Sunday, February 15, 2009

Wiley Dog Update

Dearest readers,

My good friend Wiley Dog has gone home to Rainbow bridge. He actually went home January 24th of last year. I apologize for waiting over a year to inform you, but it's harder to do when reality hasn't really sunken in yet.

Last year, Mom called me on January 25th early in the morning. It had been quite cold here in Central Texas, so I know it was a rough time for her and Wiley. I asked her how she was doing and she said "I'm having a bad day." I said, "What's wrong?" She went on to say "Wiley's gone. I looked in on him last night and when I got up this morning, he was gone. He died peacefully in his sleep."

My heart sank. His health was deteriorating over time and he'd lost a lot of weight. Mom hadn't had gainful employment and was doing the best she could to survive. Whatever she ate, Wiley ate. And forget going to the vet...too costly. So, she and her buddy would get up each day, mil around the house and watch life go by. He still liked to go outside to take care of his business and kick around in the bushes.

Although he was losing weight, Mom could not see what I could see, since I'd come by and check on them every month or so and could notice the sizable difference in his weight loss. He was his usual finicky self, but you could not make that ole' stubborn dog and Mom realize he was going to starve himself to death if he didn't eat what was put before him. So, when Mom would put dog food out, he'd do his usual "turning up" his nose. He'd probably gotten down to an estimated 7 pounds when I last saw him. I think I took a picture or two, but I can't remember at this point. I do remember he looked awfully bad because his spine was starting to curve and you could see his bones poking out his back. You could count every rib. Mom would just say, "He's fine." I'd just shake my head.

Just like it's taken me almost 5 yrs to pull out pictures of my Sweet Pea who went home to Rainbow Bridge September 2003, I don't know when I'll come around to posting video and other memorable moments of Wiley Dog. I guess if I tell myself the truth, I don't do too well with death.

My suggestion would be to simply "follow this blog" and when you hear from me, it will be something sweet and funny from the Wilester!. Until then, keep the Evans family in your prayers and for anyone who has lost a dear four-legged friend, know that he/she will have a great pal waiting to receive them at Rainbow Bridge.

Much love,



  1. So sorry to hear of Wiley's passing. I thought that might be the case since there had not been a blog in so long...

    It was inspiring for a dachshund owner to read of a dachshund that made it so long! Mine is 14, and he's a grumpy old man.

    All I can say is he gave you many years of love - about twice as many as anyone could expect!

  2. Thank you for the kind words. May you enjoy every moment with your Grumpy old man! Much love and peace. Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. hi from dallas. my dachshund just passed away earlier this morning. he would've been 18 on jan. 9. i got him when i was 10 and i'm 28 now. I will always keep you in my heart & memory. God bless all dachshunds and their best friends. take care.

  4. Greetings Alan,

    I know how deeply saddened you must have been to lose your buddy. Cherish the many, many memories you have and that will get you through the day. Thanks for sharing and I wish you much love and peace!



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  13. I haven't been on your page for a long time and didn't know that cute goggy is not longer with us on this side.
    When I read your post I start crying.
    I can not imagine how it is when you lost your dog. Mine dachshund is 12 years and I'm just terrified of that day.
    We ar sending you our love and I will keep you and little W. in my mind!
    BR, Tanja

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  17. Ten years now, right? I don't know if you will see my comment here, but all i want to say is that someday the whole family will be together, and Wiley will be there waiting.

    My best friend had almost 15 years old...less than two weeks to his birthday..God told him to come back home.. Now im here, living my life..waiting my turn.. Because i know that someday we will be together again.

    So don't forget to be strong, always! Do the right things, and allways have faith!

    Faith is the only ticket to the ride to heaven.