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Old 08-11-2018, 07:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 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,

I miss you. I hope you’re not feeling so icky anymore. If you were trying to avoid being syringe fed again this was a bit dramatic, but you were always a grumpy goober (while really being a sweet sweet soft boy underneath).

Good night. I love, love, love you Bilbo.

-Mum
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Old 08-12-2018, 12:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What a cute little fella. So sorry for your loss.
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I am so sorry for your pain. Bilbo will indeed be the most handsome of angels. Your writing is such a wonderful tribute showing the loving and caring relationship that you two shared over the past few years.
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Old 08-26-2018, 03:14 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Goodbye little baby. I only saw 7 pictures of you but I miss you too. You were so special and the world will always be a little bit more empty without you. ヽ(΄∩`。)��
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