On Wednesday Feb.27th, which was a Blue Lunar Eagle in the Mayan Caledar, my little princess, Toofie, flew away with her dear friend, Earl Grey. Princess Toofie had been missing her girlfriend a lot more than I had imagined.
Toofie had lost interest in eating and withdrew into herself more and more since Earl's departure. I spent all of Tuesday with Toofie, petting her, massaging her, giving her nutrients and liquids, but she seemed to be gradually leaving this reality. That night she curled up in her nest for the last time. Suddenly in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, I was awakened from sleep by the sound of a vary pronounced 'gasp'! Although I wear ear plugs when I sleep, and Toofie's bed is on the other side of the house from my bedroom, I know that I heard her take her last breath.
When I went to check on her, Toofie was stretched out in the far corner of her cage, closest to where Earl would have been. Toofie was reaching out with her right paw. It was obvious that she had seen her friend beckoning her from the other side and willingly took Earl's paw. I'm so grateful Earl was there to help her cross over.
Back in the fall of 2008, when Toofie came to live with me, Earl Grey was already living here, a refugee from Hurricane Katrina. Toofie and Earl had hung out for the rest of their days together. They spent every afternoon together, telepathically confiding squirrel secrets to each other.
We can never know how long we will be blessed with the presence of a beloved squirrel teacher. I feel honored that Toofie lived with me for as long as she did. She was my kitchen helper, inspecting the grocery bag to see what treats there might be for her. She loved when I brought home bing cherries or rhambutans! She was my late night companion when I would sit down to blog or catch up on emails. Toofie would lay on the top of her cage just above my left shoulder. It always gave me a warm feeling to know she as there for me.
Toofie was very different from the other squirrels in that
she didn't just love me, she loved everybody! Perfect strangers could come in and pet her and would be transformed by the experience. Toofie did so much to open people's hearts to squirrel love!
Here is my farewell tribute to my precious angel~
More than anything else, Toofie was known for her gentleness. She loved to be petted and caressed and would close her eyes with pleasure as I massaged her and kissed her. She was so tender and affectionate. And so she was the perfect squirrel for my Reiki ad:
You can read about Toofie's healing story in this previous post: Toofie the Wonder Squirrel
Wouldn't it be lovely if we could all show such unconditional love to everyone? Thank you Toofie for showing us how!