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In Memoriam

Discussion in 'General Tortoise Discussion' started by dmmj, Feb 21, 2015.

  1. dmmj

    dmmj The member formerly known as captain awesome Moderator 5 Year Member

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    MCTLONG WROTE THIS AFTER DAVID'S RAINBOW BRIDGE THREAD, AND I'VE MERGED THE TWO, BUT MCTLONG'S WAS FURTHER DOWN. SO I CUT IT AND MOVED IT UP HERE. THE GREEN PART IS MCTLONG'S POST:

    This week I've noticed several posts about members loosing shelled family members. I don’t know about you guys, but I mourn for every last one, from the youngest hatchlings to the very old torts who have been with their owners for decades. Although I have not met most of these little torts or their owners in person, I cry almost every time I hear about one of them passing. Searching the forum, I could not find a group In Memoriam thread, so this is a thread to remember all our shelled friends who have been lost. This is a thread to post pics and memories of the shelled loved ones who have passed, offer support to their owners, and never forget how much our lives have been enriched by these beautiful creatures.

    Here are some of torts that have been lost recently -

    • Craig’s (@Anyfoot) beautiful homeana adult and redfoot hatchling
    • @Sweet0dodo’s tortoise
    • Maggie’s (@maggie3fan) Bob the Sulcata


    :tort: Rest in Peace. :tort:





    And now on to David's thread:

    So I have been posting the poem rainbow bridge for awhile whenever someone loses a tortoise, I always felt bad since it seems written more for cats or dogs, as we all know we love our tortoises as much as anyone else who loves a cat or dog. So I decided to rewrite rainbow bridge for tortoises.

    Just this side of heaven is a place called rainbow bridge.
    When a tortoise dies who was loved by someone, that tortoise goes to rainbow bridge.
    There are wide open plains and warm basking spots for all our beloved tortoises to spend all day basking in the warm sun. There is plenty of grass, and flowers, lots of warm water to soak in. Our friends are all warm and comfortable, and play together all day long

    All the tortoises who have been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remembered them in our dreams of days and time gone by. The tortoises are happy and content, except for one small thing. They each miss someone very special who had to be left behind.

    They all bask, and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are eager and intent, his shell starts to wiggle. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, his stubby legs carrying him over the plains, faster than they ever could in life.

    You have been spotted, and when you and your tortoise meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy head rubs commence, your hands once again caress your tortoise's head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your beloved tortoise, so long gone from your life, but never absent from your heart.

    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

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  2. dmmj

    dmmj The member formerly known as captain awesome Moderator 5 Year Member

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    This was real hard for me to write, but I think I did a decent job, let me know what you think of it.
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    leigti Well-Known Member

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    I think it is great. And of course I cried all the way through it, so that means it is as good as the original.
  4. wellington

    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member

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    That poem always puts a lump in my throat. It does need a few minor spelling and spacing corrections if you want to fix them.
    Otherwise, it's great.
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    bouaboua Well-Known Member TFO Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    AZtortMom Well-Known Member

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    It's great :)
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    Moozillion Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    This is WONDERFUL!!! And much needed!! Maybe a Moderator should move it to a more prominent location where it can be seen and accessed by a wider TFO audience than are on this one thread?
    THANKS SO MUCH, dmmj!!!! :) :) :)
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    I think it is fantastic. Well done! It will bring much comfort!!
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    stojanovski92113 Well-Known Member TFO Supporter

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    I'm still heartbroken over my tortoises loss...that is a beautiful poem. It sure put a lump in my throat with watery eyes...
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    You know what?...I think it would be really nice if you'd make a permanent thread with your poem where people could post pictures of their beloved turtles and tortoise and grieve together in a peaceful and understanding place like the one you just created:)
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    Put tears in my eyes. Thank you fo posting this. Such a beautiful poem.
  12. dmmj

    dmmj The member formerly known as captain awesome Moderator 5 Year Member

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    Don't worry turtle people, I will work on a turtle version, just emotionally draining to read and edit this poem, I am glad it was so well recieved.
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    I love it!!
    Thanks for taking the time to write this!
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    The original as always made me cry. I went to Bark for Life with my aunt (for those who haven't heard of it- like me before last fall its basically Relay for Life for dogs and pet cancers, and at the closing ceremonies they had a reading of the poem and a balloon releasing and there was not a dry face in the park.
    I love this adaption. I never realized the other one didn't fit until I red this one, its beautiful! teared me up just like the original so I guess its successful, and I now know i'm not alone in the tears!
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    ZEROPILOT Well-Known Member TFO Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    I'd like to take a moment to post about my best buddy, Chester who got I'll and had to be put to sleep a few weeks ago.
    He was very important to me and we had a 15 year run...
    Here is a puppy photo and the last photo ever taken...from the vets office. Also a photo of the box with his remains. I still haven't been able to deal with that part..
    Thanks for viewing.
    Chester 2000-2015

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  16. dmmj

    dmmj The member formerly known as captain awesome Moderator 5 Year Member

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    sorry my condolences it's hard losing any pet because you form such a close bond with them perhaps we should have in memoriam section
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    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member

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    Again sorry for your loss of your best four legged friend. I know how hard it is. Lost mine 18 years ago and I still cry. Your little Chester was a cutie even in his distinguishing grey face.
    Again so sorry.
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    Chester was a handsome boy. He looks like a min pin, is he? It's so hard to handle after having them for so very long and having such a tight bond. Rest easy Chester.
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    I'm so sorry for your loss. Chester was obviously a loved little guy.
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    I think this is a brilliant idea.
    Maybe even two; one for tortoises and turtles, one for other pets.
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