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Continuation of 23 Dec and on Zorro last week of life
continued on 24 Dec evening

23 Dec 07

I had brought with me old Tinkerbell shirts, with 4 buttons chewed off and shirt collar half chewed away. I had to wear the good shirt now with two buttons chewed away. But with Tink flying to me unprompted and landing on my shoulder, she could chew the shirt off my back.

But we were going out again with Yu family up to Shi's friend house up by the side of Alishan Mountain once more. He has a fruit farm and it was orange picking time. The Wu's (who took in Halftail ) and Shi's (of Zorro) had been there earlier helping to take in the oranges. My wife joined in and I did my best to help which was to stay out of the way. Tink did what she did best which was to squarwk in between her preening. Tink just did not like to talk with company in the past and she did not change now.

Evening came swiftly and dinner came out together with lychee wine.

I then got to understand the complete picture of Zorro my ferret. I understood Chinese, in that I could gather 50 percent of whats spoken. This time, with my wife who could understand 100 percent Chinese, I got the complete picture.

I related in the last time I came here in Nov 2006 that Zorro died. I spend more time in consoling Shi than listening to what he said.

He was extremely attached to Zorro. And Zorro was also attached very much to Shi. Zorro's cage was always opened. Zorro would always come to Shi when called and would climb up and cuddle on his lap. That was already the case for a long time.

Then in Zorro's last week, Shi noticed that Zorro was even more affectionate, coming more promptly and reluctant to leave his lap. Shi was worried that Zorro did not eat and he specially bought durian to tempt Zorro as that was his favourite.

Then when Shi came back home in the evening, Zorro did not come when called. He was then found in his cage, teeth clamped on a bar and dead. Shi was devastated. Shi felt the last week of Zorro was especially sweet, as if Zorro knew his time was ending soon and gave as much of his love as he could.

Zorro was buried in a place in Shi's factory ground, next to where his favourite dog was laid. Shi said that was so that those two can play together. Shi then arranged for last rites for Zorro. So that Zorro can have
as good an after-life as possible and never shall be in want of anything.

I felt good that Shi loved and looked after Zorro so well. I felt happy that Zorro at least had a much better time with Shi then he had with me. Zorro was my first companion when I came to Taiwan again for that round. Zorro was loved by me and I always felt sorry for him taking 2nd place with Halftail as Tink was so fiercely jealous of me spending my time with them.

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