This email came from Glynis today. She and Eric
had conacted me to adopt when I was the director
for Angel Wings Waterfowl Rescue, which only
lasted a short time because I did not like how
they ran things. I broke out on my own and Tony
and I opened Majestic instead. Glynis and Eric
had rescued an abandoned Pekin duckling at a
golf course and named her Qwaka. Qwaka would
peck on their sliding glass doors for attention
and they emailed to ask if adopting a friend for
her would be a good idea. I said yes and told
her we'd be in touch when a hen came in. Our
first rescue brought Fiona into our lives and
then into theirs. Qwaka and Fiona became good
friends. Later they adopted Joseph and Jonah
from us. And then we helped them with a local
rescue and they brought Dixie, Sharona and Leona
home. After that, they took in rescued duckling
Donnie home (who had 4 ducklings with Dixie:
Elim, Taloo, Red & Lilly).
Last year Qwaka
died during surgery. And a couple weeks ago
Glynis called to say she felt a mass in Fiona's
belly when she picked her up. She brought her to
the vet and Fiona was diagnosed with cancer. Her
last few weeks were happy... and then it came
time to say good-bye...
"Today, at around 3pm, Fiona went to be with
Qwaka, and all the other darling ducks and geese
that have been loved by humans. I'm pretty sure
that they have a special section in heaven, and
they are just waiting for the day when their
humans join them and they can show us all the
wonders of heaven. Eric went down this morning,
and she was really weak.........he came home at
lunch and took her to Doc Z...........she was
with Dr. Lacki and Ariel when she went to duckie
heaven.......I couldn't be there because of
work, and, truth be told, I really don't know
that I could have been.........I still have
Qwaka's look on her face before she had her
surgery front and center in my head. It's like
you said, Kim............it's way too close to
losing Qwaka - 15 months and 3 days.
She was a sweet, LOUD ; ) , darling girl. We
will miss her terribly.
Tonight, as we were down taking care of the
water and food for the babies..........it
started raining. We had Jonah, Leona, Joseph,
Sharona, Lilly and Rosie on the
pond............trying to figure out if Sharona
or Rosie would be good with Jonah. Jonah
flirted incessantly with Rosie, and she flirted
back...............anyway........I came out of
the enclosure to gather the babies, and lo and
behold........a beautiful Rainbow framing the
barn..........with just the mere shadow of
another one above the vibrant one. I'm certain
that the bright one was Fiona..........and the
shadow of a Rainbow, Qwaka......looking over
her.............letting us know that they were
Qwaka & Fiona's
The Rainbow Bridge
By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,
Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.
Where the friends of man and woman do run,
When their time on earth is over and done.
For here, between this world and the next,
Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.
On this golden land, they wait and they play,
Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.
No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,
For here they are whole, their lives filled with
Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,
Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.
They romp through the grass, without even a care,
Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.
All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,
Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.
For just at that instant, their eyes have met;
Together again, both person and pet.
So they run to each other, these friends from long past,
The time of their parting is over at last.
The sadness they felt while they were apart,
Has turned into joy once more in each heart.
They embrace with a love that will last forever,
And then, side-by-side, they cross over... together.
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