March 5, 2024

Tuesdays With Tag - It's Been A Blast...

Hi, Everybody!

I'm here on special dispensation to write my last blog post to you today. I'm checkin' in from the most beautiful spot at The Rainbow Bridge. I got here yesterday after Mom and Dad took me to the vet to see why my back legs quit workin'.

The vet was real nice to me. He and his wife, my other vet (who was out of town) have Corgi's too, so they know a lot about our breed. He was real gentle and talked nice to me as he did my exam, and then he told Mom and Dad that he didn't think I was ever gonna be able to walk again. (Somethin' was broken and couldn't be fixed at my age.) You all know me well enough to know that's unacceptable for me. I mean, who ever heard of "goin' on dragabout"? 

It's been pretty inconvenient for me these past few days as I've had multiple accidents in the house, and had to be carried everywhere. As hard as Mom and Dad tried - and I know they would have done this forever for me - I wasn't gonna get better. I'm a Corgi! I'm meant to run around the yard, chasin' after Bella and Carly and the stoopid barn cats. Draggin' my hind end around is just somethin' I didn't want.

When I got to The Bridge, I could still hear Mom whisperin' to me, "I love you, Bubby. Tell the rest of our dogs we'll be along soon enough." Kes was waitin' for me, and my legs are workin' again! We ran around each other and were so happy to see each other. 

Then, Kessie took me to meet our other dogs...Bryn, Bannor, Kyra, Duffer, Bee, Samantha Rose, Old Morgan, Morgan II, Fezzik, Kirby, and even the boys' dogs, Duncan, Friday, Conner and Bags. Man, we're partyin' like rock stars now!

Time is different here, too. What takes years back there only takes minutes here. I know Mom and Dad will be here soon by our timeline, but it's gonna seem like forever to them. So, I'm gonna get the gang together and we're gonna take turns visitin' them in their sleep, and we'll all watch over them until it's time for them to meet up with us again.

I'm a little sad right now, 'cuz I can see that Mom's havin' a really hard time. She hasn't stopped cryin' since I left her behind. I'm gonna have to give her extra snuggles when she sleeps. Did you know that's when your loved ones always visit you? When you sleep, your mind opens to all the possibilities. That's where I'll see her again and try to make her laugh. I'll try to make it hurt less for her. She's talkin' to me all the time, too. That's nice.

I know that right now, you're probably cryin', too. I get it. For the last thirteen years I've tried to tell you stories to make you laugh. I've shared my jokes, antics, and adventures with you almost every week. Try to be happy for me. I'm a real puppersnapper again with lots of friends up here...and I can run again. That's the best.

I'm hopin' that Mom will let Bella - or even Carly - check in with you once in a while. Maybe she'll just share an old photo of me from time to time. I know she's gonna work on somethin' special that she's gonna offer in her shop once she gets her feet under her again.

What? Oh...the gang is callin' me now. They tell me that I'm gonna get to meet The Big Guy now. They say He's the best. He loves animals and little children - just like Corgis do! They say He checks on us a lot to make sure we're taken care of. Speakin' of children...there are lots of them, and they all love havin' us around to play with. 

So, I guess it's time for me to leave you. I really had a wonderful life spendin' time with Mom, Dad and all of you. I wish I could give all of you just one in-person smooch. You've been the best, and I love you all very much. I have to go now.

Until we meet again...

Smooches, 

Your Best Boy.

61 comments:

  1. Oh no!
    I'm so sorry Donna. Wasn't expecting that. :(
    Prayers for Mom & Dad.
    Love you Tag!
    Marilyn

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    1. Dear Marilyn:
      I kind of knew that it would be time on Monday. I talked with Tag about this, and he told me this is how he wanted all of you to know what happened. When I can type posts and replies about him without weeping, I'll explain just what happened. It was likely congenital so he wasn't going to get better. It would have been selfish to keep him here. I know he's free and whole again, and that's my comfort. Well, that and the love shown by all my friends like you. Thank you, dear.
      Smooches from Tag.
      xoxo
      Donna

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  2. Oh, Donna, I am so very sorry, my heart is breaking right now. Losing a precious pet is the hardest thing to have to go through. They are truly our family, so loving and loyal, and never seem to be able to stay with us as long as we would like them to. I am praying for God's comfort for you during this time, sweet friend...

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    1. Hi Janet:
      You're so right. No matter how long they live, it's never long enough. I know I'll see him again soon. I believe that if Heaven is better than anything I could ever imagine, we're promised to be with all our loved ones (two and four-legged) again. That's my true comfort. Thank you for leaving such a lovely note for me.
      Smooches from Tag.
      xoxo
      Donna

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    1. I'm beyond grateful for your comment and sentiment. Thank you so much.
      Smooches from Tag.
      xoxo
      Donna

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  4. Oh, Donna, my heart is breaking for you.

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    1. Thank you, dear Mary. My heart's kind of broken right now, too. I know each day will hurt less. I know I'll see him again. That helps a lot.
      Smooches from Tag
      xoxo
      Donna

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  5. They are precious members of our families. Prayers for you and Tag’s daddy.

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    1. They sure are.Thank you for your note. We appreciate your loving words.
      Smooches from Tag.
      xoxo
      Donna

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  6. This breaks my heart. Praying for comfort. Bonnie

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    1. Thank you, dear Bonnie.
      Your prayers for comfort mean the world to me.
      Smooches from Tag.
      xoxo
      Donna

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  7. Donna, I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m praying for you and Tag’s Dad. Thank you for sharing Tag with us - he has been loved by many. Mary Z in NYC

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    1. Dear Mary:
      Thank you so much for your kind words. In my sadness, I forget that he belonged to all of you, too. Knowing I'm not alone in my grief is another level of comfort. Thanks for reminding me.
      Smooches from Tag
      xoxo
      Donna

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  8. Donna, I am so sad to read this; I also know the heartbreak of losing a loved pet and my thoughts are with you. Keeping you both in my prayers.

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    1. Hi dear Suz:
      I was so sorry to break the news to everyone. I know we were all hoping for a different outcome, and I acknowledge the sadness this has brought to all those who giggled with my boy's antics each week. Thank you for your kind words and condolences. These prayers are appreciated, too.
      Smooches from Tag.
      xoxo
      Donna

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  9. Donna, Handsome I am so sorry. Thank You for sharing Tag . I will miss my Tuesday’s with him. Your words were beautiful. Sending prayers and comfort. Darlene N

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    1. Hi Darlene:
      Thank you for your kind words. Tag was such a big personality, it would have been selfish to keep him to myself. I'm gonna miss Tuesdays with him, too...and every other day of the week. Thanks again, dear.
      Smooches from Tag
      xoxo
      Donna

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  10. I have never left a comment before but needed to today. I have been following your blog for many years and have looked forward to reading about your life and especially Tag’s comments. I am so sorry for your loss!! He will be missed by all his internet fans!!
    The sadness will lessen but never your love for your precious boy!!! Marilyn from MA

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  11. Dear Donna, My heart breaks for you. Tag was so loved and will be dearly missed. Sending love and hugs and prayers to you and Mr. Handsome and the gang.

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    1. Dear Wanda:
      Thank you for writing today. I so appreciate your comforting words, and know he'll be missed by so many who knew him through his posts. I agree. He was so loved. We appreciate those prayers, dear, more than you might know.
      Smooches from Tag.
      xoxo
      Donna

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  12. Oh Donna, I was so afraid of this. I can hardly see to type because the tears are flowing. You gave him the best life a corgi could have had and I know Tuesdays on your blog will never be the same. Sending you, Handsome, and the girls big hugs.

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    1. Hi MA:
      I know, dear. Us, too. I think I could feel it coming, but tried really hard to will him to get better - for me. I knew that was unfair when we learned yesterday just how damaged he was. Surgery would have been a painful procedure with months of recuperation. We couldn't do that to our 13 year old boy. It would have been selfish, and when it comes to our dogs (and now, cats), that's just not us. I don't even know what Tuesdays will look like at this point, but I'm going to put some thought into that. I agree, though. They won't be the same without my little (BIG) man. Thanks again for your kind words. I'm sorry mine made you cry. I understand our shared grief, though. Better tomorrows, friend.
      Smooches from Tag
      xoxo
      Donna

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  13. Oh, Donna! I am so very sorry to read this about Tag today! There really are no words. I know the gut-wrenching heartbreak that only time and the precious memories can help comfort. -Lois

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    1. Hi Lois:
      I can't tell you how much I debated what to share and who would write today's post. In the end, I realized these words needed to come from Tag, not me. Gutwrenching is a good term. Down to my soul heartbreaking. I know each day will get better. I'm counting on it. Thanks for checking in and leaving your comforting words. I can't tell you how much I appreciate them.
      Smooches from Tag
      xoxo
      Donna

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  14. Donna, we share your tears. You have my deepest sympathy and prayers for healing your heart. Tag was a special boy and I will miss his adventures that only a corgi can get into. --Kathy

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    1. Dear Kathy:
      Thank you, my friend. It means the world to me. He sure was special to me, and today's comments tell me just how much he meant to my blog friends. I appreciate you sharing your words today, too.
      Smooches from Tag
      xoxo
      Donna

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  15. I am so sorry. Tag had the best parents and best life a dog could ask for. I’m crying for you too. Sending hugs to you and your crew. Andrea Hickman

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    1. Hi, Andrea:
      Thank you, dear. We tried to do our best by him from the day we picked him up in Michigan until his very last breath. I'm sorry I've made you sad, but I couldn't figure a good way around it without letting him tell you all the truth of our loss. We'll take every hug offered, my friend.
      Smooches from Tag
      xoxo
      Donna

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  16. I am so sorry to learn about the loss of your precious Tag. I am sobbing right now, as I know exactly how you are feeling. I lost my precious Clementine and we have 3 dogs now. They are like our children of fur! I truly believe we will be reunited with our beloved pets and family in heaven. I have loved following Tag's escapades every Tuesday, what a guy!!! You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

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    1. Dear Kelly:
      Thank you for your note today. I'm so sorry for your loss of your sweet Clementine. It's never easy, but like you, I'm comforted knowing that we're promised a grand reunion in His time. I love that you followed Tag's posts each week. He was much bigger than his size, and a small force to be reckoned with. Thank you for your prayers. I know each day will get easier. Hugs to you, too on your loss.
      Smooches from Tag
      xoxo
      Donna

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  17. Ohh Donna I’m so sorry. I truly was not expecting this, Tag was such a trooper I thought this was something that could be worked though. You’ve welcomed us all into your life with your puppers, so much so I feel this loss with you. I popped in this morning to get a Tag update expecting good news. After the first sentence I had to sit down, the tears came in such a rush I couldn’t read your post. To some they’re just pets or dogs, to people like us they’re family. Take time to grieve we will all understand. Please know our hearts are heavy, knowing Tag is gone. Heaven is a wonderful place where there is no pain and only happiness. Tag will be greatly missed.

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    1. Dear ToniAnne:
      Thank you for your comforting words, dear. I've been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and sadness here and on FB for the loss of my boy. I know he touched others, but I guess I didn't really realize just how many. I thought long and hard about how to break the news, and in the end, coming from Tag himself just seemed right. Please know that I wept too, reading the words for today's post. Knowing we'll be together again someday is what makes any form of healing possible. I'll miss him until I see him and bury my face in his fur again. I know he'll likely run the other way when he sees me - just like he always has unless I have treats. lol Thank you for letting me know you'll miss him, too.
      Smooches from Tag,
      xoxo
      Donna

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  18. Oh no! Donna! Hugs from Phoenix. I have no other words right now. Charlene

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    1. Dear Charlene:
      I know you understand. We'll catch up soon, my friend.
      love you.
      Smooches from Tag
      xoxo
      Donna

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  19. I am so very sorry. Praying for you................

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    1. Dear RG:
      Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate each and every prayer. Please know they bring great comfort to me.
      Smooches from Tag
      xoxo
      Donna

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  20. Prayers, y'all are in my thoughts with the deepest sympathies. Hugs

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    1. Thank you, dear Eileen. I appreciate your kind words and prayers.
      Smooches from Tag
      xoxo
      Donna

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  21. Sherry of createology: Donna Dear I have no words that reflect how heartbroken I am. Tag will always be a special part of my heart. Even my husband knows you as “Tag’s Mom”. My tears are for all the Love and Joy Tag has given me . I will hope he comes to visit me in my sleep. Smooches for my beloved Cutie Corgi Tag. XOXOX

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    1. Dearest Sherry:
      I know, honey. "Our" boy is in a better place, but it sure hurts those of us left behind. Tell your hubby that I'll always and forever be Tag's Mom. He'll surely be missed. He was funny, silly, had the best pickup of any retriever (even though he was a corgi), and the swimmin-est corgi in SW Florida (while we lived there). He loved playing with other dogs, preferring big breeds to small. He never considered himself little, and lived life BIG. I'll miss him terribly, but know we'll be together again some day. When we're all together in HIS time, you'll get to stroke Tag's fur too. (No rush, you understand.)
      Smooches from my boy to you.
      xoxo
      Donna

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  22. Never easy to send them off. Hugs to you and I believe our pets are having fun waiting for us.

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    1. Dear SCS:
      Boy, truer words were never written. Thank you so much for your note of condolence. I believe the same. Someday we'll all be reunited, and won't that be wonderful?
      Smooches from Tag
      xoxo
      Donna

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  23. Donna I am so sorry. I am just heartbroken.
    Clearly not what I was expecting, I couldn't get through the first two sentences.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Lots of smooches WMHC.
    Shirley

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    1. Dearest Shirley:
      I'm sorry, too. I'm sorry for all the other people who loved him through his posts. I know I'm not the only one crying because he's gone. It all happened so fast, that it nearly took my breath away. Thank you for your prayers, dear. I hope you'll feel better, too. He did love you, your gifts, and your weekly comments. He even shared your treats with the girls. Much love, my friend.
      Smooches from WMHC to you.
      xoxo
      Donna

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  24. Donna, I didn't expect this. So sorry for your loss, will sure miss my Tuesday with Tag. He was a sweetie and just loved to share everything he did. He was well loved and cared for and had a happy, happy life with both of you. Praying for peace and comfort at this time. SandyO

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    1. Dear Sandy;
      I'm so sorry that it kind of surprised all of us. I know I'm not the only one crying. Tag was a real force in a small package. His name was Tag, but perhaps someday I'll share his nickname. (He could be an obnoxious little bullhead sometimes. lol) I loved him every day of his life, and will continue to every day of mine. We loved him enough to let him go, and knowing he's whole and healthy - and that someday we'll be together again - is a great comfort. Thank you for your kind words, dear.
      Smooches from Tag,
      xoxo
      Donna

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  25. Oh, man…my heart smashed into 1,000 pieces hearing the news about Tag. Reading this just about did me in.
    I am so, so sorry.
    Visits will be different without that little goof around.
    Sending love and strength your way, Donnie
    xx ~ J

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    1. Hi Sis:
      Letting Tag tell you in his own words I know was the coward's way out for me. I'm so tired of crying, and knew if I tried to tell you I'd start blubbering again. You'll have to settle for Bella and Carly (and the felines) for future visits. No more light fur on dark clothes. Thanks for your condolences, honey. I'll talk with you soon.
      Love you, JJ.
      Smooches from Tag
      xoxo
      Donna

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  26. Donna, I'm so, so sorry. My heart breaks for you.

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    1. Thank you, dear Shirley:
      I appreciate your condolences more than you know.
      Smooches from Tag
      xoxo
      Donna

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  27. Oh, Donna, Tag really did have me crying there. My heart goes out to you but he is in the best place now. Hugs to you all.

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    1. Hi Marrianne:
      Thanks for the correspondence tonight. I well-know you've had deep grief yourself and while that species is different, it's grief all the same. You've been a dear friend since Handsome ended up in a Boston hospital all those years ago, and we have so many shared events. We add another sad one to our list. Thanks for being there for me. I love you and send long-distance hugs to NZ.
      Smooches from Tag
      xoxo
      Donna

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  28. Laurajane.dowdall@hotmail.co.uk..my heart is aching for you all Donna...Tag was such a beautiful character and will be so missed by us all. He lived his best life with you handsome and all those girls...He can run as free as the wind forever..much love laura.xx

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    1. Thank you, dear Laura. He sure was something, wasn't he? We did our best for him right through the end, and we'll watch for him when our time comes. I agree. He's free and running now.
      Love to you, too.
      xoxo
      Donna

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  29. Fridays with Fezzick were such fun blog reading days, and I was so sad when Fezzick crossed the Rainbow Bridge... and then you came along Tag and made me laugh all over again. I am so sorry your sweet little body gave out on you... you were a delight and a laugh and a cheer me up - your antics and hijincks never failed to bring a big smile. Thank you for so many years of laughter and fun, sweet little fella. Rest easy...

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Jillayne. Fourteen years of Corgis was certainly a special time. I miss both of them, but will be forever grateful to Tag for helping me survive Fezzik's passing. He brought me through some dark days, and brought laughter for his whole life. I look forward to eventually seeing him again. I was honored to share him with you and all the others who loved him, too.
      Thanks again,
      xoxo
      Donna

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  30. I am behind on reading blogs. So sorry for your loss! I'm so sad! Hugs to you all!

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    1. Hi Terri:
      Thank you, dear. I appreciate your kind words. We still get weepy around here, and I suspect it's going to be that way for a while.
      Big Hugs and Thanks again,
      xoxo
      Donna

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