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
Oh my goodness! I am so sorry to read of Vienna's passing. So very sad to lose a good buddy and you have lost two so close together. Hoping you will soon find peace and comfort in your happy memories of your two dear, furry kids.
Sam & Silvia,
We know how incredibly heartbroken you are and that only time and focusing on good memories will help mend your hearts. We've had children and pets and know how much pets can be just like children.
Thank you for sharing your love of Corgis will all of us. When our beloved Winston died on August 12th, 2012 we were so heartbroken it was almost unbelievable. It was at that time that I found MyCorgi.com. I made friends, received consolation, and shared our search for a new little Pembroke. I honestly didn't know if having a new Corgi was the right thing for us. We missed our Winston so much and didn't want to try and replace him and felt guilty about it. However, we brought little Wilson home on November 25th and he has been an absolute delight. He looks a little different than Winston and has his own unique personality (of course) and we are now really glad we decided to get another Pembroke. It's always devastating to lose a pet and when they die young or from something devastating like cancer I think it's a lot harder to accept. I hope and pray your hearts won't be in pain for too long. It really, really hurts and there's nothing anyone can say. Joyce Randall
I am so sorry to hear about Vienna. This is so very sad. I'm glad you took some time away to heal. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Life seems way too short sometimes. Mocha and Vienna are together again, probably romping through heaven with giant corgi smiles. God bless your family for giving them a great life.
I am so sorry for your loss. It is devastating to lose our fur kids. And you and Silvia went through losing two of them in such a short time. I know another dog(s) will never replace them, but other dogs will ease your pain. When I lost my Dee Dee back in November, I thought tears would never stop. After I got Brandy, tears still didn't stop, but they visited less often. My husband and I still cry when we see Dee Dee's pictures, but Brandy is usually around doing something silly to make us laugh.
Just like you, Dee Dee was with us for our first 12 years of our marriage, and we didn't know how to live without her. It is still a big hole in my heart, and I'm sure it will hurt for a long time. I know it must be very difficult to lose both Mocha and Vienna so closely from one another, but I hope the picture in your mind where they are happy playing with each other as they did when they were with you finds some comfort in your heart. I hope they are playing and sharing some good treats with my Dee Dee too. My condolences to both of you.