Saying Goodbye to a Pet and Friend

Saying Goodbye to a Pet and Friend

Gregory Han
Jun 12, 2009

Our friend, Ariel, created this most magnificent and appropriate farewell graphic shown above. Earlier this week Emily and I bid farewell to our beloved betta fish who was with us for three good years. Mr. Darcy (I wanted to name him "Conan the Destroyer" initially, but alas, his foppish appearance was better matched to the J. Austen name) greeted me each morning, swimming up to the top for his daily betta tablets from his hanging fish pod, regulalry blowing bubbles, flaring his fins at our cats, and begging for red worm snacks with a charming insistence that will be sorely missed. Losing a pet is never easy, even a small gilled one with as much personality as Mr. Darcy, but time has a way of taking away those very things we most love...

Emily and I decided to honour our aquatic friend by burying him in our container garden, in the soil of our tomato plant, using the same Native Americans technique of burying fish to fertilize their crops. It seemed like a better idea than just flushing him down the toilet and hopefully one that results in some tomatoes infused with his colourful spirit (though hopefully not with his flavour). Rest in peace, my little fighter.

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