In Loving Memory Of Titan
Titan was surrendered to the shelter (FFGM) with his two brothers Thaddeus and Gimbit. The three of them were in pretty rough shape. Their previous owner did not take very good care of them. The trio came to us in July of 2000 due to the fact that the shelter was severely over crowded. Because he was 6 years old we knew not many people would want them so we took them home to see if we could help them. Once we got them on a decent diet and gave them lots of love they all came around and started looking healthy again.
Titan was never one of those ferret to get into much trouble. He like his Fruit Loops though. He would follow you around and stand up on your leg every time you stopped walking. If no one was up he would sit on his pillow and wait for someone to get up (just like the picture above). Our only real concern was that he had bad cataracts, but this never stopped him.
Titan had been adrenal for awhile and we knew that. The cancer was not causing any serious problems so we didn't do anything about it .(some ferrets can live for years with this cancer without any serious health risks and some have problems from the start). Other then picking on his cagemates once and a while he started to lose his fur otherwise he was healthy and playful.
In June of 2002 Titan started to have problems peeing ,and, from past experience we knew he had a bladder infection. On 06/11/02 (Tuesday) we took him to the vet to have his infection looked at. The vet thought Titan was healthy enough to have surgery to remove his cancer, the source of the problem, so we said OK. Dr. Kim (his vet) called us later that day to tell us that he was coming out of surgery and that they removed both of his adrenal glands and some suspicious growths on his pancreas. She also told us that due to the fact that both of his adrenal glands were removed he would have to go on a hormone replacements. So we set up a schedule for his medications (he needed antibiotics also), me at 8 am and Sandy at 8 pm.
That Friday while I was giving Titan his meds he jerked and pulled out one of his stitches. It started to bleed, and after calling the shelter director, she told us how to stop it. Then after letting Titan calm down a little bit I took him out of his cage to look at the stitches again and I noticed a small piece of skin coming out of the incision. Everyone told me it just looked like a piece of fat sneaking out. After a little while I checked it again and the piece if skin was a little bigger so I called Dr. Kim. She told me the same thing, it was most likely a piece of fat and all that would happen is there would be a little bigger scar. But to be safe, I should bring him in so she could look at it. So Titan and I headed off to the vet. When I got there I was taken directly to an exam room. I thought I would hold Titan while I waited for the doctor to come in. When I took him out of his carrier that little piece of skin was now a large bloody mass hanging out of his abdomen. I panicked and ran out to the lobby with him and they rushed me back to the exam room, then Dr. Kim ran in and grabbed him from me. He was taken to emergency surgery. It turned out he developed a secondary infection in his abdomen.
If that stitch had never broke open Titan would have been died within 24 hours. He went from the vet to the shelter because it is set up for the intensive care he needed. On top of his other meds, he required 3 different antibiotics to clear up the infection. We were warned that it was so bad that it might not clear up. But after a lot of TLC he got better.
A few weeks latter he stared to have trouble peeing again so we put him back on antibiotics. After a few days we saw that it was not helping. He had also stopped eating due to the fact he was not feeling well. Then when I got home from work on 07/24 I looked in on him and when he went to use the litter box and he was whining. He could no longer go at all. I called the shelter director at 4:30 in the morning and woke her up to tell her we were coming over.
Titan crossed over the Rainbow
Bridge at 6:15 that morning. After he was given the shot to ease the pain and as
he started to drift off to sleep he used his last remaining strength to give his
mom one last kiss. He never forgot to give anyone kisses. He was one of the
sweetest little boys I have ever known and has left an enormous empty spot in
lives. Titan now plays with Bandit till we are there to once again receive his
Rest in peace Titan
A Poem By Mom...
I came to you 2 years ago,
I was thin and dirty and scared.
You gave me love, and gave me hope,
To this nothing compared.
I gave you kisses, you gave me
Treats, I gave you love and it
I danced and played and right away knew,
This is the love for which I yearned
As I grew older, weaker,
Your love I could not resist
And as I suffered daily.
Youíre love still did persist.
You cried when I was sickly,
And I gently kissed your cheek.
You said Iíll always love you,
Even as I went to sleep.
You gave me rest from all
My pain, even as your tears
Did fall like rain.
I hated to leave you, but we knew
That even in death , our love still
So over the Bridge , I did cross.
I knew that you would feel my loss,
But just think, in time to be, we will
once again together be
and I will
Give you my kisses once more.
Heaven Can Wait
Heaven can wait
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