July 31, 2013
doting over Nelly-nell today. Did you know I named her
and Jodie after Jodie Foster's movie?
nightcrawling this morning and caught a whole pile of
worms. I let Nelly eat as many as she wanted along with
Jodie-dee and Young Jeffrey. Then I shared the rest with
our other sanctuary ducks (the geese don't like
them--they think they're disgusting and are appalled by
the whole ordeal).
brought Nelly a bag of leaf lettuce, which she ate
yesterday and today along with her friends and I cut up
a watermelon for everyone as well, although she only
barely nibbled at it.
the vet, but judging by her behavior, knew her test
results weren't going to be good. Her legs were still
giving out on her, she wasn't eating any of her Mazuri
feed, she wasn't waddling around her pen... just
standing in the same place, not even wanting to sit
down... tummy ache? <sigh> Her eyes were squinting
closed in discomfort.
confirmed our worst suspicions. Nelly had cancer and it
was the cause of everything. Her blood work was
irreparable and unhealthy. Clearly she was at the end.
back outside to the pens and opened the gate to
encourage Nelly up towards the barn. She went alone
through the gate, but then Billy-cha and Bella
immediately greeted her at their door and they each
walked one on each side alongside her all the way up to
the barn. It was like she had an escort. Isabel and I
watched in awe... tears in our eyes... We've never seen
Billy or Bella do anything like that before. They could
obviously tell she was sick and wanted to help her. They
walked her all the way inside and stood and watched as I
helped Nelly into her carrier and left the barn... and
they were still there inside.
has never gone with me before. I usually go alone, but I
couldn't leave her at the house. Our vet came in and
immediately sedated her and she fell asleep a minute
later on a blanket on the table, with her head and bill
resting in the palms of my hand. I let Isabel take over
cradling her head while we both petted her and spoke to
her gently until our vet came back and made sure we were
ready. Then I had Isabel step back a little while I held
her head again and he gave her the dose of medication to
help ease her gently over.
Isabel hold her head again and I whispered in her ear
that she would be able to feel when Nelly's soul left
her body and to tell me when she did.
told me when she felt her leave and our vet, with his
stethoscope on her heart, confirmed it.
little Nelly-nell was gone... to a place without any
pain... I'm sure my darling Young Matthew was there
waiting for her, ready to greet her and welcome her to
that marvelous fountain where the splashing and quacking
goes on all day...
ina win, chicobee... Tay ina win...
came home and checked on Young Jeffrey he was VERY angry
with me for not bringing her back, so I let him bite my
hand a few times to get out his frustration.
him, Jodie-dee was panting and trembling. The poor dear
has always had her "sister" with her. When they came up
to the barn a little later for bed, I gave her a mild
sedative to help prevent her from overstressing.
Don't you leave me, little girl... not yet...
they could both benefit from having another Pekin hen
around. I'm looking around to find a girl for them to
try to cheer them up a bit... make the place a little
less lonely for them.
Jodie-dee (R), Nelly-nell (C) and Young Jeffrey (L)
Jodie sneaks a bit of melon past her sister Nelly
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