With a final message to him from William, we laid our sweet Bing to rest
last night. He is as close to the house as we could get him... Just under
the solarium window where he spent many happy years watching
the chipmunks, squirrels and the birdies at the bird feeders...
There are no words to fully convey how deeply our whole
family loved him or how much he will always be missed!
It's been a very rough year for us with Bing... What in the end was diagnosed as a intestinal tumor/mass masqueraded as numerous other, less serious ailments for a very, very long time... Everything from IBS to food allergies to hairballs to worms... It was an extremely long, frustrating, heartbreaking, (not to mention expensive) ordeal trying to figure out what was wrong and how to stop Bing's slow but very steady decline.
As much as we love his veterinarians, Bing hated leaving his home to go see them; therefore, tremendous effort was made to treat him at home as to avoid causing him any undue stress. Bing lived out his last months being carried around in a shopping basket lined with a very soft pillow so that during the day he could be put in the solarium in the sunshine to watch his birds and, at night to sleep on a chair I pulled close to the side of our bed.
On the last day, with his veterinarian standing by, Bing's heart stopped beating in my hand as I held his little chest against mine, whispering the names of all the people that loved him into his ear. The end was tough for us but for Bing, it came peacefully.
Of course, the loss of our Bing is made worse with the Ranger deployed right now. Bing was his buddy, after all. Nevertheless, I hope it will comfort him, like it comforts me to know that Brandon's name was the last thing Bing heard as he drifted up and over that rainbow.