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Majestic Diary

July 28, 2008

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,'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 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 both OK.

Qwaka & Fiona's rainbows...

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 gladness.
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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