Terminally Ill Woman's Final Request Was To Find Her Sweet Dog a Loving Home

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Facing mortality can make priorities incredibly clear for people. So many issues seem so petty, so pointless, and the really important things rise to the surface.

For many people, family and friends are what is important. They want to make sure to spend time with their loved ones, put old grievances behind them, and live fully and openly during the time they have left.

Others have goals to accomplish, feats to achieve, and won’t feel quite at rest until they scale that mountain or travel to Disney World.

For one unnamed woman, it was her dog that she was concerned about. Who would take in her dear little Shell?

Shell had quite the story. Originally a rescue pup at the same shelter her owner was now petitioning, she was adopted by a woman named Sharon Blackwell around nine years ago.

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Three or so years after she was adopted, her owner suffered a stroke and then Alzheimer’s, leaving her unable to care for her little ball of fluff.

Fortunately, Blackwell’s daughter took in the little dog, and things seemed to be going well until the daughter started to fight her own battles. So she wrote a letter to the rescue, and it wasn’t long before Shell arrived at the rescue as well.

“To Stray Rescue,” the letter began. “I (am) writing to you cause I need you to take my dog Shell. My mother adopted Shell from stray rescue around 2009-2010.”

“Her name is Sharon Blackwell. In 2012 she had a massive stroke and now has Alzheimers.”

“So in 2012 Shell came to live with me. I’ve been fighting cancer for a few months and if you’re reading this I lost my battle. I need for my baby girl to be (taken) care of in a home with one person.”

“Shell is a very sweet girl,” she continued. “She’s been (through) a lot so she has trouble with trust in the beginning. She loves to cuddle but don’t like to be carried.”

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“In these days all I do is worry about what’s going to happen to her. I love this girl, she is my daughter.”

Fortunately, it wasn’t long before a woman who’d recently lost her own dog saw the Stray Rescue of St. Louis’ post and snapped Shell up.

All reports so far indicate that Shell is happy with her new digs, and settling in nicely, which would surely be a comfort to her previous owner.

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
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