Pet Love, Pet Loss
By Randi Fine
A few days ago I suffered the loss of my dear, sweet thirteen year old pet Rex. I am deeply grieving the loss of him. He was my last living pet.
Rex had no hair, fur, fins, or feathers; he was a lizard, an exquisitely beautiful leopard gecko. Many people, those who have never had reptiles as pets, do not understand the love and the bond developed between owner and reptile. Depending on the species, lizards can be very docile, cuddly, and even intelligent. My bearded dragon, “Vinny,” who died last year took naps with me and knew close to twenty words. I sometimes had to spell words around him so he wouldn’t get too excited.
I had each of my six lizards since they were babies. Roxy and Rex had two daughters, whose eggs I incubated, named Taj and Haley. I am praying that all six of my babies will be there to greet me someday when I leave this world and my soul enters the next.
Rex’s wonderful veterinarian Dr. Diaz, who loved him dearly and took amazing care of him over the last few years, sent me a very touching condolence card with the following beautiful quote about pet owners inserted inside. It touched me deeply so I will share it.
“We who choose to surround ourselves with lives even more temporary than our own, live within a fragile circle that is easily and often breached. Unable to accept its awful gaps, we still would live no other way. We cherish memory as the only certain immortality, never fully understanding the necessary plan…” ~Irving Townsend~
“Rex” – Leopard Gecko – Born January 2000/Died August 9, 2013
“Vinny” – Bearded Dragon – Born July 3, 2002/Died 2012
“Haley” – Leopard Gecko – Born December 2003/Died February 23, 2011
“Roxy” – Leopard Gecko – Born 1999/Died 2006
“Taj” – Leopard Gecko – Born 2000/Died 2005
“Ivy” – Bearded Dragon – Born July 3, 2002/Died 2003