Followup to “Fellow Flat-Coat Owners e-Mail”

Here is a followup posting that I would like to share as well,

“We’d be honored to have you post Emily’s picture on your site, as well as
our letter and names, if you like.  We’re really surprised to hear that
you don’t get much feedback.  Maybe others, like us for so long, just
enjoy your site without taking the time to make contact.  Honestly, we
felt a little like stalkers…  Corinne kept telling me to shut the
computer down at 9:00 so we wouldn’t “spy” on you.

I can’t overstate how much it helped us to experience some of the joy that
you must feel with a house full of those wonderful babies.  We think of
our Emily as our “once in a lifetime girl”.  She was the most intelligent,
loving, fun dog we’ve ever known.  Corinne often describes her “huge
vocabulary”.  She always knew what we were saying, and she never hesitated
to let us know what was on her mind.

Once, when she presented Corinne with a stick, expecting a treat in
return, Corinne told her to make a pile, and she’d pay her later.  Emily
ran off and came back with a stone – Corinne told her to put it on the
pile.  Next, she tried a leaf.  Again, Corinne told her to put it on the
pile.  Hours later, when Corinne went in the house, she found Emily
grinning, laying next to three neatly sorted piles of stones, sticks and
leaves.  Of course, she was well rewarded.

We held on to her as long as we could.  She was diagnosed with Lymphoma in
August of 2009, and we took her for treatment at the Veterinary Teaching
Hospital at Michigan State University until it was clear that she didn’t
have any good days left.  After she passed, we were offered grief
counseling.  It seemed nice, but a little odd to us, and we politely
declined.  Yet the pain we felt was deeper than we’d ever experienced.

That’s why we appreciate what you’ve given us so much.

Thanks again,

Ernie Zinger”

Emily and Molly


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