.

  2. We lost our precious, beloved Spanky yesterday. He lived to be 15 years old. He had tumors all over him, and had one on his behind that absessed. It was the most painful decision my husband and I have ever had to make. He was our baby and always will be. My heart is hurting so bad today and I have cried a flood I know.

  3. We lost our precious, beloved Spanky yesterday. He lived to be 15 years old. He had tumors all over him, and had one on his behind that absessed. It was the most painful decision my husband and I have ever had to make. He was our baby and always will be. My heart is hurting so bad today and I have cried a flood I know.

  4. Thank you Daria. Jesse does have a wonderful home with you. He is happy, and you are the best mommy ever. My sister is able to enjoy Heaven knowing you are loving Jesse.
    Pegge

  5. Oh my, Kelly – what a loving surprise… and gift! I missed this post when it originally appeared… ‘marked Mother’s Day & the 1st sadiversary working with Jesse in the flower gardens Pansy helped her Mama create. My thanks to all who took the time to write such lovely words of comfort… and hugs to those bearing the intense grief in the loss of their beloved Sheltie babies.
    Today marks the 1 year anniversary of Jesse’s & my new life together! My terrified & extremely sensitive little boy, who was suddenly orphaned in extremely tragic circumstances, has blossomed into my confident “boss man!” Initially curious of the extent of his vocabulary I quickly learned “his” familiar expressions: “You’re so SMART!” and, “You’re a CRAY-ZEE boy!” :)
    I’d felt that I was literally going to die of the intense heartache when my Pansy died. But, having experienced the sudden death of my husband I’d learned that it is NOT “time” that heals all grief, but LOVE.
    More pics of Jesse ~ http://twitpic.com/1mbvq and http://twitpic.com/1rj42
    And a photo of Pansy a year after her Daddee died – smiling again ~ http://twitpic.com/2chwe

  6. I think it’s hard to lose any pets that you had for so long. It’s like losing part of your own family. No matter how many years passed, that special pet will always be in your heart & mind. Just like losing a very dear loved one to your heart. I don’t own a sheltie or any dogs, but I’ve lost a number of cats throughout my life. Cats that I’ve shared 10-15 years with & when 1 is gone to Heaven, there’s always a missing piece in my life. But it’s always nice to have another companion. The cycle keeps going on, so does life. Animals needs love & attention as much as humans do. Amazingly enough to adopt another, who is in need of your precious care & able to share your affections with. We should always appreciate them & never forget them. Always care for them when you still have all the love you can give. I’m sure Jesse is thankful having your care Daria. Your loved ones are now forever your personal guardian angels watching over you & him. ;)

  7. I know first hand how it hurts to lose your sheltie. Lost mine yesterday, she was almost 12, had kidney failure, congestive heart failure, 2 stokes, one the night before and that was it, she couldn’t walk, she gave up wouldn’t eat or drink. I was with her when she passed. Cried all day, still have my times. You know yesterday evening, I was just internet surfing, I found 2 shelties and they are going to come home with us soon. I might have to give one to rescue because they need to be fixed and (not enough money to do 2 shelties), but then I will know it will be placed in a loving home. It was like my sheltie angel said you loved me, know it’s time you love more shelties, like you loved me. Even though Princess has passed, she still lives on with us.

  8. I know first hand how it hurts to lose your sheltie. Lost mine yesterday, she was almost 12, had kidney failure, congestive heart failure, 2 stokes, one the night before and that was it, she couldn’t walk, she gave up wouldn’t eat or drink. I was with her when she passed. Cried all day, still have my times. You know yesterday evening, I was just internet surfing, I found 2 shelties and they are going to come home with us soon. I might have to give one to rescue because they need to be fixed and (not enough money to do 2 shelties), but then I will know it will be placed in a loving home. It was like my sheltie angel said you loved me, know it’s time you love more shelties, like you loved me. Even though Princess has passed, she still lives on with us.

  9. I know first hand how it hurts to lose your sheltie. Lost mine yesterday, she was almost 12, had kidney failure, congestive heart failure, 2 stokes, one the night before and that was it, she couldn’t walk, she gave up wouldn’t eat or drink. I was with her when she passed. Cried all day, still have my times. You know yesterday evening, I was just internet surfing, I found 2 shelties and they are going to come home with us soon. I might have to give one to rescue because they need to be fixed and (not enough money to do 2 shelties), but then I will know it will be placed in a loving home. It was like my sheltie angel said you loved me, know it’s time you love more shelties, like you loved me. Even though Princess has passed, she still lives on with us.

  10. Welcome to your new home Jesse how wonderful of your mom to adopt you. It is so hard to lose our Shelties we lost our 8 year old Katie 4 weeks ago today. Her picture is in the “telling secret”S- the one getting her ears done.
    Daria enjoy this new boy.
    susan

  11. Happy Sheltie Mothers Day! You are very lucky to have 2 special Shelties in your life! Carry on what Pansy taught you! Timing is not a coincidence. You’ve been given a gift from afar!

  12. I know exactly what you mean. I lost my beloved Ginger a little over a month ago, and have since rescue a Sheltie mix named Jackson, who, while he is the polar opposite of my Ginger in every way, still does little things that remind me so much of her.

  13. God Bless you Daria and little Pansy,what a sweetheart. Little Jesse found a true home….

  14. Daria, so sorry for your loss. It is so hard to say good-bye to our pups. Your beautiful bi-blue Jesse looks so much like our beautiful bi-blue Beau that we had to say goodbye to last July. I’m so glad that Jesse came your way just when you needed him. We miss our Beau a lot, but we have our 15-year-old sable boy, Cody, for comfort. And we know that someday there are other Shelties waiting for us, who need our love (or, I should say, we need THEIR love).

  15. Happy Mothers Day
    You are right It is never easy letting them go but the memories can never be taken away. You are a very loving person to have given this Gorgeous Bi-Blue, Jesse a new forever home. God Bless and comfort you.

  16. Dear Daria, what beautiful babies. Our family also has a painful anniversary coming up on the 12th. Our beloved 10-year-old sable girl “Shugerr” passed away suddenly – leaving us devastated and bereft. With much ambivalence we adopted another little sable puppy 5 months later – “Amanda”. We too see so much of our baby girl in her! Both of them very strong-willed, passionate, territorial and loving. I read the “Nation” daily, yet never comment. Your post had me in tears and I felt compelled to let you know that you are not alone.

  17. Happy Sheltie-Mom’s Day Daria. Both of your “babies” the one in this world and the one who is in the next are beautiful.Losing a Sheltie is never easy…but it is said they know and will send another to fill the void. I think that has happened for you. Sheltie- Love transcends time, space and beyond.

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