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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

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Emily, It’s been a year now…

We still miss Emily as much as when she left us on August 27, 2014; we always will miss her as she was such a great part of our lives. I can’t relive those days and hours in my mind as it’s so very sad. Now it is remembering without the details to make it more bearable.

Yet, there are still times of tears and deep sorrow. Anniversaries are always very sad for my late parents, now for Emily, too. I miss them all so much and wish I could go back in time just for a moment. Looking at Emily’s pictures and videos is easier now as I just think of the moment they were taken and not that she is missing.

I will never “get over” her loss and will hold her in my heart always. Many people never get another dog after losing a dear one or they never get that breed again. That makes things much worse, I think. God gave us Velvet to help us heal and she has. She’s been here 11 months already and we can cope with Emily’s memories better due to her.

We have learned to thank God for his foresight and gifts in Velvet coming here to be with us now and forever. Emily was a most beautiful girl in every way; Velvet is also in her ways very beautiful, too.

When we all meet again in Heaven, we will then have much to tell each other.

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Emily, a Memorial at the Creek…

I took this picture the last time we were at this launch on July 7, 2014. It was a hot day and the sun was shining along the route. When we returned, Glenn carried her to the shade and loosened her life jacket but she wanted to nap.

Emily napping after our canoe trip July7, 2014

Emily napping after our canoe trip July7, 2014

Today, Oct. 7, 2014, we returned with Velvet, our new Hearing Ear girl, for her first canoe trip. We put the dried rose petals on that spot where Emily was. Just 3 months ago we had Emily there. It doesn’t seem possible.

Today is Oct. 7, 2014. We spread dried rose petals where Emily rested when we were there July 7, 2014

Today is Oct. 7, 2014. We spread dried rose petals where Emily rested when we were there July 7, 2014


I’ll always remember Emily there…

Daddy and I miss you so much, Emily!