Hi Everyone, and Happy 2021 to you all! It has been a VERY long time since I have been on this page, either to update or even to look at it, but both of our beloved Pembroke Welsh Corgis are getting on in years. I can't believe that the last time I was here, they were both, essentially, puppies. Griffin will be turning 11yo in February, and Violet turned 8 this past November. Griffin is acting every bit the Senior Corgi these days, sleeping most of the day each day, and has a very hard time getting up after his nightly sleep or after any of his many naps during the day. He can barely stagger along when he first starts moving, but does get better after he moves a bit. Violet, thank goodness, is still a feisty girl, and makes a lot of noise and lets us all know she's around.
My heart is already starting to break at the thought of the day when Griff will no longer be with us. I'm so hoping that he will stay happy and not hurting for a long time to come, but I'm afraid that may not be the case. My wife doesn't want me thinking this way, and says I should just be happy while he is still here. She is right, of course, but I'm wondering what any of you have done to make the ultimate decision in their Corgi's lives. I have had many dogs in my life, but circumstances have conspired such that I have never had to make that choice, consciously. Our Lab mix went to the Rainbow Bridge almost exactly 7 years ago, but she had ended up with some sort of auto-immune disease and within a few days, she went from completely healthy to paralyzed and convulsing, and we had no choice but to put her out of her pain, with no time to think about it. But that is the closest I have ever had to come to make that choice. My heart is heavy already when considering what we may have to do in the not too distant future...