CHOMPERS - R.I.P.It is with a very heavy heart that we inform all of our supporters that Chompers (aka Compass) died after surgery on October 24th. Chompers was taken to the Vet after our staff noticed he was not moving around the enclosure normally. His bloodwork was abnormal, his breathing was shallow, and he had a cut on his front leg and shoulder. Chompers received six stitches for a “non life-threatening wound” according to our vet, but never awoke from his procedure.
Both of our veterinarians are carefully reviewing and re-testing his bloodwork to try to find an answer to his untimely passing. A special “howl” is being sent out to Matthew McDonald, a one-time volunteer and a close companion of Chompers who feels this loss as much as anyone.We are so grateful to Mike from Wolfdog Rescue Resources and PamelaJo from Lake Tahoe Wolf Rescue for bringing this wonderful being into our lives by alerting us to his plight. We rushed down to the Rancho Cucamonga Animal Shelter on a cold October night in 2009 and whisked him away from the shelter – he was an owner relinquishment at only five months old.Chompers lived at LARC for exactly five years and was the favorite of our staff and of Lorin and Matthew’s who have been “loving up” his packmates who miss him more than we will know.I stood by your bed last night, I came to have a peep. I could see that you were crying, You found it hard to sleep. I whined to you softly as you brushed away a tear, "It's me, I haven't left you, I'm well, I'm fine, I'm here."
I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea, You were thinking of the many times, your hands reached down to me. I was with you at the shops today, Your arms were getting sore. I longed to take your parcels, I wish I could do more.
I was with you at my grave today, You tend it with such care. I want to re-assure you, that I'm not lying there. I walked with you towards the house, as you fumbled for your key. I gently put my paw on you, I smiled and said " it's me."
You looked so very tired, and sank into a chair. I tried so hard to let you know, that I was standing there. It's possible for me, to be so near you everyday. To say to you with certainty, "I never went away." You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew... In the stillness of that evening, I was very close to you.
The day is over... I smile and watch you yawning and say "good-night, I'll see you in the morning." And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide, I'll rush across to greet you and we'll stand, side by side. I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see.
Be patient, live your journey out...then come home to be with me.
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|Chompers and I few years ago|
|Sirhan and I at LARC sanctuary|
Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game and the USDA. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.
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