||Deceased, Six years old|
||Bowling Green, Florida, USA|
is Marble. My first Glider ever. I really thought he would be with me
for many more years. Marble suffered an injury which should be considered
as accidental. His friend, my other Glider Scrabble, bit him in the face,
probably when he was trying to have some social time. The bite punctured
his eye and damaged his nose. I was away just from the morning of that day
to the night, I came back to find him injured. Within minutes of noticing
his injury, I was on my way to the vet. The injury caused an infection and
after a long seven day battle with antibiotics, anti-inflammatory, vitamins and
hand-feeding, Marble turned for the worst and developed pneumonia. It was
downhill from there. After three more days and consecutive daily vet visits,
Marble was not responding to treatment and had to be put to sleep. Even at
this stage, Marble did not want to let go of our friendship and was trying
to recover but his body was not responding. It was and is heartbreaking. I
did not want to lose him, but I knew it was for the best.
Marble and I were a team. He used to lick food off my hand, wake me up in
the morning and he even followed me everywhere I went, sitting on my lap
when I sat down to read a book or use the laptop. Our bond was strong.
While healthy, Marble went to the vet regularly and my vet always made
remarks on how big, fat and healthy he looked. He went from gliding to
"rolling" as he got bigger and stronger. My little pig! He was the best
pet I ever had as an eleven-year-old girl. This is my tribute to my hero. He
was laid to rest in my yard right behind the wall from my bedroom directly
behind my bed. Yup, that's right... my love for this little rascal is (I
have been told) obsessive. Even though it has been four years now and I am
fifteen, I miss him every day, evening, feeding time, cage cleaning time for my
other gliders, and just about every time his name is mentioned, at least
one tear is in his name.
I miss you Marble. I truly miss you, and will always love you.
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