Great Aunt Missy (L) and Great Grand Nephew Gromit (R)
Gromit had a special visitor this past weekend and it was special for us too. One of the litter mate sisters of our two late Corgi buddies, Watson and Tinsel (1998-2009), is "Mistletoe" or "Missy." Missy is closing in on 12 years old now and has retired from an illustrious career as a hearing assistance dog for her owner Liz. Missy is also Gromit's Great Aunt on his mother's side of the family (I think I've got that straight). I know, that doesn't mean much to dogs but I still think it's a fun fact. Anyway, they are definitely directly related.
"Did somebody say 'treats'? Move over, youngster!"
Missy, Liz, and Liz's husband Joe (notice how the Corgi gets first billing) all came to our house for a visit on Saturday. At the risk of sounding maudlin or odd, it was so special to have Missy visit, it was a bit like having my Corgi pals W&T back for a couple of hours. There's a strong family resemblance in their litter and Missy's fine red headed tri looks brought back lots of happy memories and some sad ones also. But it was a fine afternoon and getting to know Missy's owners was half the fun.
Sadly, the infirmities of old age kept Missy from enjoying Gromit's agility equipment and playing with Gromit but I did get them to pose for a picture or two on the pause table. As always, the Corgi Motto is true: "Anything for a treat!"
I think all Corgis are special but sometimes you find extra special ones and they are not even your own.
Missy's brother and sister, the late great Watson & Tinsel in 2008