This is the kind of story you need when it seems like the world is
spiralling out of control.. Not many people get a picture of this
proud bird snuggled up next to them!
Freedom and Jeff
(Blogger Blind Barry: Sorry, I could not capture the photo.)
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
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
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.
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