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Pinto has Passed Away #395166 02/07/10 11:25 PM
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It was known for three months, but it's still always hard. Back in early November 2009 a vet gave Pinto a "death sentence" for an inoperable tumor and told me to put her down. I refused and took Pinto home instead.

Pinto has been active, happy, flying around, singing, laughing, and enjoying life since then. But last night (Sat) we got home from my birthday dinner with my parents about midnight. Pinto was sitting at the bottom of her cage, looking worn down. It was a fairly quick transformation from her being happy and content yesterday morning. I knew the end was coming.

Even though I was exhausted, I took Pinto gently out of the cage and brought her into the living room. I leaned back on the futon against a pile of blankets so she could lay on my chest and nuzzle there. I put some fresh lettuce and millet near her head. Every ten minutes or so she'd wake up and take a bite of something, but mostly she nuzzled against my hand and rested. Her breathing was getting more and more slow.

Bob took a turn too. Pinto was always "his bird", she would let him nuzzle her head and would go to him much more readily than to me. Bob was really exhausted, though, and fell asleep.

Pinto passed away in her sleep about 10am. She had a long, happy life, and compared with how Santo passed away a few months ago (in a doctor's office, being put under for xrays by strangers) or how Hammy passed away last week (in serious pain from a blood clot in his hip) I am very grateful that Pinto had such a peaceful ending.


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Re: Pinto has Passed Away [Re: Lisa Shea] #395167 02/07/10 11:27 PM
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Here is the link to Pinto's story, from when we were given the tumor news -

http://www.wineintro.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/388038/Pinto_on_her_Last_Days


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Re: Pinto has Passed Away [Re: Lisa Shea] #395170 02/07/10 11:41 PM
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Lisa and Bob,

I'm so sorry for you loss. Thank you for sharing Pinto's story with us, gives us pause to remember its okay to follow our instinct even if the "experts" are telling us otherwise.

<<<hugs>>>

Kathy


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Re: Pinto has Passed Away [Re: cyberbud] #395171 02/08/10 12:35 AM
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Wow, so much pain right now. I am so sorry for all the loss. Please tell Bob my thoughts are with you two.


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Re: Pinto has Passed Away [Re: jilly] #395189 02/08/10 03:12 AM
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I'm very sorry to hear of this sad loss.

It was good that Pinto was contented and loved, right to the end, and sad that the others suffered as they did.


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So sorry to hear about Pinto. Pinto was a fighter and you took great care of her. RIP Pinto

Re: Pinto has Passed Away [Re: Luvanimalsdearly] #395195 02/08/10 04:20 AM
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Thank you so much everyone. It's been very rough with three pets dying so quickly in succession. I barely have time to mourn for one before another one is in deep trouble. I am sure though that compared with what many people in the world are going through - for example in Haiti - that my sufferings are on the small scale, so I remember to be grateful.


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Re: Pinto has Passed Away [Re: Lisa Shea] #395200 02/08/10 04:41 AM
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My heart is wanting to philosophize about the love you've shared with the three, but I know it's not the time for philosophizing. But my heart is also wanting to share your grief. Hugs to you and Bob.


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Re: Pinto has Passed Away [Re: Carl] #395201 02/08/10 04:43 AM
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P.S. In Avatar, kind of like the Native Americans did, an animal's spirit is thanked. And an animal that lived with you and shared your love - all the more to be thankful for.


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Re: Pinto has Passed Away [Re: Lisa Shea] #395210 02/08/10 07:47 AM
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I am so sorry to hear about Pinto. It was nice that you got to cuddle her. She was certainly loved and had a wonderful life. Hugs to you both.



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