The response from everyone via the blog, Facebook, Instagram, email and text yesterday was really overwhelming. From close friends and fellow animal lovers to people we haven’t heard from in years, we were really very moved by your love and sympathy.
We are finding comfort in your comments and photos of Curtis while we grieve. As part of that process, over the next few days, I also want to share some photos from Curtie’s life.
Pictured above is one of the first photos Brian ever took of Curtis. We referred to it as his “school photo” and it’s also the the favicon for this blog.
Curtie’s favorite activity was playing ball. One time he played fetch until he wore the pads off of his feet. That was when I learned he needed adult supervision.
In the early days of Curtis, Brian & Leigh, we referred to the 3 of us as “Voltron.” Well, Brian was the one who introduced the nickname, because I guess we reminded him of young pilots who commanded robot lions and combined we were Voltron. ???!!!
The first time we went full-time on the road, Curtis had free reign of the back seat. He would pace back and forth making a honking sound and licking the windows to the point where his saliva actually left an etching; and of course, there’s a video.
This shot is from the day in 2011 when we took our sweet bear in for exploratory surgery because he wasn’t eating or walking. The vet said she would call us mid-surgery with good news or bad; there was a chance we were going to lose him that day. We got lucky and the vet was able to remove all of his cancer and give us 5 more memorable years with our guy.
Old Monkey-shines spent a total of 6 years on the road. We attribute his long life to travel and his love of smelling new smells.