Category Archives: Sweet Memories

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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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.

Always in My Heart

 

Emily, you are always in my heart. Sometimes I think of things that you did and I smile. Sweet memories come back when I see things you liked or pictures of you in the gardens here. I wish Velvet could have met you. Surely, you would have enjoyed each other’s company well. Velvet is a calm girl like you were. There are a lot of things you have in common, though different.

At times, though, the tears flow easily. Many of the photos of you are so beautiful and the reminders so fresh, that I have still not been able to view them all from over the years. Velvet understands and will lick my tears…

Then, I think, I miss you very much! The love in your eyes and the care that you gave me still warms my heart. I am able to go on through my day again.

Queen Emily

Queen Emily

Big Meadows Lodge, Shenandoah, VA

Big Meadows Lodge, Shenandoah, VA

Mt. Vernon, VA

Mt. Vernon, VA

Brandywine Battlefield, PA

Brandywine Battlefield, PA

 

The Gift of Love

Today, April 25th, is our wedding anniversary of 23 years! (It’s also the birthday of my oldest daughter.) We will go out to dinner this weekend and enjoy ourselves…

Today, also, is Glenn’s Gift of Love to Emily-he put her arch up and concrete again at the bottom due to very strong crosswinds in that area. When the brickwork is completed, I will plant Mom’s rose and clematis on one side, and continue fixing the rose garden that I began the other day.

April is both a happy and sad month as Mom passed away April 8, 2011 and Emily’s last photo in the gardens was with Glenn and under the rose arch. We miss then greatly. Now, though, I can walk in that garden and think of them while enjoying God’s flowers. They are in heaven now so we are happy for that.

We are also thankful for 23 years of marriage and looking forward to our 25th! It’s easier now and better than many other times. Glenn continues to give many ‘gifts of love’ to us daily here in taking care of the home and gardens and furkids.

This year we are trying to catch-up and take it easy, too. Dad passed away in July 2007 and it took me 18 months to move on. Then we had construction to 2012, with Mom passing away in 2011. In Oct. 2012 I had a small stroke from all that stress and that took a while to recover. In the summer of 2013, Emily could no longer walk and we got her a cart by Nov. She also almost died from a blockage and a long bought of pneumonia in Feb 2013. Emily passed away in August 2014 and the remainder of the year was filled with grief.

One thing after another and the gardens have not fully been taken care of at times. That is being done this year as much as God will allow us to do. No construction is planned for this year. We plan to just be outside with the furkids, garden, and enjoy ourselves with as little stress as possible.

Emily’s birthday is in May just after Glenn’s. We are hoping for warmer weather and a warm celebration of both of their birthdays.

A Gift of Love given to us by God has increased and multiplied. We pray that it continues for more years to come! Happy Anniversary, Glenn!

Glenn installed Emily's new arch today.

Glenn installed Emily’s new arch today.

Emily’s Garden Arch

We are preparing “Emily’s Garden” Fragrances, Potpourris, Oils, and more Bath and Beauty items. They will be on my website and online store this year. The label looks like this:

The label has Emily walking in her cart and under the Rose arch.

The label has Emily walking in her cart and under the Rose arch.

Emily loved the gardens here and we think of her while walking and working out there. Glenn loved walking her in her cart around the rose and vegetable gardens each day. He took especially good care of her. Even in the snow, he would shovel all the pathways so she could still walk around. It was cute.

I have videos and still pictures of them. One of the photos was taken on Easter in 2014 and under the arch. Glenn loved that one so I have it enlarged and on a canvas photo with 3 others of Emily. I cropped the photo to make the label for Emily’s Garden products. The labels are oil and water resistant and came out well.

Glenn and Emily on Easter in 2014. She loved her walks.

Glenn and Emily on Easter in 2014. She loved her walks.

ALAS! AS Mom would have said, “Nothing lasts forever.” The western cedar arch was recently seen moving in the wind. A check on it showed that it is worse than a year ago.  Glenn took in down the other day. Now Emily’s arch is gone…

Glenn wants it back and misses it after it has been there 18 years. I agree and couldn’t plant the climbing rose bush I got last spring on it. I’ve just ordered an exact copy of the western cedar arch. Some things have to be replaced and others we can leave out when removed. Now, it is even more meaningful to have the rose arch back in.

It will come in about 10 days and will be in Memory of Emily. The rose that I got is in Memory of Mom so that will look good. We have Mom’s clematis from behind her home that she had growing in the climbing rose there. The rose didn’t survive so that was why I got a new one. Now they’ll be growing together again.

There are other memories that we have of Emily in our gardens here. She loved smelling the flowers as I showed her how to do that without tasting them. He favorite places were where she could watch over ‘her kingdom’ and all the other fur kids and keep them in line with a ‘bark, bark’ if needed.

Emily would be right there by Dad at his favorite place under a large, red maple in the back. Sadly, we had to remove that tree due to dangerous large branches. There, too, we had to have a replacement tree so “Dad’s Tree” is now a Japanese red maple. Under that I planted the oriental lilies that he liked.

Emily’s Arch will be put up before her birthday in May. We hope to have that garden fixed up for a photo then. We dearly miss them all. These areas are next to the Memory Garden where Mom’s bench is. Memories give us a smile and sometimes a tear but we are fortunate that we have them.  There’s nothing like a garden to sit in and reflect on the love that we shared.

Emily is in Heaven Four Months Now

It is now easy some days. I think of her sometimes and cry. But the spans between those times are now greater. For Glenn also there are tears at times. We have many photos to see of Emily and that’s good. Many days that we look at them we can smile.
We’ve young Velvet to make us laugh and keep us company with Ginny and Corky. It’s very peaceful here. Thankfulness fills our hearts for these things. They are all happy and fairly healthy, with the older 2 having their arthritis.
Like with humans, the holidays bring back many memories of loved ones. This Christmas was nice but I had a sadness under it all with Emily gone. That also led to me thinking of my late parents… Times are different now.
So it is, that we move on in life. We can help others with our experiences but they alone have to make the choice at the end of their dog’s life. It’s a very personal decision and only they can do that. For us, we’ve made the right choice by letting God take back the life he gave Emily to Himself. But every person has their own beliefs.
As much as I want to comfort the other corgi owners who have lost theirs or are in the midst of making a choice, I can’t do very much now. I can provide a link to this blog but I cannot post to theirs or get into a big conversation about this yet. It is just too heart-wrenching still.
Glenn and I can talk about it to each other but not too much with other people. The hurt is still too raw and we don’t want to detail the end of her life. Still, it’s a new year and we are going on and will be able to discuss it perhaps later.
We will never forget Emily who latched onto our hearts for so many years.

"Where's Daddy?" Emily waited for Daddy to walk her in the cart. She loved it.

“Where’s Daddy?”
Emily waited for Daddy to walk her in the cart. She loved it.