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Monday, August 12, 2013

Well yesterday started off on a good note, at weigh-in I was down another pound..Yay!!

Then I went downstairs to find Charlie, my chinchilla, was lying in an unusual spot on the wire mesh floor behind his sand bath and not in his warm fleece hammock.
He'd been sleeping a lot the last couple of days and was not his usually bouncy self.
The vet said it was old age, he was almost sixteen which is a very good age for a chinchilla and he had recently developed cataracts in both eyes which the vet wouldn't operate on as he was so elderly.
Cataracts are a common problem with elderly chinchillas.

He wouldn't even venture out of his hammock for his favourite foods, a red grape or a blueberry, so we knew the end was near.

I lifted him gently from his cage, he was warm and snuggled up to me.
I stroked his pristine white, soft fur as I cradled him in my hands.
DH came and stroked him too and he died peacefully as we all stood together.

He'd had a good life, almost sixteen years of been pampered and cuddled, given little treats and generally being part of the family.
I'll miss him terribly, I even came down this morning and said my usual 'Good morning Charlie Farley' as I walked into the kitchen before I remembered he wasn't there any more.

He's resting in the shade of the cherry tree at the bottom of the garden.
DH made a lovely little cross and nailed a silk red rose to it.
RIP Charlie Farley.
I miss you!

Charlie Farley enjoying a red grape, taken mid June.

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    1741 days ago
    My sympathy.
    1742 days ago
    Charlie had a good life, that's the important thing. You made it a good life and you can be happy for that. His death was nice and peaceful with his family there for him. Congratulations on your weight loss.

    1743 days ago
  • XME501
    It is amazing you our pets can become such a part of our lives.

    Nero, was just a wee kitten when Dick brought him home. He lived with us for about 3 years and then with my sister when we moved where we could not have pets. When she returned to Medford to care for our parents, Nero went with her. Dad had not allowed us to have pets - but Nero jumped up into Dad's chair - and the became fast buddies!! Nero lived 17 years. Dad had "He was a fighter" put on his little tombstone in the Pet Cemetery.

    So I know you will certainly miss Charlie - but he will always be in your heart. He is just beautiful!!
    1743 days ago
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