I have to say, I loved that tortoise. I know this sounds funny and really, it is...but I am terribly sad. My husband called about the time I walked over to her box, I picked her up and started to wail into the phone..."She's dead, Shelly's gone, Oh yeah, she's gone...Ohhhhh"...My husband was sad too..."Oh, poor girl" he said..."poor old tortoise". I walked around holding her for a little while hoping I may be wrong...kind of like when I would pronounce someone dead at the hospital and then wonder if I saw them move...but sweet, slow, quiet Shelly is gone.
So now we are left to pick up the pieces. I spent about 90.00 on Monday at Petsmart getting different lights to warm her up...75.00 at the vet for fluids and vitamins...I bathed her 3 times a day for the last two days trying to get her to come around. I even would drop little droplets of water in her mouth because the vet said she was cold and dry. What will I do with my time now...I really thought I was going to be able to save her. But I could not.
This morning, I knew. When I went to say good morning to her, I could see she really wasn't waking up well. When I picked her up, it looked like she had red spots on her shell. I turned on the lights, dropped some water in her mouth and called the vet. I was expecting a call back when I found her dead.
My oldest son would usually pick her up like a sandwich and fly her around the kitchen bringing her up to everyones face to say hello. She would wiggle her arms and legs like she was swimming in the air. She stopped doing that lately so we were pretty sure she wasn't doing too good. As for me, Shelly and I frequently read the Sunday paper together...I read and she tried to climb off of me. But, I loved to look in her eyes and figure out what I thought she was thinking. Sometimes I am sure I knew too. She seemed so smart.
My oldest son sat with her last night for quite a while talking to her. He kept calling her girl and telling her to get better. My youngest wanted to give her water but she wouldn't open her beak. She was on her way out then. I guess I was just hoping for the best.
I asked my husband if we should make tortoise soup and he said..."We better not." So, we will bury her in the yard next to all of the other animals that have gone before her...dogs, cats, guinea pigs, and rabbits. We'll dig a hole and say a prayer and then all put a shovel of dirt on the shoebox. I am sure we will all cry. And dear Shelly will be back in the dirt where she belongs.
So my dear Shelly...may you be warm and toasty, be able to move around your box and have all the best greens that you want wherever you end up. If it's in animal heaven, say hello to Sluggo, Marmaduke and Abby for us. We love you and will miss you so much, girl.
We'll tawk later,
I love you all,