As with all good stories...there must be an end.
Unfortunately, this one ended all too soon. Oreo and Eddie, our star-crossed lovers, are now in a happy place together, running in the same giant wheel, eating glorious treats, telling their amazing tales, and making gerbil-mouses.
(the song playing is dedicated to them)
It is with our saddest regrets and very heavy hearts that we said goodbye to our beloved Oreo this evening. There will be no viewing, due to the nature of the death, but the burial ceremony and final words will be tomorrow morning.
Because Oreo is Oreo, she found a way to escape the confines of her cage one last time today. Much to my horror, the kids and I found her lifeless body next to the dog hours later.
It honestly and truly was a very, very sad moment in our home. Especially for Sam, which really surprised me and completely broke my heart. The poor little boy cried on the stairs and tried to pet his beloved Oreo once she was safely hidden under a towel (until dad could come home and find a place for her until the burial). It literally brought tears to my eyes, and still does. Precious little Sammy.
Oreo completely grew on us. We have grown to totally admire and appreciate her fun and adventurous personality. She has been the topic of conversation many times in our home, usually accompanied by sheer admiration and lots of smiles and laughter. She has had us all diving, sliding, sneeking, jumping, chasing and bribing her on almost a daily basis. It has become a game in our home, and we have all had the victory, at least once, of catching Oreo and putting her back in the cage until the next escape. It is a running joke in our family, and is has made for some hilarious moments.
Yesterday, for the first time, I was able to get her to walk into my hand, after one of her many escapes from the cage. I swear she smiled at me. She even let me take her picture without running away. Precious last moments.
We have totally enjoyed having her in our home, and she will be missed....very missed.
And so ends the adventures of Oreo and Eddie.
Together at last.
May they rest in peace.