It is with great sorrow and sadness that we say goodbye to our beloved prairie dog, Charlie. I know I'm a little delayed in posting this (posting anything really), but I wanted to say goodbye here on my blog as well. He's gone all too soon, as we only had him for just a little over 4 years. Odontoma (a common and deadly disease with prairie dogs) took him from us in April; we'll never forget him. He was a grumpy little thing, but had luckily mellowed out with time. He became my little buddy, though he wouldn't let any strangers near him without becoming extrememly agressive. Arthur and I both cherish him and the memories we shared. We knew the time was getting near; we had received the diagnosis six months prior, and it was not an easy thing to hear. But he's in a better place, and no longer in pain. It had always pained me that he never got to live a full life out in the wild. He would stand at the silding glass door at our first apartment and just stare out the window; it broke my heart that he'd never be out there to enjoy it. I do believe he's running free and happy now. My sweet Charlie boy, I miss you. I hope that I will get to see you again in the next life.