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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.

 

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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!

 

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.

My Thoughts are With Emily

Working through grief is tough. Most of the time now I can think of Emily and all the happy times that we shared. But there are times of sorrow and tears. It was last night and today that this hit me hard.
I realized that looking at the last photos near her passing and thinking of her then, are my worst moments. Tonight I looked over some of the nearly 13 years of photos and felt better. Emily was a very beautiful corgi girl and very photogenic. She would pose and stay in place. This was due to her show-dog, obedience training before she came to me.

I have many gorgeous photos and now will have two more canvas pictures made. I haven’t decided which as there are so many! We went to many places and had good times. Our last vacation together was to Williamsburg, VA in Dec. 2011. One night, I realized that this may be our last vacation. I cried the whole night.

I haven’t been on vacation since then as I took care of her and had my own health issues. Now, I think this coming year that I will go and begin my life with Velvet…

The birthday girl at Longwood Gardens. It was her favorite place.

The birthday girl at Longwood Gardens. It was her favorite place.

Emily's favorite spot here in the gardens. (This was the old pond before we added the cabin deck.) She liked to look over her 'kingdom' and watch Corky and Ginny.

Emily’s favorite spot here in the gardens. (This was the old pond before we added the cabin deck.)
She liked to look over her ‘kingdom’ and watch Corky and Ginny.

Sweet Memories

Sweet Memories of Emily

Sweet Memories of Emily

Like myself, Glenn as profound grief, too. He carried and lifted her constantly. Now, his memories are in the gardens. Glenn said that he sees her everywhere as he walks around. Sweet memories will sustain us, Glenn…

Like other Service Dogs, Emily concentrated on me even when she wasn’t ‘officially’ working. I depended my life on her and she loved that. We had all these ‘conversations’ that would make Glenn laugh. Of course, Emily went right along with it all.

“What do you think, Emily, about this flower bed?”
“Get busy, Mom” , she’d say…

Wherever we were, we talked. Emily loved it. The thing that always got me, sometimes ever startling me, was looking at her as I worked inside and out. Emily was staring at me and watching my every move. Her concentration on and dedication to me was unwavering. I mentioned this to Glenn many times. He saw it, too.

Sometimes I’d sing to her, especially when traveling. Once in a while it seemed she was singing Bobby Vinton’s 1960’s song, “I love how you love me.”
I Love How You Love Me
Bobby Vinton

I love how your eyes close
Whenever you kiss me.
And when I’m away from you
I love how you miss me.
I love the way you always
treat me tenderly.
But darlin’ most of all,
I love how you love me

I love how your heart beats
whenever I hold you.
I love how you think of me
without being told to.
I love the way your touch
is always heavenly.
But darlin’ most of all
I love how you love me.

I love the way your touch
is always heavenly.
But darlin’ most of all
I love how you love me.

I love how you hug me
I love how you squeeze me,
tease me, please me
love how you love me

I love how you love me (fade)

I felt that way about her, too. Such was the bond and happiness that we shared.

A River of Tears-Part 3

Note: This is our experience but parts may be very emotionally upsetting to some.
You can see in the last photo on Aug. 20 in Part 2 that Emily looked very aged. She was weakening more and more. She started not wanting her canned prescription food in the days that followed. It was challenging for us to vary it, heat it, and get her to eat some at least. Emily also needed to have closer and more dishes of her Tramadol, too.
A few times she could not walk in her cart but after a couple of doses and food she was better. I could tell she was near to leaving soon. I spent my time with her and near her as much as I could. Emily slept much more now.
The last night we took our naps about 9 pm. She wanted my hand on her head for a massage and kept nudging it. I put my other arm around her, too, and she napped on my elbow. I awoke at 12 m to Emily curled up with her head under her blanket to block out the light. I didn’t want to wake her and got up for my medicine.
When I came back about 4 am, I put my arm on her and Emily’s heart was beating somewhat fast and hard. It felt uncomfortable so I moved away. When I awoke again, it was 7am or so, and I returned to bed shortly. Then I put my hand on her paw as usual and it was stiff.
My beloved girl had gone to heaven. I got up and went to see all of her and I felt relief and peace. It was over. August 27, 2014
Glenn checked on her, too. After breakfast, we brought her in the garden room and put her on her pad. The other 3 dogs came to say goodbye. Corky and Ginny just lost their mother. They now knew what happened which will help them with their grief.

Later, we took Emily to the vet for private cremation. When the pet cemetery returns the cremains, they will have her paw print, too. The vet said that we did the right things. Having her take increased medicine, doses, and her passing away at home is better. (This is a very personal decision for dog owners and each dog and family is different.)

Many vets do this now-increase medicine and number of doses to have a good quality of life to near the end. It was only about the last 3 days that eating and walking were more difficult for Emily. But she still was able to move about on the pad.

Were we “lucky” to be spared the “decision”? No, because we made it our choice not to take her life but to let God take it back to Him. He made her and gave her life. He gave Emily as a precious gift to us for 12 of 15 years.

A river of tears still flows but I’ll see her again in heaven. She’ll be young again and we will be, too.
Run free, my beloved Emily. Auf wiedersehen!

Emily in 2008. This is one of my favorite pictures. She is beautiful and her sable-colored head shines in the light. It was colored sable to the roots unlike Corky's red. His and Ginny's changes to black near the roots.

Emily in 2008. This is one of my favorite pictures. She is beautiful and her sable-colored head shines in the light. It was colored sable to the roots unlike Corky’s red. His and Ginny’s changes to black near the roots.