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The Pleasure of Your Company, Meco and Velvet

IMG_3467Spring finally arrived but it’s up and down temperatures yet. No matter because the corgis take it in stride. Now we’re having rainy days but last week we had gorgeous weather.

Meco loves to walk with Glenn. She says, “Oh boy! A walk!” then bounds out. I watched her as she came down the ramp in the garage, out to the driveway, and decided to go in the back gardens first.

Glenn led her away from going behind the cabin, but she insisted. She goes potty and tells him that the arrow sign on the cabin says, “Outhouse”. That’s what she followed. Very private area!

Meco picks a different pathway each time and she loves exploring. Glenn said that she hasn’t had any accidents inside now for a couple of weeks. I think she knows he will take her out. She gets more frequent walks than Velvet and it works.

Last night, Meco came in with her raincoat on and Velvet came right over to lick the heavy rain off. Very cute. Velvet will not go out in the rain at all so maybe she didn’t want Meco wet.

I can do anything with Meco-brush, comb, hold her, etc. and she doesn’t squirm or move. Amazing! Meco will just lay there and take it all in. Very peaceful. Sometimes she lies down with Velvet and looks out the door.

Velvet is a clown. I found the hedgie behind the library door. Huh? I think that she threw it in the air and that’s where it went. Great entertainment. If I am talking to someone, Velvet finds something to do. Corky always barked for attention the whole time. Not Velvet. Velvet gets a toy a or a bone and busies herself. She is the only corgi that I know that does that.

We say that it is a pleasure to have Meco and Velvet. It’s relaxing to have corgis that just know the rules and listen most of the time. Meco doesn’t chew anything up and Velvet, rarely.

Oh! Meco talks…https://youtu.be/WAcdNebFtNU

 

 

 

 

 

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A New Era

IMG_3203 (2)This will always be called, “Emily the corgi” blog, no matter how many corgis come into our lives. Emily taught me everything I know about corgis. She taught me the love, training, and care. With each rescue and corgi that came here Emily knew had to handle it. I watched her as to how other corgis played and she left them alone unless she thought they were going to fight. I followed her example as much as I could, and it worked well. I’ll miss her forever…

Our first rescue was in December 2017. He was a corgi he boy, age 6, and at the shelter in the South Jersey. We thought he was pretty good, so we brought him home and try it out. Charley really was unsuitable for us and Velvet. After few days it was apparent that he was aggressive. He had guarding issues and no training.

This was a week before Christmas and two weeks after we sent Corky and Ginny home. It was very upsetting. We missed Corky and Ginny even more then. We decided to wait for God to bring another corgi to us.

After the end of January, Meco came to stay with us. She is nine years old and the same age as Velvet. Meco is a purebred red and white corgi girl and pedigreed. She is well -mannered and sweet. Velvet and Meco became fast friends. Velvet let her sleep in her bed, play with her toys, and try to get used to a new home.

She’s a very good match for our home and were very happy to have her. We’ve been taking her to the vet to catch up on all the shots, etc. On Tuesday she got rabies shot and yesterday was very tired all day. Today she’s her sweet self. I’ll let you know how things go.

 

The End of an Era…

We miss Emily, Corky, and Ginny very much and yet they’re in Heaven waiting for us. We can just imagine them all together again running free. The memories of these last 16 years with them are pleasant ones.

They’re all in the gardens here watching us work. It seems like summer again and they are here. We can smile at them running behind the house after the ball and walking with us all around the pathways.

While they are with us, we don’t think of the end. All of a sudden, the years add up. We’ll never forget you, our beloved companions, as you made our lives whole. We’ll see you again in Heaven!

Corky and Ginny Went Home

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Ginny and Corky Nov.29, 2017 sleeping in the living room.

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Our first corgis, Merrymont Impression-Corky and Merrymont Virginia’s Beauty-Ginny went home to heaven on November 30, 2017. They were Emily’s boy and girl. Growing up together and now going home together, they lived long lives. Corky was 16 years in August and Ginny would have been 16 this coming March 2018.

Corky’s father was a Best of Breed in Va. and Ginny’s father was a Canadian Champion. We got Corky first from Emily’s second litter and the following year, Ginny came. Later, in Nov., Emily came when the breeder became ill.

Ginny was to be Corky’s companion as he barked a lot when we were working in the gardens. She did stop him from doing that but they acted like brothers and sisters in the human world most of the time. She had the thickest and most beautiful coat. Ginny became Daddy’s Princess. She was the best one to groom, do her ears, and teeth until the last year.

Corky loved us both, too, but idolized his Daddy. He followed him around everywhere. When you have furkids this long, their lives entwine yours in everything. As Glenn said last night, he sees Corky and Ginny everywhere. Then not to have a pack but only one, is tough. It’s now ‘the empty nest’ feeling.

Velvet came in August 2014 just 3 weeks after Emily went home. Corky was going through grief still and he became friends with Velvet. They loved each other very much. At night, they’d both be in the living room with Glenn. If she left the room, he would wake up and look for her. Velvet liked to sniff his back and there would be these little tuffs sticking up along Corky’s back. He would come next to Velvet and plop his yard-long frame on her front feet or next to her.

Velvet and Corky looked out the door all the time together. He even let her eat from his bowl and didn’t growl. If that was Ginny, there would be a fight. Ginny and Corky didn’t fight much, though, just growl and bare their teeth if one got in the other’s face.

Last week, Ginny and Corky kissed each other on the muzzle. That was warm to see now after they’ve mellowed. Glenn wanted them to go home together as they were both about the same condition health wise. At first, I thought that this would be a double whammy. Then I thought that Glenn is right as we’d have to take the other soon after.

Ginny didn’t really walk much and Corky lost a lot of weight these last 6 weeks. Ginny started skipping food recently and Corky started getting weaker a few days before he went home. We knew it was time. It will take time

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Corky and Velvet-best friends!

for us to recover and Velvet to adjust.

Right now, it’s very, very sad but I know it will get better over time. I think Velvet fully thought that Corky was back home when we went out to eat on Nov. 30. She ran to the back of the house and looked for him. She’s still looking for Corky and not wanting to play with her toys much. Glenn put Corky’s cover from the living room on the sofa for Velvet to smell. She’s good with that.

We are praying for God to give her a best friend again. She’s a very good girl with a lovely temperament. I know Velvet will help mend the 2 holes in our heart because she mended mine when Emily went to heaven.

 

Corky Begins the Road Home

Emily’s son, Corky, is now 16 ¼ years old! He still walks around much and follows Daddy all over. Yet he’s showing signs of old age this Autumn. He’s been healthy for the most part, until recently when he had a skin infection, perhaps from an allergy to an outdoors thing. He got over this after about 6 weeks of bathing 1-2 times a week.

Our concern now is that for the past 6 weeks he’s been losing weight. The vet gave him Hills Urgent Care canned food which we must mix with other things or he won’t eat it. Corky now eats 3 times a day from a menu that I’ve made up with something different each meal. Most of the time he’ll eat most or all of it.

It isn’t solving the problem, though, and Corky continues to lose weight. He’s lost 5 lbs. in about 6 weeks. Another blood test now reveals that not only is he slightly anemic but that the enzymes are slightly high with one kidney.

The vet said we could do more tests, etc. but we’ve decided that it won’t add to his life appreciably. We just want him to be happy and he only wants to be home with us and Velvet. It’s a matter of time until God calls Corky home to Heaven. Then, he will be with his mother, Emily, running and playing like they used to.

Corky adored his mother and really missed her when she went to Heaven. I know that Velvet will miss Corky, too. We are not watching him waste away but will let Corky tell us when he’s ready to go home.

 

 

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Corky and Velvet-best friends!

 

Emily and Corky, Her Son

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We miss you, Emily!

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Corky and Velvet-best friends!

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Happy Birthday !

Corky was 15 years old on Aug.20th. We celebrated with a party and frozen, vanilla yogurt. Corky, Ginny, and Velvet enjoyed that on a hot day! We are very thankful that we still have Corky with us.

In April 2011, two weeks after my mother passed away, Corky had emergency surgery for a blockage. Then after they sent him home, we had to go right back and he had a second surgery for same area. He wouldn’t eat and I visited him and fed him there in the hospital.

Corky was in for 8 days and I brought up his mother, Emily, on Mother’s Day to bring him home. He was thrilled to see her! Corky was always close to her. He healed up well and we’ve be careful to watch him eat certain things.

A week before Emily passed away on Aug. 27, 2014, we had Corky’s 13th birthday party. Emily had her vanilla yogurt, too, but it was clear that she wouldn’t be with us much longer. When she passed away, Corky was the only one who went to her and said his goodbyes.

He mourned for her for several months, even after Velvet came to us 3 weeks later in Sept. 2014. I would say her name while talking and Corky would look up at me. We could tell that he was still working through his grief.

After Velvet came, it took Corky a while to adjust to her ways. He didn’t quite know what to do at times having been around Ginny. Corky expected Velvet to be like her, I guess, as he was hesitant to play with Velvet. Velvet is unlike Ginny in every way.

Ginny never liked anyone to play and can be snarky, nip Corky, etc. Velvet has a perfect temperament like Emily had. In fact, Velvet calms Corky the same way. She never bites, nips or gets mean to Corky. This took a long time for him to get used to.

Corky adjusted to where he lets her do things that he never let Ginny do. He lets her have the antlers, bones, toys, and even drops things so she gets to have them. Now, after nearly 2 years, they are best friends! For the first time in his life, he is very happy.

The two will lie next to each other and look out the door. Corky goes next to her and lies down, licks her ear or face. It’s really wonderful that he has happiness and peace. Now with the change in his pain medications this summer, he seems to have more strength and energy to play with her and Glenn with the tennis balls. The is no limping like before either.

Perhaps Emily can look down and smile at Corky and Velvet being happy. God sure knew what was best for Corky and us. Having Velvet here has made a great difference. Although we will always miss Emily, we know we’ll see her again in heaven and she’ll get to meet Velvet.

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“Oh Boy! My favorite!” Emily, Aug. 20, 2014

Happy Birthday, Emily!

I still celebrate and remember Emily’s Birthday on May 22nd. She will be forever in my heart and mind. We have her picture throughout our home and think of her always. I asked Glenn once why we loved her so much. He said because she was special. That says it all.

While all the corgis are special, Emily was a very special girl who was calm and calmed the others, too. She eased their fears and they came by her; she calmed their fights and they stopped. Emily would watch and monitor a new rescue here while playing. She wouldn’t interfere unless she thought things were getting rough.

I left her alone and watched her work with amazement. There are a couple of short videos that I made of this once. When she passed away, a huge hole was left here as she was the alpha girl. No one can replace her ever. But God knew who we needed by then and what kind of girl we should have.

We rehomed Eskie and received Velvet the following month. Velvet and Corky are best friends. Velvet doesn’t order Corky around but stays by him, plays a little, and keeps him happy. Emily’s son, Corky, will be 15 in August. At this time of his life, he just needs love and companionship.

God knew that and sent Velvet here. We still feel most blessed that she came and are very thankful. Emily would have loved Velvet but will get to meet her in Heaven.

Emily, I miss you, always and forever.

Love,

Mom

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Emily and Corky would always be together. They never fought. He was the only one to come by her, after she passed away, to say good bye. For months afterwards, I’d say that I missed Emily. Corky would perk up his head and look at me when I said her name.  I’d then tell him that she is in Heaven and we’ll see her again. He was happy with that.