The Sheldikay Fund
Providing Financial Assistance for extraordinary veterinary expenses
Because of Shelli’s immense love for all animals, and because she would have benefitted greatly from a service dog herself, a special fund has been created in her name at Canine Partners of the Rockies. The Shelldikay Fund, so named because that was her grandmother’s pet name for Shelli and it stuck throughout her life, was formed specifically to help pay for extraordinary veterinary services for service dogs whose human partners cannot afford to pay for them. The Fund will also help Puppy Raisers cover unexpected veterinary costs associated with raising great service dogs. There could be no greater way to honor Shelli than to create and grow this fund to help these special dogs and their people.
Shelli Kay Wagner, 49, of Wheat Ridge, Colorado, died peacefully on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 in her home, and surrounded by her family and many close friends. Shelli was born on April 13, 1964 in Sterling, Colorado. She grew up in Sterling, and then attended Northeastern Junior College for two years and played for both the women’s basketball and softball teams. She then continued her education at The University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. Shelli went to UNC to continue her education and basketball career. Unfortunately she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and unable to continue her athletic endeavors. Despite this setback, she graduated with a degree in Education and went on to teach and coach basketball in Eaton, CO.
In the early 1990s, Shelli again continued her education and completed massage therapy school at The Denver Institute of Massage Therapy. She became very successful and, by all accounts, had found her professional calling. She worked with professional athletes, local high school and college sports teams, managed a chiropractic rehabilitation clinic, and ultimately owned her own business, Loosen Up!
Shelli continued to battle MS and adjusted her life according to her abilities. Despite the tough hand she was dealt, she rarely complained and always had a great attitude…taking on new challenges with a bright smile and a determined spirit. She remained as active as she could and was able to compete in bike races/fun 5K runs and even conquered the Bolder Boulder, always an athlete and always a competitor. She took up scuba diving and became a Master Diver, which opened the door to many years of underwater adventures with good friends. No matter where she was, Shelli focused like a laser on the good in life…she loved hiking with her beloved dog Copper, exploring old ghost towns, collecting rocks from everywhere she visited, finding hidden treasures at area thrift shops, doting on her niece and nephews, and spending quality time with her family and friends. Shelli knew one speed in life, and it was full throttle! To be by her side was a guarantee for a thrilling ride. She was an athlete, a poet, an adventurer, a lover of life, a champion of animals, a great listener, a generous spirit, an old soul, and the best friend anyone could ever have…
Bravely battling her disease for 29 years, Shelli finally succumbed to PML, a brain infection caused by her MS treatments. She will be so deeply missed — a beautiful soul that truly lived a short but very full life…