Likes: Watching the animals on The Animal Planet channel
Pet-Peeves: being picked up and getting her monthly flea control
Favorite Toy: anything shiny
Favorite Nap Spot: under the futon
Favorite Food: cat treats
Skills: Catching mouse toys in the air and setting them down at her feet
Arrival Story: Tigger needed a distraction so I wanted to get another calico. I went to the Human Society a few times until I found Shelby. She looks a lot like Tigger. When I got her home, she raced around all over the place, so I named her Shelby (it's a car thing).
Bio: I got Shelby about 6 months after I got Tigger. I assumed that just because Tigger tore up the place, that Shelby would do the same. So, I had Shelby's front paws declawed right after Tigger's. I say that I had Tigger declawed out of necessity, but Shelby's was done out of STUPIDITY on my part. Shelby turned out nothing like Tigger! Because of Shelby, I will never have another animal declawed!!! She is the gentlest cat and she loves grooming the other animals, especially the dog. She hates that Stormy won't let her come near her, so she chases Stormy back into her closet when Stormy hisses at her. She is also very skittish of people if they come towards her. Can you blame her after what I did to her? If she wants you to pet her, she'll come to you. She'll also run away if you try to pet her with both hands. She will not let you pick her up without trying to claw you to death. You should see how hard it is to apply the monthly flea medication. Birthday = Sep 27, 2002. Rainbow Bridge = Feb 17, 2014.
I was just thinking about you this morning and then realized it was your 1 year bridge anniversary. Time has gone by so fast. It's hard to believe you've been gone a year already. Silly died 4 hours after you did and it's hard to believe he's gone too. Pumpkin died the day after you did. Losing the 3 of you hit me hard but I know that each and every one of you knew that you were loved. I hope that I will see all my babies again some day. Until then, you are in my heart and in my thoughts and I think of you often. I love you Shelby and miss you so much.
Thank you Catster for bestowing the honor of being today's Diary of the Day recipient. Shelby looks beautiful there! It's bittersweet to lose her yesterday but celebrate her life today with all the condolences and the concats on being a DDP today. Thank you to all for the gifts, the pmails and the pictures of Shelby's selection today. I really appreciate it!!! Shelby was my baby and I'm grateful to have a place to cherish her for all the world to see. Thank you so much Catster for giving us this honor today! You have no idea what it means to me and I am grateful to have my little girl selected!
Shelby's passing was so fast. Thinking back through the day, the signs were there but because I am doting on Silly all day, another dying kitty, I didn't pay attention to the signs. Shelby had a healthy appetite which was no different today. She loved wet food and would cry for it when she wanted it. She spent a good portion of the day on top of the cat trees/towers I have in the bedroom. So, I put the food and water up on the cat tree for her so she wouldn't have to jump down. I had her declawed when she was a kitten (you can read about my stupidity in her bio) so she had problems getting up on things. She was growing weak with age so that didn't help her any either. I watched her stumble a few times trying to get up on things today which was the reason I put the food and water on the cat tree. She had a runny nose today so I had to fight her to wipe her nose. As soon as I did, she'd go back to the food dish and eat some more food. She loved food, even my food, and would literally fight me to get at my food. She made me laugh.
Throughout the day, Shelby laid down on her side and put her head down on several occasions...that's not like her. She stretched out and laid her head down which she never does. I took a few pictures. I found her in the tunnel of the corner cat tree, then she moved to the cat bed on top of the fridge in my room, then when I was getting ready for bed, she moved to the top of the stacked dog kennels I keep set up for the cats in my room. All those places were unusual for her to hang out on because she usually slept on my bed. I just figured she wanted something different and didn't think much of it. I shut the TV off at 12:30 am and dozed a little but because I'm keeping an eye on Silly, I kept waking up to check on him.
At 1:06am, I heard Shelby gurgling on top of the dog kennels. I turn the light on and look over at her, her head is partially hanging over the top of the dog kennel, she's drooling and trying to inhale at the same time. Her pupils are wide open. I grab her and wipe her mouth but I knew it was too late. She was leaving me. All I could do was hold her and tell her I loved her. She took her last breath 4 minutes later at 1:10am. My Shelby girl was gone. It was so quick and I don't think she felt any pain. She was fine at 12:30 and 40 minutes later she was gone. I'm sorry that I didn't dote on her but I didn't know she would be leaving me. I'm glad she was in my bedroom and I got to hold her while she took her last breath. I've had her almost 12 years which is longer than I've had any animal but it isn't long enough. I have so many memories of Shelby and I hope I never forget them.
I hope Catster stays around so I can see her page as well as my other furbabies that have gone before her. I'm in shock that she's gone. Silly is still hanging on but I have a feeling I'll be losing him before the day is gone. I can't imagine losing 2 babies on the same day. Squirt just had his 2 year bridge anniversary yesterday, I lost a cat named Simba last Saturday, now I lose Shelby and fixing to lose Silly. There must be something with the letter "S" in my life right now and I hate it.
God Speed sweet Shelby. May you rest in peace my precious girl. I didn't have any time to say goodbye to you or anything else that I wanted you to hear but I did tell you that I love you before you took your last breath. I hope your spirit stays with me and I hope you wait with the others at the Rainbow Bridge for me. One day it will be my time to cross that bridge and I hope I am eternally reunited with you and all my babies when that day comes. Fly free my Shelby Girl. Until we meet again...I love you with all of my heart and soul sweet Shelby. I miss you already! I love you and will always love you Shelby Girl!!! You were my girl!