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Mar 28 2008 04:32 pm

Posted by under Feel Good

BEAUTIFUL EAGLE STORY

Freedom and Jeff

 

Freedom and I have been together 10 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.

 

Jeff

 

When Freedom came in she could not stand.  Both wings were broken, her left wing in 4 places. 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 dowl 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-hodgkins 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.  Yahoo!

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 coarse 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’s.

Hope you enjoy this.

Jeff

Jeff Guidry and Freedom are at

Sarvey Wildlife Center

http://www.sarveywildlife.org/





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4 Responses to “BEAUTIFUL EAGLE STORY”

  1. charles williams on 14 Apr 2008 at 6:33 pm #

    Mr.Guidry, your story has touched my wife and I to our core. We would like to aid you if you ever need monetary assistance and we will pray for both you and Freedom. Please watch what you eat concerning your health; cancer feeds on sugars and sugar substitutes such as Aspartame. Try to eat green leafy veggies like spinach, broccolie, live sprouts, and drink fresh vegetable juice. Please take care of yourself and Freedom.

    with much affection,

    Charles and Maureen Williams

  2. Rod Lloyd on 25 Jul 2008 at 9:39 am #

    Best feel good story for years! Touched me deeply and I sent the link to all my friends.
    Some people do not realize how close we can get to our animal friends and how those friends are able to “know” stuff and perhaps give us some healing too.
    Glad you both had victories over your periods of illness. Give him a warm pat, from a bird lovin friend in Melbourne, Australia

    Cheers

    Rod

  3. Kim @ Up North Mommy on 26 Jul 2008 at 4:28 pm #

    What an inspiring story. Freedom is gorgeous and she’s lucky to have you in her life.

  4. cookie on 18 Mar 2009 at 12:50 am #

    wow.i wish my birds are like that,just got em last thanksgiving
    tell me how to train birds please, my birds are so very afriad of me
    how did you bilud such a relation ship with your birds amazing

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