When Forever is Too Short

“If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together…there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.” ~ Winnie the Pooh

Shelby’s story of faith, patience, perseverance and love touched us deeply.

The reward for her surrender to trust: she left Homeward Bound for a forever home of her own.

‘Forever’ turned out to be much too short. Symptoms revealed Hemangiosarcoma; and while Shelby’s new family’s belief in her worked miracles on her emotional wounds – it, sadly, could not heal her cancer.

Shelby crossed the bridge this week – at home. For however brief the joy of her homecoming, she was surrounded by love.

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”

Shelby took our breath away. Our hearts break for her family – our fellow Homeward Bound volunteers and friends – whose bravery and strength have been so severely tested. Still, we know that Shelby will always be with them.

For Shelby – we say “Run free, girl. Run free!”

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I am a nascent gardener, rescuer, and photographer, chronicling the journey of the dogs at Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary near Sacramento, CA - and the Memorial Garden we have devoted to them.

26 thoughts on “When Forever is Too Short”

  1. Shelby’s story is sad but happy. Sad because her life was cut short. Happy because she achieved her ultimate dream – a family of her own. I hope her family comes back and gets another special dog to join their family and that they have a long and happy relationship. Rest Shelby.

  2. I will forever have the memory of this girl’s sweet smile in my heart. Rest well Shelby girl. Run with my precious Kenai up there. Love and prayers to your family, I, unfortunately, know exactly how this feels.

  3. I am so saddened by this news. Tears………Shelby was a beautiful girl and was so happy to get her forever home. Prayers for her family.

  4. No matter how much time, it is never enough. I am so glad she got to be with her family, even if the end came far too soon.

  5. Sweet Shelby, you will be missed – it is because of you and others like you, that we continue our dedicated work at Homeward Bound – in the gardens and all around. Loving thoughts to Shelby’s family!

  6. my heart is breaking for her family..both in her forever home and the rescue, she was beautiful and I am thankful she knew true love in her life, my heart and prayers go out to all of those who loved her

  7. Thank you for such a beautiful tribute to our girl. We miss her deeply already and know there are many volunteers at Homeward Bound who grew to love her over the years that are grieving as well. You are the voice when there is none.

  8. That last picture says it all…she fully loved and trusted you. Finally…someone she felt safe with. It was short, but it was pure. Many pass on (two legged and four) that never feel that true, pure, honest love. Shelby did with you. What a gift you gave her.

  9. Shelby could not have been in a better place for the end of her life than with Chris and her family. My condolences to everyone who knew and loved Shelby.

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