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#157611 - 10/15/06 11:42 AM Gimli's Funeral
Xfilefan Offline
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Registered: 02/22/03
Posts: 8899
Loc: Jacksonville, FL
Some of you know that we live in an area where the ground is frozen for 2/3 of the year. So when a glider goes to the Bridge in winter, we have to wait for the ground to thaw, and the roads to open, then make a 30 mile drive and hike a mile in, in order to bury our babies in a place worthy of them (we live in an apartment, so the "yard" isn't an option. We buried Gim last Sunday (he died Jan. 10), and I wanted to share the pics. Snow came early this year, and we nearly missed the window. So I'll post pics from last Sun, and from Peek's burial, who is right next to Gim, to show you what the area looks like in late spring/summer.

Gimli was a rescue, who had been thrown into walls, squished, his tail pulled off, his jaw broken, his hips dislocated. He was a pitbull biter when we first brought him home, for about 6 months. The last time he bit, you could see in his face he expected to be thrown...but I unattached him from my husband's bleeding hand with a dishtowel, and gently set him, towel and all, in his cage. When he climbed out, you could see the wonder in his eyes...that was the end of the biting. He died at 2 yrs old, and was brought back with CPR. Although we knew he had liver damage from before we got him (likely from the abuse) and when it failed there was nothing that could be done, we loved him while he was here. He made the final trip to the Bridge at 4 years old this last January, and is finally at rest, buried next to our Peekster near Crystal Lake, UT.

First, this is the song I rewrote for our little pitbull rescue that patience turned into one of the most loving of our gliders.

From Oh, L'Amour (Erasure)

Oh, L'Amour
Broke my heart, now I'm aching for you
Oh, L'Amour
What is one in love supposed to do?

Looking for you
You were looking for me
I was reaching for you
They were too blind to see
Oh love of my heart
Why leave me alone?
I'm falling apart
No good on my own

Oh, L'Amour
Broke my heart, and now I'm aching for you
Oh, L'Amour
What is one in love supposed to do?

They threw you away
Why couldn't they see?
I just left for the day
And you came home with me
There once was a time
That you're here by my side
Although I wasn't your kind
I was there for the ride

Oh, L'Amour
Broke my heart, and now I'm aching for you
Oh, L'Amour
What is one in love supposed to do?

They deceived us with lies
Gimli was your new name
From the damage you died
And they are to blame
Oh love of my heart
You're at the bridge now
Your death tore me apart
I hurt inside out

Oh, L'Amour
Broke my heart,and I'm still missing you
Oh, L'Amour
What is one in love supposed to do?

Oh, L'Amour
Broke my heart, and now I'm still missing you
Oh, L'Amour
What is one in love supposed to do?

Here is the link to the tune (It's the first song under the song titles):
http://music.msn.com/search/all/?ss=Oh+L%27amour

I still think of him and cry, and miss my little tailess rescue that went through so much in his short life.

These first pics are of Gim...the first one is the day he came home, and are just a small glimpse of his life.



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3965-Gimli001.jpg (197 downloads)
3966-GimliPouch02.jpg (176 downloads)
3967-MystLyahGimli02.jpg (171 downloads)
3968-Gimlovesattention.jpg (170 downloads)

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Jen/Colin :bb: Commander Riker 12 16 02-10 04 12 you will be FOREVER missed :wfb: Sinbad, :wfb: Gabby, :grey: Baby, and :grey: Alley

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#157614 - 10/15/06 11:44 AM Re: Gimli's Funeral [Re: Xfilefan]
Xfilefan Offline
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Registered: 02/22/03
Posts: 8899
Loc: Jacksonville, FL
Next 4 are his funeral last Sunday. The last one shows the two stones that stand as markers...the one on the left is Peek's...on the right is Gim's.


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3969-GimBuried01.jpg (174 downloads)
3970-GimBuried02.jpg (155 downloads)
3971-GimBuried03.jpg (146 downloads)
3972-GimBuried04.jpg (158 downloads)

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Jen/Colin :bb: Commander Riker 12 16 02-10 04 12 you will be FOREVER missed :wfb: Sinbad, :wfb: Gabby, :grey: Baby, and :grey: Alley

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#157615 - 10/15/06 11:46 AM Re: Gimli's Funeral [Re: Xfilefan]
Xfilefan Offline
Serious Glideritis

Registered: 02/22/03
Posts: 8899
Loc: Jacksonville, FL
Now these are when we buried Peek...same place/trails, but in midsummer with all the green and wildflowers.


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3973-Peekfuneral1a.jpg (121 downloads)
3974-Peekfuneral01.jpg (89 downloads)
3975-Peekfuneral02.jpg (85 downloads)
3976-Peekfuneral03.jpg (97 downloads)

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#157619 - 10/15/06 11:57 AM Re: Gimli's Funeral [Re: Xfilefan]
Anonymous
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Thanks for sharing Jen. I know how hard it is on you to loose any of your babies.

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#157626 - 10/15/06 12:03 PM Re: Gimli's Funeral [Re: Xfilefan]
LSardou Offline
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Registered: 03/01/06
Posts: 21060
Loc: Kansas
Jen, What a beautiful beautiful person you are! If only people could see the love that's given for these little angels.......how in heavens name can someone be so hurtful to such an innocent little animal....The place that you have chosen for you little ones couldn't be more perfect...I hope that when each person reads this that they will "stop" for a moment of silence to pay respect.
Thank-you for being there for him.... hug2

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#157634 - 10/15/06 12:19 PM Re: Gimli's Funeral [Re: LSardou]
Karin Offline
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Registered: 09/06/01
Posts: 11583
Loc: Sycamore Illinois
cry Awww, Jen...that was beautiful. I remember you posting about Peek...and now Gim...may those little gray angels never feel pain or unhappiness again heart .

Karin
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#157643 - 10/15/06 12:31 PM Re: Gimli's Funeral [Re: Karin]
BeckiT Offline
Glideritis Anonymous

Registered: 09/29/06
Posts: 16083
Loc: Manitowoc, WI
Jen, what a beautiful spot for these angels to be laid to rest! If only all of the abused babies were as lucky to find such an understanding caring person to give them the love they deserve for the rest of their days!
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#157645 - 10/15/06 12:32 PM Re: Gimli's Funeral [Re: Karin]
Anonymous
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What a beautifly place for a resting place. I am so sorry, I know there is not many words that help with the pain of loss, my thoughts are with you and your family. Thank you for helping the gliders!
Angie

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#157658 - 10/15/06 01:02 PM Re: Gimli's Funeral [Re: ]
Dancing Offline
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Registered: 09/10/04
Posts: 22746
Loc: 80 acres of paradise in KS
Jen, you and I talked but...

Gimli and his history while so tragic of a start, ended to soon, yet ended in a way we can only wish for each and every glider, ended with knowing love. His life ended with more love, both that which he gave and that which he received, than many of us will never know.

Gimli is the reason I know I could never turn away a glider and why I know, regardless of their history, each of these precious babies can learn to trust and can learn to let themselves love again. Gimli is the reason I will give all I am and have to help these little ones that come to me. We just have to never give up and to never let them think we consider them hopeless because Gimli proves to me, that NO glider is hopeless.

Gimli touched my soul and changed me, made me a better person. This was his gift to many of us I believe and perhaps why he had to endure so much in the first half of his life. Much as Jesus had to suffer so that we could learn the lessons He taught of love and compassion. Know that Gimli is receiving his rewards now and those rewards are beyond measure.

Gimli was an angel sent to teach us and has returned to his spirit form again but his love and the lessons he taught will always remain with us.
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But I'd of had to miss the dance


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#157690 - 10/15/06 02:19 PM Re: Gimli's Funeral [Re: Dancing]
BCChins Offline
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Registered: 11/16/05
Posts: 3089
Loc: Central Connecticut
Jen that is truely an amazing and beautiful place to lay his precious body and soul to rest. May we all learn from his story and may we never forget all that rescue people do for these wonderful animals.
And in case I was not crying hard enough T's words made sure I was.
Every time I hear Tim McGraw's "My Old Friend" song I always think of Gimli
Thank You all for caring so much.


Edited by BCChins (10/15/06 05:03 PM)
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#157707 - 10/15/06 03:23 PM Re: Gimli's Funeral [Re: BCChins]
Anonymous
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Oh Jen, such a beautiful place for the babies. It could almost be the "bridge" it is so beautiful and peaceful. They will have everlasting painfree peace now and angels to watch over them and all the little suggies at the bridge to play with. What a wonderful thing to do for them. hug2 angel

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#157783 - 10/15/06 07:31 PM Re: Gimli's Funeral [Re: ]
Anonymous
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What a beautiful resting place!!!! I have a place picked out also for mine (God forbid) anything happen to them. Its not quiet as pretty.
I know its hard to loose a loved one -family, friend ,or pet. They still have special place in our hearts.

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#157790 - 10/15/06 08:13 PM Re: Gimli's Funeral [Re: ]
Anonymous
Unregistered


You are such a wonderful person to take him in and give him such a good home until it was time for him to pass on. It breaks my heart that anyone would treat any glider or any animal that way. God bless you for what you do.

The place that you buried him is beautiful. We have to put my dog Mikki down this weekend and we are going to bury her in the park near our house in the most beautiful spot we can find. I will say some prayers for Gimli too and think of you while we pay our respects.

My condolences for the loss of Gimli. It sounds like he was a very special glider and you are very special for caring for him. hug2

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#157815 - 10/15/06 09:37 PM Re: Gimli's Funeral [Re: ]
glidrz5 Offline
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Registered: 06/13/01
Posts: 7297
Loc: Quincy, IL
Jen hug2 hug2 hug2 Gimli had such a tough life before he found you and in the short time he was with you learned of love that knows no bounds and sees no "defects" only the shining sweet soul within. His resting place is beautiful and I know his soul is in an even more beautiful place.
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Illusion, Malcom, Isabell, Annabelle, Zach, Isis, Aly & Indy
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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#157858 - 10/15/06 11:52 PM Re: Gimli's Funeral [Re: glidrz5]
Anonymous
Unregistered


How beautifully put Dancing.

Jen, I wanted to say what a noble soul Gimli has, but Dancing has said it all before me.

God Bless you both


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#157861 - 10/16/06 12:14 AM Re: Gimli's Funeral [Re: ]
Anonymous
Unregistered


Let them rest now..i feel your pain..

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#157887 - 10/16/06 03:05 AM Re: Gimli's Funeral [Re: ]
Xfilefan Offline
Serious Glideritis

Registered: 02/22/03
Posts: 8899
Loc: Jacksonville, FL
Thanks, everyone. Taking him out of the freezer and going to bury him wasn't easy-it brought all the pain crashing back again. cry That deep ache in the chest that feels like someone put a big hole there. I really miss him-he was so special.

And yes, we posted "My Old Friend" the day he died-both of these fit him so well-I had a hard time deciding in Jan, and struggled with one verse of Oh, L'Amour for months. I get teary almost every time I listen to either one-remembering how much he loved to come out and run all over us, and how much he loved his girls. I'm honored for him that that was remembered! smile Later today when I get home from work, I'll repost the words to "My Old Friend", as an edit to this post.
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Jen/Colin :bb: Commander Riker 12 16 02-10 04 12 you will be FOREVER missed :wfb: Sinbad, :wfb: Gabby, :grey: Baby, and :grey: Alley

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#157987 - 10/16/06 10:51 AM Re: Gimli's Funeral [Re: Xfilefan]
BeckiT Offline
Glideritis Anonymous

Registered: 09/29/06
Posts: 16083
Loc: Manitowoc, WI
(((Jen))) Sending big hugs to you! It's never easy, especially when they're the special ones who take a chunk of your heart with them!
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#157996 - 10/16/06 11:00 AM Re: Gimli's Funeral [Re: BeckiT]
Anonymous
Unregistered


What a beautiful place for your babies to rest eternally. They are really lucky they have someone who cares as much as you.

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#158405 - 10/17/06 06:48 AM Re: Gimli's Funeral [Re: ]
tootles Offline
Glider Slave

Registered: 08/11/06
Posts: 2146
Loc: TX
I am sorry for your loss. It never is easy the first time and I know it was like loosing him again. The pain does ease though we never forget it just gets easier to go through it. My prayers are with you and now I believe in my heart of hearts although he does not know anyone else I feel he is happy where he is and just maybe my sister is watching over him. It always broke my heart to loose a pet it would tear me to shreds untill I lost someone I love and then it taught me that although it hurts it isn't forever one day I will be with all of them again and that's what helps me get through! Best wishes to you.


Edited by tootles (10/17/06 06:52 AM)
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#158784 - 10/17/06 09:32 PM Re: Gimli's Funeral [Re: Xfilefan]
Anonymous
Unregistered


I can not believe people can be so cruel. You can see in your little Gimli's eyes that he had such a gentle soul. I have tears in my eyes while writing this. I'm so sorry for your loss and can't imagine what you are going through. I have said a prayer for you and your little Gimli who we all know is in an even better place.

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#159016 - 10/18/06 12:15 PM Re: Gimli's Funeral [Re: ]
Anonymous
Unregistered


RIP little gimili <3


I hope you feel better Jen..
from reading this post I can tell just how much of a great mommy you were to him, and he was the luckiest glider in the world to have that.


Edited by insecretrapture (10/18/06 12:15 PM)

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#159267 - 10/18/06 09:07 PM Re: Gimli's Funeral [Re: ]
Anonymous
Unregistered


Through lots of tears all I can say is, Dancing said it all beautifully and you have laid to rest two loving souls and they will be waiting for you one day! God bless you and I will say a special prayer for you tonight in hopes that all will get better. Or at least easier to deal with.

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