eblast dated April 24, 2023:
That’s the one I left out! God Bless Kurt!"
* Quote from the SOUND OF MUSIC when
Maria almost forgets one of the Von Trapp children in her prayers
That's what I will always think of when I think of Norman.
Only unlike Maria
in the Sound of Music forgetting poor Kurt Von Trapp just the one time, I forgot Norman quite a few times when running through
our BOB beagles currently in the Repair Shop! Poor Norman. He always kept such a low profile. Never needed to be in the spotlight.
So it quickly became a standing joke with our crew.
Once reminded, I would always shout out…"Norman!
That's who I forgot! How could I forget Norman?! God Bless Norman!"
I said "God Bless Norman" one last time.
Not because I forgot the little man.
But because he
was leaving us.
He took a fall down the few steps leading to his backyard over
the weekend and wasn't fully recovering from the tumble.
He seemed so lost and confused afterward and barely eating.
today, we rushed him to our vet. Xrays were done. And the devastating news followed.
Two very large cancerous
masses were discovered and they were rupturing.
We had to say goodbye immediately.
is an extremely heart-numbing thing to lose one of our beagles without warning.
Without having the chance
to somehow come to terms with it first.
That's one thing.
The other is seeing the incredible pain of
such shocking news on the faces of a beautiful forever foster family and not being able to take that pain away.
only is Deanna and her husband Andrew our Norman's dedicated foster family but they are important members of our BOB Team
and they are the dearest of friends.
All I could do was hold them tight and thank them for giving Norman
such a happy retirement.
Of course, he never truly retired.
He was still their devoted delivery man.
Still re-routing toys from one end of the house to the other.
Stellar employee was Norman.
was also Olivia's favourite brother. On account of how cuddly he was with her. Just her, mind you. He had a soft spot for
his baby sister.
God Bless Norman.
honour of his time with us and in honour of those who loved and cared for him, I've included his Welcome eblast from 4 1/2
years ago below.
Please light a candle for Norman tonight and for his family ---
Andrew, Deanna & their beagles - Sammy, Rocky (and Olivia who will miss him most of all.)
closing, I just want to add how wonderful it would be if Norman has finally been reunited with his beloved "Grammy"
(Andrew's mom) up there in heaven.
Oh, the couch time those two spent together.