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Old 08-17-2011, 01:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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It is with a heavy heart that I bring news to you all of Charley's passing. He passed some time between his last feeding at 10am and 12pm this afternoon, snug in his hedgie stocking from Nikki and warm on his heating pad in the comfortable darkness of his cage. This is not a surprise, but it is still a shock of sorts because there was always the hope that there would be a miracle and he would pull through somehow. Hope can be a very painful thing.

Charley is survived by his adopted hedgie brothers Mac & Dougie, and his feline cousins Jack & Shelby. He leaves behind a hedgie-mommy and hedgie-daddy who loved him very much. I don't think my son is quite old enough to grasp the concept of death, but I know this will affect him as he cared for Charley too.

He will be laid to rest beside another beloved family pet who passed earlier this year and as soon as I can find one, he will have a marker above his resting site. As death is necessary for rebirth, so will Charley be laid to rest in the arms of the Earth and escorted across the Rainbow Bridge by his fellow creatures on his way to a life free of illness and pain, where treats are plentiful, and it is always warm and safe.

For those who did not know, Charley has been sick for the past several weeks, and I suspect he suffered a stroke, and combined with a confirmed URI and a case of mites it was just too much for him. There may have been other factors that contributed to his passing, and I have weighed the option of a necropsy and determined that it would be more than I can handle right now.

Charley was approximately three years old, though he could have been close to four. He came to my family from a pet store who estimated his age at one year but did not know for sure, and we brought him home in late 2008.

Please say a prayer or send positive energies to Charley's spirit as he makes the transition and leaves this life behind.

Rest in Peace my darling, you have been my best friend and no one could ask for anything more than you and your love.


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Old 08-17-2011, 01:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have been following Charley's progress very closely, I was really pulling for him. I hope in this time of grieving you can find some comfort in the great care and love you showed Charley. You both will be in my thoughts.
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Charley was most certainly loved and cared for like no other. I refrained from posting as I am horrible at speaking sometimes when it comes to such matters but I kept up to date with it all. I can't imagine a hedgie parent doing anything more for their little one then you did. Though his final weeks may have been tough they most certainly assured him he was loved.

You gave your hedgehog the best gift you can and that's unconditional and unquestioned loved and showed him each and every feeding that was so very true.

I know how difficult it is to lose a loved one and how it leaves a void, but rejoicing in the fact that he passed with minimal to no suffering and knowing he was loved is a comfort.

I am certain Charley has found his place in the afterlife where he can run on his wheel and devour all the meal worms he wishes and thinks fondly of the life which his loving parents gave him
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I'm sorry to hear the bad news. Sending you my thoughts and wishes. I hope everything will be okay.
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I am so sorry to hear of Charlie's passing.

You did everything you could for him. He fought long and hard. Poor little guy.

Hugs to you and your whole family.

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he was loved very, very much and that is what matters most. i will remember the brave little Charley.
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I am so sorry! We all loved him so much and were hoping for the best... I hope you can take comfort in knowing that you did everything you could have done, and in his own way little Charley knew it.
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So sorry to hear this news - I, too, had been hoping that little Charley would pull through somehow. You truly did everything you could do for him, and then some. I'm sure that when he passed he was warm and safe, and knew how much his hedgie-mommy loved him.

Sending lots of warm wishes and hugs to you and your family.
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Aww, I'm so sorry to hear of Charley's passing. RIP little one, and hugs to you.
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So sorry, RIP little guy we'll all miss you.
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