In Memoriam

Fireblade

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I'm so very sorry about that! I can't even begin to imagine that much agony.

I hope you find all the animals that you want. You can't replace the lost ones, but you can learn to love some new ones.
I am working on it and no you cant replace but i don't ever want to know a day where I don't have animals in my life.
and thank you its been rough.
 

William Lee Kohler

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I just lost all of mine in a House fire couldn't even safe 1 of my animals including my dogs it was still Winter so they where all in the house,
Now I am starting over I had several Adults of different species it was the worst day in my life.
Now awful to even imagine this. So very sorry for your animal family and for you.
 

TSavannahx

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I just wanted to say this to these type of websites where owners of tortoises come together and talk about tortoise life.

One of my tortoises passed away last night. It's heartbreaking, I barely had any sleep and I haven't done anything but get upset. It's broken my heart and I can't believe that he's gone.

People can say that he was only a pet but to me he was family, I spent every single day taking care of him and showing him love.
Even though he's no longer with me, I won't stop loving him and I'll miss him until the day we reunite with each other.

I have to carry on taking care of his brother and loving him. Even though my other tortoise is no longer here, I'll never forget him and I'll never stop loving him.

Thank you for reading this.
 

ISU

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I am so sorry for your loss. Take your time to recover and do not blame yourself
 

Tom

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Losing one is heartbreaking. I try to discover how they died in an effort to prevent this heartache from happening again to me or anyone else. Do you know why it died? Were they living together as a pair?
 

Lyn W

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So sorry for your loss - was it sudden or had he been ill?
 

wellington

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So very sorry.
If you could share more details of what led up to this happening it could help others even more. Like did you keep him together with his brother?
Was he sick before hand?
Again very sorry.
 

Jan A

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I just wanted to say this to these type of websites where owners of tortoises come together and talk about tortoise life.

One of my tortoises passed away last night. It's heartbreaking, I barely had any sleep and I haven't done anything but get upset. It's broken my heart and I can't believe that he's gone.

People can say that he was only a pet but to me he was family, I spent every single day taking care of him and showing him love.
Even though he's no longer with me, I won't stop loving him and I'll miss him until the day we reunite with each other.

I have to carry on taking care of his brother and loving him. Even though my other tortoise is no longer here, I'll never forget him and I'll never stop loving him.

Thank you for reading this.
So so sorry for your loss. Big hugs to you & your family
 

TSavannahx

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Hi everyone

I just wanted to say thank you for all of your kind messages. I really, really appreciate that.

It's all a huge shock and I was in absolute bits.

I'm lucky that I was actually off on annual leave today because if I wasn't then I wouldn't even imagine how much of a wreck I'd be.
I'm back in work tomorrow and I don't know how on earth I'm going to be able to cope.

As silly as this may sound, I've been thinking of putting some photos that I took of him during the times in his life and putting them inside of a memory box to look back and remember him by.

Again I just wanted to say a huge thank you, I would've replied to all of the replies but I think that that's set me off again.

You guys seem to be great, caring people and I should using these forums more often and get to know yourselves and your tortoises along the way!

Also, thank you so much for putting my thread in the 'In Memorian' section.
You all didn't know my tortoise as I've never used this, I've only looked through threads every now and again by other people to read advice and tips that you guys give, but in some form, my tortoise who's no longer with us, will be remembered by being on this thread.

Thank you all once again, I'll be sure to drop by in the forums regular and get to know you all! I'm a pretty shy person so bear with me as I'm the type of person who would just read threads and not send a single reply!
 

Suzanne

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MCTLONG WROTE THIS AFTER DAVID'S RAINBOW BRIDGE THREAD, AND I'VE MERGED THE TWO, BUT MCTLONG'S WAS FURTHER DOWN. SO I CUT IT AND MOVED IT UP HERE. THE GREEN PART IS MCTLONG'S POST:

This week I've noticed several posts about members loosing shelled family members. I don’t know about you guys, but I mourn for every last one, from the youngest hatchlings to the very old torts who have been with their owners for decades. Although I have not met most of these little torts or their owners in person, I cry almost every time I hear about one of them passing. Searching the forum, I could not find a group In Memoriam thread, so this is a thread to remember all our shelled friends who have been lost. This is a thread to post pics and memories of the shelled loved ones who have passed, offer support to their owners, and never forget how much our lives have been enriched by these beautiful creatures.

Here are some of torts that have been lost recently -


  • Craig’s (@Anyfoot) beautiful homeana adult and redfoot hatchling
  • @Sweet0dodo’s tortoise
  • Maggie’s (@maggie3fan) Bob the Sulcata


:tort: Rest in Peace. :tort:




And now on to David's thread:

So I have been posting the poem rainbow bridge for awhile whenever someone loses a tortoise, I always felt bad since it seems written more for cats or dogs, as we all know we love our tortoises as much as anyone else who loves a cat or dog. So I decided to rewrite rainbow bridge for tortoises.

Just this side of heaven is a place called rainbow bridge.
When a tortoise dies who was loved by someone, that tortoise goes to rainbow bridge.
There are wide open plains and warm basking spots for all our beloved tortoises to spend all day basking in the warm sun. There is plenty of grass, and flowers, lots of warm water to soak in. Our friends are all warm and comfortable, and play together all day long

All the tortoises who have been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remembered them in our dreams of days and time gone by. The tortoises are happy and content, except for one small thing. They each miss someone very special who had to be left behind.

They all bask, and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are eager and intent, his shell starts to wiggle. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, his stubby legs carrying him over the plains, faster than they ever could in life.

You have been spotted, and when you and your tortoise meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy head rubs commence, your hands once again caress your tortoise's head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your beloved tortoise, so long gone from your life, but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

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