Texas Tuff Aka Tuffy Cobos
3/21/2003 - 8/10/2019On August 10th, my guy decided it was time to go home. It has taken some time to be able to talk about Tuffy leaving us. He was our original hippo, our clock, our keeper of food and treats. He was many things for us all and he taught us many life lessons. Many times I read everyone’s heart breaking story of losing a loved one, a son, a furry, your best friend. Many times my heart broke for each of you. At the end of July, Tuffy was diagnosed with lymphoma and CHF. Even though I knew something was going on with him besides his old man arthritis, hearing the lymphoma word cut deep. While cancer is an ugly thing, it gives you a perspective and brief moment to talk about things with one another, your love, to say goodbye. Now Tuff and I argued daily, especially when he was hungry but now I would not dare argue in the same way. Many nights I would lay with him wherever he wanted and listen to his breathing and heartbeat. Trying to take it all in. As things became too much for his old man body, it was time to let him go. I gave him his last old man bath and brushed his coat. He was always so soft and clean. There were not enough kisses to give him. And as he passed, I sang to him their hippo song and heard his final breath. So many things my guy had taught me and in the end he was still teaching me lessons. In the end he taught me to not be selfish and let him go. And I know Hercules and Doc met him at the gates and were probably asking what took him so long. I think he was still teaching me things. The amount of patience learned over the last few years is more than I ever had. Tuffy was apart of many lives and he was with me for everything. He was my first of everything. My first fishing buddy, running buddy, golfing buddy, road trip buddy, cuddle buddy, lake buddy, swimming buddy, my first everything. My first hippo! He was loved by many and if you met him you knew he was gonna grab your arm and show you his world. You also knew you could not hold any type of food in front of him because it would end up in his mouth. The rest of the hippos and I miss him beyond measure and we will never be the same. We shall not want to be the same. You all know my family and how wonderful they are. It does take a village and my village is beautiful. My hippos are their hippos and I thank them for all they have done for us and for being here for us. I could go on forever talking about Tuffy, his silly ways and how he always had me on my toes but I’ll leave you with a few of his lessons instead.

Drink lots of water

There are times for big wet kisses and soft sweet kisses

Spooning is fun

Never take your eye off the prize

Flour tortillas are better than low carb tortillas

Brownies are good and better by the dozen

Drink more water

Have patience

Be selfless

It’s ok to let go, even when it hurts

Drink more water

Good terds are important

Smell your surroundings

Always look up

Love big
Jessica CobosBryan, TexasSeptember 6, 2019
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This is such a beautiful memorial! I'm so honored to have met Tuffy and the rest of your crew!

Farewell sweet Tuffy! Your amazing family of humans and matching hippos will miss you terribly!
Colleen Lambo - September 7, 2019

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