A Tribute to Our Girl Fiona


Today (8/26/15) was a hard day in our household. We had to say goodbye to a furry friend who graced our home for over ten years. Her name was Fiona. We often called her FiFi. She was a tri-colored Pembroke Welsh Corgi, an enchanted little breed of herding dogs that think they are much larger than they actually are. She was our “alpha male” who presided over a pack that included two male corgis – Toby and Rhett.

Like all dogs, she had some very special qualities and a unique personality that made a difference in our family. Her unique trick was sitting on her butt like a chipmunk. She could balance like that for a long time. She was also the most gentle dog we have met. She loved children and loved us to be in the floor with her so she could snuggle up tight.

I am sure it is a testament to the blessed and easy nature of our lives so far that the decision to let her go was one of the hardest we have ever made. Were we sure there were no other alternatives? We stretched this agonizing decision over multiple days until we were certain it was time.

As Margot and I drove home and amid our tears we agreed that even though the pain of separation is sharp, we would not have traded those ten years of love to avoid this moment. It was not our decision that brought Fiona into this world — that happened without our knowledge or involvement. It was our decision to allow her to become part of our lives, and we will never regret that no matter how much this hurts. The love was worth it all. We gave her a great home, great kids, great canine brothers, and a lot of love. She gave us joy, happiness, and her own love in return. What more can you ask?

‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. – Alfred, Lord Tennyson

In the end we made a decision motivated by that same real love we bathed her in all her life. Our lives and those of Kellen and Matt are richer because she shared hers with us. Dr. Todd Rabon and the staff at Premier Animal Hospital are compassionate caregivers. We thank you all for your tender care.

Note: See the follow-up post here.

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4 thoughts on “A Tribute to Our Girl Fiona

  1. I’m so sorry, Mark. Our pets really take hold of our hearts don’t they? Love you guys!

  2. Mark and family,

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Having had to make the same decision twice in the last few years, I understand how difficult your last few days have been. Our pets provide so much love to our lives. Even though the pain is unbearable at the time of the loss, living without any furry friends would be heartbreaking to me!

    I will be praying for your comfort and peace, to the human family and to Fiona’s brothers that will be grieving her loss as well.

    Dian Rosier

    • Dian, thank you for your kinds words and for your prayers, too. I remember when the kids first began pressuring us to get a dog many years ago. I resisted because in some ways I feared this eventuality. I guess it was a form of cowardice on my part. Now that we have a home full of fur, we value their company more than we fear their departures.

      Blessings to you and yours.

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