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#603847 - 08/04/08 11:06 AM Welcome on your new journey, Taquito

I remember how in the beginning, I always wanted to give up on little Taquito. He would bite me, hiss and crab at me, run away from me. I thought he hated me. But, in the end I didn't want to give up on him at all and he didn't either - even though he could hardly breathe.

On Friday night, we had to have Taquito put down to sleep. I have never had to make that decision before - nor has my husband. It was a rough one. I told myself I wouldn't cry when we got there to visit with him. He had been the in the hospital since Monday, and this was the first day he started to show major declines. But, the moment I saw him, I knew it was too late and the tears started to come.

We had had Taquito for 171 days. It hardly seems like enough time. It was not enough time. He was not even barely 6 months old in glider terms. And yet, he was plagued with this mysterious pneumonia. His little lungs wheezed and clicked when he breathed. His site was partially gone, if not mostly. His nose was white, he ears damp and flat limp. He looked more tired than I could ever imagine myself feeling.

When Jeremy held him he crawled up his shoulder and snuggled against him. While he lay there, I fed him some watermelon from a little cup that I had brought in. Watermelon was his favorite. He ate it with such enthusiasm that I could hardly imagine he was sick. That made it so much harder. I thought to myself - if he can eat like that, then surely he'll be okay?

But that is when I really noticed the clicking in his breathing. And then when finally he would take no more watermelon, I knew it was time.

Watching them give him the anestisia gas was very hard for me. He thrashed against the cup and I wanted to say - "Look how much energy he has! He has to be okay!" But, the vet had already explained that the fighting came from the funny smell and it sometimes caused an excited effect. But, when he fell over asleep I could tell that he really wasn't okay. Even sleeping his little body heaved with the effort to breath.

We left the room at that point and that was the last time we saw him alive. The vet brought him back in a little white box. She had put a pink heart sticker on it. She also placed the amulet I made in with him - full of funeral herbs, rose quartz and some eucalyptus.

So, now we can only move on from here. But, I want to take the time to really honor his new journey and remember his old one.

I believe that there is life after death. In fact, I believe in reincarnation - so the passing on of my little friend was not the last in my eyes. I hope and pray that his next journey will not end so abruptly as this one, and that maybe he will take some of his qualities with him to his new body.

He was always so free - so wild - so passionate. He was always so excited to eat, and thankful for what we gave him. He explored everything (even when we didn't want him to). He always expressed exactly how he was feeling.

I'll never look at the wrapping paper the same because he used to dive down between the tubes and elude escape. I'll never look at the laundry room door the same, because of all the times he tried to see if he could jump and catch on. I'll never walk in circles the same, because I used to have to walk around in circles when he was on me because otherwise he would wildly jump to new places (and sometimes not good ones).

I know this is rough on me (and more so on Daddy because Taquito was a Daddy's man), but, in the end, I know we made the right choice. To see a little guy breathing like that will break anyone's heart. I couldn't stand it anymore. But, I have faith that Taquito will joyously enter a new journey, and I hope that it is a great one.

Even though I will always miss my crazy little man, it is as Jeremy and I agreed - Taquito was meant to be a wild glider. He was never meant to be kept by humans. So I hope, that in his next journey, whether he is a Glider or another animal or a human, that he is always 100% absolutely, gloriously free to be whoever he wants to.

We love you Taquito and you are certainly missed.

#603853 - 08/04/08 11:16 AM Re: Welcome on your new journey, Taquito [Re: ]
Mel2mdl Offline
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Registered: 07/20/06
Posts: 4212
Loc: Garland, TX
cry I'm am so sorry for your loss. God speed, little Taquito... cry
Molly, son & husband:

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Karl,Lenny,Jynxie,Chamille, Kee & Mr. Beans in my heart forever.
Teaching teenagers-part joy, part guerilla warfare! :rbridge:

#603875 - 08/04/08 11:46 AM Re: Welcome on your new journey, Taquito [Re: Mel2mdl]
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Registered: 08/05/99
Posts: 7603
Loc: Virginia Beach, VA.
I know how hard this was for you to post. You and Jermany are wonderful people and have so much love your your gliders.

He is at peace and well again thanks to the strong love you have for him.

Remember we are here for you always.
Love and kindness is a gift. Use it freely....
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#603877 - 08/04/08 11:48 AM Re: Welcome on your new journey, Taquito [Re: Mel2mdl]

I'm so sorry

#603925 - 08/04/08 12:53 PM Re: Welcome on your new journey, Taquito [Re: ]
pappy1264 Offline
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Registered: 08/31/06
Posts: 11015
Loc: MA
I am so sorry for you loss, but glad he got to know your love before he went on this journey. You gave him love and honor and now you take his pain in your heart, so that he may be free from it. Godspeed little guy, run free and jump high..........
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,

#603965 - 08/04/08 01:39 PM Re: Welcome on your new journey, Taquito [Re: pappy1264]
Feather Online   sleep

Registered: 01/19/08
Posts: 12185
Loc: Wisconsin
I am so sorry for your loss, may your memories of little Taquito comfort you in the days to come.

He is now gliding free over the Rainbow Bridge.

Deepest Sympathy,
Feathers-Sweetie, Sklyar Blue, Mister Peanut, Big Mack & Ibo
Fur-Guinan, Mr. Spock, T'Mir, Micheal, Stevie, Cho & Maharet :bb: T'Pol, Elizabeth & Curzon :wfb: TY, TJ, Khayman & T'Pring :rtmo: O'Ryan :leu:
Forever in my heart, Gizmo, Tucker and the rest of my babies over the :rbridge:

#603967 - 08/04/08 01:42 PM Re: Welcome on your new journey, Taquito [Re: Feather]
sugarlope Offline
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Registered: 03/28/02
Posts: 19735
Loc: in my happy place
I am so sorry for your loss. hug2
Maia & Squish
If we never loved, then maybe we would never feel pain. Love anyway. It's worth it.

#604265 - 08/04/08 07:25 PM Re: Welcome on your new journey, Taquito [Re: sugarlope]

I am so sorry for your loss.

#604477 - 08/04/08 11:50 PM Re: Welcome on your new journey, Taquito [Re: ]
LSardou Offline
Glideritis Anonymous

Registered: 03/01/06
Posts: 21060
Loc: Kansas
cry of sadness, but yet feeling the peace that your little Taquito is living with his spirit free as a butterfly. Many many blessings to you and your husband for giving this sweet little one a life that his spirit will feel was filled with love.
God speed little one. gangel


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