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A year ago I wrote about caring for a senior pet.  I had already been doing it for a year and a half at that point.  

I'm heartbroken to say, I am no longer doing it.  Corrie passed away last week.

Corrie was older at 8.5 years when she came to live with us, a gorgeous retired grand champion show dog.  She was also bilingual, which drew the attention of many neighbors who heard me talking to her in Spanish.  I took it in school. It's not great, but Corrie understood just the same.  At least she pretended to.

She was a retired grand champion and remained a princess here.

Corrie came at a time when we really needed her.  We had just lost Buttons and  were all very depressed.  She saved us, and did her job well.  She jumped right and became part of the family.  All of a sudden, things seemed to be back to normal.

As long as she had food - any kind - bully sticks and walks - Corrie was a happy camper.   And toys, lots of toys.

She showed tremendous strength considering all her illnesses.   Unbelievably so.  

Each of our dogs teaches us something.  It was no different with Corrie.  She was a very special dog.

And now we're sad again, especially her little sister.  We miss Corrie terribly.  The cycle of life.  

RIP my beautiful Corrie.   Fly free with the other paps at the Rainbow Bridge.  

I love you.


Corrie Berman  

2008 - 2023


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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Elyse - I am sorry for your loss.  

Mar 31, 2023 09:10 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Hello Michael, Thank you kindly.

Apr 02, 2023 04:18 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I'm so, so sorry to hear that, Elyse. Having lost my own dogs and cats I know how heart-breaking it is. You gave Corrie a wonderful life and I have no doubt she knew it.

Loss of dog

Mar 31, 2023 09:13 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Thank you for the kind words, Nina.  I know you understand.  Corrie had quite a life.  My friend brought her from England when she was two.  She spent six and a half years with her and six and a half years with me.  A world traveler!   It really was her time.  

Apr 02, 2023 04:20 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Elyse Berman, PA  Sorry to hear. Sounds like Corrie was the lucky one. She found the perfect home with you.

Mar 31, 2023 09:57 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 Thank you.  You always have a way to spin it so it sounds better.  Thank you for that.

Apr 02, 2023 04:21 PM
Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

So sorry, Elyse. It's always hard to let them go. I'm convinced that God gave us dogs so we could see what unconditional love looks like. 

Mar 31, 2023 09:59 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

I agree with you Mike.  I'm convinced as well.  Thank you for your kind words.

Apr 02, 2023 04:22 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Elyse, so sorry to hear and losing a pet leaves an unbelievable void in your life.    My Mia kitty (she was 22 yo) left almost two years ago, and still feel sad.

Mar 31, 2023 10:09 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Thank you for your kind words Joan.  I'm so sorry about your kitty but wow, 22!  I've never had a dog who made it past 15.   

Apr 02, 2023 04:26 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

OMG Elyse Berman, PA ,

I'm so very sorry for your loss of Corrie..What an adorable fur baby. You cared for her well and in return she brought your family back to a normal place..a win/win. RIP Corrie.

Mar 31, 2023 10:38 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Thank you for your kind words Dorie.  She actually came from my friend in San Antonio.  It was definitely a win/win, but it was really her time.  She had a wonderful life.  

Apr 02, 2023 04:27 PM
Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Elyse Berman, PA - Losing a pet is like a part of you too. Corrie was beautiful! She certainly looks royal in your beautiful photographs. I'm sorry for your loss. 

Mar 31, 2023 11:51 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Thank you for your kind words Patricia.   She was very beautiful.

Apr 02, 2023 04:31 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

I am sorry to say I could not read past 'Corrie passed last week'.  The loss is different for all of us and yet the same in its devastation to our mental state.  Take care.  mdm

Mar 31, 2023 12:24 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

I understand Mark.  No worries.  Thank you for comment and be well.

Apr 02, 2023 04:32 PM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

I am soooooooo very sorry. I lost my Margie three months ago and still cry. 

Mar 31, 2023 12:42 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

I'm so sorry to hear about your Maggie, Sheila.   I'm sure she had a wonderful life with you.

Apr 02, 2023 04:33 PM
Sheila Anderson

It was Margie but TY

Apr 03, 2023 05:26 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

So sorry for your loss. Those 4-legged family members do give a lot of love, and they are a big hole when they pass.

Mar 31, 2023 01:33 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

Thank you Ed.  Yes, they become part of the family and leave a void when they pass.  

Apr 02, 2023 04:34 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Elyse Berman, PA  My heart breaks for you. We love our pets and she certainly was a real beauty. This is the second love you have lost it really is not easy as they are so close to our hearts when they say BEST FRIENDS it is so true.

Mar 31, 2023 02:59 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

Hannah Williams Thank you.  It's sad that I lost two older ones within such a short time, but it was just their age.  Nothing much I could do about that.  It's heartbreaking because I miss them all.  They are part of the family.

Apr 02, 2023 04:36 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Elyse- I am so sorry. I know how much your love your furry friends and yes, they do become our family. You gave Corrie a beautiful life and I know she brought you much happiness. 

Mar 31, 2023 07:04 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

Thank you Kathy.  You do know, the crazy dog lady.  They are definitely part of the family and there is a void.  Thanks again.

Apr 02, 2023 04:38 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Aww, this is very sad news.  Corrie looks and sounds like an amazing dog.  I didn't realize that you spoke Spanish, that is so cool.

Apr 01, 2023 09:00 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Thank you Brian.  She was pretty amazing.  My Spanish, on the other hand, is poor at best!  LOL.  Although I took it for six years in school, I'm hardly fluent.  I know the basics.  Thankfully, they have an app today :-)

Apr 02, 2023 04:39 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good afternoon Elyse. So sorry for your loss. It is never easy and your love of pets may make it harder. We had a rescue yorkie and when he passed it was a difficult time. 

Apr 01, 2023 11:55 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Good evening Wayne,  Thank you for your kind words.  I'm sorry to hear about your yorkie.  It's always difficult because they have a way of worming their way into your heart.

Apr 02, 2023 04:40 PM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:



Enjoyed your blog page, and I added you as a friend. I would love the follow back. Bill

Apr 01, 2023 01:08 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Absolutely gut-wrenching Elyse Berman, PA 

No doubt it was hard to write this post. 

I know the pain of a loss like that.  I am so sorry. 

RIP Corrie 💙🙏💛🙏

Apr 01, 2023 03:46 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

Thank you Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist .  You're right, it took me almost a week.  Unfortunately, it's life and we all go through it.  

Apr 02, 2023 04:42 PM