Nicknames: Aero-Pup, Baby Dog, Bread Box, Chockie, Chocolate, Chocolate Eyes, Corgi, Fluffy, Gemmy, Grrrl, Loaf of Bread, Pembroke, Pemby, Pup!, Puppington, Sister, Sweet Pup, The Red One, The Snowfox, The Sunfox, The Superfood, etc.
Gotcha Date: July 25th 1997
Birthday: May 9th 1997
Likes: being a ganit, guarding the food bags and the kitchen, eating twigs or whatever is on the ground, playing with ball, getting exercize, barking at every single noise heard. She loves food above all else.
Pet-Peeves: beging hugged or squeezed tightly, fireworks, thunderstorms, the vaccum, and vet trips (especially when my claws need trimmed).
Favorite Toy: Kong or anything food related.
Favorite Food: Anything and everything!
Favorite Walk: Any park.
Best Tricks: Waiting to be lifted into the car; Playing 'hide-and-seek', lie down, and "speak".
Arrival Story: Gem was adopted soon after my Mom spotted another Welsh Corgi puppy in the window of a local pet store. My parents wanted me to experience "the love of a dog", while I was still young. They had another Corgi named Robbie, many years before I was born. After years of wanting a dog, we visited a few reputable breeders in Ontario, and settled upon who could provide a pup as soon as possible.
Bio: Gem was adopted at age 2 months, 16 days from breeders located at a less than spotless house in Aurora, Ontario. Gem is named after the 1988 Aerosmith album 'Gems'. She is a "fluffy", which is a long-haired Corgi seriously faulted in the show ring. Her misfit quality added to my attraction to her. With her family, Gem has traveled the US and Canada a great deal. Gem is an aloof dog, with an easy-going disposition. Like me, my dog splits her time between our Mom and Dad's homes. She gets a long well with her human sister and cat siblings, Smudge and Kamara.
Today would have been your fourteenth Birthday. Instead, it is your first at the Rainbow Bridge, or whatever heavenly cloud you choose to rest upon. Congratulations on being named 'Dog of the Day', this past Friday. It was such a thrilling surprise, and means more to me than most will ever know. Thank you to all our friends who have helped us celebrate and honour your memory.
We love you and miss you terribly. Thank you for visiting me in my dreams, my sweet Aero-Pup.
Love you forever,
Your big Sister
"No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other's worth." -Robert Southey
R.I.P. our beautiful Gem Fluffy O'Rourke (1997-2010). You are so loved, as much as you will be missed. We were blessed with 13 wonderful years together, but I'm greedy and that time wasn't enough. I'll see you in my dreams, until we meet again. I love you, little Aero-Pup.
Gem passed away peacefully at her Mom's house just after 6:00 pm. Like her sister, Smudge, Gem too was a brave wee warrior until the end. I'm glad I was there to hold her, kiss her muzzle, and tell her to say "hi" to the rest of the O'Rourke clan. I cannot believe you're gone, as your Corgi spirit is so strong. Tomorrow will hurt us even more. ♥
Happy early Valentine's Day to everyfur in Dogster and Catster land. Mere moments ago Sister received a phone call from Mom and myself. It was a hectic moment for Sister at the office, but she had to take our call of great news coming all the way from Louisiana.
Since December 14th, I have been on vacation down south with Mom, to escape the cold winter. Until yesterday we had spent the majority of our holiday in San Antonio, and various parts of Texas.
Back at home, Dad (who had not yet left for Mexico) Tux, and Sister received news of my rejouvenation. None of my arthritis problems were showing, and the warm sun had me running around like a puppy again! My family was thrilled.
However, all of this changed last week. Suddenly I began bleeding and throwing up. Weak and unable to move from the pool of blood I was lying in, Mom scooped me up and took me to an emergency vet hospital. After a multitude of tests, x-rays, and IV's, it was eventually determine that my weakened immune system was not allowing me to fight bacteria in my body. Where and how I got this bacterium is unknown, and at first was not appearing in any of my tests.
The important thing is that I have regained my strength, and was able to make the 7 hour drive to Louisiana. In two days, I should be well on my way back home to Canada. Once back and settled in, Mom will take all of my paper work to my vet.
Sister is so looking forward to throwing her arms around me and welcoming me back. I promise to never leave again for such a long time. That also goes for my presence here on Dogster, that Tux recently wrote about in his diary.