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Saturday, June 20, 2009

RIP: Little Buddy

I had to put one of my leopard geckos to sleep today. He acquired a spinal injury in which muscle and tissue were swollen and crushing against his spinal cord, preventing him from feeling or using the lower half of his body. We took him to the vet, got an x-ray, and then gave him some steroids and fluids in hopes that reducing the swelling would bring him around. There was about a 48-hour window in which he had to improve or there was pretty much no hope. Obviously things did not go as planned.

It was a particularly emotional moment not simply because of what was being done, but because of my history with Little Buddy. I actually raised him from the egg. I was there the day his head popped through the shell and even wrote a paper on him. Needless to say, we had a bit of a little relationship and it was extremely heart wrenching to have to put him to sleep.

But he's probably in a better place now. We bought him a beautiful flower to put in the yard where we buried him so he'll always have a place there. I'll try to get some pictures up so you all can know what he looked like.

In any case, he will be sorely missed.

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  1. I'm so sorry for your loss. I know how it feels to lose a beloved pet. He sounds like he was pretty special.

  2. It's always so tough to lose a pet. It was nice of you to say good-bye on your blog.

  3. Thanks all. He was pretty special.

  4. I'm so sorry. I know how difficult it is to lose a pet.

  5. i'm so sorry to hear this. He sounds like a wonderful pet.

  6. I'm so sorry to hear about your little buddy. It's always heart breaking when you lose a pet.

    Take care,

  7. Thanks again for the support everyone. We cooked the little clay thing they gave us at the vets with his little feet impression in it, so I'll have that forever. And we'll have those flowers in the garden forever, which is nice.