Most Poignant Story of the Week

I met a woman in the park with a Corgi. You don’t see many of what’s been coined the Queen’s dogs, since it’s not one of your more popular breeds.

They’re so funny looking they’re cute, with their large heads and long, fat bodies trottin’ on short, stubby legs. It’s as though they were constructed from spare parts. This one was so royally stubborn, you’d think it knew its heritage. images-2

As I stretched on a bench, I listened to her beg, plead, bribe then finally yell to get him to resume walking.

I chimed in, “Is it a male?”

“Of course,” she said, shaking her head, “who else would be this stubborn.”

“Try flattery. That usually works with a man.”

She laughed.

“Mind if I try?”

“Be my guest.”

“Hey Corg, you’re look’in pretty good, ya know that.”

He yawned, before rolling on his back like he was working on his tan.

“Hmm…not to change the subject, but I just got through reading Queen Elizabeth had nine Corgis at one time. Nine, isn’t that amazing?”

“Not anymore,” said the woman. “The last one died not that long ago. Willow was his name. He was 15.”

“Oh, that’s too bad. Well, I’m sure she’ll be getting more.”

Okay, here it comes, get out your hankies.

“No, actually she won’t be,” she said with a sigh. “You see, she loves them so, she doesn’t want any to outlive her, worried how they’d be without her.”

To say my heart curtsied would be an understatement. How sad and noble is that, knowing at her age that would more or less be the case (she’ll be 93 in April).

We both stood silently looking at the Corgi at hand when I said, “What’s his name by the way?


“Errol, on behalf of the Queen, I ask you to please get up.”

He picked up his oversized head looking at me as if to say, well, since you put that way, and believe it or not, did.

Even he was moved, so to speak. images-1

God bless a true Queen of Hearts, and all those who love their animals, putting their needs first above their own.



About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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16 Responses to Most Poignant Story of the Week

  1. Sometimes even the most pampered pets can get a bit stubborn or maybe he needed a break and some attention. You seemed to fill that need nicely!

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  2. robprice59 says:

    They might look odd but they’re tough hombres. They used to drive cattle and sheep from Wales down to London. Then the herdsman would catch the boat home and leave the corgies to find their own way. It’s 160 miles to the border!


  3. You’re still the dog whisperer, Susannah. I had heard that she wasn’t going to have any more Corgis although not why. Very selfless of her.

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    • Selfless is so rare these days about anything. I wish I could call her to change her mind. Animals are tough and they’f fare…they would as long as they were loved. We’re animals David and look what happens to us…:)


  4. I didn’t know the Queen was not getting new dogs. That is sad.


  5. skinnyuz2b says:

    Based on her refusal to step down and hand over the reins (or reigns, ha ha) I’ve always thought of her majesty as a bit selfish. My heart has now warmed a little toward her. As always, Susannah, you’ve provided interesting tidbits.

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    • Compassion cancels out a lot. She wants to stay Queen till she can’t any longer. Now she’ll reign without her four-legged pals. That’s so sad to me. I wish she’d reconsider. I never cared for her much after all I’ve read but like you, the story softened me towards her.


  6. Tugging at the heartstrings, but also the funny bone thinking about Errol of his back with no thoughts of going home. They truly are comical!

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