afternoon everyone, and welcome to my second weekly guest spot on The
Daily Corgi! I am your host, Paige Davis, founder of a little company
you might know by the name of CorgiPals. As you know, every Wednesday I’ll be doing a guest post to keep you up to snuff with the goings-on in the CorgiPals world. This week’s theme: Willow.
I’d like to extend my deepest condolences to Corgi Mom Judi Hillmann for the loss of her Corgi girl Willow. After only one round of chemo, Willow came down with pneumonia and became septic … and on Friday, September 14 I received word via Facebook that Willow had gone to the Bridge. The love and emotion in Judi’s Facebook post are perfectly expressed, so I’m going to let her words speak for themselves:
heavy heart filled with disbelief that I need to let you know that I had
to give Willow that final gift of peace and release her from her
earthly body. A body that was racked with illness that could no longer
be overcome no matter how heroic the measure taken. I am in shock. It
happened so fast. I cannot believe I will never see her face, hear her
baritone ‘rrooooo’, get a nose nudge or a paw tap for more lovin’. I
can’t look at Charlie without wanting to see her too. I’m glad she’s at
rest and no longer struggling to get well. But I don’t know what I’m
going to do without her. I love you Willow-Bee-Bumblebee-Butt.”
|RIP sweet Willow|
“Willow, I don’t have to know you personally to know that you were an amazing dog. You are a Corgi, after all. Before I leave you to rest in peace, there are two things I’d like to say to you. First: I’m sorry. I’m sorry that your life didn’t have a very good start. I’m sorry that you were taken from us far too soon. But most of all, I’m sorry I couldn’t do more. I really, really tried. I kept telling myself that I could reach your $8,000 goal because I had already done it once before with Baxter Valentine. With Baxter I had the luxury of a little more time, and I got cocky. I promise you, I will work 10 times as hard to for these other six Corgis in your honor.
Second: thank you. Thank you for being you. Thank you for reminding me why I do what I do every single day, even though it hurts so damn much sometimes. Thank you for showing me what love looks like. Thank you for looking out of my laptop screen with those big beautiful brown eyes, through my very soul, and proving to me that this is the path I’m meant to walk. And thank you for walking with me. I will carry your legacy with me for the rest of my days.
Without uttering a single baroo, you’ve touched my heart beyond words. If it’s not too much, I’d like to ask one more favor of you. Please visit your mom once in a while. She misses you terribly. Rest well, baby. I love you.”
Being CEO of CorgiPals is often times a rough job. I hear so many stories about Corgis and people hurting, and I do anything I can to help them. Sometimes it’s enough and sometimes it’s not. But even if the ending isn’t a happy one, I always feel so flattered that I was able to be a part of that Corgi’s story, if only a little bit. And to know that people find me worthy of sharing their feelings and stories with is truly amazing. Just because this job is tough, doesn’t mean it isn’t extremely rewarding. Thank you all for sharing with me, no matter what it is. ♥
Judi is going to keep me posted on the new total for Willow. I will share that information with everyone and update Willow’s page when I receive it. In the meantime, please show her your support by purchasing a Corgi Fleece hat (custom hats available at no extra charge) and participating in our Facebook auction which runs through Saturday, September 29.
Thanks again for reading, everyone. This is your very tearful/choked up CorgiPals CEO signing off until next week.