Wednesday, June 9, 2010

R.I.P. Sheldon

Sheldon Latte Beauregard

April 17, 1998 – June 8, 2010

Rest In Peace Treasured Friend

I’m Still Here

Friend, please don't mourn for me,
I'm still here, though you don't see.
I'm right by your side each night and day,
And within your heart I long to stay.

My body is gone but I'm always near,
I'm everything you feel, see or hear.
My spirit is free, but I'll never depart,
As long as you keep me alive in your heart.

I'll never wander out of your sight.
I'm the brightest star on a summer night.
I'll never be beyond your reach.
I'm the warm moist sand when you're at the beach.

–Author Unknown

Dear Friends, please forgive me as I take a few days off again. I've been trying to blog, but the pain is far too great. Of everything I've had to deal with as of late, this is the one loss I cannot easily bear. I need a few days to grieve the loss of my beloved dog, my best friend, my companion. Sheldon was always in my studio with me as I worked and blogged. That space is empty now and he's not nudging me to take a break and head to the kitchen for a snack or out to the yard to enjoy the sunshine for a bit. My heart is breaking.

32 Thoughtful Comments:

Blondie's Journal said...

Oh...I could just cry for you. I can feel the pain in your words. Sheldon was a beautiful, beautiful dog and I am sure, a wonderful friend to you.

Take all the time you need. I have been here and it's not easy.


The Florida Blogger said...

We've only had out English Bullie for two months and its hard to imagine life without her. Sorry for your loss of a good buddy.

Haden News said...

So sorry for your loss. I have a beautiful 10 year old sheltie that is my best friend! RIP Sheldon.

Aimee said...

I am very sorry for your loss. I will keep you in my thoughts

Kat said...

Rhonda, I am so sorry for your loss. He was a beautiful dog, and I do know the pain of losing a long time faithful companion. Take all the time you need to heal. If you need a shoulder, let me know. And don't ever forget that Sheldon is waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge. Hugs, Kat

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, NO! Rhonda, I'm so sorry! Please know I'm thinking of you in this time of mourning your precious Sheldon. My heart grieves with yours...



Lakeshore Cottage Living said...

In tears for you. I'll be thinking of you.

Sheldon was an absolutely beautiful dog and I am so sorry for your loss and for you pain. Don't hold back the tears...let them come.

Hugs to you,

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

I'm so sorry dear Rhonda..., that is a wonderful poem though, as I believe that we ALL are eternal spirits. Surely you will miss him (in his body) and taking time to go through all these emotions is important. Take care..., I wish you well.

Susan (Between Naps On The said...

I'm sooo sorry to hear about your sweet Sheldon. I lost my 13 year old Golden Retriever, Jake, right after I started blogging and I wasn't able to blog for several days. You take all the time you need and know that our hearts and prayers are with you.

Supply Your Soul said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your best friend. I hope that in the days to come you will solace in the ocean breezes, the sand and sea. And I believe that Sheldon's spirit will be there with you.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I am so sorry to hear about this Rhonda. He was a beautiful dog and I can feel the love you had for him. Take your time to mourn him, we will be here waiting to hear from you.
Big Hugs,

Rattlebridge Farm said...

God makes the heart a little bigger than it needs to be so we can hold all the sweet memories. Sheldon will be with my gang at the Rainbow Bridge, I just know it. Ferguson and Mia will be right there with him. My heart goes out to you. If it's any consolation at all, I have been in this heartbreaking place. I'll keep you in my prayers. XX00

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

I hope Sheldon has found Lady and Princess at the Rainbow Bridge to play with as well.... Losing a pet is so very hard... took me weeks to get over it..and even then..I wasn't. Sending hugs to you friend!!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Rhonda, Fred wanted me to tell you that he sends you his love and sympathy along with mine. He just got home from work, and he came in to read this tribute you so eloquently put together about Sheldon. We both know what this is like, and our hearts go out to you. We're wrapping you in a hug. Hope you can feel it...



Anonymous said...

Oh, Rhonda! I'm so so sorry to hear about your beloved Sheldon! My heart is breaking for you as I've been right where you are. I lift you and your family up in prayer for strength during this time.
He was a beautiful dog.
Shelia ;)

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Dear Rhonda, I am so sad to read the news of your loss of yourbeautiful dog, Sheldon. I know how hard it is to lose a beloved pet! They give such sweet unconditional love and companionship. {{{hugs}}}

Decor To Adore said...

Oh my heart just aches for you. I am so sorry for the loss of your dear friend.

rjerdee said...

Oh, I'm so sorry. What a shock! Take all the time you need-we'll think of you and be here for you when you decide to return.

Jane said...

Dear Rhonda,
My heart cries for you. I know how devastating it is to lose such a companion. I am so sorry for your loss.
Jane (artfully graced)

Anonymous said...

Dear Rhonda - I'm so sorry for your loss...there is nothing more special than a bond between us and our dedicated pets.

Good thoughts & wishes are being sent your way.

Marie @ Sally Lee by the Sea

Loui♥ said...

just got home to Denver..
am tired..
but your loss is my loss..
the same with your pain..
I'm hurting for you!!
take as much time as you need..
I'm here..
warm sandy hugs..

Sahildeki Ev said...

I know that its a terrible loss. I still remember my funny days with my little Sheba who died 10 years ago and right know I cant imagine to loose Hera. They are angels...

Sierra said...

Rhonda, sending you a big hug in your time of loss, may God comfort you and give you peace. XOXO.

sam said...

Hi Rhonda,

I am so sorry to hear about Sheldon. It is so hard to lose our best friends. What a beautiful boy he was.


Sue said...

I am so very sorry for your loss. As the "mother" of a beagle who turned 14 this week, I do understand...I worry all the time what I will do without her. My old dog is always near me, so I can only imagine how cold that spot feels now for you. They are our pets, but they become so much more.

gayle said...

Take care of yourself!! I am so very sorry for your loss!!

CrazyCris said...

I feel for you!

I was numb for a long time when my 13 year-old dalmatian died... we'd practically grown up together.

It's amazing how a dog can make its own special place in your heart, you don't quite notice it until your companion is gone.

I wish I could give you a big bear hug, but it will have to be virtual, the Atlantic is to wide...


Unknown said...

I am so sorry for your loss.We just went thru the same thing with out beloved Fannie.We have just ordered a cement sleeping cat to honor her memory;to be placed in our garden.But it cannot replace the real her.
Hugs being sent your way.

Kristen said...

Oh my sweet friend... I am so sorry to hear about Sheldon's passing. I wish I had some words to comfort you at this time... I wll simply say prayers for you, that your heart heals and you find some peace.

Dogmom Diva said...

Please know that you are not alone, and Sheldon IS still watching over you. We have been there and its so painful and you think, how can I make it without him, but he is so happy and healthy now at the R.B. waiting to see you again oneday..that is the thought that still carries me years after losing our dogs. Each day gets a bit are loved:)

Seawashed said...

I am so sorry for your loss...I cannot imagine the pain. They are constant companions that can never be replaced. I will be a wreck whenever my bella bleu is not with me anymore. ((hugs))

iLoveShelling said...

I'm so sorry, Rhonda. I know your Sheldon was family. I lost my Bosco 7 years ago and still get choked up but then I start to smile thinking of all the years and his funny shenanigans.

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