December 30, 2011

Goodbye Antonia


Sadly, our family and classroom pet, Antonia, died last night.

She was only four and a half years old and had been fine. But suddenly, while watching a family show she began making a strange noise and we found her unable to stand. We took turns holding her in a towel (the hubs did the most since we were all blubbering) and petting her until she finally stopped breathing. Thankfully, it didn't take long.

I am so glad I spent most of the previous night on the couch working on the new blog because I got to listen to her purring and cooing noises in the quiet of the night one last time. They were such happy sounds. Ones that made all of us smile.

Ironically, I had brought home a book about a class pet dying that I was going to share on Critters in the Classroom. Give me a few days and I'll get to that. But I guess I'm going to be needing that book when I return from vacation. My kiddos will be so sad and the classroom will be quiet without her whistles.
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16 comments :

  1. I am so sorry to hear about Antonia! :(

    I gave a little shout out on my blog to my fellow contributors over on The Best Endings!

    Happy New Year!

    Stacy
    2nd Grade Paradise

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  2. Aww I am so sorry! At least you got to spend time with her before she left!! :(

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  3. Awe, I am so sorry Erika. It is so hard to lose a pet. I still miss Molly.

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  4. I am so sorry to hear about Antonia! I am sure she will be missed very much by your family and students! My guinea pig, Raven was blind with cataracts, but my kinders taught her to come to the front of her cage when she heard a certain bell. We all loved her so much, but sadly guinea pigs are not long lived :( I agree, their little noises are the cutest and Antonia had gorgeous hair! ((HUGS))

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

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  5. You are all so sweet! I will miss giving Antonia haircuts, but not trimming her rear end.

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  6. Oh Erika, I am so sorry to hear about beautiful Antonia! May you find comfort in your memories of her.
    Kristen

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  7. Erika,
    I am so sorry to hear about Antonia's passing! I've been considering getting a guinea pig this whole week. I can't shake the thought of having a classroom pet and I can't even imagine how difficult this must be for you! And then for your students as well. When you're ready, maybe we could talk about the pros and cons (beyond the obvious ones)sometime? Take care,
    Dianne
    Hopelessly Devoted to Teaching

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  8. Erika,

    I'm so sorry. :( Gosh, that's hard. You have that great memory of listening to her sounds the night before. I know that you will take that with you. :)

    Feel better.

    Tanya
    A Class Act

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  9. My thoughts are with you. We lost our Charlie last year and I still walk into the classroom expecting to hear his squeals. So sorry

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