Sunday, February 26, 2017

Sunday Morning Reflections - Sydney, The Bearded Dragon, R.I.P.


I don't know how you can forget to post a thing like this, but I did. I wrote it as soon as I found out that Sydney had died this past January. All I can say is that I must have had a serious and long-lasting Senior Moment. Believe me, I will never forget Sydney, I just forgot that I hadn't posted this, my tribute to Sydney, the Bearded Dragon. 

Once upon a long time ago now, I fell in love with a scaly little critter named Sydney. I met him at the Donkey Rescue in 2007 or 2008. Rachael had rescued him and he was to live with her for the rest of his very, very long life. Last week, Sydney passed away. Rachael told me and I teared up. You see, Sydney was a very special little animal and I learned from him that all animals have personalities, feelings, preferences, and those we introduce into our homes deserve our care for the rest of their lives, barring circumstances beyond our control. 

Rachael named her educational program after Sydney and he taught countless children and adults about respecting and caring for their pets. I can't explain it, but I loved Sydney so much that even though I had not seen him for about nine years, I cried when I heard of his passing. 

I'm holding Sydney and Rachael is holding Adelaide. Winter 2008-09.


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Dear Sydney, you were so special and I will always love you and I will never forget you. You lived a long life, you were an ambassador, you helped to educate countless adults and children. You were the best. Rest in peace, sweet Sydney. Your auntie Inger

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19 comments:

  1. Hi Inger - good to see a post from you ... and what a lovely 'chap' The Bearded Dragon was ... he certainly seems to have inspired everyone around him ... how excellent Rachael was able to utilise his character in her story telling and educational aspects ... wonderful - cheers Hilary

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  2. I remember a post you had on Sydney! I can remember that, what I had for breakfast, no clue.
    Aw, sorry he passed. You still see Rachael from time to time, don't you?

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    1. Yes, I hope she will come up to visit on Friday.

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  3. this is a lovely tribute to Sydney, and the photos is priceless, they look like they are kissing each other. hugs to the family of Sydney...

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  4. R.I.P. Sydney. I'm glad that he had a good life teaching others. I hope that my life would have as much meaning as this little guy.

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  5. Hello dear Inger,
    I am sorry... It is very sad to lose a dear friend and companion. Sydney will be sorely missed always.
    Sending hugs of comfort to Rachael.
    Lovely tribute to Sydney.
    Many hugs to you too.

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  6. I'm very sorry Inger, about the Sidney's passing. It must have been very sad for Racheal too loosing him after caring for him for such a long time. I'm sure he was well taken care of. You both look so completely at ease with these little cute creatures in this picture. Thanks for sharing this with us.
    I had to go and check online how long bearded dragon lizards live in captivity and it said, 10 to 15 years with proper care. That is a long time commitment to caring for these sweet little dragons.

    Sending you some warm hugs.
    Julia

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    1. Sydney was 17 or 18 years old. He was seven when he arrived at the rescue, I believe. For the past couple of years Rachael had to work hard to get him to eat. She is so dedicated to her animals, they are all truly blessed.

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  7. I am so sorry about Sydney's passing and I know it must be really hard on Rachael. Is Adelaide still with her?

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    1. No, Adelaide died a long time ago now, but Rachael has another male bearded dragon.

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  8. What a wonderful life, he will be missed, And your words for his farewell, a fine tribute.

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  9. I think a tribute to a pet is an excellent form of closure, as they become part of the household. Caring for an animal means we bond with them. This just shows you have a big heart, Inger. But we knew that.

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  10. RIP Sydney; you were loved & appreciated!!

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  11. I'm so glad he ended up in a place where he was loved and appreciated. You are such a sweetheart, Inger.

    Love,
    Janie

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  12. Obviously Sydney was dearly loved!!!

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  13. All animals have that capacity - to get us to fall in love with them!

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  14. So sorry about Sydney. How was she? We never forget our forever buddies when they are gone.

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Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger

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