6/16/17

Flower Friday - Until we Meet Again

Mama here this week, doing a Bilbo in the Blue Bonnets Flower Friday

I have been looking back through our Bilbo Blog History and, once again, I  realize how very happy I am I to be documenting the lives of our fur family. Looking back helps me see through the tears, and even give me a smile or two as I remember the events triggering a specific blog post or the feelings behind a picture.  If there is one thing I could recommend to any new pet owner, it would be to document your new friend's life,  because it will bring you comfort one day.


Below, I have included a link to two of the posts that made me giggle or remember why Bilbo, and the relationship between Bilbo and Dory, have been so special to me.



and, I also want to thank whoever was the mastermind behind "Letters to our Pals" (Murphy and Stanley's Mama NB, I believe) because they really do help express why I am so thankful for each of my "kids"
Here is our letter to Bilbo:

A Letter To Our Oldest Boy
 Dear Bilbo,
   Thank you for being our first "furkid" and letting us be your furr-ever home. We feel blessed to have been able to share so much time with you. You beat all the odds when, with your challenges(birth defects),  you stuck around more than 10 years more than what the doctors predicted. 



 Without you, we would have been a pack that overslept, forgot to give you all cookies, had no idea when we should be sitting on the couch and would probably never have known when bedtime was! Thank you so much for keeping us scheduled.



Most of all, thank you for teaching your Daddy and I that dogs, like humans, need routine in their lives.  
We love you Boney man...and always will.
Love,
Mama and Daddy 





 Thanks so much to all of Blogville for showing us so much love and support during this time. We are so very thankful to be a part of such a wonderful and caring community!


The Boyz and I will be taking a week off to adjust and renew, but will return next Flower Friday for our monthly look at Sequoia Gardens.





Hop aboard and show us the flowers blooming in your corner of the world (If you don't see the link here, please click HERE to go to our Hoppity page)!!







36 comments:

speedyrabbit said...

That is just Beautiful,We are so sorry for your loss of Bilbo,but he's not alone he's with Dory,much love and Speedy snuggles,xx Rachel and Speedy

Julie said...

So very sorry about Bilbo, sending you all lots of luffs and hugs
Loves and licky kisses
Princess Leah xxx

Molly the AireGirl said...

I miss you already, Bilbo. Huge hugs to your family♥

Mara said...

Documenting and taking photos really does give you a piece of them, even after you've said goodbye. I still have the photos of all my five cats before Miss Oswin and they can still bring a tear. But they also bring back the feelings I had for them. The funny things they did, the way they liked to sleep.

Wishing you a lot of strength in the coming time!
Love,

Mara

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

We are so very sorry to hear about Bilbo, sending purrs of comfort and paws of sympathy to your pack.

Mark Muller said...

that was such a sweet letter full of love...and I'm so glad that you have wonderful photos and memories ... we are so sorry that you had to say farewell to your Bilbo and we will keep him in our hearts as your first furkid and your beloved Boney man...

Madi and Mom said...

Oh Beth....this is just beautiful and you are so right about blogging with our special sweet furbabes. Early in blogging I thing is was Max the Retriver's mom in S. Africa posted a photo of her hugging Max. She suggested that everyone have someone snap a photo of them hugging their pets...because that hug would be precious one day...just like the blogs.
Thank you for the links the made us smile too. Your first two born could have been twins and their names need to be said at that same time.
Hugs madi and mom

Emma said...

Mom says blogging is the best for so many reasons, but we also enjoy going back over the bizillion photos and old posts. They make us cry sometimes, but they are wonderful memories to have. Run free Dory and Bilbo!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
a pawfect flower friday post... sending ether(((((hugs))))... YAM xx

Marg said...

That is such a great tribute to Bilbo. He was one of our very favorites. But now he can be with Dory. Sending tons of hugs during this hard time for you.

Sandra said...

I love your letter and I know you will miss your schedule keeper.. we loved you Bilbo, run free with Dory and no pain and eat all the food you want to, not calories in heaven.

Ann Adamus said...

Forever ... with love.

LBJ said...

I so understand and realize how much writing those memories down help. When we lost Barkley and my brother within a couple of weeks of one another, both with little warning, writing their stories did more to help me heal than anything. Hugs and prayers through this difficult time. The Johnson family (Abby Lab) in Chicago

Caren Gittleman said...

Sending you (((hugs))) of comfort. I feel so bad that I didn't know either of your babies well. My heart soooo goes out to you and your family, keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

Katie Dawn Wing said...

Such a sweet tribute! Bilbo looked fabulous with those long locks and in the blue bonnets. Aww!

After Mollie passed I went to our old blog and looked at all the adventures we had later in her life and was crying and laughing and thinking how much I loved that sweet girl! I agree documenting adventures and sharing stories helps us remember the little things that we may have forgotten. So glad I rejoined the blogs with Lucy.

We know Bilbo and Dory are just having the time of their lives up at the rainbow bridge. Play on sweet babies!

Katie and Lucy

Two French Bulldogs said...

A beautiful tribute to sweet Bilbo
Lily & Edward

Jans Funny Farm said...

Thanks for the memories of Bilbo - and Dory. We went back to read the posts you mentioned. :) It is comforting to read old blog posts and remember those that have left us. They are never forgotten, always loved and always missed. Hugs from all of us.

C.L.W.STEP said...

Aw, that was so sweet. We understand completely. We went through this same process with good ol' Joey dog last year, and wish we had taken more pictures of our Miss Ginger and Old Charisma. Sending our deepest condolences. Chester, Chris, and John

The Army of Four said...

Those are such wonderful photos and memories!
We are praying for you.
Cammie!

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

You are so right, the photos capture the memories that are so comforting as we heal. Bilbo was a very lucky boy to have had his forever home with you.

Woos - Lightning and Misty

Bouncing Bertie said...

Bilbo had a good life and will be so fondly remembered by many of us, all over the world.
Sending love and hugs from Scotland.
Gail and Bertie.

Bouncing Bertie said...

Bilbo had a good life and will be so fondly remembered by many of us, all over the world.
Sending love and hugs from Scotland.
Gail and Bertie.

Janet Keefe said...

What a beautiful tribute to your Bilbo. It sounds like you all had a wonderful life together. I agree, when I first started my blog I never thought about how important documenting my life with my pets would end up being. The ability to look back and spark memories we might have forgotten is truly a blessing. ♥
Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

Tails Around the Ranch said...

Mere words seem so inadequate upon the loss of a fur-kids. Please know the pack at the Ranch sends oodles of poodles love and tail wags to you and yours. Digital hugs. ❤︎

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

A beautiful tribute to your boy...

Amber DaWeenie said...

So beautiful and so sad. He will always be remembered with love.

KB Bear said...

My heart breaks for you - Bilbo was so special and was such a team with your Dory. I cannot imagine how you are feeling, losing Bilbo so soon after Dory. I send you love and hugs.

Millie and Walter said...

What a lovely tribute to your sweet Bilbo. We loved looking back at those older posts. Walter is our alarm clock to every event throughout the day.

MeezerMews&FrecklesWoofs said...

How sweet is this tribute to Bilbo. And precious to have all those memories close at hand in pictures and written words.
We made a memento/card for your beloved Angel Bilbo:

http://kimages.imikimi.com/image/1qtzM-29c.jpg

Hailey and Zaphod and their Lady said...

Despite the sorrow and heartache when we part, the joy of the love of an animal makes it worthwhile.
Hugs.

M. K. Clinton said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Bilbo was such a cutie and always made me smile. We are sharing our condolences next Thursday on our blog post. (*We are going to be out of town without my laptop so I wanted you to know in advance) I love y'all. ♥

Jeanne Pursell said...

My heart goes out to guys....losing Bilbo so close to Dory...I have no words.

Blessings to you all and run free sweet Bilbo!

Kitties Blue said...

What beautiful memories and photos. Those of us who blog are lucky that we are constantly taking photos of our furry family. Please know that we join you in your sadness and continue to send purrs and prayers. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo and Cooper Murphy

Kinley Westie said...

Awww, we luved seeing da pics of Bilbo in the bluebonnets.

Marty the Manx said...

Oh you all are making me cry again (and again....) You are so right, if I hadn't had all my pictures of Oskar, I don't know how I would have been able to have greave properly and let my heart heal. Bilbo you special little man :) Sending you luv and support from the Mob and I
Marty's Mom

Erin the Cat said...

I am sos so sorry to hear that dear Bilbo has left you now for the Bridge, to receive his wings. I know he will be there watching over you in the times ahead, so really he has never truly left.
God bless you all at this time.
Gentle purrs, Erin