Wednesday was my birthday. The best gift I could have gotten was another birthday with Ufi. the amazing old guy granted my wish.
Until yesterday, we were very certain the end of Ufi’s journey was getting close. He hadn’t really picked up his toys in more than a month. He had been going outside less.
In case he wouldn’t make it to his birthday in June, Mom and I decided we would celebrate my birthday and Ufi’s together. The weather was nice. Thanks to Mom the barbecue was great. As for all of his previous birthdays with us, Ufi got his own steak.
Yesterday, Ufi gave me my gift. He picked up his toy. He let us roll it several times. He pushed it around the yard and barked at it. Ufi even got in his pool a few times.
Maybe the warmer weather helped his arthritis. Maybe he wanted to remember his old life. Whatever the reason, Ufi reminded us of his courage and determination.
I wish I could stop finding reasons to believe he is slowing. I guess the fear of not having him makes that too hard. But every time I start thinking it’s almost time, Ufi reminds me it’s his decision. Yesterday, he loudly said he isn’t ready to leave us.
Now, we are hoping to celebrate his birthday on June 29. If we do, Ufi will get another steak.