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Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Stevens Point, WI
Bilbo: 2014-11-28 to 2018-07-18
When I moved across the country after grad-school I was excited, but nervous. After living here for a while and being fairly introverted I was also a bit lonely, so considered bringing a pet into my life. After a lot of research and some discussions with "real" adults, along came Bilbo!
Right when I met him, Bilbo uncurled from the initial "who are you???" panic ball and started climbing around on my hand and sniffing up a storm. He was always ready for some exploring, but was most happy either running full tilt on his wheel at night or snuggling up with my hand in his snuggle pouch. We spent countless hours watching movies, reading, and napping together, and Bilbo was always content to snuggle up to my hand and let me gently stroke his quills (unless it started getting a little too warm, when he'd kick my hand away!). When he was particularly happy, he's grace me with a tiny, almost inaudible, purr that would make my heart melt.
When he started ignoring his food I knew there was an issue, so we went on a series of vet visits, antibiotic treatments, and syringe feedings. Bilbo was so brave (even when being understandably grumpy) and was just happy to, when trips and medicine and feedings were done, cuddle back up and take a nap with me. Unfortunately our last visit showed a large mass in his stomach, and while the vet and I planned further steps to help, Bilbo passed the following day.
So to wrap up, here's a letter to my little dude:
To the most handsome snuggle bug, and the sweetest of peas,DSCF1018.jpg
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