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