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An Eagle Kiss .... this is awesome

 An Eagle Kiss .... this is awesome .

Not many people  get a picture of this proud bird 

snuggled up  next to them!

Freedom and  Jeff

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! 

 

But they that  wait upon the Lord

shall renew their  strength;

they shall mount up with wings as  eagles;

they shall run, and not be weary;

and  they shall walk, and not  faint.

 

Isaiah  40:31

 

 

Dear God, 

I pray that You will guide  someone to find a cure for cancer in 2012.

In Jesus  Name, Amen

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