The one thing that consoles me is he never stopped being Bandit. He never aged, he never slowed down. Only that last week, just one week. He lived a very active, energetic happy life for 12.5 years. He was able to remain the Bandit everyone knew and loved all that time without having to slow down, until that last week. I am blessed to have been able to share him in my life, and he was blessed to be able to enjoy his life all the way up to the end.
Sometimes I want to be selfish, and wish he did slow down so I could have had some warning, preparation for this day, but I knew that wasn't what was planned for Bandit, he came in this life with a bang, lived out his life a bang, and ended it the same way.