Thursday, April 19, 2012

Rest in Peace Tucker

I said goodbye to the best friend I have ever had this week and it was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. It was way too early. He was only 5. His living conditions during the first 5 weeks of his life caused him a lifetime of sickness and an early death. Breeders don't care about these things. He was $75 free and clear in her pocket for very little effort on her part. I wish they would look into the eyes of these animals so they could see that they are so much more than that.

Never before has someone made such a huge impact on my life. He is the reason I am vegan. He was the eyes and heart I was finally able to see behind the ingrained belief that meat comes from the grocery store. It doesn't. He is the reason animal rights mean so much to me because he had no choice and no voice in the way he was treated. He is the reason 4 other pigs and many other farm animals are living out their lives here, free from abuse and neglect. He made me understand, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that animals have the same feelings that we do and they want to be loved. Even pigs. Especially pigs. They are like no other animals I know. He meant so much to me and I will never forget him.

He was my very best friend.

I love you Tucker.

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  1. I am so sorry that you lost Tucker. I know what you are feeling. I lost my precious piggy, Tulip, on June 28, 2008. The loss that I felt was profound. She was my first pig, one that I bought on an inpulse when she was a mere three months old. I watched her grow up and make her way into her elder years. She died in her sleep. It wasn't until three years later that I was able to bring another piggy into my life.

    What a beautiful photo of Tucker. A very handsome piggy.

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    1. Thank you. I wish Tucker had gone in his sleep too. He had no lung capacity left and could not lie down anymore because he couldn't breath when he did. I kept hoping he would get tired enough, but after 24 hours of standing, he was too exhausted to do it anymore. We had to put him down. It was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. He was my best guy.

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  2. Wow he looks alot like my nephew(pot belly pig) we have gotten to be attached to him and he was or he is something special but he has problems to like belly problems but we are doing everything we can to get him healthy so he will live long as one of the family. i am truely sorry for your loss it is heart breaking but at the same time it seems he has taught you more than you could ever admadgine from and animal to a human seems like they may be more human than we first thought.......... god bless you

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    1. Thank you so much. I wish you the best with your guy and hope he is around for a long time. They truly are special animals.

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