Monday, June 14, 2010

Thank You

I want to thank all of you for your thoughtful comments, emails and phone calls as I grieve the loss of my beloved dog, Sheldon. I wish I could express how each of you touched my heart in this time of devastating loss. To those who shared your own personal stories of loosing a beloved pet, please know that my heart goes out to you as well. Sheldon was my friend; he brought me comfort when I was down and companionship when I was lonely. He made me laugh at his antics, he made me feel that unconditional love as a faithful friend and yes, at times he drove me crazy. He was always with me through thick and thin. I will miss him terribly, but I am grateful for the twelve years we shared.

I knew that I needed to come to terms and for me there was one place I needed to be — the beach. This is what I need to see and feel…


I spent the weekend with my cousin in Neptune Beach, Florida. We walked the beach early Sunday morning, just talking and picking up a few shells that were scattered on the shore. I enjoyed watching the dogs running and playing in the waves. I met some amazing animals and got more than a few sloppy doggy kisses. Did they know? Dogs have that instinctive trait that lets them understand when someone is suffering. They made me laugh, they made me cry. They did what dogs do ‚ they filled my heart with joy.

Of course, you know I still had to search for a cute lifeguard, but alas, he was not to be found on that day. Can you see the disappointment on my face?


The beach soothed my soul and eased the pain a bit. I will always picture Sheldon with me as I walk the shore, he will always be with me in my heart.

15 Thoughtful Comments:

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

I'm so sorry to hear about the lost of your dog...happy to hear make it made you feel better going to the beach.

Blessings,
Linda

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Sending you warm hugs, precious. Sheldon is running with my two along the crystal sea of Heaven. I just know it. He isn't gone far, Rhonda. He's just gone ahead to wait for you...

XO,

Sheila

Maya said...

The open sea is so comforting and soothing in so many ways!

Sailing Simply said...

Very sorry to hear about your dog! Our pets are a big part of our families. I am glad you were able to get some time away near the sea to reflect and remember. He will always be there in your heart! Hugs!

Loui♥ said...

Love you Shelle..
tears for Sheldon
big warm sandy hugs for you..
may you both find peace..
Loui♥

becky at abbeystyle said...

So glad you could find a place to go to find a bit of relief. I'm sending you my continued thoughts and wishes for your best recovery.

Jane said...

The beach...the perfect place to heal for people like you and me. I am so happy you were able to go to Neptune Beach this weekend. I know that the calm rhythm of the waves soothed your soul...just a bit.
Big hugs!

mbkatc230 said...

I'm glad that you were able to find some solace in your favorite place. There is something so healing about the sea. I do believe that dogs know instinctively when we are upset, and I'm sure that seeing their antics was part of the healing that you needed. I hope that you are getting to the place of happy memories and further from the devastating hurt. Hugs, Kat

jmac said...

Oh SB.....I'm just now catching up with blog reading. I didn't know.
I'm so sorry and feel your pain very close to my heart...ease yourself with the knowledge that he is in a good place.
Piece of advice: get a puppy. amazing how that can heal your heart..

Sally Lee by the Sea said...

Hoping you are doing better...the sea is very healing.

I've mentioned you in my lastest blog post...

http://sallyleebythesea.blogspot.com/2010/06/memories-become-seashell-decor.html

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I'm glad you got to the beach...it always makes me feel better too. I know you will miss your furry friend for a long time...I've been thinking of you.

Venus on the half shell said...

I am so sorry to hear about your dog. It's heartbreaking to lose someone we love, be they pet or person. My best wishes to you in the coming months.

Crystal said...

So sorry to here about Sheldon. It has been awhile since I have visited in Blogland. I am out trying to catch up a bit with some Blogging friends today. How have you adjusted to your move?
Thank you so much for visiting me and leaving your sweet encouraging comment.
Hope you are having a good week.

Low Tide High Style said...

I am so sorry to read about the passing of your beloved Sheldon! Pets really do touch our lives in a very special way and losing one is never ever easy!

The beach is such a comforting place, so I'm glad you were able to get away and find a special spot to mourn your loss.

Kat

Desert Dreaming said...

God Bless...I am so very sorry for your loss. I know you pain, our furbabies are part of our family. Though you will never forget him, I hope God eases your pain and lets you smile again! I'm new to the "blogging world"...your site is wonderful.

I love the beach and everything that goes with it! I love the waves lapping at my feet. I love the feel of the sand between my toes. I love the roar of the Pacific and the gentle waves of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida. Let's talk about beaches around the world, bonfires, building sandcastles, swaying palm trees, flamingos, clambakes, sunrises and sunsets. If it's tropical, it fits this blog!

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