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Noble Bob

From the first moment we set foot on the trail to Noble Knob, it was clear that this was Bobby’s place. Aside from the obvious (peeing on something means you own it, right?), he just seemed incredibly happy there, smelling the flowers in the meadows, looking for critters and snoozing in the sun. We’ve always thought of it as Bobby’s hike.

Happy hiking hound

(Bobby on the Noble Knob trail, 2007)

This week, we went back to Noble Knob to spread Bobby’s ashes and say our farewells on his favorite mountain.

My little ray of sunshine

Thinking about Scabbers

Noble Knob and a tongue

It was such a bittersweet trip; the weather was perfect and the hike was as beautiful as ever (…and Wellie was running around like crazy, tongue flapping every which way – apparently this is one of his favorite trails too!) but saying goodbye to Bobby felt so sad and so final.

Happy trails, beautiful Bobby!

I’m not going to write much since I’m tearing up just thinking about all of this, but it was a beautiful last hike for Bobby and I am so glad we did it. Now we’ll always have a place to go to visit our little Scabbers.

Noble stump

Sunset for Scabbers

A friend sent me this quote today that made my eyes well up all over again:

Who are these characters who come and go from our lives, leaving behind hair on the sofa and more than a few footnotes in our personal history? Who sends them to us, and who takes them away? Does it matter? They are gifts. We can only embrace, enjoy and let go when we must. Even if it always seems way too soon.

The Mountaineers :D

(Best friends on Noble Knob, 2007)

I’m also going to try to keep this one in mind (thank you Dr. Seuss):

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.

To all of you out there who are lucky enough to have animal companions, give your little (or not so little) friends an extra hug today. You will never regret it.

Endless ridgelines

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7 Comments

  • Reply Solgunn August 28, 2010 at 4:20 am

    Får tårer i øya jeg også når jeg leser dette. Skjønner så godt dere savner han. En flott siste tur for Bobby.

  • Reply Eli August 28, 2010 at 4:54 am

    Så fint å gjøre dette for Bobby -og for dere å ha et så fint og godt sted å gå til og minnes. Sier som Solgunn over her; tårene har stått i øynene mens jeg har lest. Klem

  • Reply Cindy Phillips August 28, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Wonderful tribute to your furry friend. I am going to totally agree with Dr. Suess. My heart goes out to the rest of your family as you said good bye.

  • Reply Suzanne August 28, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Beautiful tribute to him. Absolutely beautiful.

  • Reply Tracy August 29, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    I am also glad that you have a beautiful place to visit Bobby, and that he has such a lovely resting place. I must borrow that quote. Hugs!!

  • Reply Kelsie September 1, 2010 at 9:23 am

    How touching. Made me tear up. Beautiful tribute, indeed.

  • Reply Patty O'Malley September 3, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Beautiful tribute! So touching! How true are the quotes!

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