I can't believe this little muppet turns 6 today!
He’s part bear, part lion, part miniature pony, and all love.
70% fur, 10% peanut butter, 10% tennis balls, and 100% heart.
The definition of goodness, kindness, unconditional love, and pure joy.
Nicknames: Bear, Pooh Bear, Birdie, Boots, Dr. Gingerman Piggies, The Mostly Great Gatsby, SBG: Sweet Baby Gatsby
Six years ago, he stole our hearts, stole our dirty laundry, and covered all of our belongings in dog hair, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
On Monday, Gatsby went to see one of his favorite people, Dr. Mike at Georgetown to get a scary mass on his back right foot checked out. Unfortunately, it’s scary enough (color, size, location, appearance) that tomorrow, he heads into surgery to lose one of his toes and help us find out if it is, in fact, melanoma, and if any of the cells have escaped into his body/metastasized prior to surgery. After tomorrow, we will wait on pins and needles, and then we will find out if the big scary C word has reared its ugly head. We are scared, and we are sick to our stomachs, but we are optimistic, and we are hopeful. As a birthday gift, please keep our sweet bear in your good thoughts. If you’re someone who prays—whether it be to God, or Buddha, or Mother Oprah, or the tree in your backyard, please send up a prayer or 4 for him, and thank you to everyone who has already been praying and sending love and light his way. It means the world. If anyone asks, Gatsby is saying that he’s losing the toe because he read an article in Garden & Gun that says he’ll swim faster this summer without it. :) For today, there is grilled chicken, and peanut butter/pumpkin/apple sauce birthday cake, and extra belly rubs, and cuddles, and tennis balls, and muddy romps in the rain, and lots of hope.
Tomorrow, we start to figure the rest out.
Happy 6th Birthday, Sweet Baby Gatsby. We love you more than you’ll ever know!
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