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  • #21
    Coreene, I know that I've has been touched by you and Willem both. We will miss Willem greatly, but we continue to love and appreciate you. Willem is truly happy now, and you helped him get there. We're jingling for you.
    "One thing vampire children have to be taught early is, don't run with a wooden stake."


    • #22
      So sorry for your loss.


      • #23
        Words utterly fail me.


        You brave, brave woman. God bless you.

        "I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning to sail my ship."
        -Louisa May Alcott
        "My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we'll change the world." ~ Jack Layton


        • #24
          I am so sorry Coreene. He was very lucky to have you in his life.

          Just because I have a short attention span doesn't mean I
          Just because I have a short attention span doesn\'t mean I


          • #25
            I am so sad and sorry to read this after spending an afternoon with Elliot.
            We send our hugs to you Coreene, and perhaps the Happy Birthday banner was very fitting with DD's birthday coming up soon.
            You know she is with him as I type this.

            "Proud Member Of The I Love Dublin, Starman Babies, Mini Horse, Sunnieflax and Horse Boxes Cliques"
            Starman Babies


            • #26

              I am so very sorry. I am here with tears in my eyes. I have enjoyed so very much every post of Willem's. I know how much he will be missed by everyone he touched.

              Just getting by isn't good enough.
              Just getting by isn\'t good enough.


              • #27
                I am so very sorry, Coreene.

                All I wanted was a white knight, with a good heart, soft touch, fast horse!
                All I wanted was a white knight, with a good heart, soft touch, fast horse!


                • #28
                  Oh, Coreene.
                  I know how you feel. I had to make a similar decision about 4 weeks ago, though mine was more black and white--peritonitis. Yours was a *much* harder call to have to make, and took a lot of courage.

                  You are a class act, and Willem, bless him , knew that. I'm sure of it.

                  Unashamed member of the Arab clique...just settin' on the Group W bench.
                  "It's like a Russian nesting doll of train wrecks."--CaitlinandTheBay

                  ...just settin' on the Group W bench.


                  • #29
                    i am so sorry for your loss.this was not what i expected when i sat down at the computer to-nite.I was sure Willem would be doing so much better.We all loffed reading his posts!He's probably watching from the rainbow bridge with old buddies right now. myrna



                    • #30

                      "Never hold a cat and try to use a Dustbuster at the same time" - John McWethy


                      • #31
                        OMG im so sorry!!!



                        *My webshots*


                        • #32

                          I'm sorry that his time came so soon, but I am happy that he had you there to send him off without undue pain and suffering.

                          You were blessed with 11 years with him. Remember all the good rides and carrots and horsey slobbers.



                          • #33

                            Oh no! I am in shock! I am so so sorry for your loss Coreene. But now Willem is where he can eat ice-cream all day long and watch over his favorite schatzis and Irish-drinking friends. He will always be remembered in our hearts.


                            ~Disgruntled College Students Clique~Georgia Clique~Junior Clique (Can I please still be a member?? )~ Buckle Bunnies
                            ~Disgruntled College Students Clique~Georgia Clique~


                            • #34
                              Coreene, I am so sorry to hear this....I was so shocked to log on and see this thread. You are very brave and strong to be able to make that decision to let him go and be pain free. I know you will miss him very very much. I am so sorry that you have to go through this...I know how hard it can be.


                              • #35
                                OH COREENE...I am SOOOOOOOO sorry .

                                Willem will be missed by all of us. He was SOOOOO lucky to have you as a friend, partner and 'mommy', just as you were blessed by having him in your life.
                                I don't have any words to make any of this better, no one will. Thinking of Willem galloping freely across the green pastures brings a smile to my face, even through the tears I shed for you.

                                Dear Willem, reading your posts (as tough as some of them were, lol) brought smiles to our faces. You will be souly missed by all that loved you. Godspeed to you...dance with wings across the clouds~

                                Coreene~ Hugs to you. I wish you strength through the tough days ahead. May you find peace in the memories of your beloved steed~


                                "A horse is a horse of course of course"...This person obviously never met MY horse!
                                *Who Knew*
                                *Frosted Flakes*
                                ~*~Mom of the wonderful Nikolas aka \"Niko\"~*~
                                **Proud member of The Colorful blinb-bling helmet, SCgirls, BGSGand the EquinePhotog (do we have one yet?) cliques**


                                • #36
                                  Oh Coreene! I'm so very sorry for your loss. My husband and I will miss Willem's wonderful witty posts on this board.

                                  COTH BB will never be the same...

                                  Rest in Peace big guy - you were greatly loffed.

                                  "God have mercy on the man who doubts what he's sure of." Bruce Springsteen
                                  I would like to think I will die an heroic death...

                                  But it's more likely I'll trip over my dog and choke on a spoonful of frosting.


                                  • #37
                                    So sorry for your loss. I just wanted you to know I was jingling with all of the other COTHers even though I've only lurked. Prayers and hugs headed your way...Willem is grateful to you.



                                    "The daughter who won't lift a finger in the house is the same child who cycles madly off in the pouring rain to spend all morning mucking out a stable." (Samantha Armstrong)


                                    • #38
                                      This thread took so long to load because of the loff we had for Willem and have for you, Coreene. Thank you for sharing him with us. Please know we are all here for you. I am so sorry...The words are not working right now.

                                      "B***h in training"
                                      \"Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole and, once it has done so, he will have to accept that his life will be radically changed.\" -- Ralph Waldo E


                                      • #39
                                        Ah, SHIT!!!

                                        That's all I can manage right now, that and you and he have brightened so many of my days.

                                        I'll write more when I stop crying...



                                        • Original Poster

                                          Bumpkin is right. Willem is there in time for Dee Dee's birthday.

                                          My grandmother always loved horses, but was always a bit scared of them. She always had apples or carrots for the drays, and she always saved old bread and peelings for the rag man's horse, and the other work horses who came by her house.

                                          I took great solace in knowing that Willem would be her horse now, wildly spoiled, stuffed full of cookies and carrots and apples and every other treat she can think of.

                                          Merry and I talked last night and I said "Well, I can just see it now. Dee Dee looks up and says 'There's Willem!' Introduces him to Kate and Victor. Babs is hanging out with them as well. And Victor will say 'Well, he's not a hunter, good dressage horse though, doesn't have enough extension but...'," and we laughed and laughed because, dang it, I could really just see it happening.

                                          I went back to the stables today to give the meds I no longer needed to the horses who were using them. Copper has the Thyro-L. My friend Annette had her dear horse Jake tested for Cushings last week, because of Willem. And I gave Marie the left over Pergolide to give to Annette because, damn it, she found out this morning that he has it. Jake was one of the horses - along with Seymour and Bolero - who would stop by every morning after Willem got his syringe full of meds, so that Willem could shout at them and then swallow. I find it very fitting that Jakey has Willem's meds now.

                                          Of course, being Willem, we had to stop turning him out with Jake because we couldn't stop him from mounting him, but that's another story.

                                          His stall was filled with bouquets, plants and wildflowers that people had brought. While I sat in his stall reading the cards, I could feel him watching down over me with a big smile.