Nov 1982 - March 1994
Shep was the first dog I owned after I got married. He came to live with us on 6th November 1982, he was just five weeks old. Shep was a collie cross, his mother a beardie collie, his father a back-gate opportunist. He was my baby. Shep was a real sweetheart and had a lovely nature, he loved everyone. He was spoilt rotten from day one and went everywhere with me, even to my anti-natal appointments. He was 7 years old when the children were born in 1989 and I was worried that he might be jealous. I should have known better, Shep loved the babies(all 4 of them, quadruplets 2 boys and 2 girls). He would sleep under their cots at night and would stay in the garden if they were outside in their prams. If one of the kids woke up while we were downstairs he would come down and stare at us till we went to check on them.  Shep was almost 12 years old when he died. He was very sick one day and I noticed that his skin had a yellow tinge to it, so we took him to the vet, who thought he might have a liver infection. The vet took some blood to send off to be tested for cancer/tumurs and put Shep on some antibiotics. He was to be fed only chicken, white fish, rice and pasta and we were to go back in a week for the results. Sadly Shep never made it back. He couldn't even keep water down and was so weak he couldn't walk down the two steps at my back door (one week before he had jumped over my 4 foot fence to see my mum). He lay on our bed, his eyes pleading with us to help him, it broke my heart. Four days after his first visit to the vet we made the very painful decision to let him go peacefully and without pain. He had been too much of a friend to watch him suffer.It was one of the saddest days of my life and is still a painful loss to this day. Sheps test results came back with a positive results for a tumur.  Shep was my best friend and companion, he knew my every mood and was always there for a cuddle. I still miss him today.

These pages have proved to be the hardest ones for me to do.They say you  never forget your first love and I guess thats true.These pages have brought back so many memories,happy,funny and sad.I will always have a special place in my heart for Shep .I love and miss him so much......

Sweetdreams my baby till we meet  up again at "The Rainbow Bridge"......

They say memories are golden, well maybe that is true.
I never wanted memories, I only wanted you.
A million times I needed you, a million times I cried.
If love alone could have saved you, you never would have died.
In life I loved you dearly, in death I love you still.
In my heart you hold  a special place, no one could ever fill.
If tears could build a stairway, and heartache make a lane.
I'd walk a path to heaven, and bring you back again.
Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same.
But as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.......

Author Unknown