“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”

― Frank Herbert

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Sunday

Whatever else is going on, Sunday is my day to rest .  It's a nice day here in the mountains. Cooler than usual and not as humid. The sun is out and there's a nice breeze blowing.


Last night was a long one.   My oldest ferret, Chloe, has been failing for some time. She just simply wore out. Chloe was born Dec 19, 2004 and lived on a farm south of here for most of her life.  Three years ago, the farmer was foreclosed on, and they had to move to an apartment in the city.  They needed homes for their two ferrets, Jasmine and Chloe.  So the two older ferrets came to live with us.

Chloe has had a good, long life.  Ferrets usually live about six years but she lived much longer. The last year or so, she mostly slept in her snuggy bag, and came out for a bit to eat and drink.  Yesterday she went to sleep in the evening and it became clear she was not going to wake up.  She died peacefully about five this morning. We all die and I think Chloe was lucky. She didn't have any disease, she enjoyed a comfortable life with other ferrets around her, and she left in her sleep. 






Today I don't have much planned.  I will probably read a little and maybe go for a walk later in the day.  I might take the dogs down to the waterfall for a bit.  Whatever I do it'll be something quiet.

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  1. *raises his glass of coke to Chloe*

    Have a quiet day, Harry. Enjoy walking with the doggies.

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  2. I don't feel as badly about her as I did with Faye. Chloe grabbed the brass ring. Lived a long life, died of old age, and had a peaceful end. I miss her but I don't feel bad for her. Faye was young, was really sick, and despite everything the vet could do, and we did everything, nothing helped. That was sad.

    The dogs and I had a good walk and they had a good swim. It's hotter outside than I thought and coming back wasn't so much fun, but it was good to get out.

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  3. Thanks for sharing. We all share in your loss.

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  4. Rob, it's hard to lose a pet, but at least it was natural. That's a lot easier to deal with than when one of them gets shot, or run over, or just disappears in the woods. Since my ferrets live in the house I usually know what has happened to them, but the outside animals are different. Sometimes they just disappear.

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  5. Chloe landed in tall clover when she came to live with you.:)
    It seems you both enjoyed the association. Just as it should be.
    Sorry about the loss, our beasties never live long enough.
    JF

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    1. That's one of the drawbacks of getting attached. I wouldn't have given up her time with us for diamonds or gold, though.

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  6. It's never easy to loose something/someone you love! That's sad; even if everyone ends up passing. Death is never easy.

    By the way, I do believe you are right about the Buster Brown logo.

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    1. No, it's not. At my age I should be used to it.

      I thought that was Buster Brown. Can't remember the last time I actually saw a pair of Buster Brown shoes.

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    1. Makes for a long night and a long day. I appreciate the thought.

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  8. Sorry to hear about losing the old girl. I am sure she was happy until the end though living on the mountain with you and her friends.

    I hope I go in my sleep like that with lots of friends around me.

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    1. That's kind of the way I see it. No pain, no lingering. That's the way to go when your time comes.

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  9. Harry - i am glad that Chloe got to live such a good life, with other friend ferrets and with you! it sounds like she lived a full life and her time on the mountain with you must have been awesome. it is so hard to lose pets because we become so attached to them. i am so glad that she went in her sleep - that is definitely the best way to go. but i am sad that you lost a little friend - it doesn't matter how many little friends you have, you still always miss the ones who leave. i am a big believer in the idea that we are stewards of the land and animals - and we are supposed to really take care of those in our care. you are coming up in spades with your animals but especially with all of your little ferret friends. thank you for taking such good care of them, Harry. there's a special place in heaven for people like you...whether you believe it or not. i hope the dogs had a nice swim. you need to get yer nekkid butt in the water for a dip - bahahahahah!

    your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Animals make good pets, especially ferrets because they have so much personality and they are individuals. I get very attached to mine as I live alone most of the time. My choice though and it's the right environment for me.

      I do go swimming down at the falls some times but I take a suit. I'm not quite as bohemian as you younger types. : )

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  10. Sorry to hear about Chloe Harry. Hope you had the peaceful, quiet day you wanted...Sunday is a quiet day for us too after all the weekly busyness :)

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    1. Hey, Tania. It's good to hear from you. I miss Chloe but I'm glad she didn't suffer.

      Sunday was nice. My wife was home this weekend and we just watched some television and relaxed. I went for a walk down to the waterfall. It was a nice day.

      Hope things are going well for you and yours.

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  11. I missed your post, I had no idea until you commented on my blog that you had lost Chloe! It was during all the trouble I was having with Bird and not posting, I'm SO sorry! I know other people read these sorts of things, or you tell them about your non dog/cat, and they just don't understand how you can be so close to your pet. It's so sad but she was lucky to have someone like you to give her a good home.

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    1. Yes, I really miss here. Of all my ferrets, she was the smallest and most delicate. I'm glad she lived a full life though, and when she passed on, she was in her own snuggy bag, surrounded by the rest of her ferret colony. They miss her too, they have been going to her bag and looking for her, and making little sad sounds when she isn't there. The old ferret who had lived with her all her life, Jasmine, has started tearing up her bedding and wetting on the floor instead of her papers, which is a way ferrets show grief. People think they don't recognize each other or appreciate one another but they do.

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