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#15339 - 12/08/03 03:36 PM Spike is gone...

We lost Spike yesterday. He was the baby of my male, Vash and my female, Pikaboo. He was a special baby that I had planned on keeping for myself but I am moving soon and I was nervous about finding a place that would allow so many gliders. So I gave him to a close friend who owned a single glider and who really wanted another. I knew I would see Spike often and that they would be great owners. However, their glider Yuki became aggressive and he scratched Spike's eye. Infection set in and the vet they took Spike too is an idiot. First the vet removed the eye (after giving ONLY topical antibiotics). Spike was doing very well but suddenly on Sunday he became very ill and my friend called me. When I saw him I immediately began to cry, I knew he would die soon. He was thin, confused, dirty, cold, white nosed, breathing hard. I knew it would be soon but I wanted try to save him. My vet was not on call and his answering service would not call him, Spike died in my hands. It was so horrible. I have never had an animal die like that, in pain, in my hands. I stil remember him as a little baby. I loved him so much. He was so sweet and so social. He never crabbed or bit even as a baby, even when he went to a new home. I've never seen a glider so gentle. He just curled his little fists, closed his eyes and stopped breathing. I am full of regret. I should have kept him. I should have known he was that sick before Sunday. I should have made sure they were using my vet. I should have been there sooner. The oncall vet never called. However my exotics vet is giving me his personal home and pager number so I will be able to reach him if something ever happens to Pika and Vash. I am grieving too much for an animal that no longer belonged to me but I raised him and he was the most special of the litters I had. I should have kept him but I didnt know. We buried him at our house.

#15340 - 12/08/03 03:39 PM Re: Spike is gone... [Re: ]

AWWWWWWWW I am so sorry for your loss <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif" alt="" />

#15341 - 12/08/03 03:43 PM Re: Spike is gone... [Re: ]

I am so sorry, please do not blame yourself for his death. At least he was with you when he left, and he knew he was with ne who loved him. The "what if's" and "I should have's" will destroy you if you let them. He is at the Bridge now, and will always be a piece of your heart. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frostyangel.gif" alt="" />

Again, I am so sorry. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/upset.gif" alt="" />

#15343 - 12/08/03 04:57 PM Re: Spike is gone... [Re: ]

I am so very sorry for your loss. But please don't let the guilt consume you. You did all you could for little Spike. You had no way of knowing beforehand what happened. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

#15344 - 12/08/03 05:06 PM Re: Spike is gone... [Re: ]
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We're so sorry for your loss. Please don't beat yourself up. Spike passed knowing he was loved. May time heal your heart. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/heartpump.gif" alt="" />
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2002-2004: Keiko (F) and baby Tomoki (M)
2009: Sammy (F), Charlie (F), Murray (M)
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#15345 - 12/09/03 11:16 PM Thanks... [Re: ]

Thanks for all the supportive replies. I feel much better now even though I can't exactly feel good about what happened. It surprised me how upset this whole thing made me. It was just a sad thing. Thank you again! This glider community has made all the difference in my care and knowledge of my own little gliders. I am really grateful.


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