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#158087 - 10/16/06 01:24 PM Minnie is gone

It is with a broken heart that I type this post. Our beautiful Minnie passed away yesterday afternoon, just a week after our oldest lizard (Bert) passed away. upset

We had gone away for an extended Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, and since we got back on Wednesday Minnie had been alternating between seeming a bit off and seeming ok. On Saturday night she definately wasn't ok, and looked very much like the pictures of a dying glider that Jen posted. I got out some Ensure, which she drank right down, but she wouldn't move off of my arm, so off to the e-vet we went.

She vomitted some of the Ensure that she had drunk on the way to the e-vet, where they confirmed that she was dehydrated, and that they thought the cancer that took her pouch had probably spread. She was given a sub-q fluid injection and a little bit of dextrose solution.

When we got her back home, Wally wouldn't let her into the coconut, and she didn't want to go into a pouch, so Gilles held her for a little longer while I set up the travel cage for her. Eventually she went into a pouch in that cage.

I checked on her several times during the night, and around 6am got her out and held her on my chest. By the time that Gilles got up, she wasn't even licking Ensure off of my finger, and just lay on my chest, so back to the e-vet we went. At some point during the trip, she started bleeding from either her mouth and/or nose, and when we got there, was showing signs of neurological impairment and difficulty breathing. The vet felt that she wasn't going to make it through the day, so we decided to have them do everything they could to support her (another sub-q injection, dextrose, and pain med), and to take her home with us.

Gilles held her in the glider room for about an hour while I took a nap. She had been just laying in his hands until just before I came back into the glider room, and then started to struggle around. She struggled until we were both holding her, then relaxed, took a few gasping breaths, and was gone.

We got Wally out and let him see Minnie for a few minutes. I'm not sure if he realized that it was her or not - at one point he grabbed her tail and tried to pull her into the coconut and when I wouldn't let him, grabbed the grey fleece blanket that I had taken out of pulled it into the coconut. He was looking all over their cage and the glider room for her last night and again this morning.

#158092 - 10/16/06 01:30 PM Re: Minnie is gone [Re: ]

I'm so sorry for your loss. frown Minnie was such a beautiful glider.

#158093 - 10/16/06 01:32 PM Re: Minnie is gone [Re: ]
bugsmama Offline
Glider Guardian

Registered: 11/06/05
Posts: 745
Loc: Hattiesburg, MS
Oh.. I am so sorry you lost Minnie! My heart goes out to you, you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Mama to:
T & B ~my bio babies
N,C,G & H ~ step babies
Wraith & Rayna and soon to be Izzy & Ali~Gliderbabies
Max ~ my German Shepherd
And wife to the most amazing man I've ever met! smile

#158099 - 10/16/06 01:38 PM Re: Minnie is gone [Re: ]
pappy1264 Offline
Glideritis Anonymous

Registered: 08/31/06
Posts: 11015
Loc: MA
I am so sorry for your loss of Minnie. Please accept my condolences. Godspeed sweet little angel Minnie.
Timmy, Gidget(RIP), Bandit, Petey(RIP), Phoebe, Jake (RIP) Piper(RIP), Pru(RIP), Paige, Cole, Molly(RIP), Oliver, Wyatt, Roo(RIP), Romeo, Pennie, Mandy(RIP), Madison, Garth, Kikipoo, Stasia, Bella, Petunia(RIP), Helen, Sydney, Kizzy and Sweet Pea's mom,

#158100 - 10/16/06 01:40 PM Re: Minnie is gone [Re: bugsmama]
BeckiT Offline
Glideritis Anonymous

Registered: 09/29/06
Posts: 16083
Loc: Manitowoc, WI
Sending my condolences on the losses you've suffered this week! it's not fair when these things happen so close together frown Sending warm thoughts to you, Gilles and Wally too as you heal from losing her!
~Becki & Crew~
Glidin' High Sugar Gliders
So You Want to Own a Sugar Glider? Read and Share wink

#158103 - 10/16/06 01:46 PM Re: Minnie is gone [Re: BeckiT]

I'm terribly sorry to hear this!! I know just how painful it is to loose one of your glider children:( You are in my thoughts and prayers!

#158137 - 10/16/06 03:18 PM Re: Minnie is gone [Re: ]
LSardou Offline
Glideritis Anonymous

Registered: 03/01/06
Posts: 21060
Loc: Kansas
Sending you and your family my condolences with prayers, love and blessings. God Bless you Minnie and may the light shine for you forever. heart

#158169 - 10/16/06 05:10 PM Re: Minnie is gone [Re: LSardou]

Sorry for your lost.felt the same.may minnie finds her way.

#158240 - 10/16/06 08:02 PM Re: Minnie is gone [Re: ]

I am so sorry for your loss

#158246 - 10/16/06 08:13 PM Re: Minnie is gone [Re: ]

I wish I could do more than say I am sorry, but I can't. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Many ((((((HUGS)))))) to you.

#158248 - 10/16/06 08:24 PM Re: Minnie is gone [Re: ]

~hugs~~ Im so sorry for your loss!! Cancer is a terrible thing! At least she is no longer suffering. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers

#158253 - 10/16/06 08:35 PM Re: Minnie is gone [Re: ]
Cora Offline
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Registered: 04/16/05
Posts: 6576
Loc: Kilgore, Texas
hug2 Oh hun I am so sorry. Please know she loved you all and knew you loved her. gangel
Thank You so much for letting us know. Sending prayers and positive energy your way.
USDA Licensed Breeder

#158330 - 10/16/06 10:57 PM Re: Minnie is gone [Re: Cora]

I am so sorry to hear this. I know exactly how you feel. I guess they feel like they can cross the rainbow bridge when theyre human parents are there with them. That just proves that they knew who loved them. Your sweet Minnie will be missed I'm sure. God bless you and your family, both 4 legged and 2 legged. Your in our prayers and thoughts. Hope you can feel the big hugs!!

#158376 - 10/17/06 01:48 AM Re: Minnie is gone [Re: ]
glidrz5 Offline
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Registered: 06/13/01
Posts: 7297
Loc: Quincy, IL
I'm very sorry for your loss. Know that she is healthy & is no longer suffering from Cancer at the Rainbow Bridge.


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

The rainbow has beckoned
Itís calling you home
To meadows and forest
In which you may roam

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

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

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

You say thereís no pain there
No fear and no hate
Just peace and well being
Once youíre through the gate

You tell me youíll always
Hold me in your heart
That time and that distance
Canít keep us apart

And if I should need you
At my side youíll be
Tho I cannot see you
Youíll 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 donít 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

Chris Hamann

Edited by glidrz5 (10/17/06 01:49 AM)
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
together to be

#158417 - 10/17/06 07:27 AM Re: Minnie is gone [Re: glidrz5]
tootles Offline
Glider Slave

Registered: 08/11/06
Posts: 2146
Loc: TX
I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.

#159322 - 10/18/06 10:43 PM Re: Minnie is gone [Re: tootles]

Thanks everyone, it is still hard to believe that she is gone, that I will never see that beautiful face or long fluffy tail again, never feel her nuzzle my cheek again.

As hard as it is, we also realize that Wally's happiness has to take priority, so I've started investigating our options. So far his only reactions have been to get up a little later (although that could be to the colder weather outside - we had snow on Monday - but not inside) and to do a lot of what seems to be searching the room. I have removed some, but not all of the fleece items that may have her scent on them from the room - I'm just not sure whether it is better for him with the slow removal of her scent or to remove it all at once.

There don't seem to be many glider rescues in Western Canada, but I have contacted CanWest Sugar Gliders (possummomca) in Vancouver and Chaotic Exotics in Central Alberta so far. If anyone has any suggestions of other places to contact, please let me know. Right now we have not committed ourselves to getting another glider, but we want to have as much information on hand if that is the path we decide to follow.

Thanks Again.


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