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

― Frank Herbert

Friday, March 28, 2014

Remembering Rowena



This is a picture of Ragnar, and his mate, Rowena.  They both got adrenal disease, and in January they had operations to implant a medical chip, which trickled medicine into their bodies to counteract the effects of the disease.

Ragnar got better. He still has some issues but he is doing ok, especially for a "past middle age" ferret. But Rowena didn't respond to  the treatment.  She lost her hair, and got sores on her body. It was very much like what happens to a person with chemotherapy.  She got weaker, but we bathed her with a soothing shampoo the vet ordered, and kept medicine on the sores, and she had some quality of life.

Last week, however, it became obvious she was not going to be with us much longer. She spent her final days sleeping in her box, with her favorite hand towel, and she was not in pain.  She died Wednesday, the 26th, around five in the afternoon.   She is buried up on the mountainside, at the top of the meadow, with the other members of her colony who have passed on.  Faye is up there, and Chloe, and Jasmine so she is still with her friends.  It's a nice place, with a view, and I planted some miniature trees around it.

I wasn't going to say anything about it, but then I thought that people say anything on the internet is out there forever. It doesn't seem fair that when I croak , it would be as if she never existed. Rowena was a great little animal, who started life in terrible circumstances but didn't let that ruin her existence. She had a good life, and enjoyed it, once she came to live up here on the mountain.

Since a lot of our communications are by satellite and microwave, then it's fair to say that this picture of her and this little obituary will beam on out into space and travel forever, so the memory of her won't be lost.

Doubtless this seems a bit crazy but I don't much care.  In fact, I don't care at all. It makes sense to me and that's what matters.

27 comments:

  1. No, not crazy at all. You sir, are a class act.

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    1. I know that I'm "eccentric' but I'm harmless, usually!

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    2. +1 to glennnils555 - he nailed you to a tee! you, sir, are a class act!

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    1. I think she will. She's in good company.

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  3. I am so sorry. And making sure that she is not forgotten is not crazy at all. Our animals give us so much and ask for so little in return. They are an important part of our lives and deserve to be remembered.

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    1. You said it better than I could have. I completely agree.

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  4. Poor Rowena....

    Is that the one that ate your rifle stock? Around here they would have considered the time after eating my rifle stock all bonus I can tell ya that :)

    RIP Rowena.

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    1. She might not have nibbled the stock, but I'm sure she dragged off some of the missing things here at the house. I don't mind though, we all have our foibles. ;-)

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  5. RIP Rowena.

    I love those names, of course I am partial to the name Ragnar. How is he since she has passed?

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    1. he has been looking for her. When one of the ferrets passes on, Miriam tells me to let them rest a bit in the box so the other ferrets can come and see them. I am not sure if they understand death, but they do seem to know when one of the colony is going, because they come sit outside the box and sometimes they will go in and lay down beside the sick one. Ragnar has been going around looking for her for the past few days, pulling up the bedding in their box to see if she is in there. Based on past experience, I think he will slowly stop doing that and move on.

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  6. Good on you for wanting a fur-family member to be remembered! You will miss her as much as Ragnar, I'm sorry for your loss. To me, their shorter life span is the only bad thing about our animal friends, I'm 61 and have lost 5 dogs in my lifetime - it never gets easier. Jan in NWGA

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    1. Jan, in general I get along better with my animals than I do with people. I'm just that way. So when I lose one, it's hard but I have the compensation that knowing all my ferrets were cast off or living in deplorable conditions, and that coming up here on the mountain they had good lives as long as they were here. No, it never gets easier. That's true.

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  7. I'm so sorry! I think it's a good idea to let them see her and I hope he won't be too lonely for too long,. It is so sad when a precious pet passes.

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  8. You'd think I'd be used to it by now, wouldn't you, Kathy? I know they have a short life span, and I know they are subject to a lot of illnesses, and I know they are accident prone, but they are still great friends.

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  9. So very sorry to hear Harry. I know you love them as much as life itself. Thanks for letting us know.

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    1. Well, I wasn't going to say anything about it, but I figured it was right to tell people about her. She was a good friend.

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  10. I tend to be a lurker on weblogs, selfishly taking in what folks contribute but too reluctant to contribute. But I've so enjoyed hearing about the ferrets and I commented I think it was in January when they had taken ill and had to go to the vet. Rest well in knowing you gave Rowena a good little life, a life better than most will get. I am certain that animals know about death, Ragnar will miss his companion but he will adapt. Thank you for being one of the good ones.

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  11. Harry - you already know how i feel. i am so very sorry. everyone here has been so understanding - they all must be animal lovers. as are you and i. i want to make sure that you take the time for yourself to grieve....when our pets become our family and when we enjoy and love them the way you do with your ferrets, losing one to death is the same as losing a family member. it hurts, and we need time to grieve. so please take the time. and putting this message up on the internet means a signal about Rowena is bouncing through space and time...and who knows where that ends? i am glad that you did this post about Rowena. i am just worried about little Ragnar as he is getting on in his ferret years and losing Rowena must be hard on him. take extra special care of him eh?

    thanks so much for sharing. much love to you, to M, your kids, and all of your ferrets. you are a special man, Harry. a true gentleman...something the world is so in need of.

    your friend, always,
    kymber

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    1. Kymber, I should have chosen elephants to rescue, they live a long time. Ferrets have such a short life span. But Rowena was a bouncy little creature, and I feel some relief on her behalf, being sick was hard on her.

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  12. I like the thought of this post about Rowena being "out there" for a long time to come a good way to be remembered x

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    1. It occurred to me late at night, and whatever the technical validity or lack there of, it made me feel better about things.

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  13. Sometimes all we have are memories, photo's and the words we put down somewhere.
    Sorry you lost a good friend. Forever in the web of time.

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    1. My wife says I shouldn't get any more ferrets, but they are a joy to have around. Maybe you have to pay for that by being sorry when they go, but I wouldn't give up the good times with them .

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  14. tearfully sorry that you and ragnar have lost your little girl. i know you don't believe it but she is in the lap of Jesus where she is unutterably happy and healthy beyond your wildest dreams.
    love to ragnar.
    deb h.

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  15. Oh Harry, so sorry your furry friend has passed away. Pets passing is the same as a human for me.

    I love your idea that this is being beamed into space. I completely get that.

    Big Hug. Sol x

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  16. G'day Harry,

    Sorry to hear of your loss, as all pet owners know our animal friends touch our lives in so many ways and give us so much joy and in return they only ask for some affection and a bit of grub each day. It amazes me how attached animals are to each other as well, we had a Cockatiel hen and when she died not only were my wife & I extremely upset, her mate, George was frantic and called out to her almost non stop all day. We had to go first thing next morning to the pet shop to get a new bird as a companion for him and after they sorted themselves out they are now inseperable.

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