There are little daily things where Wink and I were so connected that they seem incomplete now. Since he was just a puppy, we had a shower game. When I got ready to shower, he would run for a toy, and I would toss it across the room. He would go after it and then sit patiently by the shower, waiting for me to come out. The next big event was the hair dryer, which he cursed at loudly. That was our shower routine! Then we moved to the house where we are now. He liked this house because it is much bigger and has a bigger fenced-in yard.

     Since my heart surgery I have been using the shower in the guest bathroom because it is a walk-in rather than a tub shower. After recovery, I just continued to use it. As Wink got older, the steps got a little more difficult. When he was younger he would bound up and down the steps after me. The last few years he was more selective about his trips up and down the steps. We put his bed and crate in the family room so he didn't have to make the steps. However...when I would go upstairs he would sit at the bottom of the steps, listening intently to what I has doing. If he heard the shower curtain hooks slide along the rod, and the water turn on...up the steps he would come. There is a long hallway running straight from the bathroom door, so the toy we purposely kept in the bathroom would be sent flying down the hallways by me, quickly chased by Wink, who would then take his post by the shower, and from there the routine resumed as it always had. Showers aren't really fun any more...but I sure hang on tenaciosuly to those memories! I doubt that I will ever step into a shower again without remembering that little bunny butt chasing a toy down the hall.

     Our breeder called last night and said that little momma is due Friday. I don't know if the next Corgi will enjoy all the things that Wink did, but I'm sure there will be other things. There will never be a replacement for Stink Wink...there couldn't be. But the next one will make his own place in our hearts and will find his own ways to become endearing.

     My memories of our years together and all the wonderful times we shared, hold you safely in my heart, dear Winker. That spot is secure and will always be yours, my besses puppo!

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Comment by Elizabeth, Hermione and Luna on March 8, 2012 at 2:49pm
....even after you get the new little bundle, you can still enjoy these memories. We tell our girls (and each other) stories all the time about "Uncle Truman" and "Aunt Bessie."
Comment by Priscilla, CARLY, and Frankie on March 7, 2012 at 4:02pm

thank you for reminding us to cherish every moment :(

Comment by Alison Prasavath on March 7, 2012 at 3:12pm

I guess you could say Noodles and I have a shower routine as well. There is no sense on trying to close the bathroom door without making sure he is inside with me. He lays on the foot towel while I'm taking a shower and then when I pull back the shower curtain, he squints his eyes as water droplets fall on his head. He then gets up and wants out the door to grab a toy. He also knows when it is close to me using the blow dryer. He apparently thinks I only have one eye because when I start using my mascara, he starts barking and racing back and forth because after that, it is blow dryer time. If I take too long applying my mascara, he will jump up on the vanity and stare at me in the mirror. He goes psychotic when the blow dryer comes out, but like you said, Randy, I will never look at showers the same way when he is gone (and I pray that doesn't happen for a VERY long time) or vacuuming for that matter (and that is a whole 'nother story).

I can tell from your posts you are doing much better and I just have to thank you for reminding me to cherish every moment I have with Noodles.

Comment by ding u on March 7, 2012 at 12:59pm

i love reading your little stories. they're heart-warming and heart-breaking at the same time. both you and wink are very lucky to have each other in your life.

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