Until one has loved and bonded with an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened. ~ Anatole France|
HOMER BEAR WAS SUCH A BEAM OF LIGHT!!!
In 2009, when we adopted Homer Bear (another story behind the name), he was only given a year to live due to one failed kidney at birth and his other kidney 75% damaged. But through lots of love, care and prayer, he lived to be 12 years, 2 months and 4 days and all with OUT any medical issues... just a special strict diet to help prolong the life of his one kidney. He was living full of life, when he suddenly went thru kidney failure. I say suddenly because it all happened so fast; but in reality, I guess it took 12 years; but our sweet baby crossed the bridge peacefully in my arms at home on Saturday 4/10.
Our Little Homer Bear was a mama's boy just like my Samuel so we were very close ❤️ and he was just a big part of my EVERYTHING in life, even after Samuel was born! And just like Samuel, he followed me everywhere I went. Even when he was sound asleep, if he even sensed I was about to leave the room, he'd wake up so fast and jump up next to me to be sure I wasn't leaving. He was always by my side and even when Sam was born, he was right there with both of us.
There was something different about Homer Bear... there are no words to describe his uniqueness from other dogs. He was JUST EXTRAORDINARY and the most affectionate and most happiest-go-lucky dog I've ever known. Everywhere he went, people were drawn to him. There was just something about his aura and exuberance that attracted people like a magnet. Everyone wanted to meet and pet him because he was so lively, super happy, super soft and cuddly and just SO full of love! HE WAS SUCH A BEAM OF LIGHT!!!
He didn't wag his tail... instead; he shook his entire butt with full gusto... it was sooo cute. I'm so glad we have those videos! When walking him, he would sometimes hop like a bunny or pounce like a cat and people used to see us walking and ask, "is that a bunny... is that a cat... is that a dog... what is that"? LOL
His first day home, he taught us that you don't just stop to smell the flowers... he taught us to STOP... smell EVERY petal... of EVERY flower... do it SLOWLY... do it EVERY day!!! He just loved, loved, loved his life and people and especially LOVED playing with children the best... the neighborhood kids adored him!
Homer Bear absolutely loved playing with his yellow ball and he was always hiding it in our shoes or purse to let us know he's thinking of us. And he loved singing (barking) along and dancing with his "Jingle Bell Rock dog" (an elephant gift given to us by Bonnie Eads two years before he was born). This turned out to be the best gift ever as it literally kept the Christmas spirit in our home throughout the year... LOL
Our Little Homer Bear was truly the cornerstone of the household and gave us all lots of love, cuddles and laughs. I have the cutest videos of him making Sam laugh as a baby! He was also our little love sponge... always soaking up every ounce of love he could get. And every time I picked him up, he just melted in my arms. People tell us he was loved and we gave him a great life; but the truth is, Homer Bear gave US a great life!!! He was such a little blessing... our first baby boy ever! And he gave us so much immense love and joy. And each and EVERY day of his life, we thanked the Lord for our little fluff ball!
To say our house and our hearts feel a great void and sadness is an understatement, but now we are left with so many countless wonderful memories... He will always be our little super soft & cuddly fluff ball ❤️ Goodbye sweet little fluff man 🙁 We love you so very much Homer Bear and miss you terribly... but you are in our hearts forever ❤️ May you always be a beacon of how we all should live our lives... to the fullest of each day with love and joy!
"The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:18 (NIV))
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