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    I am so very, very sorry to tell you that my beloved Willem went to the Rainbow Bridge at 3 PM yesterday. He did his best, we all did our best, but it was not meant to be. He never suffered, but when his respiration suddenly became elevated from one minute to the next, he whinnied to me, had one of his beloved red apples, rubbed his head against me for a long time and told me that he was read to go. I called the vet immediately, she was there in no time and he went quietly and with great dignity. His friends and family were all there to say goodbye to him.

    I will miss him more than you will know. He was my best friend and my dance partner and each day of the eleven years I had him was a dream come true. But the most gracious gift we can give these gentle giant friends, who put their lives in our hands, is a dignified, pain-free passing without any heroic measures. We had done all we could, but he was not meant to have the gift of years.

    Your kind words and prayers and jingles and emails and calls have meant more to me that you will ever know.

    We always cover the horses whenever possible, so that they are not laying out there for everyone to see while waiting for the truck to come. And it brought a huge smile to my face to see that the tarp that Julie brought over was actually a huge yellow banner that had HAPPY BIRTHDAY written across the side. We all found it to be highly fitting that we were sending him off on what indeed was a new birthday for him with a banner that said exactly that.

    [This message was edited by Coreene on Jul. 16, 2003 at 12:39 PM.]
    EDDIE WOULD GO



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    I am so very, very sorry to tell you that my beloved Willem went to the Rainbow Bridge at 3 PM yesterday. He did his best, we all did our best, but it was not meant to be. He never suffered, but when his respiration suddenly became elevated from one minute to the next, he whinnied to me, had one of his beloved red apples, rubbed his head against me for a long time and told me that he was read to go. I called the vet immediately, she was there in no time and he went quietly and with great dignity. His friends and family were all there to say goodbye to him.

    I will miss him more than you will know. He was my best friend and my dance partner and each day of the eleven years I had him was a dream come true. But the most gracious gift we can give these gentle giant friends, who put their lives in our hands, is a dignified, pain-free passing without any heroic measures. We had done all we could, but he was not meant to have the gift of years.

    Your kind words and prayers and jingles and emails and calls have meant more to me that you will ever know.

    We always cover the horses whenever possible, so that they are not laying out there for everyone to see while waiting for the truck to come. And it brought a huge smile to my face to see that the tarp that Julie brought over was actually a huge yellow banner that had HAPPY BIRTHDAY written across the side. We all found it to be highly fitting that we were sending him off on what indeed was a new birthday for him with a banner that said exactly that.

    [This message was edited by Coreene on Jul. 16, 2003 at 12:39 PM.]
    EDDIE WOULD GO



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    Oh Coreene - no. OMG! I am so so so sorry. I can't believe it. I am in tears now - God Bless you Willem - we will miss you. Can't write anymore - too many tears. Peace Willem Peace Coreene
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    I am so so sorry. http://chronicleforums.com/images/cu...milies/cry.gif It really feels like a member of the family is gone.

    Willem, you were loffed by so many.

    {{{{{{{{{{Hugs}}}}}}}}}} Coreene

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    OH Coreene, I am so so sorry ...

    I adored Willem's posts - hearing things from his perspective made me chuckle and laugh out loud so many times.

    I learned so many things from him and so many new words

    I am so sorry - words cannot express it

    Such huge big {{{HUGS}}} to you on your horrible loss

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    I'm so very sorry for your loss. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_frown.gif I wish you strength and peace. RIP, Willem.



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    Oh my gosh Coreene, I was hoping he wouldn't ask you to do that, but when his time came you were there for him.

    Words will be small comfort to you right now, but your boy was so lucky to be loved by you, and he loved you back in that unselfish way only horses can.

    It is amazing how many lives your Willem touched, and if we can even give a tiny amount of that back to you during your time of grief then let us help.

    I'll write more later when I've stopped crying http://chronicleforums.com/images/cu...milies/cry.gif http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_frown.gif http://chronicleforums.com/images/cu...milies/cry.gif.

    lots of love and hugs,

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    I'm crying, so sorry Coreene. Such a mysterious disease that even with all the advances and the best of nutrition the experts still don't understand it or how to fix it. As I read yoru sad news I swear I heard this deep nicker coming from behind me, it made me turn my head and sent a wave (not a chill) up and down my spine. Your best fella isn't in pain anymore. He really tried hard to overcome this and you proved yourself well up to the task of carrying out the most noble thing a care giver can do.

    In a state of grace he left a world of pain and I'm certain he was very, very thankful for you and the wonderful years you had, and the way you proved just how much you really loved him to the end.



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    I will miss Willem's witty humor and unique perspective on life.

    Giant (((hugs))) for you Coreen.

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    Big hugs to you Coreene. You are in my thoughts. What a touching post and outlook on his sendoff to new pastures-

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    Oh Coreene. http://chronicleforums.com/images/cu...milies/cry.gif http://chronicleforums.com/images/cu...milies/cry.gif http://chronicleforums.com/images/cu...milies/cry.gif
    I am so sorry for you. I have been there, and
    it stinks. You did everything humanly possible, then gave him the dignified death he deserved. Harder on you then him.

    I will greatly miss Villem. (I think of him with a 'V'). I still have the first post of his I read, "What horses REALLY want for Christmas". I laughed so hard and instantly became a fan. You have a gift girl. Don't let it die with Villem.

    He became a Legend on the 'Net and brought joy to many of us. Go gently, old friend, and know you will be greatly missed on this earth.

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    I'm really sorry.

    His feet don't hurt anymore, and you let him go with his dignity. http://chronicleforums.com/images/cu...milies/cry.gif
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    He said that he wanted me to tell you this:

    "Tell mein friends they don't nott to haff to be sad for me. I loff them und I haff beed glad to haff knowed them. Und I see them a-gain one day in a place wot it don't nott to haff no flounder or Cushings or cancer."

    When he passed, it was to the music of jingles.
    EDDIE WOULD GO



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    Corinne, my love, I am so sorry for your loss. I am, in fact, heartbroken and writing through tears - I suppose of both joy and sorrow.

    The joy is inspired by the the generosity with which you shared the inimitable Willem - so that he felt, in some small way, our own. Darling, how many horses can incite such laughter to so very many, many strangers? The joy is also in recognition of the karma, the fates, what-have-you, who blessed you with such an incomparable dude of a horse.

    Sorrow, well, it's the damned unfortunate flip-side of joy. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_frown.gif

    Please know that we, I, are all here for you and share in some remote way your loss.

    Please take care of yourself - call, email, visit if and when you need.

    I'll look for the chestnut star in the sky tonight, chomping on an apple, flirting with the angels, and I'll blow him a kiss.

    Much love and hugs.



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    i'm so sorry http://chronicleforums.com/images/cu...milies/cry.gif i am glad, however, that he had a peaceful end.

    i think i speak for a lot of us when i say that COTH will not be the same without Willem.

    Yatta!



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    Oh God Coreene,

    Bless you for loving him enough to let him go.

    I have no more words, just love and tears.....

    >^.,.^<


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