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 2010

Missy's brother and sister, the late great Watson & Tinsel in 2008

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Comment by ME Arnold on May 25, 2010 at 3:22pm
Missy loves it. Thank you, Doug.
Comment by Avyon on May 25, 2010 at 10:26am
They do look so similar! Missy's eyes are amazing. I couldn't stop looking at them.
Comment by Joanna, Rainy and Calvin on May 25, 2010 at 10:15am
Gromit, you come from a fine looking, furry family! How special and how lucky you are to see your family. Great pictures!!!
Comment by Bev Levy on May 25, 2010 at 7:42am
Boy, there really is a resemblance isn't there! Glad you had such a nice visit.
Comment by David on May 25, 2010 at 6:03am
What a bunch pf special Corgis! I know that tingling feeling you had when you saw Missy.
Comment by Jane Christensen on May 24, 2010 at 9:23pm
Oh how wonderful! Sometimes it's even more fun having the 4 legged family members visit!

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