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A Few Memories of Hobkin

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Thank you, everyone, for the outpouring of sympathy and condolences. And a special thank you to yukinooruoni who stopped by on Monday with a care package of heat-and-eat meals, correctly surmising that neither Matthew nor I would be capable of or inclined to do much cooking at this time.

I am truly touched, knowing that so many people will also miss Hobkin's silly antics and irrepressible personality. I've also taken some comfort in reading over the posts I made about Hobkin over the years and looking at our pictures and videos of him, and I wanted to share a few of the last images we took of him.


Taken on Feb. 20 when Hobkin was breathing easily and seemed almost like his old self, the weekend before he started having seizures.


And here are two videos I took on March 1 of Hobkin doing one of his favorite things: eating.




And finally, I'm reprinting on my website the first story that Hobkin inspired, "Running on Two Legs." It remains one of my favorites, and re-reading it reminded me of Hobkin as a baby, and the memory made me smile.
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On March 5th, 2010 04:37 pm (UTC), kimberlycreates replied:
Oh hon! I'm so sorry for your loss! I loved Hobkin through your posts and pictures here, I can imagine what a hole he's left in your life. He was so lucky to be so loved though. Lots of e-hugs and supportive thoughts coming your way in your grief.
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On March 5th, 2010 04:53 pm (UTC), cdennismoore commented:
I must have missed the post, too, but I'm sorry as well.
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On March 5th, 2010 05:22 pm (UTC), rigel_kent replied:
Eugie and Matthew,

I am so sorry. We just heard about this last night. You can take some comfort in knowing that no skunk had ever been loved over more than Hobkin. He was pretty cool. Let us know if we can do anything.

Jaime
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On March 5th, 2010 05:47 pm (UTC), xjenavivex commented:
Thank you for posting this for us.
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On March 5th, 2010 05:55 pm (UTC), sruna commented:
So much love to you both. He was such a sweetie. Thank you for sharing these! *hugs*
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On March 5th, 2010 06:32 pm (UTC), faerie_writer commented:
Aw, those videos were so cute. Am really going to miss hearing about sweet little Hobkin.
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On March 5th, 2010 07:13 pm (UTC), marshaldillon commented:
I missed the previous anounchment. I am so sorry of hear that Hobkin passed away. Our family lost our dog last month and it is a hard, hard thing. There definately is a void, but the memories are a true treasure.
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On March 6th, 2010 12:45 am (UTC), lyndasty commented:
Oh, Eugie, I am so so sorry. I know how sad it is to go through a loss like this...although I have no idea how hard this is hitting you and Matthew. You are in my thoughts and I'm sending you hugs right now. (And so are my three 4-legged children...)
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On March 6th, 2010 01:28 am (UTC), zhai commented:
Oh no, Hobkin! I just saw your Facebook message. Thinking of you all.
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On March 6th, 2010 04:05 am (UTC), keesa_renee commented:
Oh, Eugie...I'm so sorry....I'm going to miss him. :-( I cried when I heard he had passed away.

My thoughts are with you.
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On March 6th, 2010 06:01 am (UTC), norilana commented:
Oh, Eugie! My heart is with you! Sweet Hobkin has enriched all of our lives vicariously over these years, and may his joyful memories continue always!
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On March 6th, 2010 06:56 am (UTC), jmward14 commented:
Thank you for the story and the videos. Sending healing thoughts,
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On March 6th, 2010 08:41 pm (UTC), basletum commented:
I just found out about it. Losing a pet can be pretty rough. It's almost like losing a child. The little furball will definitely be missed. :(

But look on the bright side. He's now in Furball Heaven with a mischievous cat named after a Norse god, an over-motherly german shepard, and the meanest, fattest, and most protective chihuahua to have ever lived. Heh. They're likely causing a rip-roaring ruckus up there right now. ;)
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On March 7th, 2010 05:50 pm (UTC), scyllacat commented:
I'm always slow to catch up. I'm sorry for your loss.
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On March 7th, 2010 05:57 pm (UTC), sboydtaylor commented:
I was so sad to hear about Hobkin. You have my deepest sympathies.
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On March 8th, 2010 12:02 pm (UTC), dream_wind commented:
* hugs *
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