I struggle to start this post because I want so much to make this about sharing the amazing love, joy, laugher, and companionship that Rambo brought into our lives...and not make this about the sorrow of his passing. I struggle because right now we are so deep in our grief of losing him, that I don't want to do a disservice to Rambo and forget to focus on what an amazing boy he was. I don't want the last month to overshadow the last five years. So please bear with me as I work through my sorrow to share with you about our Rambo.
It was just 5 years ago that we brought this wiggly, goofy 6 month old puppy home. I was so worried about how he would fit into our family with a 2 year old GSD, 2 cats, and a 9 month old baby. I should have known from day one that not only would Rambo fit in...he would become so central to our family that his passing leaves a gaping hole where he should be.
Simply put, my children adored Rambo. He was their "Bobo"...a playmate, a friend, a protector, a troublemaker, a snuggle buddy and everything a young kid wishes for in a dog. He taught my older 2 how to walk because they would hang on his fluffy scruffy neck and this wild puppy would move at a snails pace so my children could learn to take their first steps. When they got older he was outside with them everyday...playing in mud piles, eating their soccer balls, swimming in the pool, and having adventures only they know about. At night, he was their pillow to rest on and their protector from the dark. He walked with them through dark hallways because Rambo made my kids brave. Where there was fun and laughter, you would find Bobo right at the center of it. He encompassed everything I would want in a best friend for my kids. And as much as my children loved him, I know Rambo loved them just as much.
Our girl Lily is grieving her best friend as well. So different in some ways...but their love for each other and our family made them the best of friends. He adored her in the way that only an annoying little brother can...and she adored him because you can't help but fall in love with him.
And some of my favorites of my Rambo from over the years.
Our last Christmas card together
And one of the last pictures I took of Rambo in his final days. I was blessed to have this boy in my life...not just for my children, but for the daily laughs and snuggles he gave me. He was so much rolled into one package...serious and silly, goofy and strong, loving and wild...it all just made him our Bobo.
You are missed Bobo; more than I can put into words.