I too am very sorry to hear about
your fish! I understand! I have always had a special bond with animals (yes, including some fish along the way), and I am always devastated when something happens to any animal, no matter what animal, especially when it is 1) something needless, or 2) something I can't control, which probably contributes to the many reasons why I am pursuing a career in veterinary medicine. Animals can bring us such joy and unconditional love. I have a pet snake, and even he brings me joy (I never, ever, would have imagined that I'd end up with a snake - actually used to have 2 - despite my love of all creatures). They are definitely one of the best pain and stress relievers out there! I could tell you countless stories of how animals have influenced my life & help me get through each day.
It's tough when you have small animals outside, because you have such limited control. I am always fearful for my cats, as they like to hunt outside at night, and we live in the wilderness, so it's not always safe for them. I try to get them in when I can, but it isn't always possible. The other one I worry about
outside is "my" squirrel. My mother rescued a baby squirrel from my cats a couple years ago, and I nursed him back to health. He was only about
2wks old when we got him, and his eyes & ears were still closed. No one thought he'd live more than a few days, but he did. I got him through it, and then when I had to go back off to college, my mom took over his care. Between the two of us, we raised & rehabilitated him & finally released him last May. He was very attached to us, so we were afraid that he wouldn't make it in the wild, but he did great! It was amazing watching him explore his new world, and he never looked back! We swear that we still see him often, and that he now has a family (he is a BIG handsome squirrel, thanks to the good diet he had growing up)! You would never realize how smart and intuitive squirrels actually are, until you raise one! Seeing dead squirrels on the side of the road has always made me sad, but now even moreso, because I think of my little guy! All I can do is pray that he stays safe!
Your fish are very lucky to have you! I am sorry for your loss, and that you are in such pain. Hopefully tomorrow will be a new, brighter day. Hopefully you can get some new fish & start your journey over again.
Post Edited (skeye) : 5/8/2009 9:09:05 PM (GMT-6)