The Wee Won, at the tender age of 4 months, had to leave us. She died on Labor Day, September 2, 2002 at 9:30 AM after a courageous battle with an impacted colon. She never gave up. I was with her every moment for 3 1/2 days. We had to let her run and chase the butterflies in heaven. My heart is broken and I feel I will never be the same. I loved her dearly. It gives me great pain to tell you that she is gone. Thank you for the MANY Wee Won e-mails, they still keep coming in. For all of you that met her and experienced her happiness, you are surely blessed. She was a splendid little angel and is watching over all of us.
A Gift from Wee Won The day after Wee Won died, I was walking from the barn to the house and passing a patch of Spider Lilies that had been neglected for years. A year ago one struggled out and bloomed, What a beautiful sight!! None others have bloomed in the four years that we have lived here. Separating them so they can flourish has always been on my long list of things to do. On this particular day I saw that a huge, single stalk emerged from the midst of the patch, and on the following day, the blooming began and 6 large blooms were gracing the patch. The goats that run free during the day should have eaten them by now, but as they walk by in silence they just stare at their glory! Wee Won would often walk the pastures, chasing butterflies and curiously smelling the little flowers. Oh, how she loved life.... I believe she sent this flower to us to make us all feel better as she knew that we were all missing her so much. She was so loved.
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This is a picture of WEEWON's Spider Lilly, I watched it bloom for several days, each time I passed by I felt her love :)
The Spider Lilly continued to bloom for several days, always making me think of her as I walked by. The blooms died one by one and then there was only the last delicate flower left. I picked it from the stalk, not wanting once again to let go. I placed it in a vase of water and set it on the counter in the kitchen next to a window hoping it would last a little longer. The window has crystals hanging as I love to see the rainbowlike prisms across the room. Returning from feeding the critters I walked into the house and was shocked by the sight I saw. The Weewon Spider Lilly, sitting in the vase on the counter was brillantly lit up and shining, alive and yelling " LOOK at ME" Again the wonderful feeling of LOVE rushed through me and the words of """It is OK, I am fine, don't worry, be Happy""" I grabbed my camera and captured this picture and now it is with me forever. :)
Weewon did indeed "Light up my Life"
Weewon is buried on our property. She had a proper burial, her grave is covered in round marble rocks with a coral border of a heart shaped enclosure, in the middle is a coral square with an angel holding a baby rabbit. Following her death I could not talk to anyone for weeks on the phone nor did I want any company. I was walking out to feed the critters a few weeks later, the weather was very "witchy", very dark purple clouds, gusty winds, very stormy looking. I again was drawn to look to the right over in the direction of Weewon's grave, my eyes filled with tears from the loss of this sweet thing. The sky opened in a little hole and down came a beam of light like a spot light and directly pointed to her grave. I did not have my camera, I know it is hard to believe. Again I felt the Love and comfort of her saying "I am OK." and I will see you at the Rainbow Bridge. She helped me get through the tough times, and I can not wait to see her again, her love for me was as great as mine for her.
WEEWON, The STORY. Weewon came into this world on May 7th 2002 at 2:30 AM totally WRONG!!!! She was presented UPSIDEDOWN and BREECH. After 40 minutes of exhausting, frustrating minutes of manipulation without success, I knew that the time was up to deliver a live foal and had to just remove the foal in order to save the mares life. I pulled on the one hind leg of the foal and managed to deliver the lifeless body of this tiny filly. I stared at this tiny foal laying lifeless on the straw in front of me and my instinct just took over. I gently thumped her chest and breathed air into a nostril, repeating over and over. I just kept staring into her dead lifeless eyes,,,,,,,,,, then I saw a light of life flicker, she looked at me, coughed, and wanted to get up. I was totally stunned !!!!!!!!!!!! What a SURVIVOR, Islands Sheeza Survivor rose to her feet, all of 12 inches tall and weighing about 12 pounds. What a TINY bundle of JOY :)
When Weewon was 7 days old, NBC TV came to Paradise Ranch and had an interview with the tiny survivor. Weewon was on National TV and Paradise was flooded with visitors for the next several weeks. People came from all over just to see this tiny wonder. I remember one day a big ole Continental came cruising in, a very well dressed couple got out of the car and said they would pay me any amount of money to meet the WEEWON. Weewon had seen the big fancy car drive in, she was so used to having people come to see her she had already bellied under the fence and came running up to the car looking ever so cute. Weewon had her own emails, I had so many emails asking how she was doing and please send pictures that we gave her her own email link and Webpage. She would just report her daily activities and what she was up to. Mostly Chasing Butterflies.
Weewon would like to come in the house on a hot afternoon and take a little snooze on the white leather couch as she watched Animal Planet.
Weewon had her favorite Hat with the little sunglasses attached, she never once wanted to take off the hat, she just would walk around and enjoy. She liked to play dress up, I was in my office in the barn one day, she crawled under the fence and just pushed the door opened and came in for a visit. I had taken my work boots off for a foot break and had set them aside, she always came in and hung around when I was in working at the desk. I turned to see what she was up to and she had managed to get both front feet into my work boots and was just standing there waiting for me to turn and see how silly she looked, oh, if I would have only had my camera !! a Kodak Moment for sure !!!
Weewon got her name as you can see, she was VERY WEE, she was only 12 inches tall at birth, weighed about 12 lbs, just right to pick up and hug:)
Weewon was always a different kind of child. She really did not like the other kids. They kinda stared and looked at her funny. She was half the size of the foals that were born at the same time. She did not care as she knew she was very special. She got her name Weewon, meaning we "won the battle of life in the beginning" and she was a " wee one" so tiny. Weewon was a minimal Dwarf, she had a dished face and a turned up nose that gave her the cutest look. She did not have any leg problems and was very happy and healthy. She was the most unusual little girl wanting to explore and play with everything, again, ""chasing butterflies"" was her favorite thing to do.
She loved to play, would leave her mama and follow me up to the house always hung around the tree where the Spider Lillies grow. Liked to dress up for occasions like the 4th of July, wearing her U S flag hanky around her neck.
When the pastures were tall she would play hide and seek with me, and her mom, and the Butterflies.
I recieved a call from a wonderful man named Mario today, he was so touched by WEEWON's memorial page that I decided to finish the full story. Today is September 1st , 3 years ago I held her as she took her last breath, my last words to her were "WEEWON you are sooooo LOVED". As I was working today on this project, I looked out the window, we have flowering bushes, and here came the most beautiful butterfly, along with that warm, I am OK feeling of love. Love is thee most wonderful gift in the world, she is still looking out and caring for me too, and in her own little way letting me know. God bless the Butterflies :)
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has 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.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we 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, who had to be left behind.
They 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 trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
Do not stand by my grave and weep
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the mornings hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die.
Breeders of Miniature Horses, Mini Pigs and the American Bobtail cats