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Freedom by Jeff Guidry

Freedom and Jeff

Freedom and  I have been together 11 years this summer. She came  in as a baby in 1998 with two broken wings. Her left  wing doesn’t open all the way even after surgery, it  was broken in 4 places. She’s my baby. When Freedom  came in she could not stand and both wings were  broken. She was emaciated and covered in lice. We  made the decision to give her a chance at life, so I  took her to the vet’s office. From then on, I  was
always around her. We had her in a huge dog  carrier with the top off, and it was loaded up with  shredded newspaper for her to lay in. I used to
sit  and talk to her, urging her to live, to fight; and  she would lay there looking at me with those big  brown eyes. We also had to tube feed
her for  weeks. This went on  for 4-6 weeks, and by then she still couldn’t stand.  It got to the point where the decision was made to  euthanize her
if she couldn’t stand in a week. You  know you don’t want to cross that line between  torture and rehab, and it looked like death was winning. She was going to be put down that  Friday, and I was supposed to come in on that  Thursday afternoon. I didn’t want to go  to the center that Thursday, because I couldn’t bear the  thought of her being euthanized; but I went anyway,  and when I walked in everyone was grinning from ear  to ear. I went immediately back to her cage; and  there she was, standing on her own, a big beautiful eagle. She was ready to live. I was just about  in tears by then. That was a very good day.  We knew she  could never fly, so the director  asked me to glove train her. I got her used to the glove, and then  to jesses, and we started doing education programs  for schools in western Washington . We wound up  in the newspapers, radio (believe it or not) and  some TV. Miracle Pets even did a show about  us.

In the  spring of 2000, I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s  lymphoma. I had stage 3, which is not good (one  major organ plus everywhere), so I wound up doing 8 months of chemo. Lost the hair – the whole bit.  I missed a lot of work. When I felt good enough, I  would go to Sarvey
and take Freedom out for walks.  Freedom would also come to me in my dreams and help  me fight the cancer. This happened time and time  again. Fast forward  to November 2000 the day after Thanksgiving, I  went in for my last checkup. I was told that if the  cancer was not
all gone after 8 rounds of chemo,  then my last option was a stem cell transplant.  Anyway, they did the tests; and I had to come back  Monday for
the results. I went in Monday, and I was told that all the cancer was gone. So the first  thing I did was get up to Sarvey and take the big  girl out for a walk. It was misty and cold. I went to  her flight and jessed her up, and we went out front  to the top of the hill. I hadn’t said a word to Freedom, but somehow she knew. She looked at me and wrapped both her wings around me to where I could feel them pressing in on my  back
(I was  engulfed in eagle wings), and she touched my nose  with her beak and stared into my eyes, and we just  stood there like that for I don’t know how long .  That was a magic moment. We have been soul mates ever since she came in. This is a very special  bird. On a side  note: I have had people who were sick come up to us  when we are out, and Freedom has some kind of hold  on  them. I once had a guy who was terminal come  up to us and I let him hold her. His knees just  about buckled and he swore he could feel her power  course through his body. I have so many stories like  that.. I never forget the honor I have of being so close to such a  magnificent spirit as Freedom.

Thanks to one of my lovely bloggers, Gina from Gina’s Professions for Peace,  who took the time to tell me that this story is taken from the book by Jeff Guidry called, An Eagle Named Freedom. There is also a documentary. If you are interested I am sure you could find the book and the documentary online.

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27 comments on “Freedom by Jeff Guidry

  1. Andrea Kelly
    August 4, 2012

    Beautiful and touching story. Animals are such amazing creatures! Thank you so much for sharing.

    • judysp
      August 4, 2012

      Yes it is a beautiful story I am so glad that they both recovered. Thanks for commenting. 🙂

  2. sandnige
    August 4, 2012

    Your story is Amazing so is Freedom and yourself, may God continue to bless you.

    • judysp
      August 4, 2012

      Yes his story is touching isn’t it. I was in tears when I first read it. I am so glad that they both recovered. Thank you for commenting and may God continue to bless you too. 🙂

  3. Jane Thorne
    August 4, 2012

    Judy, what a story…life’s gifts when we need them most x

  4. Maxi
    August 4, 2012

    Thanks for sharing this story, it goes straight to the heart … confirms my belief that we are one with the universe.
    Blessings – Maxi

    • judysp
      August 5, 2012

      So glad you liked the story. Thank you for commenting. cheers Judy 🙂

  5. dorannrule
    August 5, 2012

    This is just an awesome story of inspiration and love. Thanks so much for sharing it.

    • judysp
      August 5, 2012

      Aren’t they both wonderful ? I had tears in my eyes when I first read the story 🙂

  6. s1ngal
    August 5, 2012

    owner’s pride, neighbor’s envy [call me a neighbor]. I’ve always had a special soft-corner for eagles. they’re so majestic and u have “freedom” 😥
    Thanks for sharing & pl give my love ❤ to Freedom…

    • judysp
      August 5, 2012

      Yeah he’s a brilliant guy isn’t he and I love the eagle too. I had tears in my eyes when I read his story. 🙂

  7. russtowne
    August 5, 2012

    Magnificent spirit indeed! Thank you for sharing this wonderful story, Judy!
    Russ

    • judysp
      August 5, 2012

      🙂

    • judysp
      August 5, 2012

      He is a wonderful man isn’t he?

    • judysp
      August 5, 2012

      He is a wonderful man isn’t he? I love Freedom too she looks beautiful. 🙂

  8. coloreyes
    August 5, 2012

    Wow. I am speechless, look at the picture – the crawling moment. Amazing!

    • judysp
      August 5, 2012

      So glad you liked it 🙂

  9. This is an incredible story. I have his book right here 🙂 I do wish you’d included his name, Jeff Guidry, anywhere in this post, or even a link to his book called “An Eagle Named Freedom” because you’re so great for including so many links! I just feel you forgot to mention that this story you’re telling is written by Jeff Guidry.
    I saw a documentary about them (which motivated me to locate and buy the book) and they filmed how she really hugs him with her wings. It’s an incredible sight. A wonderful validation of love between species. And he frequently comments on how she saved his life as much as he saved hers. Lovely!

    • judysp
      August 5, 2012

      Hi Gina, Sorry but I didn’t know his name or that he had a book. I got the story as an email and it didn’t have any of that information on it. Do you know what the documentary is called? I would love to see it. I was moved to tears when I read his story on the email. Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know. That was really nice of you. :).

      • Aw.. you are so sweet. I thank the heavens that I didn’t offend for I certainly didn’t mean to. I’ll try to track down some info on the documentary but the ISBN for the book is 978-0-06-201550-1 as that might help someone track it down at the library or any bookstore. It is an amazing story. Very inspiring. Bless your heart, dear one, for bringing it to us here. With hugs and blessings, Gina

      • judysp
        August 5, 2012

        I really appreciated your help Gina. I have changed the blog now so that it reflects the proper information.
        hugs and blessings to you too.
        P.S. my niece’s name is Gina 🙂

      • Hooray! How wonderful. For both the updated name and the fact that we feel like family already 🙂 I mean why not add another Gina to the fold? 😉

      • judysp
        August 5, 2012

        Indeed! I would be honored. 🙂

  10. zendictive
    August 6, 2012

    awesome tale (~_~)

    • judysp
      August 6, 2012

      Hi I have nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award and also the Inspiring Blogger award. I love your blog and you richly deserve both these awards. 🙂

  11. misscorrigan
    August 7, 2012

    Beautiful story, brought tears to my eyes, as animal stories often do-so pure. It reminds me of a time at the San Diego Wildlife Park when I saw that all of the animals seemed to have so much space. That is except for the bald eagles, who barely had enough space to spread their wings. I don’t understand it to this day. They are meant to soar free!!

    • judysp
      August 7, 2012

      Those poor eagles that’s terrible no wonder you were upset. Thank you so much for commenting 🙂

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