The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:
Fortunately, at AAE, we have more happy days than sad. Yesterday was one of the really sad days. We said good morning and goodbye to Angus for the last time. Angus was a big, enormously handsome, genuinely kind, 21-ish Shire gelding. He introduced our volunteers and guests to the true gentleness of these giant horses. He also introduced us to true horsey farts and horsesy slobber! There was no mistaking an Angus toot (it was as big as he)!
Angus came to us in early 2016 with a lot of needs, but a lot of life to live and love to give. He was battling chronic uveitis in both eyes, he had chronic progressive lymphedema (CPL), and a big arthritic knee. One eye was beyond treatment, and it was removed to prevent ongoing pain and further injury; thankfully, his remaining eye responded well to treatment. We treated his CPL, and it was managed with regular care. His knee responded well to antibiotics and a little rest. Who knew he had a bad knee? He wasn’t quite as good as new, but he was much, much improved. With lots of love and TLC, Angus was feeling good and loving life, and he was adored by all of our volunteers, but mostly by his bestest friends, Kasey and Linda. Kasey was his eyes in darkness, and showed him the way. The two were buds in the truest sense of the word. Linda took special care to make sure Angus was a big, happy guy with all of his needs met, and he showered her with love…. and slobber. They shared a special bond that only the luckiest of people and horses get to experience.
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Unfortunately, earlier this year, Angus contracted EPM (equine protozoal myeloencephalitis), a parasite that attacks the central nervous system. Poor ol’ guy, if anyone didn’t deserve yet another blow, it was Angus. Although we treated the EPM, and he responded well, his uveitis was advancing to glaucoma. Medications kept his eye calm, but the last few weeks we were on a bit of a rollercoaster, and we saw a big decline. He also started showing neurologic symptoms again, and we could no longer control his eye pain. With his quality of life our biggest priority, we felt it was time to help Angus across the rainbow bridge.
Today, let’s celebrate Angus as he’s running pain free. remember the big love this enormous friend shared with us all with his ever so gentle and kind soul.
We love you and miss you, Angus! Thank you for all you gave to everyone (toots and slobber, too). You’re the best.
Thank you, Linda, for all the love and care you gave to Angus, even to his last breath. Thank you, Dr. Stolba for helping Angus be the best he could be, and thank you, Dr. Rhodes for the kindness and gentle good bye. Thank you, Lisa for capturing the essence of Angus! Thank you, Kasey for being such a great guide! Now it’s your turn!
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