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    [RC] Mountain Lion (Part Three) - nina bomar

    I never ride with a cell phone, but after reading here on ridecamp and with the constant urging from family and friends, I had decided to take my phone with me for the first time on this particular day.  I had actually thought for a moment as I put it in my water bottle bag, I hope I don't jinx myself by bringing this thing.
    After a few moments of trying to comfort Gitano, I grabbed the cell and started dialing... first my boyfriend who was at the mall buying shoes.  I calmly but with deep urgency explained the situation.  He was speechless.  I hung up on him and called the local veterinary hospital.  Since it was after hours, the operator said she would have to page a vet and then call me back.  Now I began to lose my patients.  I called my best friend who rides with me often in this park and would know exactly where I was.  She answered her phone and before I could say a word, she assured me that everything was going to be okay and that the fire dept, veterinarian, rescue teams......... were all on their way.  My boyfriend had already contacted her and they called 911!!!
    Within 45 minutes everyone arrived and they had to cut gate locks etc... to get to me.  I held Gitano in my arms and he never made a peep.  The vet gave him a shot for pain and then I had to say my goodbyes.  It was awful.  I wanted to end the misery, but I felt that I had let him down.  I had no choice but to put him to sleep.  He was such a trooper right up until the last breaths.  I feel very sad to have lost such a beautiful animal with a tremendous heart of gold.