Winston was all about the squirrels. In fact, this Daily Corgi alum was the veritable Sheriff of Squirreltown. His family referred to them as "S-Q"s, and amazingly for a Corgi, I don't think he ever did catch on to their verbal shorthand!
Before an aggressive cancer sent him early to the Bridge in June, Winston got the chance to enjoy some lovely Spring days with Penny, his red dappled little Dachshund sister. Following surgery for a torn ACL earlier in the year, Winston's new diagnosis and the prospect of more surgery led to his family's decision to let him live out his remaining days happily ...
... and he did ...
... pizza crust begging, butterfly-supervising, camera mugging, through-the-window neighborhood snoopervising and all. What a Corgi-licious boy!
Memorial Day week, his family knew things were worsening. "He had been having mini seizures occasionally during walks" writes Norma, "and that week he had one every day. By Wednesday, he took one morsel of his food into the living room, guarded it and didn’t eat it. Thursday morning he ate, but by afternoon, he wouldn't go near his all-time favorite Dingo treat. We knew it was time, and were fortunate to be able to love on him to the end. On June 1, the vet came to our home and helped us release Winston from his suffering, just a week shy of his eighth birthday."
"We allowed Penny and Pearl (our newly rescued Beagle) to have their final sniff goodbye when everything was done, and he is buried in our yard with the cotton mat from under his dish, his favorite towel, and the Dingo he didn't eat."
"The house is very quiet without our talkative friend, and we always smile when the Nasonex commercial comes on -- he hated that animated bee! Penny and Pearl get lots of love, and maybe at some point there will be another Corgi in our future. For now we will be content to watch The Daily Corgi and love on other Corgis vicariously."
"Thank you for being part of our lives by bringing Corgi love to everyone. Winston’s loss has made us very sad, but we’ll be OK. Dogs are forever companions!"
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Friends, it is particularly poignant to share the passing of a Corgi who's been a Dog of the Day here on the blog. I am blessed to get to know them and share their stories, but saying farewell is hard. Each time surprisingly, unexpectedly hard. I readily admit to crying over Winston, which must seem bizarre to people who don't understand and deeply love dogs. Thankfully, they're probably not reading this post.
Winston, just so you know ... you made me very happy too :).