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    Unhappy My baby Nismo is over Rainbow Bridge now

    I went on a trip for Xmas/New Years for 10 days, because my Nismo had been very sick for the past couple of months and slowly getting worse I was able to find him a very cavy savvy sitter; Fenella from Wee Companions rescue here in San Diego. I left him and my Momo with her on Xmas eve, and although I left very worried I felt better knowing they were with her. I arrived to Missouri where I was travelling to on the 25th, Xmas Day. On the 26th in the morning I got a call from her telling me she woke up to him on his side, he had had another seizure (he had been suffering from daily seizures for a couple of weeks and was on medication) but this time he didn't come out of it. Previously he was able to snap back from them within a couple of minutes. This time it had been over 45 minutes and she had him comforted in a cuddly cup but he he still couldn't stand on his own. An hour later she called to tell me she was holding him and comforting him, but that honestly with her experience she felt that a vet couldn't do anything for him at that point and she felt he was letting go, he was glazed over and not really responding well.....about 15 minutes later she called to tell me he had passed . I was and am completely devastated. I've had my Nismo since he was about 8 weeks old, he was about 4 1/2 years old when he passed. But if you see any of my history, my Nismo has been a sickly little pig for years now. He had been poked and proded so much and had taken so many different medications in his short years. I know he was in pain in his last few months and am glad my baby is no longer in pain. And as much as it pains me to not have him with us anymore, I am comforted by the fact that he didn't die alone, Fenella comforted until the end. Also I just couldn't bear the fact of seeing his lifeless little body when I returned, so I made arrangements last week to have him cremated. His ashes will be put in a small cedar box with his name engraved on it, and he'll get to spend the rest of eternity with me, his mommy who loved him so much.

    In light of the loss of my little one, I wanted to share this poem that I"m sure some of you have read already, but always brings me to tears, and although I always cry when I read it, it also brings me some sense of comfort as well.

    RIP Nismo, mommy's little baby 2005-2009

    YOU HAVE CHOSEN TEARS


    The little orange boy stopped.
    Behind him, kitties were playing, chasing each other and
    wrestling in the warm sunshine.
    It looked like so much fun, but in front of him, through
    the clear stillness of the pond's water, he could see his mommy.
    And she was crying.
    He pawed at the water, trying to get at her, and when
    that didn't work, he jumped into the shallow water. All that got him was wet and Mommy's image danced away in the ripples.
    "Mommy!" he cried. "Is something wrong?" The little orange boy turned
    around.

    A lady was standing at the edge of the pond, her eyes
    sad but filled with love.
    The little orange boy sighed and walked out of the water.
    "There's been a mistake," he said. "I'm not supposed to be here."
    He looked back at the water.
    It was starting to still again and his mommy's image was coming back.
    "I'm just a baby. Mommy said it had to be a mistake. She said I wasn't
    supposed to come here yet." The kind lady sighed and sat down on the grass.
    The little orange boy climbed into her lap.
    It wasn't Mommy's lap, but it was almost as good.
    When she started to pet him and scratch under his chin like he liked, he
    started to purr. He hadn't wanted to, but he couldn't help it.
    "I'm afraid there is no mistake. You are supposed to be
    here and your mommy knows it deep down in her heart," the lady said.
    The little orange boy sighed and laid his head on the lady's leg.
    "But she's so sad. It hurts me to see her cry. And daddy too."
    "But they knew right from the beginning this would happen."
    "That I was sick?"

    That surprised the little orange boy.
    No one had ever said anything and he had listened when
    they thought he was sleeping.
    All he had heard them talk about was how cute he was, or
    how fast he was or how big he was getting.
    "No, not that you were sick," the lady said.
    "But you see, they chose tears."
    "No, they didn't," the little orange boy argued. Who would choose to cry?
    The lady gently brushed the top of his head with a kiss.
    It made him feel safe and loved and warm - but he still worried about his mommy.

    "Let me tell you a story," the lady said.
    The little orange boy looked up and saw other animals gathering around.
    Cats - Big Boy and Snowball and Shamus and Abby and little Cleo and Robin.
    Merlin and Toby and Iggy and Zachary. Sweetie and Kamatte and OBie.
    Dogs too- Sally and Baby and Morgan and Rocky and Belle.
    Even a lizard named Clyde and some rats named Saffron and
    Becky and a hamster named Odo.
    They all lay down near the kind lady and looked up at her, waiting.
    She smiled at them and began:

    A long long time ago, the Loving Ones went to the Angel
    in Charge. They were lonesome and asked the Angel to help them.
    The Angel took them to a wall of windows and let them
    look out the first window at all sorts of things - dolls and stuffed
    animals and cars and toys and sporting events. "Here are things
    you can love," the Angel said. "They will keep you from being lonesome."
    "Oh, thank you," the Loving Ones said. "These are just what we need."
    "You have chosen Pleasure," the Angel told them.

    But after a time the Loving Ones came back to the Angel in Charge.
    "Things are okay to love," they said. "But they don't care that we love them."
    The Angel in Charge led them over to the second window. It looked out at all sorts of wild animals. "Here are animals to love," he said. "They will know you love them."
    So the Loving Ones hurried out to care for the wild
    animals. "You have chosen Satisfaction," the Angel said.

    Some of the Loving Ones worked at zoos and wild animal
    preserves, some just had bird feeders in their yards, but after a time they
    all came back to the Angel in Charge.
    "They know we love them," they told the Angel. "But they don't love us back. We want to be loved in return."
    So the Angel took them to the third window and showed
    them lots of people walking around, hurrying places.
    "Here are people for you to love," the Angel told them.
    So the Loving Ones hurried off to find other people to love.
    "You have chosen Commitment," the Angel said.

    But after a time a lot of Loving Ones came back to the
    Angel in Charge.
    "People were okay to love," they said. "But sometimes
    they stopped loving us and left. They broke our hearts."
    The Angel just shook his head. "I cannot help you," he said.
    "You will have to be satisfied with the choices I gave you."

    As the Loving Ones were leaving, someone saw a window
    off to one side and hurried to look out.
    Through it, they could see puppies and kittens and dogs
    and cats and lizards and hamsters and ferrets.
    The other Loving Ones hurried over. "What about these?" they asked.
    But the Angel just tried to shoo them away.
    "Those are Personal Empathy Trainers," he said.
    "But there's a problem with their system operations."
    "Would they know that we love them?" someone asked.
    "Yes," the Angel said.
    "Would they love us back?" another asked.
    "Yes," the Angel said.
    "Will they stop loving us?" someone else asked.
    "No," the Angel admitted. "They will love you forever."
    "Then these are what we want," the Loving Ones said.
    But the Angel was very upset.

    "You don't understand," he told them. "You will have to
    feed these animals."
    "That's all right," the Loving Ones said.
    "You will have to clean up after them and take care of them forever."
    "We don't care."
    The Loving Ones did not listen. They went down to where
    the Pets were and picked them up, seeing the love in their own hearts
    reflected in the animals' eyes.

    "They were not programmed right," the Angel said. "We can't offer a
    warranty. We don't know how durable they are. Some of their systems
    malfunction very quickly, others last a long time."
    But the Loving Ones did not care.
    They were holding the warm little bodies and finding
    their hearts so filled
    with love that they thought they would burst.
    "We will take our chances," they said.
    "You do not understand." The Angel tried one more time.
    "They are so dependent on you that even the most well-made of them is
    not designed to out live you. You are destined to suffer their loss."
    The Loving Ones looked at the sweetness in their arms
    and nodded.
    "That is how it should be. It is a fair trade for the
    love they offer."

    The Angel just watched them all go, shaking his head.
    "You have chosen Tears," he whispered.

    "So it is," the kind lady told the kitties.
    "And so each mommy and daddy knows. When they take a baby into their heart, they know that one day it will leave them and they will cry."
    The little orange boy sat up. "So why do they take us in?" he asked.
    "Because even a moment of your love is worth years of pain later."
    "Oh."

    The little orange boy got off the lady's lap and went back to the edge of the pond. His mommy was still there, and still crying.
    "Will she ever stop crying?" he asked the kind lady.
    She nodded. "You see, the Angel felt sorry for the
    Loving Ones, knowing how much they would suffer. He couldn't take the tears away but he made them special."

    She dipped her hand into the pond and let the water
    trickle off her fingers.
    "He made them healing tears, formed from the special water here.
    Each tear holds bits of all the happy times of purring
    and petting and shared love.
    And the promise of love once again.

    As your mommy cries, she is healing. It may take a long
    while, but the tears will help her feel better. In time she will be less sad
    and she will smile when she thinks of you.
    And then she will open her heart again to another little baby."
    "But then she will cry again one day," the little orange
    boy said.

    The lady just smiled at him as she got to her feet.
    "No, she will love again. That is all she will think
    about."
    She picked up Big Boy and Snowball and gave them hugs,
    then scratched
    Morgan's ear just how she liked.

    "Look," she said. "The butterflies have come. Shall we
    go over to play?"
    The other animals all ran ahead, but the little orange
    boy wasn't ready to leave his mommy.
    "Will I ever get to be with her again?"
    The kind lady nodded.
    "You'll be in the eyes of every kitty she looks at.
    You'll be in the purr of
    every cat she pets. And late at night, when she's fast
    asleep, your spirit will snuggle up close to her and you both will feel at
    peace.

    One day soon, you can even send her a rainbow to tell her you're safe
    and waiting here for when it's her turn to come."
    "I would like that," the little orange boy said and took
    one long look at his mommy.
    He saw her smile slightly through her tears and he knew
    she had remembered the time he almost fell into the bathtub.
    "I love you, Mommy," he whispered. "It's okay if you
    cry."

    He glanced over at the other pets, running and playing
    and laughing with the butterflies.
    "Uh, Mommy? I gotta go play now, okay? But I'll be
    around, I promise."
    Then he turned and raced after the others.

    Author Unknown
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    Re: My baby Nismo is over Rainbow Bridge now

    I'm very sorry for your loss. I know you've had him for a long time. Just know he had a great life with you and was spoiled rotten.

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    Re: My baby Nismo is over Rainbow Bridge now

    I am so sorry for your loss. But I'm happy because his pain is over and he was not alone through his last minutes.

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    Re: My baby Nismo is over Rainbow Bridge now

    I'm so sorry for your loss!

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    Re: My baby Nismo is over Rainbow Bridge now

    Awww, I am so sorry for your loss

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    Re: My baby Nismo is over Rainbow Bridge now

    I'm so sorry for your loss.
    He's pain free now and will never have to be poked or prodded ever again.

    What a beautiful story.
    This line is still making me cry;
    The little orange boy sat up. "So why do they take us in?" he asked.
    "Because even a moment of your love is worth years of pain later."

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    Ohh,wow! I can hardly see the computer keys for my tears. That is just beautiful.THANK YOU SO MUCH!
    I am so sorry for your loss. My Coco and My Sunshine are at The Bridge, too and I talk to them everyday. They're playing with your Nismo now. I have their ashes in little cedar boxes so they'll always be with me, too.
    R.I.P.Sweet Nismo. Coco, Sunshine and Nismo are popcorning among the clouds with all their other little friends, but I truly believe that they're always watching us.

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    Re: My baby Nismo is over Rainbow Bridge now

    That poem is so sweet and made me cry. I am so sorry for your loss.

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    Re: My baby Nismo is over Rainbow Bridge now

    Thank you everyone for your kind words. I am still mourning the loss of my little one, and I will be getting his ashes back on Monday. It will be a very hard day because even though it will bring back the pain all over again, it will be closure as well. Now I need to focus on my other baby Momo to make sure he gets some extra love from mama now that his buddy is gone.

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    Re: My baby Nismo is over Rainbow Bridge now

    I am sorry to hear that. At least now he is no longer hurting. The poem is very nice.

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    Re: My baby Nismo is over Rainbow Bridge now

    I'm so very sorry.

    Rest in peace little Nismo, and know that you were very loved and will be missed badly.

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    Re: My baby Nismo is over Rainbow Bridge now

    I am so very sorry for your loss.

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    Re: My baby Nismo is over Rainbow Bridge now

    I got my baby Nismo back today, feels like the wound has been opened back up , but its also closure. Below are some pics of his little box. Now baby Nismo gets to come home and spend the rest of eternity with his mommy.

    The front of his box with a little charm with his name engraved on it.


    They also included an imprint of his little paw with a little velvet bag to keep it in.

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    Re: My baby Nismo is over Rainbow Bridge now

    I'm so sorry for your loss. The story you posted is so sweet, and the memorial box and paw print are lovely. He's waiting for you at the rainbow bridge, along with all of the other pets that have gone before us.

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    That paw print made me cry. So sweet and so very sad. We lost our sweet Sugar in October and I wish I had his paw print to keep. What a wonderful idea. So very sorry for your loss. I know how you feel. Our hears still hurt and my little guy still talks about him everyday.

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    I am sorry for you loss. I like how they included the paw print. Very touching!

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    Re: My baby Nismo is over Rainbow Bridge now

    Seeing his beautiful little box and paw print has me in tears.

    What a lovely memorial.

    You were so blessed to have him in your life, but not as blessed as he was to have you!

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    Re: My baby Nismo is over Rainbow Bridge now

    I'm very sorry for your loss but I don't understand why your pet sitter didn't take the poor pig to the vet when he was suffering so badly and you both knew he wouldn't make it this time.

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    Re: My baby Nismo is over Rainbow Bridge now

    Oh I know how much losing a pet hurts. We put our dog down about a year ago and we(my mom and I) were crying so much. Then when we picked up his ashes it was like putting him down all over again. We, once again, were crying! It does feel like the wound gets opened back up....
    I'm so sorry. Hugs to you

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