Austin TX Real Estate - Hill Country Austin Lakeway Homes for Sale: Goodbye, Shayna, I Know You're in a Better Place

Goodbye, Shayna, I Know You're in a Better Place

I got a heart-wrenching call this evening.  We had just walked in the door when my mom called.  She says, "I've got something to tell you that I don't want to tell you, but Andy made me call..."  Andy is my stepfather, so I've got all these things running through my head.

My mom tells me that they had to put Shayna down yesterday afternoon.  I had no idea what to say.  I reminded her that we spoke this morning and that she said nothing about it.  She didn't want to ruin my weekend.

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Shayna was the best dog ever!  If anyone were to ever want to clone a dog, she would have been the one to clone.  She had massive personality.  She knew when I was on the phone. She knew when I was coming over.  She knew everything!!  And she always liked to Ham it up for the camera. She loved her picture being taken!

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She used to lick off my Popsicles because as you know, dogs have the cleanest mouths ever!  She used to paw at my eyes to wake me up when I spent the night. 

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Shayna was a very awesome dog. There aren't enough words in the world to describe her. I've never had a dog quite like her at all... Shayna was 13 years old.  She was diagnosed with Diabetes the week before I moved. She hadn't eaten in three days and had lost over 10 pounds...

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And then there's poor Kari. Here are a couple of old pictures of the two of them together. Kari doesn't understand where Shayna is. My Mom says she's been very clingy and quiet.  I'm sure she'll be ok.

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Goodbye, Shayna... I'll miss you!!

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Donna Harris, REALTOR®
RE/MAX Austin Skyline

Austin, TX and the surrounding areas of Lakeway, Bee Cave, Westlake Hills, Cedar Park, Round Rock, Spicewood, Circle-C, Steiner Ranch, and everywhere in between... Whether you're buying or selling, I'll be with you through the entire process. 

Comment balloon 15 commentsDonna Harris • June 20 2009 08:51PM


Coping with the death of a loved pet as your Shayna is most difficult .Grieving does take place. When we lose a pet we truly lose a family member. It is so unfortunate that our pets live such short lives compared to our lives.Sometimes this happens several times during our lifetime. Over the years I have lost 2 shepherds, my Dukes Treasure the time you had with Shayna, Pets are truly our “best friends”.

Posted by Kathleen Ann Pacheco-Corbett, Realtor, RI-MA, CEBA, Master, e-Pro, ABR, ABRM, GR ((FIRST Exclusive Buyer's Office Providence-RI) ) almost 10 years ago

Sorry for your loss.  She was a cute pup.  I hope Kari will cope well.

Posted by Angelia Garcia (Pure Realtors) almost 10 years ago

Donna, it's never easy.  I'm also thinking about Kari -- she won't know what happened and that's hard, too. This is a lovely tribute to Shayna!

Posted by Shoshana Shay (St. Pete Realty) almost 10 years ago

That's so sad. I had to have my dog put to sleep a long time ago and it was so hard. I agree remember the great times you had. ~Rita

Posted by Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate (Kenna Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Donna, It is true, pets are family.  They give so much to us unconditionally.  At times like this it is important to remember all the good times.

Posted by Gary Coles (International Referrals), Latin America Real Estate (Venture Realty International) almost 10 years ago

Oh my goodness, Donna.  How adorable.  I have had to put down my beloved dogs before and it's always heartwrenching.  And poor Kari!

Posted by Heather Chavez, Real Estate Virtual, Assistant (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 10 years ago

Donna - Sorry for your lose of your pet friend.  Shanya sounded like she was totally amazing.

Posted by Robert Schwabe, Orange Park Real Estate (EXP Realty) almost 10 years ago

Its always sad to lose a pet. For your moms dog to lose 10 pounds is crazy because she only looks to be about 15 points in the pictures. Anyway, I am sorry that you have lost a family pet. I know when my dog of 12 years went, I was a mess for a little while. We grow so attached to these fantastic animals.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 almost 10 years ago


I am truly sorry for your loss.

Posted by Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker almost 10 years ago

Kathleen, Very much a shame they don't live longer.  We put down another shih tzu when I was about 14.

Angelia, Thanks.

Shoshana, Yes, Kari is a little clueless.

Rita, Thanks for the kind words.

Gary, Very unconditionally and always with a wagging tail!

Heather, Thanks.

Robert, Totally and completely amazing!

John, She was 21 pounds as she was a larger shih tzu breed.  Kari was about 12, as she's a smaller breed, but has gained a lot of weight eating all the food Shayna stopped eating.  Shayna got down to about 10 pounds... all bones!

Richard, THank you.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 10 years ago

Donna, so very sorry to hear of the loss of Shayna. Pets are part of our family and we are hit very hard when they pass.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) almost 10 years ago

Gary W, Thank you, and yes, very hard!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 10 years ago

These little furry creatures truly become members of the family.  It's so sad to see them go.

Posted by Shirley Parks, Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate (Sands Realty 210-414-0966) almost 10 years ago

Shirley, She was like my little sister... she did so many things with me.  She was definitely part of the family and thought she was human!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 10 years ago

Donna - The loss of a little friend is very hard to bear. My thoughts are with you and yours

Hopefully Shayna is running around wiith new furry friends and watching over Kari and your family. 

Posted by Laura Gray (RE/MAX Realty Group) almost 10 years ago