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
It's hard to believe that today marks 6 months since you've crossed the rainbow bridge. Not a day goes by that I don't think about you and miss you. The den where your pen was set up seems too quiet to me now; I really miss your wheeking and purring. I'm sure you've noticed that I still sometimes go there and have dinner, like I used to sometimes in order to spend some time with you. I also really miss the little gestures you always gave through which you expressed your friendship. For a little guy who can't talk like humans, you sure know how to express yourself little buddy! :-)
Mary really misses you too. There are days where your ability to make her feel a bit more calm and peaceful would be helpful. She's had some difficulty with your crossing over as well, and really wishes you were still here physically, as all three of us here at home do really. I remind her that you are still around, but in a different way now, in spirit. I continue to look for your signs as well, and I thank you for sending some every now and then.
I hope you have made many new friends by now and that you are also helping new furbabies who have just crossed the rainbow bridge to feel welcome in their new home. Please help Smokey, the cat of Mary's friend Amanda, who recently crossed over the bridge, and also say hello to Trouble for me.
It's the holiday season again, but it's just not the same this year without you here my little furry friend. It feels more empty to me, and I wish you were still here to celebrate the holidays together with us. I continue to feel for your presence and spirit, knowing with some comfort that you are in a good place and happy.
Until next time, little friend. Love you buddy!
Merry Christmas BoB!
The holidays weren't the same without you here BoB. I sorely missed your usual morning squeaks calling out to me to visit and feed you. Mary missed having you by her side as she opened her presents, specifically noting it's our first Christmas without you. It made me sad to think that you weren't here physically to enjoy in the celebration of Christmas, but I know you were with us in spirit.
Thank you for your recent sign, my little furry friend. I really needed it when you sent it to me. It brought a smile when I really needed one, and it reminded me that you are in a good place which made me feel better.
I miss you every day little buddy. Life has not been the same since you've crossed the rainbow bridge now almost 7 months ago. At times I sit and think about how you've been such a great little friend in your own way, and I feel both happy and sad, maybe a little guilty as well in not realizing something may have wrong which we might have been able to catch. But then again, guinea pigs are a wily sort who hide their ailments well. You never let on that there might have been a problem, being your happy and jumpy self right up until the time you crossed over. I do hope you are very happy, have made lots of new furry friends, and are welcoming new friends as they cross the rainbow bridge. I look at your picture often, and I wish I could give you a little nuzzle on your nose/snout again with my fingers in person like I always did.
We've been basically ok here. We all miss you, but I think I still miss you the most little buddy. Mary does get sad sometimes that you aren't here physically anymore, but I remind her that you are here in spirit with us and always will be. I think of you often, and hope you will continue to send more signs to reassure me that you are ok.
Love you little buddy!