Clooney passed away at home, in the arms of his parents, surrounded by this critter siblings. For this I am grateful - he was not in a hospital with strangers. I am also grateful that my little man is no longer suffering - this past month has been so hard on him that I am thankful he is resting now. He put up a gallant fight and there were several times I thought he might be okay - but with every step forward we experienced another set back. I know he must have been exhausted.
I miss him desperately already - he was my first ferret - the one I learned from. He taught me so patiently and he made me fall in love with ferrets as pets. When he was still not a fan of the babies I tried to explain to him that it was his own fault - if he had not been so perfect we would have never gotten more. I am so happy that Clooney was able to experience ferret affection and that he and Theo were good friends for the last few months - they loved each other very much.
So - to my boy - a thank you - for 6 and a half years of laughter and joy. For ferret kisses and cuddles. For endless love and patience while I learned the ways of ferret keeping. I love you more than you could ever know. Have joyous times at the Rainbow Bridge with Isabel and Nigel and kiss them for me.
Here is a video of my little squirt - taken in 2011:
...and some shots of my guy - hard to choose - I literally have hundreds of him: