In Loving Memory of my Dog Son, BoBo who passed away today 6 years ago… (1999–2016)

Your memories will be forever with me my dearest loving son… till we meet again someday somehow, perhaps in spirit or in some form or the other, I love you and miss you so much, my sweet baby…

Not a year, not a month, not a day goes by without me thinking of my cute & adorable dog son BoBo who has passed away six years ago on March 9, 2016.

Even so, I never failed to wish him good morning, good night every day and even talk to him when I look at his photo on the table, or whenever he comes in my thoughts just like when he was still around…

As you can already tell, I love my BoBo very much and miss him so dearly till this very day. And I never want that to go away…

I wish I could have done more and spent even more time with him when he was up and running… but now… all I have is only his ever loving sweet memories to keep me company… and give me the joy he brought into my life as he always has…

When BoBo was around, we played together a lot from running, chasing, catching, jumping, wrestling, kung fu fighting, superhero vs supervillain, you name it. We did it all. It was a lot of fun… 😄

One time, when he playfully jumped up towards me, I captured this photo by chance with my then Nokia 7610 leaf mobile phone. It turned out pretty good and naturally with this black background without me editing it that way. Thus, making this his model beauty shot… 🙂

We had plenty of good times together, and it was never enough. So many stories to tell… and though I could not capture every happy moments we shared together in photos and videos, they are all deeply engraved in my heart as fond memories I will never forget.

BoBo was also there for me when I was down and sad… He would give me hugs and kisses to comfort me. He would listen to me when I needed someone to talk to. He would also say something in his own way… He always kept me company… Such a cute, lovable, and sweet guy…

When the time came for BoBo to say goodbye, the pain was beyond words and unbearable. I am in tears even now thinking about it as I am writing this. It’s not an easy thing to let go of someone you love so much for so long.

It’s extremely hard for me to look at and share his photos and videos of his last days with me… No words of mine can tell you how it broke my heart to see him sick and in pain… crying out for help…

I did everything I possibly can to help him… but in the end, I had to let him go… I had to allow him to sleep… to rest in peace… No more crying and suffering for my dear baby.

Again, there are no words I could use enough for me to share with you in expressing how I felt and still feel till this very day…

This illustration called Little Fish by Jenny-Jinya is the closes experience I went through that will somewhat tell you how broken and lost I felt on that dreadful day…

“Yaad” (Hindi for “remember” or “in memory”) is a song played in this music video by India’s now trending Nu Metal/Folk Metal band Bloodywood that takes to heart the deep bond between a man and his dog even after they are long gone…

The lyrics express the permanent impact they have on us, reiterating the belief we carry them in our best memories, no matter how far apart we may be… This is yet another way of how I can express on what I deeply share with them through this song…

The founder of the band, Karan understands this very well and said it best at the end of this video…

“As a dog owner or a pet owner, it’s a certainty that at some point of time in your life, you will be faced with the loss of your pet. Along with that lost, it is accompanied… a lot of emotional trauma. But also, a huge sense of guilt, where you find yourself asking whether you did the right thing, whether what you did was enough, whether you could’ve done something differently.

And if you’re going through something like this, through this song, we want to let you know that, even though there’s a void they leave behind when they go, they also leave you with a gift—that very rare, exceptional gift, is knowing and experiencing unconditional love and forgiveness. And I want to tell you that the only way to honor their time in our lives is by imbibing those values within you and giving back as much as you can.”

Karan Katiyar, Bloodywood

I wish I had more time with BoBo… I wish I realized deeper how precious our time together was before he was forever gone. The burden of that guilt I will have to carry with me for the rest of my life…

If you have a companion animal yourself, do take good care of them while they’re still around. Give them as much love and attention as you humanly can. Play with them and give them as much time as possible to keep them happy while you still can… before the time comes… before it’s too late. The pain from the regret of taking for granted the time that was given to you for them will haunt you for the rest of your life if you allow it to go by in waste…

And before I go dedicating my time on this day in remembering my sweet BoBo, I like to share this very short guitar instrumental video that was played for a dog called Maple by her human dad before she passed away… Maple looks a little like BoBo… she reminded me of him… I dedicate this sound of love to him too…

Your memories will be forever with me my dearest loving son… till we meet again someday somehow, perhaps in spirit or in some form or the other, I love you and miss you so much, my sweet baby… always remember, you’re a good boy… and I love you and miss you so much… 😢

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