Sunday, February 14, 2010

Wallentine's Day

Wally's friend Ike posted this photo of Wally with a band-aid on his heart. Unfortunately it could not fix Wally's heart but I'm sure Wally would want to pass it along to all of us for our heartpain. Wally's girlfriend Randi said she was going to celebrate Wallentine's Day and I hope everyone else does too. Take a day to remember some of the happiest times and why you love your dogs so much. I wanted to post some happy memories with Wally. I picked out a little musical accompaniment, Tom Waits (with a Wally-like voice) singing a tune about two of Wally's favorite things.

This is Wally and his sister Morgan. She helped us pick out Wally and the two of them were very closely bonded. They used to go to the dog park together and she tolerated him grabbing her tail to keep her from running away from him too fast. She left us in April of 2005 but Wally always had a fondness for black labs.

The roach.

Iconic Wally.


Splendor in the hostas in the first house that was ours.

This is Wally enjoying a bone after his vet visit on Tuesday. He was not very sick until the very end and was still enjoying meatables, walks, and humping his brother until a few days before he passed.

Wally's real world besties asked for a razzie for the road. This is one of my last photos of Wally.

I love this photo. He had as much personality as his face would suggest.

This Valentine's Day be sure to, as Patience would say, hug your hounds.

--The Ma Ape.

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Blogger Marvin -The Hollow Hound said...

Lovely photos! Iconic Wally, says it all really.

Thank you for sharing at this sad time.

"Grief is the price we pay for love"

But the sunshine does come after the rain I guess, and Wally had such a wonderful life with you, you gave him everything a dog could want or need. We are pleased to read he didn't suffer at the end.

Wally's legacy to us all, is that he was a Wise Wally, and we will truly miss his Wallyisms.

Much love, Jeannie and Marvin xxxxxx

5:53 AM  
Blogger Dexter said...

So many happy Wally photos. What a cool little dude.


6:19 AM  
Blogger Moco said...

The memories, the memories. Thanks for the memories.

7:27 AM  
Blogger Pippa said...

Well, not only has Misery not been keeping up to my blog she hasn't visited any other pup's blog. Or even senior dog's blog. If it hadn't been for Facebook we wouldnt have read about Wally. [If it hadnt been for facebook we might be blogging more]

Anyway, apparently we had to wait before we could visit or she might have got soppy :( and that would never do.

We will miss you Wally, you incisive and funny posts, your great sense of humour, and underneath all, that secret softy heart.

Pippa xx

PS But please can the PSesses ie wonderful Ethel post occasionally?

7:47 AM  
Blogger Mack said...

What a wonderful post! What a wonderful guy!

8:27 AM  
Blogger Scout and Freyja said...

I am writing this with dogs at my feet and a cat in my lap. I hope Wally approves...

Sending tender thoughts to heal your weary ♥. I know all too well that your grief will be my grief again and again and again because life without animals in my home and life would be impossible to live...

8:39 AM  
Blogger Nancy at the Farm said...

We made a little tribute to the big guy

Goodnight sweet prince,

Love your pals, Dozer, Dottie and Cooper

8:43 AM  
Blogger Jake of Florida said...

Thank you for letting Wally share Wallentine's Day with us!!

Jake and Just Harry

8:48 AM  
Blogger Gus said...

Wallentines Day...what a wonderful idea.

Thank you for sharing the photos, some we remember, some we don't but will cherish.

Wally was such a special guy, we are so grateful to you for sharing him with us

gussie n teka

9:13 AM  
Blogger NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! said...

Happy Wallentine's Day to ALL of WOO!

Thanks so much fur sharing all woo have during one of the toughest of times fur any Ma Ape -

My mom and I will always have special memories of Wally and his wisdom -

If only more knew what he knew
If only more khared like he did -

Khyra and Her Mom

9:47 AM  
Blogger Moose said...

Wonderful Wally memories! Thanks for sharing! I did not know about Morgan but it makes sense that his 'sister' was a black lab ;-) She was a beauty and you look so young and spry sitting there with her! When I remember Wally I remember Roaching and Rasberries (and witty political punditry of course).
I am relieved he was able to do some of the things he loved up until the end. He was one of the first pals I met in blogland and I always looked forward to his posts! He was one of a kind and will not be forgotten. I know the Peppy Sheppys will do a great job of carrying on for him.
Moose + Momma

10:39 AM  
Blogger Randi said...


My mom/secretary says she's trying to smile through her tears on this Wallentine's Day - which is doubely important cuz it falls on a Randay ...UBER CELEBRATIONS are to be had!

I love the photo montage of Dear Wally....Maybe it will be possible to share montages like that from time to time...I'm sure Wally would still want us to admire his big noggin - even though he's looking down on us all...


Love & Licks,

11:04 AM  
Blogger Jen and Suki said...

I love these pictures of Wally, thanks for sharing. What a loveable little man he was with a huge pawsonality. Sending lots of puggy hugs and kisses to you on this Valentine's... er, Wallentine's Day!


11:44 AM  
Blogger Emily and Ike said...

What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful guy. Wally was fundamental to DWB, and the blogosphere will always be better for having had Wally in it. I hope you have a happy Valentine's Day with all the love that Wally left in the world.

1:23 PM  
Blogger Jacks, Narra, Tuchuck, and Rousseau said...

Happy Wallentine's Day!!!

A day of love, hearts, and big, red razzies! The best kinda day for thinking about Wally (one among the infinite). Thanks for sharing him.

Big hugs, too, to ma and J ape from all of us here!

(and Tanner, Angel, and Theo--Kidlat, too)

1:31 PM  
Blogger Kari in Alaska said...

Happy Walletines day :)

1:40 PM  
Blogger Sally Ann and Andy said...

Wally is loved, and he will always be a part of your dog family. He had a big heart full of love, so he is perfect for St. Wallentine's day. Wally will be missed.
Sally Ann

1:51 PM  
Blogger Sancha said...

Wallentine's Day it is, and forevermore shall be. I can't wait for all the national chains to pick up on the commercial opportunities--little Necco hearts that say "Pat me!"? Heart-shaped boxes of filled chocolates (3 fillings: liver, beef, and chicken)? Bouquet assortment of 24 bully sticks?

My mom went to a baptism this morning and got all weepy thinking of Wally and the circle of life. I think the baby's parents were a little confused as to why their child's little dip in a pool was causing her such emotion.

1:58 PM  
Blogger Daisy Dog said...

What a lovely tribute. We will miss Wally too. Its so hard to lose a friend!

2:02 PM  
Blogger Lorenza said...

Wallentine's Day!
It is lovely!
I hope you all had a nice day full of good memories of Wally.
Take care
Kisses and hugs

3:53 PM  
Blogger Ruby Bleu said...

Happy Wallentine's Day Ma Ape...what a great trip down memory lane...I 'specially liked the last picture. So Wally...I will remember him always!!!

Lots of Loving Licks to you and the Sheps with Pep, Ruby (and Michele too)

4:13 PM  
Blogger Molly the Airedale said...

What great pictures of Wally! He looks so furry and sweet in that last picture!
Happy Wallentine's Day!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

5:25 PM  
Blogger Southbaygirl said...

Happy Wallentine's Day to you, mom ape and the Peppy Sheppy's!! We are so glad you have such wonderful pictures of Wally!! treasure those pictures and the wonderful memories!!!!

Woof Velcro, purrs Kodak, 3 Perf and Blossom and {{{hugs}}} mom Penny

7:57 PM  
Blogger Asta said...

Ma Ape and Peppy Sheppys

Wallentines day and a bandaide pictoowe fow ouw bwoken heawts.
You'we making me cwy again..
Thank you fow those photogwaphs and the song and the moosic..I will always love Wally and celebwagte his life wif eatables and woaching and wallymelon
I miss him
smoochie kissses
Asta and Mommi

9:01 PM  
Blogger Sophie Brador said...

Happy Wallentines Day! That Randi was always some tough competition for that prized girlfriend role. Good thing Wally's heart was big enough to accommodate a few.

Love Iconic Wally! I want a blow up of that for my box, which apparently has become my brother-with-no-name's box. The sacrifices.


11:11 PM  
Blogger Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

Our sympathy to you on the loss of sweet little Wally. The photos sure do show his personality.
BabyRocketDog and Hootie

2:58 AM  
Blogger Fred said...

Oh, what sweet photos! We are so very sorry for your loss and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Take good care.

11:15 AM  
Blogger Asta said...

Peppy Sheppys and Ma Ape

I came back to listen to "Wally'S voice " again..I love you and hope you'we heawt is mending a little
smoochie kisses

2:02 PM  
Blogger Audrey the Photographer Dog said...

I'm so sorry for your loss:( Those photos are SO beautiful!!! You are lucky to have so many wonderful memories to hold on to. Sending licks and love.

2:08 PM  
Blogger KEY WEST COLLIES said...

We hope you had a pawsome Wallentine's Day. We know that Wally was watching over you from across the rainbow bridge.

Dog Speed,

Essex & Deacon

2:34 PM  
Blogger The Brat Pack said...

Wonderful post, it made us smile!

3:44 PM  
Blogger Tee said...

Dear Wally's Ma Ape and family,

We're so sorry to hear that Wally has crossed over the rainbow bridge. Our Chief had a particular fondness for his corgador self. She thought he was the cutest dog she's seen (with the exception of me that is!)

We love all Wally's happy photos. What a wonderful pictorial tribute to a adorably personable corgador!

Licks and wags

TUffy and the Dog Woods Pack

10:43 AM  
Blogger Peanut said...

Those were lovely memories of Wally. Thank you for sharing the pictures with us.

3:21 PM  
Anonymous Amy & Glenn said...

Thank you for sharing these photos! Wally is very much missed. Some of our favorite memories of him (and you, ma ape) are the trips we took to the dog park in Seattle a long time ago now. I remember one visit when you were trying to convince me to sneak a beagle out of the park under my coat! :)
We can honestly say that Wally is one of the reasons we have our little beagle girl today. We are giving Rosie extra snuggles & belly rubs tonight. Much love to you all.....

10:49 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

We only knew Wally for a little while, but we admired his attitude. We will miss the little guy.

10:59 AM  
Blogger Randi said...

I miss you so much Wally & my heart still hurts...

Love & Licks,

9:23 PM  
Blogger patience-please said...

Our idiot servant is leaking like a water balloon in the jaws of a whippet and she's squeezing the innards out of us. She loved her some Walleye. Good thing she's so far away or she'd be slathering you peppy sheppies with human slobber and squishin' you and your ma ape too.

wags from the soggy whippets

7:42 PM  

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