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RIP Korky by merimask RIP Korky by merimask
I love dogs, always have. They are little heartbreakers, though. I'm sad tonight because my friend has lost her corgi buddy, Korky, to age and illness. He was a cute little fellow. I even made a mask of him once, as a gift to her.

He was adorable.

We give our hearts to them, so they can break them, but what can we do? They become family to us, even though their little lives are too brief. We mark the eras of our lives with their presence. Casey was the dog of my youth. Tucker and Ruby saw me through my first marriage and my rebuilding. Kiba will be the dog of my daughter's childhood.

Korky was the dog of my friend's twenties. He passed on the very eve of motherhood for her. How profoundly sad that she has to say goodbye to her furry friend on the day before she welcomes her new baby. She'll begin a new era, now.

I've lost some dogs over the years. Ruby, Tucker, Casey...time does heal the pain, but my heart breaks whenever a beloved old dog passes. Is it wrong to be crying for an old dog I never actually met in person? I feel like I knew him, anyway. Korky deserves a tear or two...he was a Good Dog. He'll be missed.

So long, space cowboy.

P.S. I know money can be tight during the holidays, but please consider making a donation to the ASPCA. [link] Korky was a rescue dog, and I know he would'nt have had his happy second chance if it weren't for organizations like this.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a lovely tribute. And I agree, a beloved pet marks out an era of one's life.
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MGMags Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
My condolences to your friend for her loss and :hug: to you for your sadness as you support her through this time.

I know this pain all too well having lost several pets through the years - most recently our 17 yr old German Shepard - Collie mix last year due to hip dysplasia. No one would have ever predicted she would spend nearly 2 decades with me. She was 6 months when I found her in a parking lot and she was approximately four to six months from turning 18!! It was like losing a child and I had to put her down on my fifth wedding anniversary. I still tear up thinking about her...

Give your friend many hugs (if she's within reach) if not a sympathetic ear will have to suffice. Perhaps Korky had to go so he could be a guardian angel to her new little one.
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
That's such a sweet though...that Korky is still part of the family, guarding the baby. :-) She'd like that.

People who don't have pets just don't understand how hard it is to lose an old dog. It's the loss of a family member, and old dogs are so sweet and so much a part of the home...they live just long enough so that we can't imagine life without them.

I'm sorry for your loss. Shepherd/collies are awesome dogs. You must have really loved her & taken great care of her, for her to have lived so long.
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TheFoxGirlKitsune Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
It broke my heart when I read this on her lj. I've lost plenty of my dogs, in a very similar way to how she lost hers. Just the other day I was saying that our animals don't live long enough-- if I had my way, I'd have all of my pets until the day I died.

I'll miss reading her entries about him.
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
He was such a funny little guy...I loved her Korky stories. Surely no little corgi was more loved.
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PumpkinGuardian Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
R.I.P Korky. It is sad to lose a pet. They become your best friends. I may have never owned a dog, but I have loved and lost some cats in my life... I miss Hobbes
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes, kitties also are heartbreakers. :-( If someone could invent a dog or a cat that lived for 50 or 60 years, we'd all be happier.
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Treyos Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
My condolences to your friend, it's never easy to lose a pet when they're part of the family like that. At least he had a full life and I'm sure he enjoyed his time here.
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
She totally doted on him...he was one lucky, spoiled pup.
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Treyos Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I want to come back in my next life as a pet cat or dog... one owned by a family like mine, 'cause that would totally be "the life". ;)
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