Thursday, January 12, 2012

Douglas

Douglas is our little tiny baby Red Foot Tortoise. We've had him for maybe 5 months and we just LOVE him. It takes a certain type of person to love tortoises. I guess we're those "certain" type of people. Well, Doug never seemed healthy. Even from the day we got him. Things went down hill pretty fast. First he stopped eating, then his shell started to get soft. BAD!!! That's when we took him in to see the Vet. She gave him a 20% chance of surviving. So she prescribed the meds and put him on critical care food that we have to feed to him by syringe. Steven and I were SOOO sad. We'd really come to love this little guy. So after being sad we pushed the thought behind us and have been doing EVERYTHING to get Douglas healthy again. It's been 1 week since we took him to see the vet and guess what?! He's kicking that 20% and still livin! It's seriously like having a baby in the house. Well minus the crying and smelly diapers... I guess it's "similar" to having a baby in the house. We feed him his critical care food and pumpkin puree with the syringe every few hrs. Keep his tank at precisely the right temperatures and soak him in warm water that is on top of a hot pad for about 30 mins every few hrs. Baby right?!?! We're seeing the slightest improvements and we're keeping him in our prayers. I know that all this might seem kinds silly to some of you. That some might say he's just a tortoise and why put so much effort and care in to him. My answer: because I believe that God created all things; and I believe that God loves those things that he created. I mean, He created me, and I know that He loves me. I know that Heavenly Father loves Douglas too. That's why I love this little guy; because he matters.

3 comments:

Kevin and Mindy Sagers said...

I hope he gets better....poor little Douglas. P.S. I love your playlist, especially the fist song, "We are Young". Love and miss you.

Jenna T said...

Sorry about your sick lil guy!

I had a turtle when I was 7, and I let him outside to play on the grass one day at my grandmas. (Why I took him to my Grandma's, I don't know...) But he got lost. (How a turtle can run away, I don't know...
It was super sad... Anyway... I hope he gets well soon.

Sutherland Family said...

I hope he makes it!! He's so cute!