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Published: April 23, 2016
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Here is a little something I wanted to make to commemorate the loss of my friend, Mossy-Hooves. He passed away a year ago on April 29th, so the anniversary is coming up quick. I remember texting him that day, and never getting back a reply. It wasn't until the next day that a mutual friend of ours informed me of what happened. I couldn't believe it at first, but reality quickly set in. He was one of my closest friends, and it was sad to lose him. I still expect him to text me sometimes, since we used to text so frequently.

I knew him as Ben. But in pony circles he went by Mossy Hooves. We met online many years ago and right away recognized each other as kindred spirits. We both worked in the animal field (he at a zoo, and me at an exotic animal clinic) and we were able to bond over the heartwarming, hilarious, and sometimes tragic stories of the crazy creatures we had grown to know, love, and sometimes lose. It was obvious to anyone who knew Ben that he had a soft spot for all creatures great and small. He was good at what he did, and animals were hands down the main passion in his life. At the zoo he worked at, he was especially fond of the wolves, tigers, and prairie dogs (which he affectionately termed "P-digletts", a title I now use too). He was so heartbroken anytime any of the animals had to be put down. It really tore him up inside. He wanted to keep animals safe and happy all the time. He also had an exceptional sense of humor, and I found myself laughing at the ridiculous things he would say all the time. Silly yet sarcastic, the perfect blend! We would entertain ourselves for hours making up ghetto names for the Mane Six, or imagining what sort of voices our animals would have if they could talk.

We met once at Rainfurrest 2013. Someone thought I was a Nazi Princess (seriously, wth?) and wouldn't let us in to their Elite Room Party at first, but Ben and I just laauuughed and laughed. We commissioned this silly thing together: I say! And we also watched this dumb "documentary" on Animal Planet or something about mermaids?? Erm???

I really do miss him. He is the only friend I've ever had that I've lost, and he was a really good friend. So this is his OC (Mossy Hooves) cuddled up to Princess Luna, who was his favorite pony. I placed them in the Canterlot Gardens surrounded by a bunch of critters. I hope that wherever he is, it looks very similar to this :) If any of you want to pay tribute to him, Ben was also a very talented writer and has a few MLP fan fics here on Deviantart. He was pretty modest about his work, but I thought it was fantastic. Here is Golden Prose - Chapter 1, give it a read if you can. I know he would appreciate it!

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Eyaelle's avatar
very sweet and lovely scene full of serenity!
I love this draw!!! Your job is awesome!!!
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ShadowwolfHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, you're so sweet~! :)
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Aww Luna is so ♥adorable♥, i love it soo much. xD
Brohoof /)
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A beautiful tribute to a lost friend...I really like how peaceful those animals look and the fireflies around them.
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ShadowwolfHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much :)
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A heartfelt and precious tribute. *hugs*
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ShadowwolfHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you kindly :)
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Lolita-ArtzProfessional Digital Artist
SparklyHeart by KmyGraphic i featured your amazing work here features of the week and more!  SparklyHeart by KmyGraphic  
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ShadowwolfHobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, thank you so much! :)
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Lolita-ArtzProfessional Digital Artist
you are welcome :hug:
VanillaCreamKilly's avatar
I'm sorry for your loss; this is a very nice picture that I think he would appreciate. 
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ShadowwolfHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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NorthwestPurityHobbyist General Artist
Aww, this is a lovely picture.
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ShadowwolfHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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NorthwestPurityHobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome. :heart:
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Doctorwholovesthe80sHobbyist Writer
I'm sorry for your loss.

It's my belief that Heaven (or whatever you believe the afterlife to be) is full of every type of animal species that romp and play with you. So I find this a very sweet piece.
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ShadowwolfHobbyist Digital Artist
It is my sincerest hope that that is what Heaven is as well :)
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AkmuStudent General Artist
I'm sorry for the loss of your friend <3 I'm sure he would have loved this piece <3.
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ShadowwolfHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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