tobyI’ll be taking a bit of a break this week from SN. Last evening we had to say goodbye to Toby. He had started to experience heart failure back in May but with many drugs, he was able to come out of it. Sadly his heart started to fail again this week. It was time.

Thank you Toby for almost 10 wonderful years. You were the sweetest and most beautiful Sheltie I’ve ever known. You never met a stranger and everyone who met you wanted to take you home for themselves. You will be very much missed by a lot of people.

I love you, handsome.






180 Responses to “Sad News from SN HQ”

  1. Bruce

    MY heart breaks for you. We are going through the pain of pet sickness as only a true pet owner knows how.
    Yesterday I Googled “Why do I cry for the sickness and death of my pets but not my human parents” ? I pray for all who grieve for loved pet companion.

  2. Liisa M

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your poor puppy. It’s so hard to say goodbye. We’re all with you.

  3. Gary & Kaern Byers

    So very sorry the loss of your little fur baby. We have lost 3 Sheltie babies and it is never easy to say good bye. We just look back at all the times that they make us smile.

  4. Robin


    My heart broke when I read the sad news about your beautiful Toby. It is the hardest thing we have to do when it’s time to say goodbye and also the most brave. My wish for you is that soon, the hole in your heart will be filled by all the warm and wonderful memories you have of him.
    Run pain free sweet boy.

    Sending hugs to you and your family,
    Robin, my sweet JRT-Pantouffe and my sheltie boy, Mr.B

  5. Tina

    Oh Kelly, I am sitting here in tears. Bless you, my dear… and bless your beautiful Toby. Your precious angel is free. Until you meet again.. until we all meet our beauties once again… our hearts then will be free.

  6. Brad

    I am deeply saddened from your loss of Toby. I have been praying for you all week. I pray that you and all who have loved Toby over the years, have had some peace and closure. I have had 4 Sheltie’s over the years. I Love the breed so much. I have a 28 lb Sheltie now, his name is Buddy. I adopted him from Second Chance Sheltie Rescue here in St.Louis when he was 3 years old. Buddy is 9 years, 4 month old, he is such a sweet little boy. I also have a little girl, a Sheltie / Border Collie Mix, her name is Abbey-Girl, she is 9 years 8 months old. I’m praying for you and all who were close to Toby over the years.

  7. Susan L.

    Toby was as adorable as a Sheltie can be. When they have lived a full lifespan it is still very hard to lose our dear friend but when we counted on more years together, it is ever so much harder. My heart goes out to you in your sorrow. These dear dogs of ours live life in the fast lane — they are ready to reproduce at less than one year of age and by seven they are considered seniors. At best, our time with them is all too short but the little fur angels were never meant to spend long on this earth before returning to heaven. We love them with all our hearts and then learn to say good bye all too soon for having loved. Still, I wouldn’t have missed a one of my beloved dogs for fear of their passing. It’s the bargain we made when we took them into our hearts and the last thing we’d want is to pass first and leave them alone.

    We miss you too and hope you’ll be back to us soon.

  8. Robin

    So sorry for you loss……. try to remember all the good times and joy that your special Sheltie brought you. They are all such sweet souls. Leaves a hole in our hearts when we have to let them go.

  9. Marie

    I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your sweet Toby. I loved to see your adorable pictures of him, especially when you had him in his bow tie. My thoughts go out to you and your family in this difficult time.

    Much Love,

  10. Carla


    My deepest condolences on the loss if your beloved Sheltie, Toby.
    It is never easy to loose a beloved pet and I wish it wasn’t something you had to endure.

    May the loving and fun time memories be of comfort to you and help to ease your sorrow.

  11. sylvia

    Sending you our thoughts of sadness with the loss of
    your beautiful sheltie.

    We too have lost 3 shelties much too soon 2 at 11 yrs.
    and last September our 14+ yrs.

    It is so hard to say Goodbye to our wonderful best friends.

    Sylvia & our 3 at the bridge
    and our 3 at home.

  12. Teresa

    So very sorry for your loss of Toby. I loss my beloved Winston 5 years ago at age 10. It’s so unfair to have to say goodbye before it is time. We still lite candles every year on the day he died to keep my promise that I would never forget him. I never filled in the hole under a bush I always yelled at him for digging. I didn’t allow any of the dogs in his spot but a few days ago my old foster sheltie dug up the spot and was laying in it. It made me laugh to see to him there and not that empty hole. Time and foster have helped fill that hole in the ground and my heart….it will for you too.

  13. Tabitha

    Kelly, I’m so sorry for your loss of such a wonder friend. He was such a handsome boy. Every time I see his smile it always bring a smile to my face, I’m sure he had that effect on everyone. And he can continue to bring a smile to everyones face who comes through the Rainbow Bridge on they’er way to Heaven. Rest in peace, sweet beautiful Toby. Run and frolic in the lush green fields at the bridge with your heart whole and strong again, full of just as much love as ever.

  14. Erin

    Dear Kelly,
    My heart goes out to you and your family. Toby is now with Trevor at the a Rainbow Bridge, waiting to see you again someday. I am so sorry. Thank you for sharing your dear babies with us. They are so precious and 9 years is too short.


  15. Jeannette Bronsord

    Kelly – I am so sorry for your loss. I think we know that we will outlive them but it is never easy. Each one gives us a special gift – Trevor and Tyler for you and my girls for me. Each one brings joy – pictures bring us memories.

  16. Kim Sparks

    I am so sorry for your loss. It is the hardest thing to say goodbye to our furbabies. It sounds like you gave Toby a great life and lots of love. You and Toby are in my thoughts and prayers. Take care. God bless.

  17. JoAnn, Mother of Beloved Shelties Since 1971

    Dear Kelly,

    Shelties capture our hearts with their incredibly sweet nature and courageous spirit. Toby’s dear expression says it all. We all share your sadness and hope your precious memories of all the joy you shared will comfort you. Our thoughts are with you!

    JoAnn and Gary and Penny too.

  18. Lanie

    There are no words, Kelly.

    I’m so sorry. It isn’t good-bye, but until you meet again.


    Lanie & Echo

  19. Ann

    So sorry for your loss .It is so hard when you loose a fur baby . Thoughts and prayers are with you at your time of sorrow. Please take care.

    Ann, Soleil,Etoile and Emile.

  20. P. Price

    “Shelties leave paw prints on our hearts.”
    That little sentence is seen on many Sheltie collectibles & it’s proven to be 100% true since Shelties are a special breed that somehow have a knack for working their way into our hearts in an instant. His paw prints will never fade & your Toby will be waiting for you, no matter how many years go by until it’s time for you to go too.
    My first Sheltie passed in 1996, my second in 2008 & I miss them both as much now as I did on that first day after they made their final journey. There is no heartache that can be equated to that of losing a beloved pet & my heart hurts for you today. After reading your post & before writing this I went to hug my current Sheltie, MacKenzie who thankfully, is still going strong at age 12. Obviously I have many paw prints on my heart & they will always be there. Toby’s will be on yours too.
    I’m so very sorry for your loss.

  21. Coopers Mom (Becky)

    Tears came to my husband and my eyes when we read your post about your Beautiful Toby. We love our sheltie; Cooper so much, it’s hard to imagine life without him. I know the heartache you feel now as you mourn the loss of a true family member.

    It’s quite obvious that Toby had such a loving, fun home-he was one lucky boy! Thank you so much for allowing us a glimpse into Toby’s world. He is running freely in “Sheltie Heaven” and I hope he meets up with our Cody (he passed 4 years ago at age 4).

    Every second, minute, day, week, month and year you had with him was a blessing for both of you. May your heart feel more happiness in the days ahead knowing you had each others companionship for 10 years!

    Coop, Beck and Scott Lacy-Houston Texas

  22. Renee


    I am so sorry for your loss. What a handsome boy and you were so
    lucky to have him in your life – even though it was too short. Blessings to you and dear Toby.


  23. Shannon Humphreys

    Thank you so much for sharing Toby with us over the years. His sweet expressive face epitomized all the characteristics of this special breed. He will be reunited with Trevor and they will frolic in heaven together. My mother had her lovely Sadie for 8 years and I assured her that She and Sadie would be reunited and Sadie would jump in her arms. It took her 3 years to get over losing Sadie and she got Ceilidh started for me as I could not leave a puppy alone all day. My sister and I bought Penny for her and she enjoyed her for 4 months. Hold all your precious memories in your heart and be comforted that you will be reunited with your precious babies and all members of the Sheltie Nation will have you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  24. Joe Loonan


    I am so very sorry for your loss. I know that words are little comfort at a time like this for the bond and love that we feel for our furry companions are incredibly deep and make their passing so incredibly painful. They touch our hearts and souls in ways that people who have never had the joy of that special relationship can ever understand or truly appreciate. You were both so lucky to have had each other in your lives. In time the intense grief that I imagine you are now feeling will pass but the memories will last forever. I trust in the future you will be able to look back and rejoice in the time you had together.

    I also share your loss in a family way as well. Tobby’s father, Zion’s Man About Town, was the grandfather of my older Sheltie, Jamie. Tobby’s passing is a loss to all of us in the Sheltie Nation.


    • Blake

      I Googled “a sheltie named toby” and came across your posting. I got my Sheltie when I was 9 years old and named him Toby. He died when I was 18. I’m 61 now, and I still miss him. I know how much you miss your boy.

  25. Denise

    I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing Toby with us over the years. Focus on all the good memories and stay strong like he did.

  26. Dan and Julie Zittnan

    Our condolences. We know exactly how you feel. The memories last forever, but we still miss our girl after 18 months. Time will help. Toby was indeed a beautiful companion.

  27. Pam

    So very sorry about your loss. He was such a beautiful boy and it breaks my heart to hear that he has left you. My heart goes out to you.

  28. Janie Nodine

    I’m so, so sorry for your loss. The love between you both, is very evident in the pictures you have posted. He will always be with you, remember that.

    RIP sweet boy!! Run free at The Rainbow Bridge.

  29. Mary Mounts

    I am so very sorry for your loss of Toby. I can tell from the pictures he was very special. May your precious memories outweigh the sadness.

  30. Becky Chilcote

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. My own girl, Cheyenne, may be having some issues with diabetes and we need to get her checked out. It is never easy losing a fur baby; but, remember the Rainbow Bridge. Toby is there playing with Princess, Rocky, Angel, Andy, and Bizkit, running in the sunshine. Prayers for healing peace for you.

  31. Julie

    I am so sorry for your loss. Toby was a very handsome guy. It is hard when we lose our babies. You are in my thoughts.

  32. Chris

    Kelly, I am sorrier than I can say. Toby is a splendid little guy, and Heaven is brighter for his presence. May St. Francis take good care of your little boy until you can hold him in your arms once again.
    With much love,
    Chris, Layla, Annie Laurie, Bitsy Boodle, Beckon and Huckleberry

  33. Mary Gallagher

    I’m so sorry, Toby was such a beautiful guy. Having lost four shelties over the years I know how tough it is, take care.

  34. Kathleen Roonan

    I am so sorry for your loss. The love, faithfulness and loyalty of a sheltie cannot be explained, it has to be experienced just as you did with Toby. He is running free and with a brand new heart playing with all the other shelties.
    You are im my thoughts and prayers.

  35. Nancy Morgan

    Wow! Look how many people just feel so sorry that you lost your beloved Toby. I too wanted to convey my sympathy at your loss. I lost my Bebe last September. She was 13 and I still talk about her to Clancy, her buddy. He perks up his ears when he hears her name. He still remembers. I am hoping to see her at the Rainbow Bridge when it is my time to go. My previous Sheltie, Katie, was a rescue from a lady who passed away after Katie turned ten. I figured Katie was with her right away at the Rainbow Bridge. We had her for 4 wonderful years and I loved her more than I can say. I don’t expect her to be waiting for me. Sadly, I feel she joined her first owner. But I am glad she is happy!

  36. Mary Lindsey

    I’m so sorry for your loss. We lost our Mollie last September. Our babies are waiting at the Rainbow Bridge.

  37. Kay Poston

    Kelly, thank you for sharing Toby with us over the years. I never met him except on these pages but loved him for his loving smile. I know he will be waiting for you but pray that your heart will know that you had the best little guy. Prayers for you, your family and all your fur kids.

  38. Jan Hunter

    I am so sad about Toby. My prayers go out to you. His looks and personality make him sound so much like our beloved Tory we lost a year ago. I am so sorry and I share you hurt :(

  39. judy

    Sorry for your loss. I love the picture with the candle in the window. Toby will be missed.

  40. Sherry L Schwindler

    I’m so sorry for your loss & I know my Angel boy Sammy will keep Toby company until when meet them at the bridge. I lost Sammy 2 years ago June to a brain tumor and I still ache but now I can remember more of the happy loving cute things he did than the pain of his loss. They wait for us!
    I adopted 2 boys to keep my beautiful Jazzy girl company and Tucker could be Toby’s twin…what a handsome fella, your Toby

  41. Deb

    I wish I had more comforting words then ” I am so sorry.” Thank you, for sharing him and your love for him with all of us. We all feel the depth of your loss, past what words can convey.

    I say prayers for you and your family.

  42. Leesa Tenney

    Oh, how they break our hearts…and we who love them would have it no other way. For but a moment of time together we gladly risk the time of loss.
    These bonds never break, for the longest threads are the strongest.
    My sheltie angel Buzz Lightyear went to the bridge in June. So, Toby, handsome boy, when you see a little tri boy with the crooked grin and goofball written all over his face – be sure to give a chase. For hearts are new and wild with anticipation and old joints and legs are ready to run anew.
    Beautiful boys, you will have a blast.

  43. Rob Murray

    So sorry for your loss, I know how it feels. I’ve lost 2 shelties, my babies Tupper and Cody, to this day , even with a little daughter named Abbey, I have yet to get over it. I do know I will see them at Rainbow Bridge.

  44. Valerie

    Kelly, Just knowing that Toby is now smiling and has a strong heart while running with the others at the rainbow bridge brings warmth and joy to your otherwise grieving heart. They are never with us long enough but take comfort that Toby has now very likely joined the “happiness patrol” and is the special ambassador who welcomes all the new rainbow ridge arriving guests. The last picture of Toby in the darkened window with the candle is just so perfect. Thank you for sharing him with us. What a wonderful and joyous life he shared with you and yours.

  45. Leslie Morgan

    Sometimes I wonder why we set ourselves up for the pain that will inevitably follow when we bring home our sweet sheltie babies. We know that our time together will be short, but we also know that everyday they bring us so much love, joy and laughter that we could not imagine our lives without them. That’s why we treasure every minute, every picture, every snuggle. I’m so sorry Kelly. See you when you’re ready. I want to go hug my boys now.

  46. Ken P and Aggie


    Our hearts go out to you. I can only imagine the loss you feel. I’m so grateful for all you’ve done for Shelties. Rest in peace, sweet Toby.

    “I bequeath myself to the dirt to grow from the grass I love,
    If you want me again look for me under your boot-soles.
    Failing to fetch me at first keep encouraged.
    Missing me one place, search another;
    I stop somewhere waiting for you.”

    —Walt Whitman

  47. Kathy Strle

    Take as much time as you need. I know first hand how devastated you must be. I lost my baby on March 19th and it has been such a tough time for me. I got a new puppy In June but I still cry for my Shelby girl every day. My prayers go out to you but know that Toby has crossed the rainbow bridge and I hope that Him & Shelby are running free and happy. God speed Toby. We’ll all see you again
    Love to you all
    Kathy Strle

  48. Cecile

    So sorry to hear about your loss. Toby was a beautiful boy and I know he had a wonderful life with you.

  49. Deb Skolnik

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. What a beautiful, sweet boy he was. Hugs, hugs and more hugs.

  50. Bernie Cornelison

    I am so very sorry to hear of Toby’s passing. Find comfort in knowing he has crossed Rainbow Bridge and is playing with all the Shelties who arrived before him. Remember the first time you saw him, the day he came home and those puppy breath kisses. He will be on you heart until you meet again

  51. Ruth Shoenthal

    Kelly, I hope all your sweet, funny memories of Toby wrap around your heart so that they may ease your pain. Take all the time you need. We are with you.

  52. Kelly Gargas

    I lost my Sheltie of heart failure too at one month shy of 10 years old. I am sorry for your loss and hope the memories of the good times shared will fill your hollowness at this time. She is in heaven!:)

  53. Patti

    My heart goes out to you. Toby sounds like he was a very special boy. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers…….

  54. Ellen Fierman

    My deepest condolences. Your sweet, beautiful boy will always remain with you in your heart and in your happy memories.

  55. Nancy Berry

    I am so sorry Kelly. We have them for so short a time and even if we had them forever it wouldn’t be enough. My thoughts are with you.

  56. Mary Wagner

    what a sad time that is full of beautiful memories. Toby is the sweet image of my little Harvey. My good thoughts are heading your way
    best wishes

  57. Judy Bianco

    Oh Kelly, my heart aches for you. It’s always difficult to say goodbye to a beloved pet and those of us who are Sheltie parents know of the deep connection they have with us. This connection brings so much joy but also makes it so hard to be without them. Toby will join Trevor, waiting for you at the rainbow bridge. Take all the time you need to grieve. You have the support of all at SN and you know we understand.

  58. Paige Thomas

    Few things make my heart sadder. What a beautiful pup! Bless you Kelly with memories and peace. Will be thinking of you, and thankful that you and Toby shared life together.

  59. Connie Clark

    It is such a difficult time when we know we have to do what is best for our little buddies—so hard to say good-bye. My Sheltie-Corgi mix died in 2004 of congestive heart failure and the sadness of those last hours is something you never forget. The Sheltie I have now is starting to get older and every day is precious. My heart goes out to you.

  60. Susan Ferrari

    I am so sorry. Although I never met Toby, I loved hearing about him from time to time and seeing the wonderful pictures of him. He had the most adorable face and I’m sure a most adorable personality. Hugs to you!

  61. Ann

    What a gorgeous boy Toby was! That last photo at the window is stunning. I know how much you’ll miss him and I’m so sorry for your loss, Kelly. It’s so hard to let them go.

  62. Sharon

    Sorry to hear that Kelly. Toby was such a joy, so handsome and sweet, and I enjoyed reading about and looking at photos of Toby and your other dogs so much. Praying for you and family.

  63. Brenda Kay

    He was a beautiful boy! I have gone through the loss 7 times and it never gets easier. My thoughts are with you and I will miss your posts. My morning starts with a smile viewing the adorable creatures you share with us. May peace be yours!

  64. Lisa Wilson

    My eyes welled up with tears for you and Toby. Our dogs are SO precious to us…they’re like family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  65. Anita Flanigan

    Remember that he will wait for you at Rainbow Bridge. We hope that the heartache will pass soon and your good memories will take over.

  66. denisefaygreen

    Kelly, I am so very sorry to hear your sad news.

    My heart and prayers go out to you.

  67. Kimberly Agzigian

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Toby was a beautiful boy and obviously very loved.

  68. Sullivan

    I am so sorry to hear of you losing Toby, it was really hard to tell just who loved who more. As Toby travels to the Bridge, know that he is not alone. Trevor has already spotted him and welcomed him and the BFF’s are together again, maybe you can take comfort knowing that little Toby was not alone or afraid. Please know that you and your family are in my heartfelt thoughts and prayers as you begin this new journey. RIP little Toby.

    Dear Lord, our precious little Toby has entered into your Kingdom, please keep him safely in the palm of your hands. Amen.

  69. Christine

    Thank you both for the tremendous love you two shared. I, too, own a Toby and he is remarkable. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  70. Shaun

    My deepest sympathies Kelly. I will keep you in my thoughts. He was such a handsome boy. Hugs.

  71. Kris

    I’m so sorry for your loss. That is a pain like no other. Toby was blessed to have you. You will meet again on rainbow bridge! Take care. Kris

  72. Terry

    So sorry for the loss of your beautiful Boy. He was much loved and will live in your heart forever. I am very, very sorry.

  73. Rosemary James

    I am so so sorry for you and Toby. I always loved seeing his picture when you shared a story, such a sweet face. I will miss seeing his pictures. It seems like we have our furbabies for such a short time.

  74. Linda Hamilton

    So sorry for your loss. They all leave paw prints in our hearts. I hope Toby can now play with my sheltie at rainbow bridge. Someday we will see them again!

  75. Jeanette York

    My deepest sympathy for you. I know how bad it hurts, I’ve felt it many times myself. Take as much time as you need and take care of yourself.

  76. Marilyn

    Sorry for your loss, I lost my Papillon, Mini, yesterday from the same ailment. Their wonderful souls will be dearly missed. Thinking of you.

  77. Pay Monday

    Oh Kelly. Toby was the model Shetland Sheepdog. Intelligent, funny, and so very handsome. He was also deeply loved by you.

    To say I am sorry for your loss just doesn’t even begin to tell you how sad I am for you and your family.

    Pat Monday

  78. Marti O

    Oh Kelly, I am so sorry! Toby was clearly such a sweetie, and so very special to you. We love them all, but every once in a while there is one…..
    My thoughts are with you.

  79. Helene Lincoln

    My heart breaks for you. Now Toby & Trevor can play together again. May your wonderful memories of him comfort you today & forever.

  80. Beth

    Toby was beautiful!! So sorry for your loss. I know this is a very hard time and will pray for you.

  81. Robert Marshall

    Breaks my heart thinking of what you are going through. Take care and always remember the good times. Think I will head out with Jakey right now after seeing this.

  82. Chris Doiron

    What a cutie pie! I am so sorry for your loss!!! Take as much time as you need because we will certainly understand! Sail on Toby, and thanks for fighting the heart disease battle as long as your body would let you!

  83. Sharon

    Toby’s loss must be so hard to bear, I know you moved heaven and earth to get him the help he needed. Think of him capering around at Rainbow Bridge, awaiting your reunion. Hugs to you Kelly, from someone who’s been there too.

  84. Gloria

    Kelly my heart just sank when I saw this post.

    I am typing through tears. I am so very sorry for the loss of your sweet Toby.

    That face just radiated sweetness and kindness. He will never leave your thoughts.

    How your heart must ache to lose him. Please know our prayers are with you! He was your precious little heart dog. Never ever will there be another like him. You were both so blessed to have each other! He waits for you now at the bridge, healthy once more.

    … Remembering you is easy, I do it every day.
    But, there’s an ache in my heart that will never go away…

    RIP little Toby.

  85. Kathy Grant-Pacey

    So sorry to read about Toby. I know you will miss him terribly. We lost our Shelby last Nov. and still think of him often. Hope all you happy memories help you during this sad time.

  86. Dana

    My heart hurts for you. I loved the pictures of Toby posted along the years and will miss seeing his adorable face.

  87. Julie Syverson

    I am so sad right now upon hearing about Toby. I am so, so sorry for your loss.

  88. Karen Wolph

    So sorry,,,,,when we go through this , I always think,,,that our dog gave the best he had with his whole heart to love us! And we gave our best to care for him, love him, give him a safe home,,,,,really what better relationship is there in this world, than that between a caring , loving human and our wonderful dog friend,,,,it’s a blessing!

  89. Cassandra Rashad

    I am so sorry for your loss…just know
    That he is happy and healthy and watching over you from Rainbow Bridge

  90. Sandy & Bob Berning

    So very sorry for your loss. RIP Toby. He will always be with you and you will get to be with him again some day. Hugs
    Bob & Sandy & Skylar our 5 year old Sheltie

  91. John

    My condolences on the loss of your kind and beautiful boy. When my Sheltieboy died, I went to a Pet Loss Support Group at my local Animal Humane Society, and found that to be helpful. The vet department of my local university also has a support pet loss support group.


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