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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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WimpleToad Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
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Random-Star Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
My sympathies to the owner. It's a special kind of pain, to lose a dog. :(
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I agree. :-(
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CaptainSeras Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
My sympathies go out to his owner, and I know this pain all too well. Time and friends will help heal, but there will always be a soft spot in your heart. Rescues always have a way to really steal your heart too. The ASPCA is a wonderful program that I donate to regularly. This post of yours is absolutely beautiful. :hug:
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
She really loved the little fellow. I couldn't believe such a sweet dog had been abandoned. It's so sad when you think how many awesome dogs go unwanted every day, somewhere.
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CaptainSeras Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
That's why I always rescue. It's just a way to help a dog in need. It breaks my heart to think of how many dogs get abandoned. My boxer was found tied to a telephone pole outside of Atlanta. He's so sweet and just wants to love you. It's sad.
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Agorphia Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so sorry to hear about Korky. The mask looks just like him; it's adorable.
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
He was a joy while he was here and he's going to be missed.
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ShadowofRavens Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Hobbyist
This was very touching for me to find. I almost lost my little corgi to cancer, so this one hit home for me. How very sweet of you to make this for your friend and for all of us. I cried a little, but it was with the hope that this little boy will find peace, and for your friend also.

The mask is adorable, btw. You totally pulled off the corgi face.
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I hope your little buddy is doing well now. They're just the cutest little dogs...little but not in a "toy dog" kind of way. They have big attitudes. :-)
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ShadowofRavens Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist
And shes doing great now, they were able to cut it off at the source before it spread. She just has a sizeable scar on her side. As for attitudes, they are simply made of them. Mine still herds me around the house, nipping at my ankles.
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SparklersOasis Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
Such a sad story. It's definitely not sad to cry for an old dog, even if you have never met him. I'm a vet and I almost cry every time an owner makes the decision to put their dog to sleep. It's the hardest part of the job by far. But in a way the tears are good, we cry because we've lost something of great value. And even though we're gone, we were blessed to have them while we did.
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm sort of glad to hear that vets still are touched when they have to put down a dog. I've had to be there twice and it was just the saddest, most awful feeling to watch them go.
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SparklersOasis Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
I can only speak for myself, but it's tough. Especially when it's very emotional for the owners. Not to mention, every time we put an animal to sleep, I can't help but think of when I'm going to have to make that decision with my own dog.
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Alicemonstrinho Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I totally understand every word you said. Dogs are definetly my favorite animal and I have a special feeling about them that I don't even have with humans.

I had many lost dogs, but recently I lost my pet dog I had since I was 4 years old. I was really tough to handle, because in my whole life she was there and I really loved her. When she passed away, I felt alone, my house was sad too without her to bark and to run for me everytime I arived home.

Time does heals beause we know that we did our best and we enjoyed every minute when our beloved dogs where around. All dogs are Good dogs and I bet all your spece cowboys are in a better place now =)
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
They seem to live just long enough that we can't imagine our lives without them...and then they're gone.

I can't be without a dog. I waited for one dogless year before I got Kiba...it was a lonely year.
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Alicemonstrinho Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
It's been two years my doggy is gone, but as I live in apartment, it's really tough for the dog to hadle it. And also, I work all day long, I feel bad for not having a dog, but I wouldn't be able to give him;her attention the way my life is today =/

But as soon as I get a house I'll hae lots of animals =D
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ivankorsario Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool
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Frankie3000 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
is it me or that dog has extremely short legs?
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes, stubby legs. Corgis always are short.
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thornwolf Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010
He was gorgeous, I've never seen a black and white corgi before.
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I know! He was colored like a border collie. I guess it's more common with Pembroke corgis than Cardigan corgis. They come in lots of neat colors.
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ihni Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010
Aw. I'm sorry for your friend.

And may I also say that the mask is wonderful? It has such a likeness.
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
So sad for her too, but she had a beautiful baby today & that eases the loss.
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ihni Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
As long as she doesn't name it Korky in memory of her dog ...

Jokes aside, though, good for her. A friend of mine recently had a baby too, and it's so fun to see her grow from one time I see her to the next.
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wallawallabigguy Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010
As much as we miss our fuzzy friends when they're gone, we must celebrate their lives.
Good for you for doing this little memorial!
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
True. I hope it doesn't make her too sad. :-( I couldn't look at a picture of Tucker for a full year after he died.
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Thy-Fox Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Professional Photographer
RIP Korky.

I am always saddened to see a canine friend to pass away.

Nick
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Very sad. :-( He was such a funny little guy, with his stubby little legs. She's going to miss him terribly.
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