Funds for Indigenous communities and global health concerns

Development funding

Good morning, Funds Fans!  I seemed to have slipped into a pre-winter stasis this week as the autumn equinox approached.  And, one of our gerbils (Brady) died.  His brother, Buster, appeared to be on the verge of death, so I’ve been feeding him with a dropper and cuddling him through his grief of losing his life-long partner in crime.  Since the average life span of gerbils is 2.5 years, these two old coots have had a good run.  Nevertheless, I feel grieved and I worry that Buster might die of loneliness, if not old age, soon.

Perhaps my readers will think it silly to write an eulogy for a rodent, but regardless of his position in life on the taxonomic scale, I received many pleasurable hours in devising  and reconfiguring the Habitrail tubes and accessories for the cage, in providing interesting items to play with (i.e. chew to shreds) and in experimenting with menu selections (surprisingly, strawberries were not a hit).

R.I.P.  Brady 😦  Thank you for being an interesting, adorable family pet.  Thank you for entertaining us with your cage escape antics.  Thank you for not chewing through EVERY cord in the house.  You really got our hearts going when you and your brother chewed through the electrical cord on the gas stove, creating a cascade of sparks from underneath.  Thank you for your courage and nimbleness in evading the house cats so that we did not have to witness a National Geographic scene in the Family Room.  Thank you for putting up with the giggles and squeals of little girls as your tiny claws scratched their necks, arms, legs, tummies and backs during their “Let’s put the gerbils inside our pyjamas!” stage.  Thank you for being such a good friend and companion to Buster and to my children.

Brady was buried in a beautifully decorated box in the front garden on September 20th, 2013.  The ceremony was solemn and tearful.

I did have a funds post ready for you today but it doesn’t seem right to segue into it.  Tomorrow I will post on “Funds for Indigenous communities and global health concerns” and then get an October Deadline Alert ready.

“A pet is never truly forgotten until it is no longer remembered.” – Lacie Petitto

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