This evening my girlfriend and I had to put down our first reptile, our Bearded Dragon named Koda. We noticed last night that he was not acting right. We brought him into our exotic vet this afternoon and we were told after their tests that he was suffering from an enlarged heart, an aneurysm, or a mass. We were told that he would not make it through the night if we brought him home. We made the painful decision to have him euthanized.
He was our first reptile ever. He was our first pet together as a couple. We rescued him from a bad home. We formed a strong bond with him. When we brought him home, I didn’t even want a reptile. I just couldn’t stand to see an animal being taken care of so poorly. We got him the right sized tank, the right heat source, the right uvb bulb and the right food. I used to be terrified of him, but I was happy to know that he was being taken care of properly. We used to lovingly refer to him as “the dinosaur”. He grew on me and we learned how to handle him and care for him. We owned him for almost 6 years. He was a little over 2 when we got him.
He was the spark that ignited our passion for keeping and caring for reptiles. We loved him so much and he will forever be in our hearts. Every new reptile we get is ultimately because of the love that we found for our little dinosaur. He was the best boy ever and we miss him dearly.
Koda, I hope you find peace as you cross over the rainbow bridge. We are sorry to see you go but find peace ourselves knowing that you are not suffering. Remember to show all the pretty dragons in heaven your sexy leg and keep on being the best boy that ever was. Mom and dad love you and miss you.
Thank you all for bearing with me while I share my grief.
RIP sweet boy.