Thursday, November 02, 2006
Good night, sweetheart, well it's time to go...
Yesterday, the day after Halloween while the veil between this world and the next was ever so thin still, our chinchilla, Shinji, died in his sleep.
I'm still not doing too well over this, and I'm very bothered that we don't know why he died so suddenly, when he was in such good health. He was not very tame when he came to us, and had calluses on his feet from the wire cage that he was kept in previously and his fur was shedding badly as he was kept in a very warm environment, which is not good for chinchillas. He came to us with a name that nobody could seem to remember, but when he was given to us to care for, things changed for him. We changed his diet, gave him a different cage with softer bedding and solid levels for him to sit on so that his calluses went away. We have a cooler house so he stopped shedding. We gave him a new name, since this would be a different time for him. Then came the hard part, we started working to tame him.
We have no idea how old Shinji was, as he had been from home to home to home in his life, so we don't know how long he hadn't been handled properly. I worked with him, slowly at first, to get him to trust me and stop trying to bite us when we reached in his cage. This took six months. I then started working on getting him to let me take him out of his cage. Another six months. The last thing that we were working on and were finally getting successful with is to get him to trust us enough to let us pet him through the bars of the cage. It has just about been six months. He was finally tame, happy, and healthy.
It's not fair. It's not fair that he struggled so much before finally finding his home. It's not fair that after not trusting people for so long and then finally finding a home where he could be comfortable, have people that loved him and that he loved back...that he died. He should have had more time that way. He should have had more time to be happy.
Good-night, Shinji. May your travels be swift and the journey good through the Summerlands and into your next life and may we meet again and know one another.