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#103232 - 05/16/06 10:53 AM Smegal
Anonymous
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This morning at 10:25 a.m. Smegal was put to rest. Here is Smegal's story...

In January of 2004, I picked Smegal and his mate Shme up from a gentleman that was selling his sons gliders after being stuck with the when is son went off to college. They came to me in a stinky wooden nest box, only eating happy glider pellets. Smegal weighed in at 69 grams. I imediently started them on a healthy diet and put them in a nice clean cage. For the first month, both of them showed a lot of improvement. Unfortunately, Shme ended up passing away though, due to severe digestive problems, most likely caused by years of malnutrition.

After Shme's death, Smegal became depressed and ill. He wouldn't eat or drink on his own and I started hand feeding him. We developed a very close bond... At this time, Smegal also started having seizures when he got excited or stressed. I took him to my vet several times and various test run on him, no cause for his seizures was ever found.

Eventually, I ended up putting Smegal on Darcy's diet because of the success others had been having, offering it to their ill gliders. Slowly, Smegal's seizures became fewer and farther between until they stopped in early 2005.

Smegal had been doing quite well since, until about 3.5 weeks ago when I noticed that he was chewing his tail and there was some black tissue on his penis. I took him to the vet and the affected part of his penis and part of his tail was amputated. He did really well for the first 1.5 weeks after his surgery, but then started chewing at his tail again. Thursday (exactly 2 weeks after his surgery), part of his penis was hanging out and it was again, discolored.

Friday, I discovered Smegal lieing at the bottem of his cage, at first glance, I thought he was dead. When I went to pick him up, he moved though... I hand fed him his dinner and he really perked up. Saturday and Sunday he was doing wonderfully... Sunday night, Smegal started to show signs of anemia. His little nose was stark white and he was lathargic.

Yesterday, Smegal rested most of the day... This morning, I noticed a large mass in Smegal's abdomine. I took him to the vet this morning and it turns out that the mass was actually his bladder. My vet knocked him out and gave him a more closer look. While she was examining him, she discoved a mass that was strangulating his urithra... It was an inoperable tumor. After some thought, we decided it would be best to put him down now before he suffers any more. My vet thinks that he's probably had cancer for quite some time and between our treatments, proper diet, and Smegal's will to survive, he managed to fight threw it for the past couple years... Smegal was such a special little glider. There was never anybody or anything that Smegal didn't like and I can honestly say Smegal would never hurt a fly (he wouldn't eat insects). I miss him already... I'm going to be burying him tonight. I haven't decided where yet, but I'm going to find the perfect place for him, where he won't be too far from me.


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#103233 - 05/16/06 11:02 AM Re: Smegal [Re: ]
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Leyna.. I am so sorry to hear this... I have been praying for Smegal since you told me about him earlier. My heart and thoughts go out to you and the rest of your sugar glider family.

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#103234 - 05/16/06 11:07 AM Re: Smegal [Re: ]
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Awwwe Leyna, I'm so sorry to hear that. At least you can have a sense of peace knowing that little Smegal has no more pain or suffering now. You rescued him and his mate and gave them a good life. At least you have good memories of the time you shared to look back on. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/gliderangel.gif" alt="" />

LOL, Kat

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#103235 - 05/16/06 11:16 AM Re: Smegal [Re: ]
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<img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crying.gif" alt="" /> I am so sorry for your loss. I have been praying for him ever since I read your story. You are such a great glider mom! He was so lucky to have you. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/hug2.gif" alt="" />

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#103236 - 05/16/06 11:23 AM Re: Smegal [Re: ]
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Leyna, I am so sorry to hear about your loss of Smeagal. We can all tell how much you loved him and how much you would have donr for him. Many hugs and Prayers being sent your way.

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#103237 - 05/16/06 11:30 AM Re: Smegal [Re: ]
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Registered: 09/10/04
Posts: 22746
Loc: 80 acres of paradise in KS
Leyna, I'm so sorry. I know how much this hurts and my prayers are with you for peace of heart. Know that because of you, he knew love unconditionally. He is now once again with his mate and they are both whole and healthy. They will be waiting for you at the bridge. On behalf of Smegol, thank you for making the unselfish decision you did. He is now at peace.

With my little ones that have gone, I bury them and plant a rose bush for them. Each time the bush blooms, I feel they are sending the roses just for me. It gives me comfort. Perhaps you will find/do something similar for Smegols final sleeping place.
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#103238 - 05/16/06 11:35 AM Re: Smegal [Re: ]
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I'm so sorry for your loss! Smegal is in a better place now. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

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#103239 - 05/16/06 11:37 AM Re: Smegal [Re: ]
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Registered: 06/10/01
Posts: 4049
Loc: Doniphan Mo
Leyna, I'm so sorry for the loss of your sweet little Smegol He went knowing he was loved and will be missed. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/heartpump.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/hug2.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/hug2.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/heartpump.gif" alt="" />

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#103240 - 05/16/06 12:01 PM Re: Smegal [Re: ]
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<img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/hug2.gif" alt="" />I'm so sorry for your loss. You both have been in my thoughts and prayers. You did all that you could and you are a wonderful glider mom. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/hug2.gif" alt="" />

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#103241 - 05/16/06 12:27 PM Re: Smegal [Re: ]
sugarglidersuz Offline
Glideritis Anonymous

Registered: 08/28/04
Posts: 14788
Loc: Cleveland, Ohio
[:"green"]Leyna,
Although words can't truly express
all our feelings, know that you are Blessed.
You had Smegal with you for a short while,
In that time he made you smile.
You had laughter and you had tears,
You had two very good, love-filled years.
Smegal waits for you at the Bridge
Gliding, Happy, Dancing atop the ridge;
Watching for you, waiting for the time
You'll be back together, both at your prime.

<img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/hug2.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/hug2.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/hug2.gif" alt="" />
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#103242 - 05/16/06 12:36 PM Re: Smegal [Re: ]
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Registered: 01/01/06
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Please accept my deepest sympathy.
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#103243 - 05/16/06 01:19 PM Re: Smegal [Re: ]
Anonymous
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I have decided where I will bury him... I bought a new house in August. I've been fixing it up and was hoping that Smegal would move in there with me when the time came. He will be there with me when I move in... Under the lilac bush in the backyard.

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#103244 - 05/16/06 02:25 PM Re: Smegal [Re: ]
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<img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/hug2.gif" alt="" /> A beautiful place to bury him. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/heartpump.gif" alt="" /> I am so sorry about your loss. Much love goes out to you. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/hug2.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/hug2.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/hug2.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/hug2.gif" alt="" />

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#103245 - 05/16/06 02:48 PM Re: Smegal [Re: ]
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That sounds like a lovely way to remember Smegal. To enjoy the lovely lilac fragrance and to remember him at the same time. Lots of Hugs to Grandma Leyna from Cocoa and Mocha <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/hug2.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/hug2.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/hug2.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/hug2.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/hug2.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/hug2.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/hug2.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/hug2.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/hug2.gif" alt="" />

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#103246 - 05/16/06 03:15 PM Re: Smegal [Re: ]
Anonymous
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That is exactly what I did when Honey passed away. It was October 29th, 2005. We had just put a contract on a brand new house a couple weeks before and were moving in on November 24th. I was also planning where Honey was gonna go in the new house and everything. When she died we came over to our new house though we hadn't moved in yet and burried her right beside our back porch over looking the pond. I planted two tulip bulbs on top of her grave and they came up this spring. When I first saw them I just wanted to cry but then I thought "No, that's nothing to be sad about, it's something to be glad about," because it reminded me that Honey was here with me and shining in the sun!! I'm sorry about Smegal but at least he will be in your heart and at your new home as long as you live!! sounds like you chose a good spot!!

LOL, Kat

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#103247 - 05/16/06 04:04 PM Re: Smegal [Re: ]
Anonymous
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Sorry if this makes you sad but isnt this the one that you were asking us for the choice to have surgery or put down? Uyou made a good choice of putting him down he lives a good life with you i know that 100% fur sure he lived a longer life with you than with the previous owner. Good idea as to where to bury him.

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#103248 - 05/16/06 04:32 PM Re: Smegal [Re: ]
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Leyna, when I saw your post in Real Stories, my heart broke for you. You have given Smegal so much in your time together (he and his mate), and he was lucky to have had you with him. I think that you have a beautiful idea to bury him under the lilac bush - they are so pretty and so fragrant - and he will always be with you that way. When I lost little Romeo, we buried him right beside my miniature red rosebush... right off my back porch. When our flowers come out in bloom Leyna, Smegal and Romeo will be with us again... You did the best for Smegal that he could have hoped for... God Bless you.

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#103249 - 05/16/06 04:53 PM Re: Smegal [Re: ]
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Leyna, I'm so sorry you had to say goodbye to Smegal. I really don't know what else to say, except thank you for loving him so much. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/hug2.gif" alt="" />


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Michelle
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Thunder, Merlin, Stormy, and Opus (the cats)

<img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/gliderangel.gif" alt="" />my little angel Firefly 11.01.05 - 05.10.06
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#103250 - 05/16/06 08:22 PM Re: Smegal [Re: ]
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Registered: 11/06/05
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Loc: Hattiesburg, MS
Oh, Leyna,I am so sorry about Smegal! Please find some comfort in the facts that he is not hurting anymore, you did what was best for him, and he is reunited with his mate!
<img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/hug2.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/hug2.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/hug2.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/hug2.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/hug2.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/hug2.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/hug2.gif" alt="" />
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#103251 - 05/16/06 09:12 PM Re: Smegal [Re: ]
Karin Offline
Glideritis Anonymous

Registered: 09/06/01
Posts: 11583
Loc: Sycamore Illinois
Oh Leyna <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/hug2.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/hug2.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/hug2.gif" alt="" />...I am so sorry you have lost your special Smegal. Unless my memory is totally shot...we got to meet him in Va. May his little heart rest in peace until you kiss him again <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/heartpump.gif" alt="" />.
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#103252 - 05/17/06 12:36 AM Re: Smegal [Re: ]
Anonymous
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Leyna I'm very sorry for your loss.

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#103253 - 05/17/06 10:18 AM Re: Smegal [Re: ]
glidrz5 Offline
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Registered: 06/13/01
Posts: 7297
Loc: Quincy, IL
Leyna,
I'm so very sorry for your loss. I was truely hoping that Smegal's loving & couragious heart would be enough to help him grow well and strong again. I know how very hard this decision was for you but know that Smegal loved you very much and appreciates the last gift that you could give him....the release from pain.
My prayers are with you during this time.
I wrote this after I had to let my beloved Sassy go, I hope it helps you now.

THE RAINBOW BECKONS

In loving memory of my angels who have crossed over the rainbow bridge


The rainbow has beckoned
It's calling you home
To meadows and forest
In which you may roam

My heart it grows heavy
To think you might leave
I'd be all alone then
Alone then to grieve

I know deep inside me
That you cannot stay
The pain that you're feeling
Grows more night and day

You look at me asking
In your silent way
To let you go home now
"Please let me" you say

You say there's no pain there
No fear and no hate
Just peace and well being
Once you're through the gate

You tell me you'll always
Hold me in your heart
That time and that distance
Can't keep us apart

And if I should need you
At my side you'll be
Tho I cannot see you
You'll be there with me

You promise to wait at
the rainbow for me
To wait `til I join you
Together to be

I just want to hold you
And beg you to stay
To ask please don't leave me
Alone on this day

Yet deep in my heart know
I must let you go
You must make the journey
now to the rainbow

I bow down my head then
The tears fill my eyes
I give you my blessing
My love now to fly

So fly to the rainbow
And wait there for me
Some day I will join you
Together to be


by:
Chris Hamann
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AND Miss Emmy & Miss Chloe kitties

:rbridge: My Angels: You are always in my heart.

You've flown to the rainbow
and wait there for me
Someday I will join you
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#103254 - 05/18/06 12:26 PM Re: Smegal [Re: ]
Srlb Offline
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Registered: 10/30/03
Posts: 16745
Loc: St. Johns, Florida
I know the road you have traveled with your lil man. I remember all the posts of concern, needing advice, and those prize moments that you shared with us. There is no doubt in my mind this lil man knew just how very much he was loved by you and you did the very best you could to give him the best care in the world. Sorry for your loss.
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