It has been my intention to post a tribute to a very dear pet of
mine, Mulligan, whom I loved dearly and I preserve through the name
of our farm. But this page was started in tribute to a very small
hero, J&A Farms Achilles. His memory will live on through this
website, and others. I pray that you will read his story and learn
from it, so that no others may pass so needlessly.
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When
a pet dies - one that's been especially close to someone here,
that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for
all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water, and sunshine, and our friends
are warm and comfortable, fear and worry free.
All the animals who have been ill and old are restored to health
and the vigor of youth. Those who were abused, hurt, or maimed
are made whole and strong again, just as we would want to
remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing;
they each miss someone very special to them - someone who had to
be left behind. That someone who was kind, gentle, and loving.
That someone who took the extra step, stayed the extra minute,
reached out and touched with love, even once.
The animals all run and play together, but the day comes when
one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes
are intent, his eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run
from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying
him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend
finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be
parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face, your hands
again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the
big, trusting eyes of your special love, so long gone from your
life, but never absent from your heart.
Then, you cross the Rainbow Bridge together...
bravest of fighters"
Achilles came into this world
during the early morning hours of June 3rd, 2004. His
mother, Carla, had been on the webcam at J&A Farm, in Verbena,
Alabama for several months, where hundreds of viewers watched
and waited anxiously for the delivery of her foal. Carla
had been pasture bred, so the exact date for delivery was
Labor turned into a red bag delivery, a very serious
situation for the foal. Angie was able to deliver the foal, and
it was a long awaited appaloosa colt. However, it was obvious
that there were problems. The colt was weak and having
difficulty staying awake. Angie made the critical decision to
take the colt to a local large animal hospital, where he was
given the name, Achilles. A strong name to provide strength and
protection for this small foal.
Achilles prognosis was grim. His white blood count was low
and he had not received the colostrum that he so desperately
needed from his mother. He was placed on IV's, oxygen and
received a plasma transfusion from his mother. He had a foal
sitter 24 hours a day and was under constant care.
After a few days he showed signs of improvement and he
continued to improve to the point that he was following the
doctors during their rounds. He had become the pet of the
hospital. When he was tired and it was time to sleep he was
picked up and put into a bed and covered with a blanket. When
he was ready to get up from his nap, he'd stick his head over
the side of his bed and the staff would pick him up and bring
him out to wander the hospital with them.
Achilles thrived and was soon ready to come home. However,
human negligence came into play. The vet in charge of Achilles'
went on vacation, and things turned sour. Angie had strict
orders that none of her minis were to be placed on shavings.
These orders were clearly marked on the charts, but no one was
reading the orders. Achilles' 24 hour nurse was gone, and he
was placed into the stall with his mother, which was filled with
shavings. That same day Achilles started having breathing
24 hours later the doctors decided to take an x-ray to see what
was going on. The x-ray showed that Achilles' windpipe and
nasal passages were filled with shavings. The staff attempted
to remove the shavings, but Achilles started to slip downhill.
Achilles died the next morning.
He fought a fight that few adult horses would
have won. He would have succeeded if it weren't for human
negligence. I realize that we are human and humans are
prone to error, but the blatant disregard for the instructions
left by the owner caused the needless suffering and death of a
Achilles belonged to Angie & Jim Ciesla of J&A Farms in Verbena,
Alabama. They are no longer raising minis, but I'm sure that
Achilles memory will live with them, and us forever.
Dillards HHH Latigo and Lace.....
Latigo was born May 5, 2003 and she passed away on July 28,
She was our rock. She was a mothering, nurturing spirit who
liked everyone and every animal she met and she felt like she
was their protector. She was a clown always there to cheer me up
when I was sad.
She was exuberant and always greeted me everyday with her neighs
and with kisses. She was always running
through the field with her head held high and always happy. Oh
and she loved to smell flowers (and
sometimes eat them). Latigo was taken from our home to soon. She
passed away from an impaction in her
stomach. She was truly loved by all that meet her
and will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace my Latigo. One day we
will be together again.
This is a poem that a family member
wrote for Latigo.
....Gone but never forgotten.
Beyond The Rainbow
by Cate Guyan
As much as I loved the life we had and all the times we played,
I was so very tired and knew my time on earth would fade.
I saw a wondrous image then of a place that's trouble-free
Where all of us can meet again to spend eternity.
I saw the most beautiful Rainbow, and on the other side
Were meadows rich and beautiful -- lush and green and wide!
And running through the meadows as far as the eye could see
Were animals of every sort as healthy as could be!
My own tired, failing body was fresh and healed and new
And I wanted to go run with them, but I had something left to
I needed to reach out to you, to tell you I'm alright
That this place is truly wonderful, then a bright Glow pierced
'Twas the Glow of many Candles shining bright and strong and
And I knew then that it held your love in its brilliant shades
For although we may not be together in the way we used to be,
We are still connected by a cord that no eye can see.
So whenever you need to find me, we're never far apart
If you look beyond the Rainbow and listen with your heart.
We found Draco hiding. under cars at our office. When we found
him he was only a few months old and very sick. He had mange
and ticks all over him. He was nothing but skin and bones and in
need of a good home.
We took him to the vet and got him back in good health. He lived
a wonderful life until the age of 9. In March 2007 we had to
let Draco go. His immune system had started attacking his body
and blood clots hit his brain causing seizures.
Now he joins Lati - I know they are running together again....
Heather & Shannon Troglauer
541 Two Notch Road
Mulligan's Run Farm
Lexington, SC 29073
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