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    I love you, Sly. Goodbye, little bear.

    It is with a broken heart that I have to write of the passing of my little snuggle pig.

    Sly was absolutely, 100% Dad's snuggle pig. He had so many nicknames......BumBum, SySy, Little Brown Pig, Christmas Pig, SlyBear, Little Bear Cubbie... The list is endless.

    I tried so hard. In the end it just wasn't enough. When we got to the vets this morning, his little heart had already started slowing. He was gasping for every breath and it tore my heart out to see him suffer so badly. He didn't deserve it. No pig does, but Sly was always so sweet, so gentle.

    This time, I got to say goodbye. This time, Sly passed in my arms as I told him how much I loved him, and how much I was going to miss him. I told him to say hello to Pooper, and that I would be there one day to get them both and take them home again.

    I love you, Sly bear. You mean the world to me, and I'm sorry that my love wasn't enough. I hope you find my love will keep you warm.

    Go play with Pooper. Go and meet some new friends. Run, play, eat and have fun in the sun at the Rainbow Bridge.

    Goodbye, baby pig. I love you. I miss you already, more than you will every know. Rest in peace
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    Re: I love you, Sly. Goodbye, little bear.

    I'm SO sorry! We both knew that this was imminent, but that never makes it any easier. You know my heart is with you.

    Fly free over the Rainbow Bridge, Sly! Your Papa surely did love you.

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    Re: I love you, Sly. Goodbye, little bear.

    Your posts to everyone who has lost a beloved piggy are always as beautiful, now it's our turn to bring comfort to you. You did everything you could do for him, and beyond, and I'm sure he knows that. I know it's heartbreaking... but I'm glad you were able to be there to say goodbye to him this time. He's no longer in pain... but he will always have the memories of you and his cage mates, and be able to take them into eternity.

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    Re: I love you, Sly. Goodbye, little bear.

    Rest in peace Sly! I'm so sorry for your loss </3

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    Re: I love you, Sly. Goodbye, little bear.

    Gutted. It never is fair. These little mostly misunderstood lovely creatures always leave us too soon no matter how old they are.

    You gave him a great life and fought hard for him to the end. I'm glad you were holding him with love as he passed. I didn't get that with mooshy and it kills me almost a year later still that she passed in that heat in a foreign place alone.

    May sly rip. He's with pooper now, both angels watching over you. I'm so sorry for your loss. They may be gone but they are forever in our hearts and thoughts. ❤❤❤❤❤

    Sending our deepest sympathies and big hugs,

    Bella Rose and Shonta ❤

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    Re: I love you, Sly. Goodbye, little bear.

    My heart just goes out to you. I started crying as I read your post. It always breaks my heart when I hear that a member's piggy has passed away but the news of Sly really hit me hard. I know how much you loved him and how dedicated you were to caring for him. He was such a lucky pig to have known a lifetime of kindness with such an amazing owner. You were both so blessed to have found each other.

    Words seem so inadequate but please know that I am thinking of you at this difficult time. My deepest sympathies to you and your family.

    May you beautiful boy rest in peace.

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    Re: I love you, Sly. Goodbye, little bear.

    It's never easy to lose these furry little bundles of love. Fly free little Sly! Rest in Peace little man!

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    Re: I love you, Sly. Goodbye, little bear.

    My condolences for your loss.

    Without the amazing care you gave him his life would have been much shorter, he had a wonderful life in your care all the way until the very end.

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    Re: I love you, Sly. Goodbye, little bear.

    Thank you for your love and support, everyone.

    This is all still just very surreal to us. There are still things yet to do. There are medications to be put away. I will be going to my son's today to build him a casket, and burial will likely be tonight. He will rest next to Pooper. We are deciding what to put on his grave marker, and trying to pick a photo for it. And breaking down. A lot of breaking down.

    His passing has left a very large hole which can't be filled. My original pair of boys are now gone.

    The veterinary hospital, although not his regular vet were very, very kind and thoughtful. The vet made me feel like Sly had always been her patient. After he had passed, they made two little ink pawprints for us with his name in script on them, and then laminated them for permanence. Not something I had thought of, and I felt it was very kind and thoughtful.

    I miss him so very, very much.

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    Re: I love you, Sly. Goodbye, little bear.

    When I let my boy go to eternity back in June, I refused to discard the medication he was on. In fact, it's still in my refrigerator, and I probably won't get rid of it for a while.

    That ink print is beautiful. Now you'll always have something to remember him, along with the many wonderful memories.

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    Re: I love you, Sly. Goodbye, little bear.

    Quote Originally Posted by Squiggles View Post
    When I let my boy go to eternity back in June, I refused to discard the medication he was on. In fact, it's still in my refrigerator, and I probably won't get rid of it for a while.

    That ink print is beautiful. Now you'll always have something to remember him, along with the many wonderful memories.
    I know exactly what you mean.

    I still have Pooper's Aminophylline from 2016. Every time I try to throw it away, I break down and I just can't bring myself to do it.

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    Re: I love you, Sly. Goodbye, little bear.

    What a kind gesture. When mooshy died her vet and staff signed this very pretty pet loss card. It's on my coffee table by her urn.

    Although mooshy wasn't sick I haven't thrown out her old syringes.

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    Sly's casket is done, and I've just finished laying him to rest. At his brothers' side, together again.

    This time, I ordered his stone immediately. I already know what its going to say. I just need to find the perfect photo.

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    Re: I love you, Sly. Goodbye, little bear.

    I'm so sorry for your loss. I have been following your thread and rooting for Sly for the past few weeks. At least you can rest knowing that he is at peace now and not in any more pain.

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    Re: I love you, Sly. Goodbye, little bear.

    I just wanted to say again that I am so sorry that you had to come this time with Sly. It never gets easier and I know the special bond that is formed with 'medical' pigs that we have makes it even harder. It's so hard seeing their cage and adjusting to not having to check on them multiple times a day as well as sorting through their things.

    I think you know that you made all the right choices for him and you gave him every fighting chance. He lived a long, spoiled and pampered life. He was incredibly lucky to have you as his owner! He definitely knew how much he was loved.

    I'm sure you will have a gorgeous stone made for him and it will be nice reminder of his life. He can rest now and enjoy his time at the rainbow bridge with all his guinea pig pals, especially with his brother Pooper.

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    Re: I love you, Sly. Goodbye, little bear.

    I can't say enough about the company who does these stones. Even on a Sunday, they were in touch by email, and last night I received this in an email :

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    This is what Sly's gravestone will look like when it is finished.

    It will likely arrive in a few weeks as it takes some time to clear Canada Customs, no idea why. And I was given a wonderful idea that hadn't occurred to me, which will now happen this Thursday at 5pm.

    My niece is going to tattoo his pawprint and his name on my arm. I will always have a permanent remind of my Dancing Bear.

    Thank you, everyone, for your words of comfort, love and support. Even though I will always question what more I could have done I already know that there was nothing more. Your words have been a great help to me, and are helping me get through an immensely difficult time.
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    So sorry about Sly. Love the tribute for his stone. I'm not on the forum a lot so I do not know the history but I can tell you gave him a wonderful life. He was lucky to have you.

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    Wow, very nice! Love the pic. So cute! ❤

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    Re: I love you, Sly. Goodbye, little bear.

    I am so sorry for your loss of Sly. I do not log on to the site over the weekend but first thing at work, I always log on and read Sly's medical thread. I am crying now as I am typing this and need to pull myself together before my colleagues arrive. Sly lived a wonderful life with you and you have shown me what dedication for a pet means. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of Sly's live through your posts. A big virtual hug to you during this most difficult time!

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    All pets should have homes like Sly. ❤

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