Ceilidh (Kay-Lee)

11/25/2008 - 12/11/2015

Memorial created 12/14/2015 by Will.


Ceilidh (Gaelic) came to us through Minnesota Sheltie Rescue when she was about two years of age. She bonded to my wife immediately, but made me take almost two years to earn her trust. It happened, and she went on to also trust as her people both of our human sons and our occasional house/dog sitter. She was a little love, and always wanted to snuggle, walk, devour her food, and bark at other animals. She also learned to tolerate her Sheltie brother, Robby. They actually got along quite well. In February of this year she was diagnosed with transitional cell bladder cancer and had surgery which showed a tumor impossible to excise. She did well up till a couple of weeks ago. At that point ultrasound showed that the tumor had doubled in size, she was losing weight, and lab work showed that her kidneys would soon shut down. On December 11, with the help of our very compassionate vet, she fell asleep in her mom’s arms for the last time. We had eleven good post diagnosis months with her, an unusually long time with this type of cancer we are told. We miss her very much – such a sweet and loving presence in our home. We have consigned her to God’s loving arms now that she will no longer be able to snuggle into ours.

Candles left in memory of Ceilidh (Kay-Lee)

  1. Scott B. says:

    Ceilidh was my little puppy girl. She was often naughty on walks, always barking at other dogs, other people, and getting Robby to do the same. But at home, she was my mother’s shadow. Mom would sit in her chair in the living room, and Ceilidh had a little space on the chair just to my mother’s left, in perfect position to snuggle and be petted. Mom was the center of Ceilidh’s world, and no dog ever loved a human more. As I got to know Ceilidh better, whenever I was staying at Mom & Dad’s house Ceilidh added me to her rounds around the house, and loved it when I would pick he up and give her a hug & a kiss on the top of her head. If I were looking after the dogs and the house when Mom & Dad were traveling, Ceilidh would sleep right next to me, snuggled up so close that somehow she would manage to use her 14 pound frame to push my 200 pound self over to the edge of the bed, claiming the middle for herself. But as naughty as she could be, she was more loving by far. I will always miss her.

  2. Julia says:

    Sweet Ceilidh found her perfect forever home with you. A bright star, now with God x

  3. Ann Marie says:

    Dear Will and Family,
    I know how much you miss Ceilidh, I lost my beloved boy Jack to the exact same thing in August of this year. You were good parents and did everything you could for her, and you made the hard decision to give her peace. It was the right decision, but I know it hurts so much. Please know that I am thinking of you all and praying for you.

  4. Gloria says:

    Ceilidh certainly found her forever home with love, patience, and compassion.
    She gave back with cuddles, snuggles, and all the sheltie love she could give!

    God had a plan for each of you to find each other! Rescues are the best!

    RIP little Ceilidh. You were one sheltie angel here on earth!
    Blessings and virtual hugs being sent to your family.

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