1. Welcome! Are you interested in tortoises? If so, we invite you to join our community! Our community is the #1 place for tortoise keepers to talk online. Once you join you'll be able to post messages, upload pictures of your tortoise and enclosure, and discuss any tortoise topic with other tortoise keepers. Get started today!

In Memoriam

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

  1. spud's_mum

    spud's_mum Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 2, 2015
    Messages:
    3,168
    Likes Received:
    7,144
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location (City and/or State):
    United Kingdom
    Thank you.
    He,and all the others, will be greatly missed :(
    ZEROPILOT and TerrapinStation like this.
  2. TerrapinStation

    TerrapinStation Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2015
    Messages:
    669
    Likes Received:
    578
    Trophy Points:
    93
    Location (City and/or State):
    Detroit, Michigan

    So sad that I had to crack my Secret Santa this way....... Very sorry for your loss and I really appreciate the kind words on the card.

    I can't wait to open my gift on Christmas!

    I will post a picture and words of my Cocker Spaniel Charlie, who passed in 2005.
    ZEROPILOT likes this.
  3. Prairie Mom

    Prairie Mom Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2014
    Messages:
    4,414
    Likes Received:
    6,965
    Trophy Points:
    113
    We lost a very special companion to Cancer of the Spleen on Friday. Apparently, it's rather unusual in cats.

    Angel has a special story that I wanted to share...
    angel bag.jpg

    angel sleep w gretchen.jpg

    angel enclosure crop.jpg

    Angel was eventually abandoned by some addicts on our street. She was regularly left to fend for herself and a neighbor and I did our best to look out for her and provide her with food and shelter during bad weather when she was locked out. Eventually she left behind when the hideous meth addicted renters moved away.

    When she first arrived in our home, we immediately spayed her and took care of her medical needs. It was clear that she had never been regularly fed and was used to scrapping for food. It took a while to break her of the habit of licking off dishes in the sink and opening cabinet doors to attempt to get into stored foods. Eventually, she settled in and became relaxed as she knew she could depend on regular meals of quality cat foods. All bad habits disappeared and she never had any wish to go outside other than visits into our outdoor cat enclosure. Once she came through our front door, she never attempted to go through it again.

    Angel was the most patient, tolerant, and loving cat. She was so amazing to our children and showed them special affection. She showed me companionship that cannot be compared to most of the other animals I have loved. She lived every day as if choosing to find ways to please us.

    Angel is special to me for another very important reason...

    It was during one of Angel's early vet appointments that my Veterinarian made a remark about our special needs animals and how surprising it is for one family to have two cats with one of her health conditions. Our Doctor said "I'm always amazed by WHO The Maker sends to your family." In that moment, sitting in the vet's office, lightening struck my heart,
    and I knew without any doubt that I was supposed to seek out the children we planned to adopt among waiting child lists for special needs orphans with similar health conditions. Angel's entrance into our family changed us in monumental ways that few people can truly understand.

    I am so grateful for the way my animals have helped prepare me to raise my children. I am so grateful for the sweet quiet comfort Angel always was to me. When she didn't want to get off of my lap or let me roll over in bed, she had the funniest habit of going completely LIMP, like she was BONELESS (like Shawn Spencer would from Psych!:) ) and it made it
    impossible to move her!

    I love her so much and am so grateful for her determined love and snuggles. She is missed very deeply.

    When I arrive in Heaven, I fully anticipate and LOOK FORWARD TO being bombarded by my animals.
  4. spud's_mum

    spud's_mum Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 2, 2015
    Messages:
    3,168
    Likes Received:
    7,144
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location (City and/or State):
    United Kingdom
    Rip beautiful :(
    ZEROPILOT and Prairie Mom like this.
  5. surfergirl

    surfergirl Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2015
    Messages:
    407
    Likes Received:
    316
    Trophy Points:
    63
    I am so sorry for everyone's loss. It does not matter what kind of pet you lose they are all precious and special. I can't even write about mine. Makes me very sad just thinking about them.
    ZEROPILOT likes this.
  6. 4jean

    4jean Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2014
    Messages:
    525
    Likes Received:
    483
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location (City and/or State):
    New York State
    I am so sorry for your loss, but glad that Angel is not suffering. What a beautiful life your family gave her. I certainly agree and know how much our pets touch our lives. They are so hard to lose. Thinking of you at this time. Thank for sharing what an angel she was to you @Prairie Mom
  7. Prairie Mom

    Prairie Mom Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2014
    Messages:
    4,414
    Likes Received:
    6,965
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Thank you so much for this thoughtful reply. It means a lot to me.
    Tidgy's Dad, ZEROPILOT and 4jean like this.
  8. KaderTheAnts

    KaderTheAnts New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2016
    Messages:
    21
    Likes Received:
    5
    Trophy Points:
    3
    Rip my scorpion Crimson Peak. Yes, she was a very unusual pet but she was loved to my full extent. She was the most docile, largest, and sweetest scorpion you'd come across. She even let me pick her up. Dying of old age was probably best for her because she lived a good long life but it was worst for me because I got to love her for a longer period of time. At least she's in a better place. ImageUploadedByTortoise Forum1455231124.117116.jpg this was my baby the day I got her ;(
  9. 4jean

    4jean Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2014
    Messages:
    525
    Likes Received:
    483
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location (City and/or State):
    New York State
    I am sorry for your loss.
    ZEROPILOT likes this.
  10. mctlong

    mctlong Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2009
    Messages:
    2,658
    Likes Received:
    163
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location (City and/or State):
    SF Valley, SoCal
    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:


    .
    Redfootcare101, Kasia and Anyfoot like this.
  11. Yvonne G

    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Supporter

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2008
    Messages:
    74,876
    Likes Received:
    37,182
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location (City and/or State):
    Clovis, CA
    These loved ones are missed terribly. David has a poem about the rainbow bridge. I hope he posts it here.

    [​IMG]
    Pearly and mctlong like this.
  12. GingerLove

    GingerLove Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2016
    Messages:
    1,281
    Likes Received:
    1,037
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Sorry for your losses, guys. :(
  13. Anyfoot

    Anyfoot Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2014
    Messages:
    6,117
    Likes Received:
    5,035
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location (City and/or State):
    UK Sheffield
    This was very thoughtful of you, it actually pulled on one of my heart strings. Thank you
  14. Yvonne G

    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Supporter

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2008
    Messages:
    74,876
    Likes Received:
    37,182
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location (City and/or State):
    Clovis, CA
    This poem was adjusted and revised by dmmj for tortoises:

    Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
    When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

    All the animals who had 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 remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
    They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2016
  15. Tidgy's Dad

    Tidgy's Dad Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2015
    Messages:
    46,285
    Likes Received:
    121,439
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location (City and/or State):
    Fes, Morocco
    I love Rainbow Bridge! :<3::<3::<3:
    CarolM and ZEROPILOT like this.
  16. Ed mitch

    Ed mitch Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2016
    Messages:
    127
    Likes Received:
    49
    Trophy Points:
    28
    R.I.P my horsefield tortoise Fred he was stolen from a bird and never came back...
    ZEROPILOT likes this.
  17. Gillian Moore

    Gillian Moore Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2014
    Messages:
    14,281
    Likes Received:
    19,040
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Sorry for your loss.
    ZEROPILOT likes this.
  18. ZEROPILOT

    ZEROPILOT Well-Known Member TFO Supporter Platinum Supporter

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2014
    Messages:
    17,152
    Likes Received:
    31,032
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location (City and/or State):
    South Eastern Florida (U.S.A.)/Rock Hill S.C.
    Do most of us try to recover from our beloved pet by replacing it?
    I got a new dog. Suki is a tiny female chihuahua. I always HATED the breed, but Chester changed that forever.
    Suki is nothing like Chester, but she partially fills the hole left in my heart.
    Suki Sept 1st 2015-

    Attached Files:

    Greta16 and Tidgy's Dad like this.
  19. Yvonne G

    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Supporter

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2008
    Messages:
    74,876
    Likes Received:
    37,182
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location (City and/or State):
    Clovis, CA
    I brought one of my more timid outdoor cats indoors when Molly died, but she doesn't even come close to filling the void. There will never be another Molly.
    Greta16, Tidgy's Dad and ZEROPILOT like this.
  20. ZEROPILOT

    ZEROPILOT Well-Known Member TFO Supporter Platinum Supporter

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2014
    Messages:
    17,152
    Likes Received:
    31,032
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location (City and/or State):
    South Eastern Florida (U.S.A.)/Rock Hill S.C.
    I do understand

Share This Page