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GRANA here; A lovely story, though not about "PETS" seems appropriate to share / you other animal lovers? Ihope you can find the time/interest to readthisall theway to theend; itis l LOVELY STORYsnopes even w/o the original pictures(and TRUE according to SNOPES): FREEDOM & JEFF : /> **Freedom and I have been together 11 years this summer. /> She came in as a baby in 1998 with two broken wings. /> Her left wing doesn't open all the way even after surgery...it was broken /> in 4 places. /> She's my baby. /> * /> *When Freedom came in, she could not stand, > and both wings were broken. She was /> emaciated and covered in lice. We made the /> decision to give her a chance at life, so I took /> her to the vet's office. From then /> on, I was always around her. We had her in a /> huge dog carrier with the top off, and it /> was loaded up with shredded newspaper for her to /> lay in. I used to sit and talk to her, /> urging her to live, to fight...and she would lay /> there looking at me with those big brown eyes. /> We also had to tube feed her for weeks. /> * /> *This went on for 4-6 weeks, and, by then, she still > couldn't stand. It got to the point where the /> decision was made to euthanize her /> if she couldn't stand in a week. You know you don't /> want to cross that line between torture and /> rehab, and it looked like death was /> winning. She was going to be put /> down that Friday, and I was supposed to come in /> on that Thursday afternoon. I didn't want to go /> to the center that Thursday because I couldn't /> bear the thought of having her euthanized. /> I went anyway, and when I walked in, everyone /> was grinning from ear to ear. I went /> immediately back to her cage, and there she was, /> standing on her own, a big beautiful /> eagle. She was ready to live. I was /> just about in tears by then. That /> was a very good day after all. /> * /> *We knew she could never fly, so the director > asked me to glove train her. /> I got her used to the glove, /> and then to jesses, and we started /> "showing her off" in education programs for schools /> in western Washington . /> We wound up in the newspapers, /> on the radio (believe it or not) and even on some /> TV programs. Miracle Pets even did a show /> about us. /> * /> *In the spring of 2000, I was diagnosed with > non-Hodgkins lymphoma. I was in stage 3, /> which is not good (The disease had affected one major organ, and it had /> already spread to other organs.) I wound up doing 8 months of chemotherapy. /> I lost my hair...the whole /> bit..and I also missed a lot of work. When I /> felt good enough, I would go outdoors, /> and I would take Freedom for walks. Freedom would /> also come to me in my dreams, and she'd help me fight /> the cancer. This happened time and time again. /> * /> *Fast forward to November 2000... > to the day after Thanksgiving. That's when I went in for my last check-up. /> I was told that, if the cancer was not /> all gone after 8 rounds of chemo, then my last /> option was a stem cell transplant. Anyway, they /> did the testing, and I had to return on Monday for /> the results. I went in Monday, and I was /> told that all the cancer was gone. /> * /> * /> * /> *So...the first thing I did after I'd left my doctor's office was to go* > /> * /> to Freedom and take the big girl out for a walk. It was misty /> and cold. I went to her flight and jessed her /> up, and we went out front to the top of the /> hill. I hadn't said a word to /> Freedom, but somehow she knew. She looked at me /> and wrapped both /> her wings around me to where I /> could feel them pressing in on my back /> (I was engulfed in eagle wings), and she /> touched my nose with her beak and stared into my /> eyes. We just stood there like that /> for I don't know how long, and you might say that it was a /> "Kodak moment." We have been soulmates ever /> since she came in, and I knew that she was a very special bird. /> * /> *On a side note: I have had people who > were sick come up to us when we are out, and /> Freedom has some kind of hold on /> them. I once had a guy who was /> terminal come up to us and /> I let him hold her. /> His knees just about buckled, and he /> swore he could feel her power course through his /> body. I have so many stories like that. /> * /> *I never forget the honor I've had of being so close > to such a magnificent spirit as /> Freedom. ope you enjoyed this!*
Posted by ann h
I did enjoy reading this, thanks for posting it.