Freedom the Eagle & Jeff

Freedom and Jeff

Freedom and I have been together 10 years this summer. She came in as a baby in 1998 with two broken wings. Her left wing doesn’t open all the way even after surgery, it was broken in 4 places. She’s my baby.

When Freedom came in she could not stand. Both wings were broken, her left wing in 4 places. She was emaciated and covered in lice. We made the decision to give her a chance at life, so I took her to the vets office. From then on, I was always around her. We had her in a huge dog carrier with the top off, and it was loaded up with shredded newspaper for her to lay in. I used to si t and talk to her, urging her to live, to fight; and she would lay there looking at me with those big brown eyes. We also had to tube feed her for weeks.

This went on for 4-6 weeks, and by then she still couldn’t stand. It got to the point where the decision was made to euthanize her if she couldn’t stand in a week. You know you don’t want to cross that line between torture and rehab, and it looked like death was winning. She was going to be put down that Friday, and I was supposed to come in on that Thursday afternoon. I didn’t want to go to the center that Thursday, because I couldn’t bear the thought of her being euthanized; but I went anyway, and when I walked in everyone was grinning from ear to ear. I went immediately back to her dog cage; and there she was, standing on her own, a big beautiful eagle. She was ready to live. I was just about in tears by then. That was a very good day.

We knew she could never fly, so the director asked me to glove train her. I got her used to the glove, and then to jesses, and we started doing education programs for schools in western Washington . We wound up in the newspapers, radio (believe it or not) and some TV . Miracle Pets even did a show about us.

In the spring of 2000, I was diagnosed with non-hodgkins lymphoma. I had stage 3, which is not good (one major organ plus everywhere), so I wound up doing 8 months of chemo. Lost the hair – the whole bit. I missed a lot of work. When I felt good enough, I would go to Sarvey and take Freedom out for walks. Freedom would also come to me in my dreams and help me fight the cancer. This happened time and time again.

Fast forward to November 2000, the day after Thanksgiving, I went in for my last checkup. I was told that if the cancer was not all gone after 8 rounds of chemo, then my last option was a stem cell transplant. Anyway, they did the tests; and I had to come back Monday for the results. I went in Monday, and I was told that all the cancer was gone.

So the first thing I did was get up to Sarvey and take the big girl out for a walk. It was misty and cold. I went to her flight and jessed her up, and we went out front to the top of the hill. I hadn’t said a word to Freedom, but somehow she knew. She looked at me and wrapped both her wings around me to where I could feel them pressing in on my back (I was engulfed in eagle wings), and she touched my nose with her beak and stared into my eyes, and we just stood there like that for I don’t know how long. That was a magic moment. We have been soul mates ever since she came in. This is a very special bird.

On a side note: I have had people who were sick come up to us when we are out, and Freedom has some kind of hold on them. I once had a guy who was terminal come up to us and I let him hold her. His knees just about buckled and he swore he could feel her power coarse through his body.. I have so many stories like that.

I never forget the honor I have of being so close to such a magnificent spirit as Freedoms.

Hope you enjoy this.


Sarvey Wildlife Center

Did You Know??

This short video gives you some things to think about in the future!!

Leading with Intregrity

What is the true definition?

I looked it up in the Oxford Dictionary ( yes a book not on line!!).

Leading – chief, most important, first in position, most popular,
most likely to succeed
Integrity – moral, uprightness, honesty

Walking Down the Street…..

I love this story!!!

I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I fall in. I am lost. I am helpless. It isn’t my fault. It takes forever to find a way out.

I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I pretend that I don’t see it. I fall in again. I can’t believe I am in the same place, but it isn’t my fault. It still takes a long time to get out!!.

I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I see it is there. I still fall in. It’s a habit. My eyes are open. I know where I am. It is my fault. I get out immediately.

I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I walk around it.

I walk down another street!!!!

Excerpt from John Maxwell’s ‘Failing Forward’

Four Things

They say there are four things that you cannot recover.

1 – The Stone………..after the throw.
2 – The Word…………after it is said.
3 – The Occasion…….after it is missed.
4 – The Time………….after it is gone.

So, I leave you with this…….
How are you spending your time?

Do you keep doing things the same way yet expecting different results or that things will change?
Who are you spending your time with? People that uplift and encourage you and your dreams or energy suckers?

You do have choice.

To Encourage Success

Success, at anything, is a process, it just doesn’t happen overnight.

Last night I was watching an interview with Micheal Phelps, and it may seem like overnight success for him, but he’s been training since he was 11 years old (he’s 23 yrs now). For the last 5 years, he did not miss one day of training, not even Christmas, and on his birthday he did two trainings!!!

Now that is dedication, focus and determination. Not only has he won a gold medal at the olympics, he has won 14 in total and he’s going back for more!!

Here are some idea to encourage more success, love what you do, in other words be enthusiastic about it or have a passion for it.

Give yourself time. We usually underesitmate what we can do in 2 – 5 years, but over estimate what we can do in the next six months. It takes time to get good at what you are trying to do, whether that is a business or learning a new hobby or sport or anything else. Daily consistent action, or practice, practice practice!!!

Set goals, be realistic but also don’t just forget about them. Make a plan of action and keep the focus or end result in your minds eye for what you are aiming for.

If things aren’t going well or working for you, don’t be afraid to step back, look at what it is you are trying to learn or accomplish and try something different that may bring different or better results. Be real about it, if something is not working, admit it. Also, acknowledge what is working or working well.

Don’t be hard on yourself, sometimes things do take time to master or learn. If you love what you are doing and have a passion for it, then it should be easy to keep going till it gets easier or you see the results of sometimes hard work. Then you’ll know it was well worth it!