With heavy hearts, we say farewell to our sweet senior spotty, Oli. As our furfriends on Instagram and Facebook are already aware, our beloved senior blog dog Oliver (Oli) has crossed the rainbow bridge. The world will be a darker place without his light and love, but he is at peace and will be forever in our hearts. Thank you for loving him with us. Snuggle your furbabies a little closer, have fun together, and spoil them rotten. Farewell, Oli. We’ll love you always.
Saying Farewell to our Sweet Senior Spotty
Creating Memories, Mementos, and More
There are some special projects that I’m glad I did when Oli was younger, and others as well as in his final few months. When our cat Tiger fell rapidly ill and passed away, we were left with regrets for things we never got to do. That inspired a few changes with Oli and Humphrey that we carry going forward. I may, someday when my heart can handle it, write a full post about pet illness, loss, and grief. But I have to confess that there have been many tears trying to write this post. For now, here are some of the moments, memories, and mementos that I hold close to my heart in case they might be helpful for other pet owners looking towards the rainbow on the horizon.
Making Memories and Enjoying Time Together
Tucked away safely in our mementos are Oli’s original clay paw prints and my needle-felted fur-filled heart. I recently took new sets of clay paw prints for both Oli and Humphrey so that I could have spares. There is a very special project planned for them at a later date. I also took some special ink paw prints of both boys recently and will share that DIY project here on the blog at some future stage.
One of the easiest and most accessible creative activities for you and your pets is to take more photos. I regretted not having more photos with Tiger and I together. To be honest, I have very few photos with me actually in them. I dislike being in front of the camera, but I’ve gotten a little better about asking hubby to take a snap or two with me and the boys. Of course, that means he’s wielding the camera. Actual family photos with all of us are very few and far between. During my parent’s recent visit, we were lucky enough to get a few precious photos with the whole furfamily. They’re just casual photos as the arrival of COVID cut short their trip and our plans for an actual posed family photo shoot, but these are still absolute treasures. This one is my favourite:
With Love and Gratitude
Much love from our furfamily to you and yours, and a most sincere thank you for the love, likes, shares, and well-wishes you’ve given to Oli over the years. He is the original DIY dog and his legacy will live on here on the blog, in Humphrey, and in our hearts.