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Shamrock Smith was born in 2009. We never knew her exact birth date because we rescued her from the animal shelter in Gold Beach, Oregon in 2009. She was approximately 6 weeks old when we brought her home. She was a Rottweiler and something else mix; we assumed a Labrador cross. She had the cutest little brown and black freckled paws. She stole our hearts the very day we brought her home in 2009.
Shamrock had several nicknames including Shammy, Sham, Shammer, Shammy-Wammy, Shammy Smith, etc.… She loved being sung to. As a baby, we would hold her and sing the, “I’m bringing home a baby bumblebee,” song as she fell asleep. Sham loved her family but chose her mommy as “her person.” She became accustomed to being sung to daily and seemed to look forward to the little tunes sung. No matter how old she got, she was always her mommy’s baby, her mommy’s protector, best friend, and secret keeper. Sham accompanied us on several cross-country trips and loved going almost anywhere with her family.
Sham was loved beyond measure. She was one of our loves and will be loved forever. She had an aggressive side and didn’t like sketchy people. She went into a fierce protection mode when sketchy people were around, and we always knew we were safe with her.
Grieving the loss of Sham has been a super tough process. We had her laid to rest on July 1, 2022. It’s now mid-September, and her mommy still cries daily. We had her cremains crafted into a pendant, which her mommy wears as a necklace. Some of Shammy’s cremains are also in urns-one in the bedroom, and one in the living room. They somehow ring us a tiny sliver of peace.
Shammy’s spirit will live on, in us forever. Her passing left a gaping hole in her mommy’s heart, but it was her time. She is no longer in pain and never suffered a day. The loss has been almost unbearable, but we wake up each day, and move forward. Sham and her mom had a magical connection-one much closer than a human bond allows.
We know Sham’s spirit stayed with us until she crossed over. She left us with the gift of a senior dog whose owner passed three weeks after. We certainly weren’t looking for another dog, and only accepted her because we know in our hearts this was a final gift of love from our baby. Annie came into our lives on July 31, one day after her owner passed. She and her former person had a home on our very street. We won’t get into the details on how she came to live with us, but it was nothing short of a miracle helped a long by someone on the other side (Shamrock).
Having another baby to love is helping to heal our hearts, but we know Shamrock will forever be “one of our special loves.” We miss looking into her beautiful and soulful brown eyes, hearing her bark and howl, and getting daily snuggles. We will love you forever baby girl. We hope you are at peace and found Chansey Bean, Bluebell, Barn Kitty, Moe, Thomas Turkey, and other friends in the afterlife.
Mommy is really trying to be happy and move forward, but it’s almost too much to bear some days. Fly high, my angel… And spread your wings. I love you forever.
P.S.- We still call the dog food mommy makes, “Shammy Stew.”
Always and forever loved by P. & H. Smith
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