We lost our precious little Bear yesterday...
Yesterday we tragically lost our family pet, a tea cup Yorkie, called Bear.
I bought Bear for my daughter's (Mikayla) birthday when she was 15. We already had one dog (Nikko) which was sort of mine and my sons and I was not looking forward to another pet, especially a small dog. I guess b/c I always had big dogs who were mainly outside, I didn't think I would like a small inside dog. Eventually, Mikayla wore me down and we bought her a tea cup Yorki which she named "Bear".
Bear was a perfect name for this little guy b/c I genuinely think he thought he was as ferocious as a bear. He was full of personality and spunk (probably enough for a small family of Yorki's!) and always ready to play or take a nap which was the trademark of his personality
We got Bear in the late Spring and we all played a part in training him not to pee inside. Personally, I quickly started to love the little guy. Since I worked from home he quickly grew into my heart while my wife was at work and my kids were at school.
We had our little routine in the day. Every morning he hear me wake up and would come up and paw at my feet while I was brushing my teeth. Also, whenever any of came home he would get SO EXCITED and greet everyone when they came home from school or work. He was so special.
One thing that was odd about him was he would run up to you to greet you but he wouldn't let you grab him, which became frustrating at times. However, he would run up to us and roll over for a belly rub and we quickly learned to say "Belly Rub" and then he would roll over and let us scratch him and pick up for some loving and cuddling. So, I guess you could say he taught us a trick!
It took Nikko awhile to warm up to Bear but just like Mikayla wore me down, Bear wore down Nikko's "indifferent" behavior and they became furry buddies. Bear would spend hours nipping at his face and pulling at his coat and then snuggle up next to him for a little nap in the late morning. They also loved playing catch w/the tennis ball. It was funny how they would play b/c Nikko being bigger would always get the ball first and then Bear would run after him and chase him until Nikko finally stopped to share the tennis ball.
The tragic part is that we don't have any real closure with the loss of Bear b/c we're not sure how he died. Yesterday morning about 6:30am I let Bear and Nikko outside to go to the bathroom while I was unloading the dishwasher and making coffee. A few minutes later I called for them to come back but only Nikko retuned. By 7:00 my wife and kids and myself were out looking for Bear but we could not find a trace of him. No collar, no body, nothing. So, by 2:00 it started to sink in that we really had lost our little precious Bear. We suspect he was taken by a coyote or a hawk or owl.
My family is devastated and personally I'm having a very difficult time comprehending this loss. But this website, recover from grief is helping me. My sister sent me a nice poem called the "The Rainbow Bridge" which helped. It about a special place in heaven where pets go until they can reunite with their owners.
I like to think that God made Bear just for us and we were very blessed to have spent some time with him. I also like to think that he's in Heaven now with Seve (who passed away 2 years ago and looks identical to Nikko) and now Bear has a friend and they are both playing with each other and wresting with a tennis ball and napping together and maybe playing with a little boy and/or girl that loves him just as much as we did.
I will miss playing with Bear and his toys. I will miss how he would snuggle between my legs when I was working on my laptop on the couch. I will miss how he loved to dig thru my snack bags for any crumbs and how he would greet me when I came home. Most of all I will miss holding him against my chest and his licks on my face and neck when he would snuggle up to give me his love and affection.
My heart goes out to anyone that has loved and lost a pet like we did this week and I hope this story helps in your healing process.