In honor of Mocha, I am starting a bucket list for Vienna as well. She was diagnosed with stage 5 lymphoma today. Please take a look at Mocha's list and share your suggestions on this one. I will post a picture / video as I complete each one.
Update Aug 1, 11:02pm
Dear Corgi friends,
I am overwhelmed with your love, prayers and support. Thank you for taking time to write me, I cherish each thoughtful message / reply. Please forgive me, for I cannot reply every message at this time.
To answer some of your questions. My vet was just as shocked as we were. Mocha and Vienna were born in different parts of Florida to 2 different breeders / parents and time of the year. We have never lived in a hazard area or purposely expose ourselves to cancer causing agent. Due to the cancer had already spread to the bone marrow (stage 5), chemo will not guarantee longer or better quality of life. We like to respectfully decline any financial assistance. However, we like to take this opportunity to encourage you to donate to Corgipals, Sunshine Corgi Rescue, ForPaws and CorgiAid. Open your hearts for a rescue corgi or volunteer to become a foster parent / transport.
Life is never fair, sometimes even cruel. I don't blame God or anyone for the recent events. My faith remain strong, I believe He will continue to provide me with strength to carry on. My wife and I had ran out of tears, perhaps still in shock. We think the best use of our time now is to focus on "Living and celebrate Vienna's life". Corgi nation is closer than ever, let us continue to help one another, be kind and pay it forward.
Sam, Silvia & Vienna
Dec 23rd 2012 Update
Hello Corgi Friends,
Our beloved Vienna joined Mocha at the rainbow bridge 3 days ago, 1 day before the Mayan calendar ends.
It's been very difficult coming home without the barking, especially the lack of jingling sound from her collar. We miss having our kitchen floor clean , we miss her drive by licking and nose nudges during dinner time.
We find ourselves staring at the ground level constantly, hoping to find her beautiful smile. Everywhere we look brought back sweet memories.
No, we will never forget them, the holes in our hearts will never be filled, nor another dog will replace their place in our hearts, but in time, our hearts will heal.
Mocha and Vienna were our kids, the first 10 years of our marriage foundation. They have taught us so much and preparing us for human kids of our own someday. Until then, we will continue to foster and placing rescue corgis in need.
Thank you for your messages and walking this journey with us. Y'all gave us strength, comfort and hope. We will be absent for a lil bit after the holidays, to get away, recharge and heal. Life is short, please hug your corgis, give them a real piece of juicy meat, take lots of picture / videos, go and create more memories.
Happy Holidays! Blessings to you all!
Sam & Silvia
Oh Sam, I am so so sorry to hear about Vienna. I think she would like her own steak or ice cream cone or a steak ice cream cone.
Still thinking of you, Sylvia and Vienna.
Oh my goodness, Sam, I am so, so very sorry.
I agree that her own steak would be nice. Also, lots of "free" treats (no work required!) and maybe her own cake.
I am so sorry that you are going through this. We are having a tough enough time with going through it with one. Many prayers to you all. Our Nikki is really enjoying getting some time alone with mom and dad and endless belly rubs. We take a trip to Petsmart each week for her to pick her snacks for the week, and lots of Frosty Paws!
Sam, I am beyond words. How could this happen? I'm dumbfounded. Words can't express what I am feeling...I'm going to go have a good cry right now.
I'm so sorry Sam :/ I am too emotional to even suggest anything right now besides lots & lots of snuggles...
Oh, Sam. My heart is breaking for your family. I'm so sorry...
:( Not Vienna too! I'm so sorry.
I am so sorry..
I don't even know what else to say..
This is so heartbreaking.. I will keep you guys in my thoughts.
As for the bucket list, I suggest Bacon Turtle Burgers. Here's the recipe.
OMG did you make them???????? I want them! Recipe please!
Um...yes please...totally awesome.
Wow, I am absolutely stunned to hear this. It's absolutely gut-wrenching. My heart goes out to you and your family.
Bucket list item: let her chase every squirrel, lizard or (other favorite thing to chase) to her heart's delight.
So sad to hear this! Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Sylvia, and Vienna at this time.
As for bucket list, BBQ'ed chicken wings! (with the bones removed, of course) and a nice big chunk of ice cold watermelon on a hot day!