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#1 OFFLINE   NeenandZeet

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 12:15 PM

It has been a very stressful weekend. I finally gathered up enough strengh to post this. I am a huge animal lover, and have many of them. I even get teared up with a fish dies, it's just hard for me, I get attached to animals.
3 years ago I drove to arkasas to pick up Hatchet the little baby hedgehog. He was actually the 3rd hedgehog that we've owned. Our first albino though.
Well about two weeks ago we have noticed that there was a little bit of weight loss. But due to it being cold, many of our animals lose weight in the winter they are just sluggish, so I looked it over. Well by last week we've noticed that he stopped running on his wheel and his eating decreased. By Thursday he stopped drinking and had rapid breathing. I called the vet asap. That night he checked him out. We went over several options, and I finally decided I wanted tests done. Well for the time being he sent me home with medicine, perscription food and syringes for water and gatorade.
Thursday night was very stressful for me. For those of you who aren't familiar with hedgehogs, when they feel threatned they roll up in a ball and all of their quills stick up in the air. The vet showed me how to open him up without hurting him. We force fed and watered him and he got his meds down. I held him for about and hour and then put him back in his cage for the night so he could rest.
Friday morning I woke to give him his breakfast only to find him dead. I started to cry instantly. I feel so guilty. "If only I took him to the vet sooner", "If only I had paid more attention to the signs". I had such high hopes on thursday, his color started to come back and everything. My family keeps telling me I did everything I could. I called the vet 3 times, hung up twice because I started to cry like a big baby. My vet told me it wasn't my fault and i did all I could, he said that maybe I even made his last night more comfortable. I really wish that I could believe that. I just feel so bad, that if I would have taken him to the vet sooner, when we noticed the first weight loss appearing he would still be alive today. I just keep looking at his empty cage and tearing up, he could have lived 3 more years. I just keep thinking I hope he wasn't in alot of pain the last week of his life.
I just really needed to get this off of my chest. It always hits me the hardest when an animals dies in my house hold, but i will never forget this one, I feel like I could have done more. I just hope hatchet is running around with the other prickly creatures at good ol rainbow bridge!!!
I will miss you dearly little guy and I am so sorry!!!!

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 12:48 PM

I'm so, so sorry. It is terribly hard to lose a pet and it is even harder when you feel responsible for the death. It sounds to me like you did everything you could and like you honestly were trying your hardest by taking him to the vet and following the vet's instructions. No amount of looking back and second-guessing your actions will bring Hatchet back and I know that is hard to hear, but the best thing you can do is to be good to yourself during this difficult time. Your post brings tears to my eyes because it makes me remember losing my IG, Tara, and how very guilty I felt for her death. To this day, I have not forgiven myself. Everyone told me not to feel guilty and that I was doing the best I knew how, but I know that didn't help me. The reality is, nothing helped. I just needed to grieve her. I hope you can be as good to yourself as possible and that with time, you will be able to think back on the happier days you had with Hatchet.
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Posted 19 January 2010 - 01:02 PM

Oh, I feel so badly for you. I totally agree with everything that alliesmon says. Unfortunately, I think that if we are caring people it is hardwired in us to feel responsible when a loved one passes, even if we truly did the best we can. I have been though this myself, with everyone around me telling me, even ME telling me, that I did all I could, and I still felt terribly guilty. Please be kind to yourself. I am sure that Hatchet was a good natured little guy and would be upset that you were beating yourself up.
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Posted 19 January 2010 - 01:44 PM

I believe it was YOUR DUTY to be there for Hatchet and it was part of the devine plan for him to pass away in your care. If he had not been in your care at this time he would have NEVER had experienced all the comforts he did during his life.

Go ahead and cry, but do not think that you did not do everything you could have - you made Hatchet's life better.... and he made your life better.

Enjoy those prickly little memories you have of him.

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 03:13 PM

I am so sorry about your sweet little Hatchet. I've seen hedgehogs and they are too cute. But, when it comes to exotics as pets....it seems like when it's their time to go.....sometimes all the intervention in the world won't help. I had two birds die last year...one Sun Conure who got egg bound (always thought she was a he) and a Parrotlette that had a tumor on its leg......surgery was performed on the Conure...but she just was too weak and died during surgery.

Look at what a great home he had for 3 years....in the wild, he would have never have lived that long. I'm sure Hatchet is spinning in that great play wheel up in heaven right now.
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Posted 19 January 2010 - 03:54 PM

Awww, Jaime...you DID you the best you could for him. I think that there are times that no matter how soon we get a animal to a vet, it is just their time.

My one very special kitty, Camille was thrown at me in a paper bag by my neighbor as a kitten. He said he was going to drown her because his kids were bored with her. He threw at me because he said I owed him a favor. She was a beautiful calico kitty, so smart and so sweet. She died just before her sixth birthday. Her kidneys started to shut down, we did all the heroics, I was giving her IV fluids. But, her little body said enough was enough. Like you, I cried my eyes out, beating myself up over what more could I have done. But there wasn't more...I gave her the best of foods, of supplements, of everything.

Sometimes, things happen and there is no good reason.

I would love to see a picture of Hatchet, only if it is in your heart to post it.

It doesn't matter if he was a hedgehog or a mammoth....he was your little buddy that you loved. I don't think I speak for myself when I say that we all understand your heartache. Just don't beat yourself up.

Many hugs and I hope Hatchet is playing with my Puccini! Puccini loves little guys in a good way! xoxoxo
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Posted 19 January 2010 - 04:23 PM

My dearest Jamie I am so sorry for your loss. I know that you are just just heart sick and I pray that you will soon be comforted with the very funny and good memories of your life with your little buddy. You must have done a very good job with your little guy in his care resulting in a loving and quality life.
Since I know absolutly nothing about hedge hogs(other than they are very cute)I looked up some things about them and Hachet lived about what is expected..

How long do hedgehogs live?-
In the wild, it is considered that 18 months is a long life for hedgehogs. In captivity, hedgehog lifespan typically runs from 3-5 years of age, with the occasional animal reaching as old as 8 years..


But of course, because we love like we do IT WOULD BE WONDERFUL IF THEY COULD STAY WITH US DURING OUR ENTIRE LIVES. But that was and isn't in God plan......

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 05:23 PM

Jamie, I am so sorry for your loss of Hatchet. Please don't blame yourself. You did everything you could. You are a good Mommy.
Rest in peace little Hatchet.
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Posted 20 January 2010 - 04:12 PM

QUOTE (cyc1948 @ Jan 19 2010, 05:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My dearest Jamie I am so sorry for your loss. I know that you are just just heart sick and I pray that you will soon be comforted with the very funny and good memories of your life with your little buddy. You must have done a very good job with your little guy in his care resulting in a loving and quality life.
Since I know absolutly nothing about hedge hogs(other than they are very cute)I looked up some things about them and Hachet lived about what is expected..

How long do hedgehogs live?-
In the wild, it is considered that 18 months is a long life for hedgehogs. In captivity, hedgehog lifespan typically runs from 3-5 years of age, with the occasional animal reaching as old as 8 years..


But of course, because we love like we do IT WOULD BE WONDERFUL IF THEY COULD STAY WITH US DURING OUR ENTIRE LIVES. But that was and isn't in God plan......

empathy.gif Auntie Yvonne


Yvonne,
He was an african pygmy hedgehog. They typically live 4-6 years, mostly til 4. We had both prior hedgehogs for 6 years.

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Posted 20 January 2010 - 04:21 PM

Hello Everyone,
I have to say for one I thank you all for your kind words. It really does help. I have to say that it's sometimes hard for me to speak what I feel. So it's a little easier that I could write down (or type) what I was feeling. I am having a hard time couping with it. I just feel guilty and it for some reason is hard to get rid of that. I have been trying to find pictures of him. I know I have them somewhere I just can't seem to find them. It's strange because I put my pics all in one spot and I can't find em. Weird!!! I'll try to get some up soon. I ran into his birth certificated yesterday. I felt so bad when I seen it.
I did just want to tell everyone that I really am glad to see the words everyone wrote. It means alot. It's just nice to know that other people feel I did all I could do too. That did help me move a little closer to forgiving myself.
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Posted 18 February 2010 - 01:05 PM

I finally found a pic of Hatchet. I know I have other ones somewhere, but here's one I found last night. I miss him!!!

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Posted 19 February 2010 - 06:06 PM

Oh, he was so cute! I am so sorry that you lost Hatchet but it sounds like you did everything you could for him and he lived a happy life with you.
I hope you'll soon be able to remember him with a smileand not tears.

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Posted 19 February 2010 - 08:20 PM

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Posted 19 February 2010 - 11:42 PM

Great photo of Hatchet,
I too lost a hedgehog (Spike) with kidney failure many years ago, and had all the same feelings as you, cried my eyes out too, it is always difficult to determine when is the best time to take an animal to the vet, I too felt I had left it too late but I was reassured by the vet there was nothing that could be done. All I know is that Spike had a great life he enjoyed playing in the garden with my then small daughters and they also learned to love animals because of him. What better than that? Enjoy your memories of Hatchet and please do forgive yourself. It sounds like he had a fantastic life with you!
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Posted 20 February 2010 - 12:33 AM

Jaime

I just read the thread and I am very sorry for your loss of Hatchet. I understand that you feel guilty for him.
But like everyone eles said before,you did the best you could,so please don't blame yourself.
I am glad you feel a little better now than before. I hope you will be able to erace the pain a lot better.
He is very cute Hedgehog!

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