Farewell, old man

As you may remember, we lost our sweet Nellie in January of this year. Shortly after her passing, our oldest dog, Buehrle suffered some sort of seizure or stroke where he lost his vision, hearing, and mobility for a brief time. We gave him meds, changed his diet, and hoped for the best. He got good, but not great, and we’ve known since then that it was only a matter of time. All considering…we were lucky to get this much time with him.

After a valiant fight and steady decline, Buerhle died last week. He was nearly fifteen. He was our first. He was the reason we started our corgi collection. Pembroke Welsh Corgis are a wonderful breed of intelligent, friendly, energetic, loving, and explosively shedding dogs and he was a shining example of just how amazing they are.

Since we knew we’d be losing him all too soon, I had been documenting his adventures. Even after he could no longer walk with us, we still took him on car rides to parks and forest preserves. He would rest in the shade while the other dogs were walked. We even brought him along paved trails in the wagon. I’d post the photos on Facebook and title them, “Old Man at the ____”.  Here is that collection of photos (and a couple of others).

It doesn’t matter that we’ve expected this day since February, you’re just never ready to lose a loved one. I know we were lucky to have such a great dog for such a long time, but that doesn’t make me miss him any less.

NOTE: Please, do yourself a favor and do not get your pets at the same time or close together. 😦 Ozzie is almost thirteen. What the hell were we thinking?!

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About Mary Fran Says

I am an artist, crafter, designer and writer. I enjoy working with mixed media-- applying visual and tactile manipulations to telling a story. Not a lot of market for that, though, :), so I'm focusing on short story submissions and novel completions. Yes, plural. Lots of beginnings, too many ideas, not enough focus.
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5 Responses to Farewell, old man

  1. lisa reily says:

    Very sad news, Mary. Losing a pet is a very difficult thing. 😦 Lovely photo memories of your little old man, though. I especially love the last two black-and-white ones. Beautiful.

  2. Mary Beth Maas says:

    So sorry about your doggie. Dogs just work their way right into your heart and take a piece of it when they go. When my basset Schatzi died I was bereft and still have a hard time thinking about her, my baby. Someday I think I’d like to get a corgi, as bassets are kind of large and heavy dogs and I’m not getting any younger. Basset hounds and welsh corgis, the best!

  3. The Gang Gets A Blog says:

    Sorry for your loss. 😔

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