My son Mike has shared his life with two lovable ferret boys the past couple of years – Buddy and Bear. Recently, he moved to another state, off to begin his own life and pursue his dreams. Buddy, Bear, and his dog Caleb are his family, without a doubt. But yesterday, for reasons unknown, Bear passed away.
Now, losing a beloved pet is a painful heartbreak for anyone, but for a young adult new to life on his own – well, it’s that much more difficult to bear. Mike is experiencing the agony of one of life’s crueler twists – taking a loved one from us, and too soon.
This may not be the first time he’s endured losing a pet, but it’s the first one that he’s been solely responsible for and fully involved with.
My heart hurts for you, Mike, in this time of great sorrow. May you feel the loving presence of your newest angel watching over you, the gentle soul that will never leave your side.
And then there’s Buddy, who’s spent most of his life with Mike sharing him with Bear. He’s always seemed the more resilient of the two, fortunately – and although he’ll surely miss his BFF a great deal, hopefully he’ll find a way to cope with the sudden loss.
There’s one thing I know for sure. Whatever caused Bear’s life to be cut short, it was unavoidable. I’ve never known anyone who cares for their pets as well as Mike does. He puts us all to shame! He will sacrifice whatever it takes, just to make sure he doesn’t have to “sacrifice” his babies’ provisions at all.
Mike’s pets are fed the very best of foods and treats, he takes them out on daily excursions for fresh air and exercise, and they even tag along for car rides so they can spend more time with Daddy. We should all be so lucky and so loved as Mike’s boys are.
This is when I really wish we spoke the same language as our pets. Maybe it would have helped if Bear could have told Mike what was ailing him (if he even knew). And it would be nice to know that Buddy understands what’s going on now, and to assure him that he’ll be okay.
Life with pets can be challenging at times. And it sure can bring you to your knees when you lose your best friends. It’s times like these when the lessons of Life are loud and clear…love and be loved, and be grateful today – for you never know what tomorrow may bring.