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
Tops on Sparty's list is to no longer worry about his waistline ... maybe Vienna would like that as well. So sorry!
..... WTH!!! Sam.. As much as you would probably want to knock me out for saying this, try to stay strong.. Bah.. I probably don't know half the things you're going through right now but even i want to start smashing stuff against the wall after hearing this news today...
I'm speechless. I am so sorry to hear about Vienna's fate. If there's any hiking spots you planned to visit that you haven't gotten around to, yet, I'd say it's time. A good trek brings the family together, and keeps mind off of the darkness in our lives.
Sam, I had to re-read your post 3 times to grasp what you were saying about Vienna. That is unbelievably heart-breaking, and seems so profoundly unfair. I know, though, that the rest of her time will be filled to the brim with as many happy moments as you can possibly squeeze in, just as you did with Mocha. Your corgis are certainly lucky to have you as their owner. Sending hugs to all 3 of you as I type this through my tears.
Sam, I am so sorry to hear about Vienna. My heart breaks for you and your family. Baron is sending Corgi hugs your way and suggests cheese curls (his current favorite) for her bucket list.
Sam, NO! NO! NO!
I cannot believe what I am reading. I have no words, no words at all to make you feel any sense of comfort. It is times like this that I question my belief in God. HOW could something so cruel happen so close to your losing Mocha? It is so unfair, and so cruel, that no words can express how sad I feel for you and for your family. I cry thinking of the pain you must be going through.
I am so, so sorry. All I know is that life is not fair, and God only takes the best. The only comfort I think of is that Mocha and Vienna will be together. Life is so, so, so cruel.
Dear Sam, what a terrible news....I'm so sorry, and thinking of you, Moccha,and little Vienna.
Oh Sam and Vienna, I'm at a loss for words and that doesn't happen very often. The skies the limit let her have what she wants....more later. So sorry!
Sorry to read this news Sam, hope you still have lots of wonderful times left together:)))
Sam,I am so very sorry. I cannot even imagine. :*( There are no words, but I am thinking of you guys at this time.
Ah Sam, I'm so sorry to read that. I lost my beloved Watson & Tinsel in the same year and it's tough, tough, tough. I'd give you a proper guy hug if I could. You know all your friends and supporters here are pulling for you.
So sorry for your loss of Mocha and for the diagnosis for Vienna. It reminds us all to savor every moment we have with our pups. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.