An Eagle Kiss

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I am sure you will enjoy this beautiful story its making me cry!!! We can learn a lot from animals and insects and all nature! They have lots of wisdom in them! This story shows how really connected we are to all life!

An Eagle Kiss

This is the kind of story you need when it seems like the world is spiraling out of control.. 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!
A SMALL REQUEST…

93% won’t forward, but I’m Sure You Will.

A small request…..Just one line
All you are asked to do is keep this circulating.
Even if it’s only to one more person.
In memory of anyone you know who has been
struck down by cancer or is still living with it or just someone who enjoys a GREAT STORY.

Rod

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