Chelsea Belle Stuber
5/12/03 – 3/19/10
Chelsea was our sweet, cherished companion and member of our family for the last six years. She was the most loving and gentle little girl who brought us so much happiness and great joy every single day.
We found her at the Boulder Humane Society – a 10 month old Golden Retriever/Australian Shepherd mix, with the softest, most beautiful coat and sensitive, thoughtful eyes; one green and the other blue. We fell in love with her immediately and brought her home the same day which was my birthday. Chelsea was the absolute best birthday present of my life. She was a loyal smart, happy dog who would enthusiastically meet us at the door to welcome us home, always with her beautiful tail wagging in circles, sometimes jumping into our arms for a full body hug.
Chelsea was a great travel dog and loved to ride in the car taking many long road trips with our family, including camping. She loved to sunbathe on the porch, chase squirrels out of our backyard trees, play in the snow and go on long runs with me in the summer holding her end of her leash in her mouth. She didn’t bark in the house but would make a funny little howl next to the closet where her leash was kept as soon as she saw me putting on my running shorts. Chelsea loved being anywhere her people were, always waiting in the bathroom for us while we showered (keeping the shower monsters away). She loved to help my husband barbeque outside and insisted on having a helping of whatever dinner meat or fish we were enjoying that night. Her very favorite times were when we were all sitting in the family room watching T.V. when she could go from person to person for long sessions of snuggling and petting. She would sit next to you and flip your hand over perfectly to land on her head and would stare at you and whine if you stopped stroking her for more than two seconds. Sometimes television time was the perfect time to play-catching her air-dog in mid air or her getting our attention by squeezing her squeaky ball.
Unfortunately, we do not have as many photos of Chelsea as we would like because she was very afraid of fireworks and thunderstorms and seemed to associate camera flashes with those things. As soon as she saw a camera come out she was off to the safety of another room. She would also panic when one of the smoke detectors started beeping when it needed a new battery. Chelsea loved all of us unconditionally including our Persian cat Brianna and our “special needs” cockatiel Rocky. She had two close buddies Lahta in Big Bear Lake California and Keeper, my parents’ Bichon who was visiting her the last three weeks of her life. Lung cancer took Chelsea suddenly and much too soon but she knew without a doubt that she was loved completely and for every second of her short life with us.
Our hearts are broken that she is gone and every room in our house seems empty without her. We are all so thankful for every joyful, happy day we had with her and will miss her more than words could ever say.
We can’t thank Kathleen enough for her kindness, understanding and compassion with Chelsea and our family in helping our little girl. Chelsea was at home with all of us petting her and talking to her when she left us in a peaceful setting. We decided to donate her body to the CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital to help Vets understand more about lung cancer and help other dogs to have better lives.
Chelsea will live forever in our cherished memories, in our hearts, and always a part of our family.
Good bye sweet girl!
Love you always,
Cheryl, Paul, Elizabeth and Evan