On September 3, 2005, in Cairns, Queensland, Australia, the world was graced with the presence of a remarkable soul. Bobo Sivaskandan, a pedigree English Cream Golden Retriever, bounded into our lives and hearts with grace and exuberance that would come to define his character.

Bobo was more than just a pet; he was the beating heart of our family, the nucleus around which our lives joyfully revolved. His spirit was magnetic, and his presence comforting, making every moment with him a treasure to be cherished.

Our days were bookended by Bobo’s eager anticipation for long walks, during which he would explore his neighborhood with the curiosity and enthusiasm of an intrepid adventurer. He relished in charting new courses, delighting in the confusion he would cause for his family and dog walkers. But there was no need to worry, for our clever Bobo always knew the way home.

Bobo found joy in the simplest of pleasures: chasing rabbits, cuddling with his dad, and playfully barking at “intruders.” A fiercely independent spirit, he refused to be confined by canine stereotypes. He was neither golden in color nor a retriever by nature, and he would often prefer to sit on a chair, embracing his inner human.

On April 18, 2023, at 12:15 pm, our beloved Bobo, aged 17 years and 7.5 months, took his last breath at home, enveloped in the loving embrace of his family. He is survived by his devoted parents, his two sisters, and his brother, all of whom will carry his memory eternally in their hearts.

In Mongolia, it is believed that when a dog dies, he should be buried high in the hills, so people cannot walk on his grave. The dog’s master whispers into the dog’s ear his hopes that the dog will return as a man in his next life. Before reincarnation, the dog’s soul is released to roam the land, to race across the vast desert plains for as long as it desires. It is said that not all dogs return as men; only those who are ready.

Our Bobo, with his boundless love, unwavering loyalty, and indomitable spirit, is ready.