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#6163 - 04/17/03 11:48 AM Gizmo's story

I have been meaning to post this, but I have not had the time. It is an interesting story that you glider lovers may want to read. I am a first year teacher and was intruduced to gliders by one of my students. He brought his to afterschool tutoring sessions. I was amazed. I decided to purchase one. After much research, I found what seemed to be an amazing deal in the paper. A male glider with cage, food and everything for fifty bucks! I went to check it out and was devestated. He was in this tiny galvanized cage. There were no toys for him to play with. It had the worst smelling wood chips on the bottom, covered with MOLDY carrots. His eyes were shruken into his skull, and he had almost no fur. His ears were covered with pustules. I was disgusted by the mere site of him. The lady took him out of the cage and placed him into my palms. She then fed him Planter's peanuts as a treat. I did not want this thing that was supposed to be a glider, but I knew I could not live with myself if I left him there. I immediately took him to the local exotic animal store and they were shocked with what they saw. They suggested that I should see a vet immediately. I went the next day. The vet was very good with Gizmo. Gizmo had to have shots of vitamins, and electrolytes to rehydrate him. He was only alive because his kidneys had gone into shock. His skin condition was caused by Demiodadtic mites. These are very rare in sugar gliders. Extremely rare. They are usually specific to dogs. The dogs who get these type of mites are usually stray, malnurished, and living in poor conditions. No one knows how a sugar glider got them, especially since they are species specific (dogs can only give them to dogs, cats can only give them to cats, ect.) The vet had to send off his samples to labs and figure out how to treat him. The vet told me he had never seen a more pitaful creature. Despite the fact that Gizmo was obviously neglected and more than just mistreated, he is an amazing glider. I mean, he hardly ever crabs (only at dogs who sniff his pouch too long), he is tame, and he is already super attached to me. (Don't grab me, or hug me - he will crab at that, too) He is so sweet and gentle. At first everyone thought it was because he was so sick! He started his treatment about a month ago and it is working really well. It is very strong. Sometimes he has seuzures. He still loves to play, though. He is starting to get his fur back and his scabs have dissapeared. He looks so good, at least 50 percent better. He has gained weight. I think he is just figuring out he is a glider for the first time (he does not act like a glider sometimes - read on). He has a HUGE cage and loves to climb all over it. He has not figured out toys yet. He loves to hide in my hair. He loves my chihuahua. If he is out during the day, he scurries up to her and while she is sleeping (curled in a ball) he snuggles into any crevice and naps, too. He is so sweet and tame! He knows he has been saved, and he is very thankful to me. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/dance.gif" alt="" />I just wanted to let you know that I could have not Gizmo on the road to recovery without all the wonderful people at this website! Giz is almost ready to have a friend. If anyone knows of someone in Austin or Houston that needs a home for a glider, let me know. Giz needs someone to teach him how to be a glider. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/littleglider.gif" alt="" /> Thank you!

Edited by gizmoglider (04/18/03 08:51 AM)

#6164 - 04/17/03 01:26 PM Re: Gizmo's story [Re: ]

What a sad but touching story. Gizmo loves you so much for saving his life, and he obviously knows that. Thank you for sharing your story <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/heartpump.gif" alt="" />

#6165 - 04/17/03 05:01 PM Re: Gizmo's story [Re: ]

OMG - I can hardly imagine such a condition! I get so angry and sad..... That's another story. He is very, very lucky that you came along and saved is life! Kudos, kudos and more kudos to you - please keep us updated on lil' Gizmo!Give him an extra mealie from Bugsy! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/heartpump.gif" alt="" />

#6166 - 04/17/03 07:46 PM Re: Gizmo's story [Re: ]

I was so sad to see a new post under "real stories" - I feared another glider was no longer with us. Tears are streaming down my face, but they are happy ones now. Gizmo is so very fortunate that you checked out that "amazing" deal. Thank you for sharing this, and for loving him, and being the kind of person who couldn't "just walk away."

#6167 - 04/17/03 07:59 PM Re: Gizmo's story [Re: ]

Gizmo is so lucky you found him in the newspaper. How can anyone treat these cute furbutts so unkindly or any living animal? You are going to be a great glider mom. Thanks for sharing <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/yelclap.gif" alt="" />

#6168 - 04/17/03 11:36 PM Re: Gizmo's story [Re: RSXTC]
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thats a great story i would of done the same thing gliders are such full of luv to give. the bml diet will help making him well too.

#6169 - 04/19/03 10:40 AM Re: Gizmo's story [Re: RSXTC]

Gizmo is sure lucky to have found you!!

#6170 - 04/20/03 06:55 PM Re: Gizmo's story [Re: ]

Dontcha just love a story with a happy ending? I nominate you for the Hero of the Day Award!!! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/yelclap.gif" alt="" /> Your little one sounds as though he truly understands that you've saved him. You are both special!
Eke <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/heartpump.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/heartpump.gif" alt="" />

#6171 - 04/22/03 10:01 PM Re: Gizmo's story [Re: ]

Sad... thats all i have to say.. [censored] me off how people neglect such CUTE LOVEABLE creatures. i mean maybe a snake or somethin (even tho i love snakes) but Gliders!! THERE ADORABLE!! how can you NOT pay attention to them!

#6172 - 04/22/03 11:26 PM Re: Gizmo's story [Re: ]

Thank you so much for sharing that story! Your on a one-way ticket to heaven, that's for sure. I'm so happy for you and Gizmo. Good luck finding a little friend for him!

<img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />
and Punka <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/littleglider.gif" alt="" />

BTW, are you in Austin??

#6173 - 04/23/03 06:57 AM Re: Gizmo's story [Re: ]

So what are you going to do with Gizmo?? Give him to a family or decide that you just love him too mucch <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/heartpump.gif" alt="" /> and decide to keep him!! Well anyways Good luck! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/thumb.gif" alt="" />

#6174 - 04/26/03 10:04 PM Re: Gizmo's story [Re: ]

I want to know what you said to the person that sold him to you when you saw his condition? I would have been so overcome with anger that I don't know what I would have done. I do know that I would have started crying instantly. I don't even have a glider yet but any animal crulity sends me off the edge. But I am so glade that you gave him a chance.
<img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/heartpump.gif" alt="" /> Hilary


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