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We’ll Miss You Little Chippewa

Photo by Dick Orleans

Photo by Dick Orleans

By: Dr. Marie Richardson

I am deeply saddened to tell you that on Tuesday, October 6, Chippewa suddenly became extremely ill, we started emergency treatments and then Mike and I rushed him down to the Critical Care Unit at CSU School of Veterinary Medicine. After valiant efforts by the Equine Critical Care Team, Chippewa passed away in Mike’s and my arms. He was eight months old. At this time, the official diagnosis is physiologic shock resulting in severe cardiovascular compromise of unknown cause. We still have many questions as to why, maybe we will never know.

On the way home from Fort Collins, Mike and I were numb with pain. I began asking why? Not why he had to die but why did this little foal have to fight battle after battle in his first few months, become a happy normal growing foal only to have to succumb to something so unexpected. Why was he not taken 8 months ago?

As I began the miserable task of explaining what happened to my kids, I began to answer that very question. In his short life he had a profound effect on not only my family’s life but also many other people’s lives. I want to share that more with you but in fairness to him and those who cared for him, I will have to wait until next week. The deadline is nearing and truthfully, I am emotionally drained and need the time to settle my emotions and gather my thoughts more clearly.

Marie “Dr. C”

Richardson

By:
Dr. Marie Richardson
I am deeply saddened to tell you that on Tuesday, October 6, Chippewa suddenly became extremely ill, we started emergency treatments and then Mike and I rushed him down to the Critical Care Unit at CSU School of Veterinary Medicine. After valiant efforts by the Equine Critical Care Team, Chippewa passed away in Mike’s and my arms. He was eight months old. At this time, the official diagnosis is physiologic shock resulting in severe cardiovascular compromise of unknown cause. We still have many questions as to why, maybe we will never know.
On the way home from Fort Collins, Mike and I were numb with pain. I began asking why? Not why he had to die but why did this little foal have to fight battle after battle in his first few months, become a happy normal growing foal only to have to succumb to something so unexpected. Why was he not taken 8 months ago?
As I began the miserable task of explaining what happened to my kids, I began to answer that very question. In his short life he had a profound effect on not only my family’s life but also many other people’s lives. I want to share that more with you but in fairness to him and those who cared for him, I will have to wait until next week. The deadline is nearing and truthfully, I am emotionally drained and need the time to settle my emotions and gather my thoughts more clearly.
Marie “Dr. C”
Richardson

Comments (1)

  • MoonHermit

    From time to time, kindred spirits enter our lives. Some for only a very brief while, but it is those that have the deepest impact. They are here to remind us that unconditional love, compassion, curiosity, playfulness, feeling needed and a host of other intangible things are more valuable than what we have created in our shallow, material world.

    Chippewa was certainly an enlightened being. Cuteness only goes so far. It was his inner strength to fight against the odds and his ability to enjoy and explore all that life offers us that won the hearts of those who knew him and read about him.

    As for me, I will miss him, but know that his legacy will live on–that is, to fight a valiant fight, even when we feel we have been dealt a poor hand of cards. Take the time out of our hectic, sometimes unfulfilled existences to deeply breathe the air, relish the warm sunshine on our face, smell the flowers and learn to appreciate and express gratefullness for the many blessings we have in our lives. Cherish love we feel in its many forms, never take it for granted, and if and when it leaves this world, to know it shall always remain in our heart and spirit.

    Safe Journeys, Chip. Namaste.

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