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Freedom and Jeff

February 5, 2012 by  
Filed under Inspirational

I found this story fascinating and wanted to share it.

Not many people get a picture of this proud bird snuggled up next to them!

freedom and jeff

Freedom and Jeff

Jeff says….

Freedom and I have been together 11 years this summer.
She came in as a baby in 1998 with two broken wings.
Her left wing doesn't open all the way even after surgery,
it was broken in 4 places.
She's my baby.


When Freedom came in she could not stand
and both wings were broken. She was
emaciated and covered in lice. We made the
decision to give her a chance at life, so I took
her to the vet's office.  From then
on, I was always around her.

We had her in a huge dog carrier with the top off,  and it
was loaded up with shredded newspaper for her to
lay in.  I used to sit and talk to her,
urging her to live, to fight; and she would lay
there looking at me with those big brown eyes.
We also had to tube feed her for weeks.


This went on for 4-6 weeks, and by then she still
couldn't stand. It got to the point where the
decision was made to euthanize her
if she couldn't stand in a week. You know you don't
want to cross that line between torture and
rehab, and it looked like death was
winning.  

She was going to be put down that Friday, and I
was supposed to come in on that Thursday afternoon.

I didn't want to go to the center that Thursday, because
I couldn't bear the thought of her being euthanized;  
but I went anyway, and when I walked in everyone
was grinning from ear to ear. I went immediately

back to her cage; and there she was,
standing on her own, a big beautiful
eagle.  She was ready to live.  I was
just about in tears by then.  

That was a very good day.

We knew she could never fly,  so the director
asked me to glove train her.
I got her used to the glove,
and then to Jesses, and we started
doing education programs for schools
in western  Washington .  
 

We wound up in the newspapers,
radio (believe it or not) and some
TV.   Miracle Pets even did a show
about us.


In the spring of 2000, I was diagnosed with
non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. I had stage 3,
which is not good (one major organ plus
everywhere), so I wound up doing 8 months of
chemo.  Lost the hair – the whole
bit.  I missed a lot of work. When I
felt good enough, I would go to Sarvey
and take Freedom out for walks. Freedom would
also come to me in my dreams and help me fight
the cancer. This happened time and time again.


Fast forward to November 2000:

The day after Thanksgiving,
I went in for my last checkup.
I was told that if the cancer was not
all gone after 8 rounds of chemo, then my last
option was a stem cell transplant. Anyway, they
did the tests; and I had to come back Monday for
the results.  I went in Monday, and I was
told that all the cancer was gone.



So the first thing I did was get up to Sarvey and
take the big girl out for a walk. It was misty
and cold. I went to her flight and jessed her
up, and we went out front to the top of the
hill.  

I hadn't said a word to Freedom, but somehow
she knew. She looked at me and wrapped both
her wings around me to where I could feel them
pressing in on my back (I was engulfed in eagle wings),
and she touched my nose with her beak and stared
into my eyes, and we just stood there like that
for I don't know how long .  

That was a magic moment.  We have been soul mates ever
since she came in.  This is a very special bird.

On a side note:  I have had people who
were sick come up to us when we are out, and
Freedom has some kind of hold on them.  I once
had a guy who was terminal come up to us and
I let him hold her.  His knees just about buckled and he
swore he could feel her power course through his
body.

I have so many stories like that..

I never forget the honor I have of being so close
to such a magnificent spirit as Freedom.


Hope you enjoyed this!

Comments

2 Responses to “Freedom and Jeff”
  1. Debbie! Wow, good stuff! Thanks for sharing Freedom and Jeff! I Appreciate you sharing this one Your friend Jim, by the way love your blog…http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=169791986463843

  2. Amy Hagerup says:

    Very touching story, Debbie. Thanks for sharing. Great name too: Freedom!

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