Corrie
1 July 1997 - 30 August 2010
Corrie came to stay with us as a 5 and a half week old puppy. She was the result of an accidental mating between a working Springer Spaniel (her mum) and a pure bred Border Collie. Her mother rejected the litter at 5 weeks and so all the puppies where being given away to free homes. Having only intended to take one puppy, we ended up with two, Corrie and her brother Ben. We rehomed ben at around 10 months old. He became very possesive and would not allow Corrie to move without biting her. If corrie came over for attention, he would pin her to the ground and she wouldn't put up a fight.
He went to a lovely home nearby and we saw him around town regullarly until his owner moved.  Corrie thrived on her own and loved being centre of attention. When we took on our first afghan (see cruise's page), she took to him instantly, it was almost as though she knew he wasn't well. She was heartborken when cruise left and would often stand at the door and look for him.
She was very tolerant and put up with all the affies. On days out to the park, she would keep the boys in check and "round them up" when they disappeared! She was so obedient and would walk off the lead no problem.
Allthough Corrie was tolerant of the other dogs, she prefered being on her own and would lie at the top of the stairs to get away from the hounds, so in 2008, she went to live with Claire (my daughter) and her partner Cameron.

When Corrie came to stay wth us she couldn't have been happier! She loved the one to one and we lived right next to a massive park she was in her element and got to run and swim most days! She was always young at heart and never ever looked her age. In 2009 she went on holiday with us to Smoo in Durness, she had a ball! SHe came hill walking with us every day and thoroughly enjoyed herself the two weeks we where there.
In August 2010, we went back to Smoo for a 2 week holiday, whilst Corrie went to stay with the Javidan gang.   Just over a week into our holiday, I got a call from Mum to say Corrie had taken a stroke. She had stopped eating and the vet had given her 24hours to start eating again.
I was over 200 miles away and my baby was seriously ill. I spoke to Cameron and we scraped the last of our holiday money together and I bought a train ticket. On August 12th, 4 days earlier than planned, I made a 10 hour journey back home. We where in Smoo with our friend and his family and I couldnt be more thankful to Trish, who drove me the 70 miles (2 and a half hours) to the nearest railway station, Thurso. From there I traveled via train to Inverness, from Inverness to Perth, from Perth to Glasgow, from Glasgow to Balloch, getting home about 10pm.   Corrie was so excited to see me, but couldn't stand up. I sat on the floor and managed to persuade her to eat some cooked chicken. On the journey home Mum had called me to say she had eaten a few mouthfuls. Wether its coincedence or not, she definetley seemed to perk up once I was home. I spent that night lying on the floor with her. The next day , allthough she was still off balance, she was up and walking, the vet couldnt beleive it as he was almost certain she wasn't going to make it. She was put on steriods indefinetley and the vet told us she would probably take another one, but it could be weeks, months or years. We took her home to Glasgow a few days later and she seemed to recover completely, however...
On the 29th of August, just over 2 weeks after her first stroke, I woke up to find corrie had vomited all over the bedroom. There was diarrhea everywhere. When I called her name and she looked up, her head was tilted to one side and her eyes where twitching... She had taken another stroke. We spend all day trying to get her to eat, she wasnt interested. She just lay and slept, she didn't want to go outside, which was not my girl...
On the 30th August, we woke up and again there was vomit and diarrhea all over the room. She looked ill. I sat with for a while, and just looked at her, then I called Mum, and then the vet.It broke my heart, but I couldnt bare the thought of her suffering. I travelled down to Balloch and arranged for the vet to come out to the house. Corrie went to sleep very peacfully in my arms.
I still question the decision... wether or not I could have increased her medication and given her a few extra weeks, but in the end, I think it would have been for my benefit not hers. I miss her every day and its still painful to think about her. Life has never quite been the same without her.
Sleep tight my baby girl, I miss you so very, very much... x

Don’t greive too long for now I’m free.
I’m following the path God set for me.
I ran to Him when I heard His call,
I wagged my tail and left it all.
I could not stand another day,
To bark, to love, to romp or play
Games left unplayed must stay that way,
I found such peace it made my day.
My parting had left you with a void,
so fill it with your remembered joy
A friendship shared, your laugh, a kiss,
oh, yes, these things I too shall miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow
My life’s been full, you’ve given me so much –
your time, your love and gentle touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all to brief,
don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your head and share with me,
God wanted me now, He set me free…
~Author Unknown

Corrie's Story
If it should be that I grow frail and weak,
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then will you do what must be done,
For this, the last battle, can't be won.
You will be sad I understand,
But don't let grief then stay your hand,
For on this day, more than the rest,
Your love and friendship must stand the test.

We have had so many happy years,
You wouldn't want me to suffer so.
When the time comes, please, let me go.
Take me to where to my needs they'll tend,
Only, stay with me till the end
And hold me firm and speak to me,
Until my eyes no longer see.
I know in time you will agree,
It is a kindness you do to me.

Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I have been saved.
Don't grieve that it must be you,
Who has to decide this thing to do;
We've been so close,we two, these years,
Don't let your heart hold any tears.
-Author Unknown