Turtle is streatching neck, gaping, and making the sound!

RACCOON EGGS

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Very interesting info from the vet.
Let us know how liquid skin goes, and keep up the good work!
 

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This week the Turtle came out early looking for his food a couple times! Still slower than a couple months ago, but closer to his "new normal",

The front of his shell under his head is becoming shinny again with the scraping and cleaning. The orange dust is still there but seems less.
He really hates having his legs cleaned.

The liquid bandage may actually be helping! I'm lucky he lets me do all this stuff to him.
We'll have to go through a shedding cycle to see if it will contain the sore, but I'm surprised at how well it's working so far.

He's been keeping his head out after his bath, specially if I hold him at an angle, and I've been able to apply it more easily without having to pull on him.
And he's been letting it dry, which may be due to his condition,
or he may just like me blowing on the back of his neck.
 

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The Turtle passed away quietly at home today.

He will be greatly missed. We're very grateful to have had so many years together,
and that he was in his favorite place, in the company of those who loved him, at the end.

Thank you so much to everyone on this forum for your support and prayers.
 

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The Turtle passed away quietly at home today.

He will be greatly missed. We're very grateful to have had so many years together,
and that he was in his favorite place, in the company of those who loved him, at the end.

Thank you so much to everyone on this forum for your support and prayers.
Oh no, so sorry for your loss :(
 

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I'm so very sorry for your loss. You went above and beyond in caring for the Turtle :<3:
 

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Thank all you for your kind words. Vlad, it was more to remember and do, but honestly never felt like a burden.

His passing could not have been more perfect. The Turtle left us an amazing gift.

If anyone in NY or NJ ever has need of one, the pet crematory we used was exemplary.
Pet Rest at Peace in Secaucus, NJ

I finally found the photo I'd wanted to share a long time ago.
So many memories of our 32 years together, this shot captured the essence of them.

many, many, thanks!

The_Turtle _in_a_Bag_Draft.jpg
 

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I guess we all knew it was coming... but he had cheated death so many times, a part of me thought him immortal. Your patience and love are a model of commitment to an animal, and I’ve been inspired. Thank you for sharing turtle’s journey with us.

R.I.P. Turtle.
 

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I'm sorry to hear that he passed :( You gave him such a good life for the time that you had him. You did a great job and stuck with him till the end and never gave up.
 

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I just found your post...to say I'm sorry doesn't begin to cover how I'm feeling.

You must have a big hole in your heart. I can't imagine having the same pet for 32 years, and the difficulties you two faced together.

Bless you for your dedication and love.

RIP, Turtle!
 

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Many thanks to you all for your kind remarks, and support over the last couple years. It's not easy, but it helps to have a lot to be grateful for.

Today is the date the Turtle was diagnosed with a terminal condition. He rallied several times, and stayed with us another year and 11 months. We always spent time with him, which became every moment possible after that visit to the Vet. He kept coming to us, or was near, all the while. After an amazing Summer upswing, he still maintained his "new normal": eating, walking around, and pooping in his bath.

That last day he walked around his room, settled in the spot where our feet usually are, and fell asleep with his head hanging out like he had been. Later on he was pulled in. When I took him dinner he didn't respond as I scratched his shell and asked "what's going on Turtle?" I picked him up we could tell he was gone. Though I could still hold him with his front legs over my thumbs, I couldn't kiss his little beak any more.

His timing was perfect, everything fell into place exactly right. There was not the slightest unpleasantness as we prepared for the cremation. We were able to be with the Turtle up to the very final moment and say good by. The entire process was incredibly healing.

We all have been saying: "He did it! that's exactly how I want to go." Thank you Turtle, you were the best turtle in the world to us.
 
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