~~ "It's All Life, until it's Over" ~~
Kilgore Trout

~~ " In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?”" ~~
Saint Augustine

~~ “Nobody would do anything if they knew what they were in for.” ~~
"Amarante", in "Milagro Beanfield War"

~~ "May you Walk with Beauty All Around You" ~~
Navajo Blessing

Monday, June 18, 2012

a small sadness...

Good Bye to Baby Button. May you Rest in Peace our tiny friend.

These little guys are very hard to raise, and we've just been too freaking busy lately.

 So we missed some small signal over the weekend, or even yesterday, that all was not well, and you died this afternoon sometime after we checked on you and the time when we got back inside.  Just yesterday I cupped you in my hand, and you looked ok.   (This is when a human wishes most that we could still speak to animals, and understand them.)

Yesterday, Button ate his usual morning arugula with a good appetite.  I suppose that Nature must know best.  On the scale denoting the demonic wars with Scylla or the death of Rodney King,  this death is but a dot in the universe.  But no little tortoise was ever better loved.

May you find many delicious dandelions on the way Home, my tiny friend.  


  1. Oh, poor Little Button. I'm sorry that you lost this little friend.

  2. Thank you for your kind words, Suzi.

    The vet who came to the Turtle and Tortoise Society meeting a couple years ago told us that hybrid offspring didn't do as well as pure strains. His parentage was against him. Mama Poko Ono is a coast tort,and Poppa Churchie is an old desert bum. Hardly any babies survive in the wild, so getting one that had been out there in the wilds of a summer and fall in the tall weeds, when all his siblings disappeared by predation, was a little miracle. That's why he was so very precious to us.


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