Barnie
10/11/2007 - 12/29/2020Bernard "Barnie Milton" Fife was a helluva guy. From the day he stepped into my family's life he wreaked havoc, in both his great and terrible Barnie ways. He was emotional, had an attitude, and was stubborn... but that's what we loved about him, and will always love him for. I can't tell you how many things he's left his mark on... and I mean literally! He sank his teeth into everything, such as phones, remotes, and expensive anime figures from Japan... but no matter how much damage this guy caused us, we still loved him!!

What's remarkable about December 29th is it not only the day we adopted him in 2007, but the day he got to peacefully pass away in his home 13 years later, in 2020. It's like it comes full circle. I'm glad he got to leave us in the comfort of his own home peacefully, with every member of his family surrounding him. In the 13 years he blessed my family on this earth, he was a light in our life even when things got grim. Our memory of him will always remain a light that will continue to shine as bright as ever.

When things started to slow down for him, we began to worry. But then again, we thought he would be around forever, so we were afraid of the truth. Eventually, it became clear that Barnie didn't have much time left and so we chose to do what we believe is the most respectful thing for him, which was allowing him to pass in his home, surrounded by family. It was incredibly difficult, and still is!

You're probably here because you lost a pet, too. I know it's hard. It's so, so hard!! Please remember that by helping our pet leave this earth in the most peaceful way will hurt no matter what because you loved them. This way you can take the pain your pet is feeling and transfer it over to yourself, which is probably one of the most selfless and loving things you could ever do.

We love you, Barnie. Please never forget that.
Michael HartmannChicago, IllinoisJanuary 13, 2021
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