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Dearest BoB,

Thursday, June 6, 2019 started out as any normal day did for our family. You heard some moving around upstairs early in the morning as we were all awakening and starting to move around; then you heard me come downstairs and gave your customary squeak/wheeking to remind me I had give you breakfast. Of course I would, little buddy! You and I spent a bit of time together while I fed you, as usual. Then the rest of us got ready to get on with our day and went to school/work while you had your breakfast. For my lunchtime break I came home as I usually do each day, and when you realized I was home again you came out of your favorite spot in your barn to greet me, just like always. I always looked forward to that! I gave you your mid-day Vitamin C tablet you simply couldn't wait to get, every time eagerly climbing up the side of your pen and looking for me to hurry up and place the bits in your bowl, even climbing up on the bowl as I looked to place it down for you. :-) We spent a few more minutes together before I had to eat lunch and then go back to work. Later that evening, the rest of us had to go out for Mary's school chorus event (she did a great job singing!). We came home and I came downstairs to take care of you, feed you, clean up your pen, etc. just like every night.

You were your typical happy, playful, and affectionate self- pop-corning a bit and very glad to see; also glad to know that your food bowl, hay and water bottle were about to be refilled I'm sure. :-) We had a great time hanging out together there for a little while little buddy, didn't we? Just like always- you affectionately licking the side of my wrist while I was petting your back and occasionally the top of your head, stopping to give you some back rubs and rubs around your hips during cleanup and feeding time. I wish I knew that after all was said and done with getting you all taken care of that night that it was going to be for the last time, my dear, sweet little friend.

I went upstairs after we hung out together and I was done getting you your food; I ended up taking care of Mary for a while. You might have even heard her being a bit upset about something and needing someone to talk to. Otherwise, I probably would have just been in the room with you, keeping you company and watching TV for awhile as was typical for us most nights. At one point I had to come downstairs to get something from the basement to fix something in our bathroom, and then came back downstairs to put away the gloves I needed. This was about an hour to two after I left you with your dinner.

When I looked in on you before going upstairs for the night, you were lying down on your side in an odd way, and I immediately knew something was wrong. I checked on you, my sweet little friend, and found that you had already, quietly, crossed over the rainbow bridge. I was stunned and heartbroken. I gently ran my hand over the top of your head to smooth your fur, and then pet you gently for a few moments, feeling overwhelmingly sad at your sudden loss. I then went upstairs to tell everyone what happened. We all came back downstairs and gently picked you up our of your pen, held you, hugged you, and said our goodbyes in a family hug- with heavy hearts and wishing we had more time with you. Five years was too short, my little bud.

BoB, you are such a great friend and had a true, loving heart. We miss you each day, love you, and wish you were still here with us. I know that you had to go, but your leaving has made our house feel more empty, my little furry friend. The sudden absence of your squeaks, wheeking sounds and purring and general playfulness is hard to take on my work at home days.

I know you are in a good, safe place and will be waiting for us all to see you again. Until then, little buddy, popcorn to your heart's content, be happy, enjoy the grace of being in Heaven with God taking care of you and giving you all the hay and bay leaves you can eat, and know that you will always be loved and remembered.

With all my heart,

your big buddy

July 13, 2019- It's been a little over a month since you've crossed the rainbow bridge BoB. I miss you each day. I miss hearing your inquisitive 'wheeking' each morning as you would hear me come downstairs to the kitchen, reminding me to come visit and feed you. :-) I miss your funny character, your 'purring' sounds and your playful nudges whenever I would gently rub the top of your head and your back. What I wouldn't give to hear and feel all of those things again right now. BoB, thank you for reaching out to me in your own way and letting me know you are still here and are ok, my little friend- even though its now in a much different way than before. I know in my heart you are still with us in spirit and always will be. I have found and started talking with a group of wonderful and understanding people who have also lost their beloved fur babies. Several have reached out to me and have visited your memorial here, noting how special you are, mentioning their own lost loved ones, wishing us well, and especially noting how their fur-babies who crossed the rainbow bridge before you would be there to meet you and help welcome you home. I do hope you have made friends with them and all others who have crossed over the rainbow bridge before you- they all seem to be such beautiful and loving friends who gave their human moms, dads and loved ones such tremendous love and affection as you showed us. I also hope you have found and befriended Trouble, who was also a loving friend that left us too soon. I take solace and feel comfort in knowing you are in all of their company and that they will help you feel welcome and a sense of being home and belonging. I pray that you will always be well and happy!

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