My constant companion since May 2015, we'd spend evenings together, drinking by the fire pit or splashing and cavorting around on warm, sunny, summer days. Always there for the family, at BBQ, eating times, our constant companion and testament to summer fun. Lazy afternoons in the heat. Cold drinks shared after chores done. The occasional skinny dip, on warm moonless nights. The odd cigar and glass of rum, shared between us and the stars.
But time marches on. The seasons change. It was inevitable. Sooner or later, I was going to have to put him down. And to-day was that sad day. Now he's gone, and the backyard and pool deck just don't seem the same without him. There's a green tarp that covers his body...and a hole in this ancient old Otter's heart.
Slumber well old friend. We'll be together again soon. Its only 168 days until the 2016 Pool season starts the cycle all over again.