This will be the last of my daily blogs. I have been privileged to have an outlet for dealing with my grief and in the wonderful responses and words of sympathy and encouragement from so many of you. It has helped more than I can say. Is my grief over? No. It never will be "over." It has become manageable and has reached a perspective from which I can deal with it. There are still occasional tears and an emptiness in this house that will not change until Huey comes to live with us.

     I went to see Huey (Hugh Dylan Thomas) yesterday. He is so tiny--just a week old today. It was so good to hold him. His little paws are about the size of the end of my index finger. As I held him up to my face, it was almost like I could hear Stinky Wink whispering, "I'm okay. Now it's time for you to be okay." I know that's what he would want.

      I'm going to work on Wink's grave today. I'll post pictures when it's finished and the irises are blooming. Thanks again to everyone for your support!

     I still miss you, Winker, and I always will. We were too connected for me not to feel your loss for the rest of my life. And even though the pain lessens, the loss doesn't. I have no doubt you'll be here in spirit, helping to raise baby Huey. And what a wonderful example you'll be, my besses puppo!

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Comment by Katy on March 15, 2012 at 12:59pm

Randy, though I've been a silent listener to your blogs I am delighted to hear that you have found Huey and that I'm sure Stinky Wink is happy for you too. The pain of losing such a dear friend is never gone, it's always there and it's not a bad thing to find things in life that remind you of the ones you have loved and are now gone physically. 
My corgi clan and I can't wait to hear new updates on the little guy. You're both blessed.

Comment by Cindi & Twinkie on March 15, 2012 at 8:41am

Your blogs have been a reminder that I am not alone in feeling so strongly about my dogs.  There are some of us that maybe listen a little harder and that's why not everyone is so connected to their pet. I hope to hear more about your new relationship with Huey.  XOXO

Comment by Laura and Tommy Jefferson on March 14, 2012 at 9:21pm
Thanks for your daily posts, Randy! I think we all have come to know and miss Stinky. I can't wait to see photos of Huey in the future :)
Comment by Teresa Gilpin on March 14, 2012 at 4:49pm

Stinky Wink will always be in your heart.  He would not want you to grieve for too long.  He would want you to smile and laugh.  And having a new puppy is the best way to pass on all the love you have to give.  Can't wait to see pictures.  Wink will always be by your side!

Comment by Alison Prasavath on March 14, 2012 at 4:17pm

Thank you for your daily posts and for reminding me just how special every day is with Noodles. I look forward to seeing pictures of Huey and hearing stories about him. Wink will always be with you.

Comment by Kevan hudson on March 14, 2012 at 3:56pm
Reading your blogs has made me realize the importance of grieving ,when my Chuckie passed(2 yrs ago mar.19)I kinda just bottled it in,now I get the warm glow of fond memories whenever I think of him,last weekend my neighbour called Benson "Chuck",he profusely apologized,my wife and I assured him that it was o.k.then the three of us started talking and laughing about some of the things Chuckie used to do,well looking forward to seeing and reading about Huey,Wink will always be with you,cheering you on..
Comment by Bev Levy on March 14, 2012 at 2:35pm

Looking forward to hearing about Huey. Stinky Wink will always be special, thanks for sharing!

Comment by Jennifer Markley on March 14, 2012 at 2:07pm

It's been a privilege for me to be able to share this with you.  Thank you so much for sharing, and being able to say how so many of us feel after losing a loved one.  I am honored that you were able to help us, by sharing your grief.  I look forward to seeing Huey!  And I am sure that Wink is very proud of you... :)

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