My oldest animal companion Sushi passed on to the next world today. He was about 19 years old and lived a long, happy life.
Lately his quality of life suffered as he got more senile and was not able to take care of his hygiene. He also was mostly blind and had a hard time getting around the house. It was hard to make the decision to let him go, but I could not stand to see him suffer.
Like most of my pets, Sushi had both official and unofficial names. His official name was Sushi Wong. For fun, I sometimes called him Hairy Belafonte. He was beautiful and sweet.
I like to think that he has gone on to a pain free existence in a realm where there are plenty of sunshine puddles and mice to chase. Thank you, Sushi, for many years of companionship. I won't forget.