December 19, 2010

White Dog, Quinn, Nuka and Puff gathered with Steve and I in the yard to pay our last respects to Arvo. He had quietly passed over this afternoon while we were out at the grocery and Michael had called to tell us the sad news. He is now at rest in a sunny corner under a heavy rock which will protect him from neighborhood cats and curious diggers. And we are certain has found a sunny warm rock on the Other Side of the Rainbow Bridge upon which to bask.

Arvo, a Bearded Dragon, had been a gift to Steve over ten years ago from a troubled student whom I homeschooled through high school. Wyatt and I had formed a winning education team over lizards (his fascination) and he was putty in my hands because I had a 5' long iguana (Duke) whose molted skin I had given the 8 year old boy at our first meeting. These reptiles were an important part of our bonding and our curriculum.

Arvo (which is Good Day in his native language) was a happy go-lucky guy who never had a bad day. Watching his hippy hoppy swivel hipped run across the carpet was guaranteed to elicit a chuckle and his antics in the bath as he waded were equally funny. As a pup, White Dog would stand, paws on the edge of the tub and stare at Arvo in fascination. He added his own dimension and lessons to our family. He will be missed.

And now as White Dog and I sit together to write this tribute, Steve has come to me, carrying one of the Sugar Glider houses. In it sits Chuck, and Steve's face makes me reach in and pick up the silky soft boy. He is frightened for a moment and makes little sounding squeaks looking for his brother (who is still in their cage). I look hard at him and realize that he is blind. I move my hand around and hold his favorite toy in front of him but he does not respond...he doesn't see the movement or the change in light or the objects. In brighter light his eyes have a cataract glaze. Steve tells me that he hasn't seen Chuck for the last 3 days at feeding time (they are nocturnal; and his shyness not unusual) but something told him to investigate further. We put his food into his shelter and he ate well and he appears to have no other visible physical issues...both good signs...but we both wonder if a blind Sugar Glider can maintain himself...so tomorrow, first thing, I call Dr. Julia.

I am not superstitious but the old adage about "Bad things coming in threes..." leaves me nervous.

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Teddy Bear said...

We are so, so sorry to hear about Arvo crossing the bridge. We hope there will be good news about Sugar Glider.:)

Teddy Bear

Reskie Ellie said...

Arvo, RIP
and hope you will be okay, Sugar Glider!
The Fysh Sun Dog Pack

Mack said...

Oh guys, we are so sorry about Arvo. Mom lost her fire belly toad this past summer, and it was very hard on her. Mom used to have 2 sugar gliders too. ANd they had two pairs of twin boys. They were so cute. We hope the glider will be fine.
Sad sugars,

Kari in WeHo said...

you have quite the animal family (I never knew). Sounds like Arvo held a lot of memories for you.


Amy and The House of Cats said...

Oh we are so sorry that Avro had to go over the bridge but we know he will have a wonderful time up there. We know you will all miss him and are sending comforting purrs and prayers. And oh Chuck, we hope that his blindness won't be too much of a hinderance for him - hopefully the doctor will have good news. We are sending him purrs and prayers too!

Shauna (Fido and Wino) said...

I am so sorry to hear about Arvo. Hugs to you guys.

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Of khourse, paws are khrossed here...


♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

So very sorry to hear about Arvo, but we knew it was coming. We are sure he is very happy across the bridge. Now we didn't know you had sugar gliders, but we so hope the best for Chuck.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Ginger Jasper said...

Oh I am sorry to hear you lost Avro. Thats a long time and a lot of loving to have him I didnt know you had suger gliders and am sure hoping its good news. I am also hoping that the adage does not come true. Keeping you in my thoughts.. Hugs GJ x

Sagira said...

We are very sorry for your loss. :(

Brian said...

I'm very sorry about sweet sweet Arvo, many purrs and hugs.

Prints the Cat said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Arvo's passing. I am more than positive he led a very good life in your hands. He has had such a wonderful family. May he find a nice warm and cozy spot on the other side of the bridge.