15th of August 2012...I remember it well.... I was having a very bad day and through the post arrived a tiny package that would make my world a brighter place. I remember holding her tiny shell in my hands..her shell so delicate you could see her heart beating. My Pear. She was more than 'just a snail', she had a personality, character and was one of the gentlest and most loving creatures I've ever known. She loved to be stroked, cuddled and have her head gently rubbed. Everyone in my life knew Pear like she was a little person.
For 5 years we have been inseparable. Whenever I was sad I held Pear close and somehow the world seemed right and, even though she had no ears, it felt like she listened to me. She has always been there through 5 job changes and 4 house moves and whenever I get home I always see her tank and I know I'm truly home. On the 15th of June she felt it was time to pass on, she had become an old lady snoozing in my hands as if she knew it was time. She felt more human than snail, and she was my world and bestest pal. I feel a great sense of loss.
I decided to have her cremated and the staff were a bit taken aback as it was their first time cremating a snail, however, they were really compassionate and handled her with dignity and care. It felt awful putting her in the incinerator and leaving her behind as I had to go quite a way to find the nearest pet crematorium. However the next day I got my baby back and she is home once again and close to me forever. Rest in Peace Pear.
2x L. fulica: Bill & Fleur 2x L. fulica rodatzi: Charlie & Norbert 2x L. fulica jadatzi: Percy & Penelope 2x L. fulica white jade: Ron & Hermione 2x Arch. marginata ovum: Nymphadora & Remus 2x Arch. marginata ovum albino: Neville & Luna 2x A. achatina achatina Ghana 2a: Harry & Ginny 1x A. achatina achatina Nigeria 2a albino: Rubeus (currently seeking a spouse)
The staff couldn't have been more compassionate about cremating Pear- they understood that she was very loved and like a little person. Its strange because, on the night I took her home, one of my electric tealights closest to her lit up on its own and shone brightly. Now, I know its probably just dodgy wiring but I like to think it was my Pear telling me she was home
So sad. I totally agree...snails have so much personality and really do become true members of the family. My Mesoden Thyroidus named Drifter (I found him as an adolescent 8 months ago) has a shell the size of a quarter, but I swear his heart is as big as the world, lol. Rest in peace, Pear. Maybe I should get Drifter cremated too...just remember that Pear is in a better place now.
Its hard with snails, people don't see a personality. I did get laughed at by a few people when I said that she had been cremated. I really hurt my feelings that people found it funny. Have you got any pics of Drifter? He sounds adorable. Yeah Pear will be snailing amongst the clouds now
What a beautiful personable friend. How sad. And only five years old? They can reach ten,right?
I'm unsure but I think it depends on the species and albino genes - she became an adult at 3 years and in her final year her shell looked aged- almost like tree bark. I also had to just give her soft foods too bless her she never had any major health problems but she just started to grow tired as if it was her time