Tributes to Tina

 

 

At times our own light goes out
and is rekindled by a spark
from another.

 

Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
Albert Schweitzer

 

 

We've created this opportunity for you to share your special thoughts of Tina and in that spirit share the joy!

 

 

 

 

August 11, 2009
Hey Tina girl! Six years ago, after a lot of support from local radio talk shows and other media, you were able to move to Tennessee where you introduced me to your wonderful retirement home at the Elephant Sanctuary and to the loving caretakers there who are devoted to helping you and other elephants just like you live a happy and full life. I became an instant fan and supporter and to this day I still miss the late night drama in the barn where you were the star and we got to know all of your new friends. There was so much excitement when, in the winter, all the girls showed up - even Bunny!! I remember hoping that you would find all the grapes in that blue barrel hanging from the ceiling, and that you would cozy up to Winkie, Sissy, Jenny, Shirley, or any of the other girls to show us that you were coming out of your shell and were happy in your new home. Now, you have with you your very own herd of ele-friends from the Sanctuary, complete with your own personal caregiver, in your forever home. Love you and miss you lots!!
L. P., Surrey, B.C.
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August 11, 2009
Well, today is the anniversary of your arrival at Sanctuary and with that my awakening to the plight of elephants in captivity. Your loss still brings tears to my eyes Tina. Namaste
Jean, Gabriola Island
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August 11, 2009
I remember the day Tina arrived at the Sanctuary, the day she passed away, and all the days in between. Namaste beautiful girl.
Danielle, San Francisco
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August 11, 2009
Miss you, beautiful girl.
Danielle, San Francisco
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August 4, 2009
I visited you many times while you lived in Aldergrove and I always loved your sweet, kind face, and your eyes that just sparkled. As an adult, I got to meet you, and you wrapped your trunk around my hand and tickled my cheek with the tip of your trunk. And then my heart broke as I saw you, with those awful chains wrapped around your ankle, knowing you would spend the next 12+ hours that way. I refused to return to that so called "zoo" after that, and sadly never saw you in life again. But I followed your move to the sanctuary, and I was so happy that finally you were free from that torture. Sadly you weren't long for this world, but now you are truly free. I will forever remember my encounter with you! Run free sweet Tina!
Trisha Waddell, Mission, BC, Canada
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July 21, 2009
Beloved Tina: I never knew you, but I have learned to love you through your beautiful pictures, tributes, and the story of your life. I will play "your song" (Over the Rainbow) from your website today, in your memory. And I know it will make me cry for the sweetness that you gave to the world.
Joan, Connecticut
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July 16, 2009
On this anniversery of your passing, there are many who still, and will alwys miss your presence. You were "our" girl from BC. You are forever "our" girl. Rest In Peace Sweet Lady and trumpet the heavens with Bunny and Ned and all your other sisters who left before you and since.
Heather, Victoria BC Canada
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July 16, 2009
Remembering Tina on this anniversary...so hard to believe it's been 5 years. It seems like yesterday.
Julie, Tucson AZ
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July 12, 2009
Dear Tina, You are a big sweetheart! I love you so much! You are such an adorable elephant! I love how you love grapes! I like them two. I love red grapes! YUMM! In heaven you can have all the grapes you want! Red or Green! Yummy! I miss you lots and I love you lots! I hope you had a good time at this sanctuary! You desreve all the nice things you can get! I hate how people treat elephants and other animals so disrespectfully! We are animals as well! Treat animals with respect, love and care. You need that and everyone else does too! I love you Tina so very much and I wish that you were here! Take Care!
Hailey, Ottawa, ON
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July 10, 2009
Dear Tina, You will always be remembered and missed. You will always also be loved and cared for. You were lucky to be able to live at this amazing sanctuary! I love you so much my Tina. I miss you so much! Have a nice life in amazing heaven where you get to see the rest of your family! I love you lots and miss you lots!
Hailey, Ottawa, ON
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May 7, 2009
Tina, thinking of you. Sweet Bunny will be coming to see you. Love her for me. Missing you and late nights on the cam With tears that still flow and a heart that still aches for you....
Danielle, Vancouver
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May 1, 2009
Tina, tho you have left us you remain in my circle of love. I remember you on your birthday as you always remembered it yourself.
Lenore, Richmond, BC
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May 1, 2009
Hi Tina It is May 1st and Spring is fully here. I guess it is Spring everyday where you and your friends are. Love to you as always
Jean, Gabriola Island
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April 26, 2009
Today would have been your 39th birthday, dear Tina. You are missed so much, but I am glad you have no more pain. I am especially happy that you were able to have some time at the Sanctuary and that you passed away surrounded by love and with all your special people around you....you are always in my thoughts little one.
Susan C, Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
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March 31, 2009
Dear Tina: I remember you when you were just a wee little thing. My little daughter, age four now 38, had a ride on your back. We were thrilled at the time, but I am so happy that you got to spend your last days in peace at the site in Tennessee. I am now introducing my little 15-month-old to this web site and the wonderful elephants who enjoy so much freedom and happiness at last.
Cynthia, Mission, British Columbia
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January 18, 2009
I was so glad that you finally found a safe and loving place and that your death was not in vain it made more people aware of elephants and their needs.I hope you found the rainbow bridge and are waiting for your human and animal friends,you had close people to you that loved you and your elephant friends so you were content and happy once again.Miss you Tina all my love
Deborah Gordon, Aldergrove,B.C Canada
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December 17, 2008
Hello Tina, my sweet, sweet girl, It has been a few months since I have visited this space to write to you but you know that you are always in my thoughts. I still miss you very much, and I believe that now that Queenie and Delhi have joined you and your other sisters in your heavenly sanctuary, you are all together again. I visualize you all enjoying playing in the green grassy fields and taking your daily swims just like you did at the Elephant Sanctuary. Always remember that you are forever in my heart, dearest girl and I will never forget the friendship that we shared here on earth. I know that we will see each other again one day. I love you, Tina.
Your forever friend, Heather, Burnaby, B.C.
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December 10, 2008
You passed before I found your sanctuary but the sweetness of your face stares back at me through from a computer screen, and I love you sweet Tina as I do all your sisters. Namaste beautiful Tina and amble through eternity in peace.
Sheila, England
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November 30, 2008
Oh, Tina - I miss you so much. Its cold now,winter is here, but your countenance and spirit help me look forward.I met you once, many years ago in Langley, but I really got to know you when you left here for Tennessee. How I wish things could have been different. Just to touch you - once - .
Janet Dixon, Vancouver, B.C.
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November 16, 2008
Still thinking of you beautiful Tina. Did you see that there is a guy at TES now? Beautiful Ned. Love
Jean, Gabriola Island
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November 11, 2008
Been thinking of you, sweet Tina - another elephant has made it to paradise, thank goodness. Miss you and late nights on the cam. Love,
Danielle, Vancouver
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November 9, 2008
It's been a long while since I come on this site. It sure is good reading all the tribute and memory dedicated to such a beautiful lady as you, Tina. It brings tears to my eyes and an ache in my heart that you've been gone 3 years now. REading your stories makes me feel that closer to you even though we're separated by the vast ocean. You're in my thoughts and prayers and all your sisters that goes before you, too. Yes, you are together with JoAnne, too.
Teresa, Kuching (city), Sarawak (Borneo Island), East Malaysia.
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November 3, 2008
tina was a really nice elephant
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July 25, 2008
Thought of you yesterday and yesterdays yesterday and so on on and so on. Miss you and late nights on the cam. With tears forever flowing and love forever in my heart
Danielle, Vancouver
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July 24, 2008
Dear Tina, I still miss you and think of you all the time. Looking at the pictures of the beautiful place you got to call home for the last few months of your life I am so happy that you had time there but it makes me sad that you did not get to completely enjoy all there was for you to do. Still missing you and loving you my dear girl.
Lynn, Langley BC
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July 21, 2008
You'll never be forgotten, my sweet darling.
B.,
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July 21, 2008
Tina, Remembering a very special girl on this day. I can't belive how many years its been since you left this earth, but I think about you often, and love you forever!
Stacie W., Florida
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July 21, 2008
Always Remembered....Forever Loved
Susan, British Columbia
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July 17, 2008
Hey, my precious Tina...I can't believe that it is coming up three years since you left us. I miss you and everything about you, especially your presence here on earth. I think of you often and feel honoured that I was blessed to have had the opportunity to spend time with you at the Game farm in Aldergrove and then being able to watch you on the elecam night after night to see how happy you were at the Sanctuary with your many new friends and sisters. I will always remember you, my sweet, sweet, girl and time does not heal the pain in my heart...the pain of missing you so much. I love you, girl. Always remember that you are my shining star in the night sky.
Your Forever Friend, Heather, Burnaby, B.C.
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July 5, 2008
Always miss you, always love you Miss Tina.
Allison, Wyoming
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July 4, 2008
Always missing you. Love you Miss Tina.
Allison, Wyoming
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May 22, 2008
Belated Birthday greetings my baby girl. You're so missed and so loved.
Bonnie,
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May 5, 2008
Happy Birthday Tina! Although I did not know about TES when you were there, the stories about you are wonderful.
Juanita Eisinger, Livonia, MI
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May 5, 2008
Tina, we sure miss you, your job now is to welcome all your sisters. may you all rest in peace now, as one big happy family. God bless everyone at the sanctuary for looking after these precious animals.
Linda, Canada
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April 26, 2008
Happy Birthday Tina
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April 21, 2008
Hi Tina You have been busy welcoming your sisters lately. So hard for everyone here to lose them and so joyous for you to recieve them. Showering all of you with love
Jean, Gabriola
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April 14, 2008
Think of you all the time. Miss you so very terribly and late nights on the cam. With tears still falling and deep love in my heart.
Danielle, Vancouver
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March 20, 2008
Tina - You did not get to meet Delhi, as you left us before she was released from quarantine several months after you passed, but you are with her now -- trunk hugs!!
Michael, New Jersey
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March 13, 2008
HI Tina....wow your bithday is almost here and I just wanted to let you know we are thinking of you still! I know it's silly but we loved you deeply when we saw you at Greater Vancouver Zoo each and every time...we sat there for hours on end watching you and the kids at the time we soo little all they could say was Kina Elley (Tina Elephant) ahaha! I still remember you and always will you are in our hearts...I'll be back on your birthdate to wish you one!!! Love us!!!
Kim, Coby , Kayla and Kamren, Langley, BC
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February 20, 2008
Thinking about you tonight and always Tina. Thanks for bringing me to the sanctuary. Always in my heart. Chriss, B.C Canada.
Chriss Ball, Victoria, B.C. Canada.
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February 15, 2008
Hi again Tina Perhaps one day soon, when she chooses, Delhi will be home to meet with you and Jenny and Lotta and Barbara - I know you will welcome her with gentleness and love.
Jean, Gabriola
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February 15, 2008
You are always in my thoughts . . .
Michael, New Jersey
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December 15, 2007
Hi Tina It has been a while since I have checked in with you but just wanted you to know that you still hold that special place in my heart.
Jean, Gabriola
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December 14, 2007
Sweet Tina, the nights we shared together changed my life..miss you, love you, trunk hugs for little Jenny
Sylvie, Toronto
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November 27, 2007
Miss you - miss late nights on the cam. Forever loving you.....
Danielle, Vancouver
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November 7, 2007
Dear Tina Time does not seem to heal my broken heart on your passing. I can not drive by the game farm without thinking about you. I thought that my tears would have dried up now but I still cry. I am so happy that you had 11 months of happiness and will always be grateful for that Always in my heart dear Tina. I love you.
Lynn, Langley BC
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October 26, 2007
Tina, you are never far from my thoughts.
Michael, New Jersey
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October 21, 2007
HEY TINA WE LOVE AND MISS YOU WE HOPE YOU ARE RESTING IN PEACE.
ASHLEY, LINDEN T.N.
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August 13, 2007
Time moves so very fast, but not a moment of that time has gone by that you have not been in our thoughts. It was four years yesterday that you placed your sore feet on Sanctuary grounds for the sweetest 11 months of your life. Still missing you sweet girl
Susan, B.C.
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August 13, 2007
A very special photo of you was posted yesterday on the elediary. You are darling in your camisole of hay. Kisses, Angelkins. Hope you are having fun in grape-heaven. Miss you!
Lesley, Vancouver
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August 12, 2007
Hi Sweetie!! Missing you, and your smile
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August 12, 2007
August 11th 2003 when you arrived at the sanctuary Tina. You were the one that introduced me to the sanctuary as I was following your move from Vancouver B.C. Thankyou so much dear Tina, you have inspired me. Your grace, your strength, your courage and most of all your ability to forgive the human race for it's often uncaring and cruel ways towards creatures great and small. I can only wish that I may develop some of your traits in my lifetime. Thinking of you with love. Go find that butterfly girl!
Chriss Ball, Vancouver Island. B.C.
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August 11, 2007
4 years ago today you arrived in paradise - wish you were still there. Missing you and late nights on the cam - thinking of you today and everyday
Danielle, Vancouver
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August 8, 2007
What a legend you have left behind! Bless you and all that you have done for humanity and your sisters. Miss not being able to watch you on the elecam. Rest in peace! Still wear my Tina shirt! Will always look for you on the Sanctuary site.
Sonja B, Port Alberni, BC Canada
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August 8, 2007
Dearest Tina - always in my thoughts.
Janet Dixon, Burnaby B.C. Canada
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July 21, 2007
Hey Tina girl! Just wanted to stop by to say that I’m thinking about you today. It’s been three years since you left us so unexpectedly. I miss seeing your big puffy eyes and mischievous smile on the elecam. You always made my day. Wish you were still here!!!
LP, Surrey, B.C.
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July 21, 2007
Remembering you today on the anniversary of your leaving us. It just seems like yesterday that we were celebrating your arrival at the Sanctuary. You are the reason I found this magical, special haven. Thanks to you Tina, I discovered a whole new and very special world. Still missing you and not a day goes by that you are not in my thoughts....
Susan, British Columbia
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July 21, 2007
Remembering you today - remembered you yesterday and the day before and so on. No words can describe the sorrow I feel, how much I miss seeing you, and how incredibly difficult July 21st has become. I think today, though, I am going to remember you with happiness and joy. I believe you would want that. I so wish for just one more late night on the cam - how magic that would be.
Danielle, Vancouver
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July 21, 2007
Remembering you today - remembered you yesterday and the day before and so on. No words can describe the sorrow I feel, how much I miss seeing you, and how incredibly difficult July 21st has become. I think today, though, I am going to remember you with happiness and joy. I believe you would want that. I so wish for just one more late night on the cam - how magic that would be.
anonymous,
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July 20, 2007
Tina, although it has been 3 years since you moved from this world to the next, your presence is still felt here every day. You are a very special elephant and will always be remembered. I love you.
Michael, New Jersey
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June 30, 2007
Hi Tina, just thought I would tell you how much we are still missing you. Tony still misses you alot and so does everyone else back here at your home in BC. Not one day goes by that you do not cross my mind and thoughts. You still are our precious little girl that is loved so much. You touched many peoples hearts and souls. You taught us all a great lesson in life for all of us to look at and do something about before it is too late for anybody including ourselves. You also taught us never to be angry at anything, be patient with all, help everything and do good always. Help the ones that cannot help themselves. Tina, you taught me alot and you still are teaching everyone things even thought you became a angel now, you still are being a advocate from heaven telling people to smarten up and do everything right for not only animals but human kind as well, including themselves. Happy Canada Day Tina from your home. We all love you and are helping you fight your fight to make things right all over this world with people and animals. God Bless you always Tina. You are loved and sadly missed each day.
Marie, Aldergrove, BC, Canada
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June 28, 2007
Hi Precious girl, How wonderful to be able to sit and write to you again and let you know how much I am thinking of you. It will soon be three years since you left us... your family and all the special friends who loved you. We all miss you very much, my darling girl. Life is just not the same here on earth without you, but I know that we will meet again one day. I'll be here again with my tribute on July 21st. Know that I will love you always.
Your forever friend, Heather, Burnaby, B.C.
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June 25, 2007
Hi My Sweet Girl, Am remembering you with much love today as always. I come to this page quite often and read the tributes from all of your loving family and friends. The tears still flow, Teen, as I remember our precious times together at the Greater Vancouver Zoo and the adorable, seeet loving girl you were. I do really miss you and those days. I wish we could just go back in time to prior 2004 and I could come and visit you again even if it was for just one more time. I will always love you and you will be treasured in my soul and heart forever, my precious girl and our pictures taken together will be forever imprinted in my memory.
Your forever friend, Heather, Burnaby, B.C.
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June 21, 2007
Forever loving and missing you. . .
Allison, Wyoming
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May 1, 2007
Hi Tina. We all here at your hme in BC miss you dearly andwe all love you so much. Everytime time i see your favorite little butterfly you use to play with i tell everyone that this special butterfly is sent by you now to comfort us as you are telling us that you are happy and well again playing and enjoying yourself like you use to. Look at me , i am free and happy. I will laways love you and hold every thing that we shared with you when you were here close to my heart and my love for you will never die and i will always help any animal i can from danger or being abused. God Bless You Tina , love always.
Marie, Aldergrove, BC, Canada
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April 27, 2007
Yesterday was your Birthday Tina & when I thought of you on your special day, it brought a smile! Missing you!
Lenore, Richmond, BC, Canada
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April 26, 2007
Happy Birthday Sweetness. What I would give for just one more night of seeing you - if only... May you have an extra helping of grapes and know how much you are still loved. With tears still flowing
Danielle, Vancouver
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April 25, 2007
Dearest Tina...you are always in my thoughts, but more so lately with the pending arrival of Dulary to Sanctuary. Tomorrow, April 26th is your birthday....I was going through your photo album again, and found those wonderful pictures of Scott giving you your birthday treats! Happy Birthday dear one. We miss you so.
Susan, B,C,
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April 21, 2007
Another day without you, another day thinking of you. With tears still flowing. Missing you everyday and late nights on the cam.
Danielle, Vancouver
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April 15, 2007
Tina, We were there the day you left the Greater Vancouver zoo, and I thought that was one of the saddest days of my life to say good-bye. It was hard then but even harder now. You have been my friend since I was a little girl, then you were my children's friend. It is had to explain how much joy you brought to our life and now I hope you are experiencing your heavanly joy. We miss you Tina, we love you and we will always cherish our photos and memmories of you.
Wonda Warren, Vancouver BC, Canada
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April 7, 2007
I think of you a great deal, Tina and will never forget you.
Jean, Gabriola BC
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March 14, 2007
Tina, you introduced me to the Sanctuary during your move from Vancouver, BC. I followed your progress each day and got familiarized with Sanctuary life and the rest of the girls. Then one awful day my husband picked me up from work and the first words he spoke were "Tina died today". I rushed home and got straight on the Sanctuary web site. For the next few hours I cried and cried I just could not believe that you had been taken so suddenly. Things seemed to be going so well for you and I was eager to see you walking in those wonderful shoes. I think of you a lot and I am still hooked on keeping up with all the news about the Divas and the rest of the herd. Thankyou for taking me to this wonderful site. Hope you are getting the best of everything in ele. heaven. Rest in peace.
Chriss, Victoria. BC. Canada.
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February 28, 2007
Tina You are always in my thoughts.
Michael, New Jersey
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February 26, 2007
It is some time since I visited you - and on looking at your beautiful photos, I am still saddened that you had to leave us after such a short time at the sanctuary. We all loved you so very much and still feel pain and sadness that you are no longer with us. In your short life you did so very much - You increased our awareness of the conditions in which you, and others, lived before being released into the loving care of those at The Elephant Sanctuary. Thank you Tina - and thank you to all the wonderful caregivers at the sanctuary.
Doreen, Victoria, British Columbia
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February 1, 2007
Popped in to say hi and to say I love you! (I think of you every day and every thought of you makes my heart glad.)
Les, Vancouver
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January 22, 2007
Tina - it's been awhile since I have visited the santuary website and I went straight to you. I read of the last days of your life and then the time when you died. It brought so many tears to my eyes. I still find it hard to look at your picture with your beautiful puffy eyes. I hear your voice and again, it is crushing. I hope you are ok and have many friends around you. And I hope you are pain-free. You deserve an eternity of peace and comfort and happiness. God Bless you Tina
Michelle Toone, Victoria, BC and Australia too!
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January 12, 2007
Happy New Year, sweet girl. Keep up the vigil on your sisters. They are doing well.
Janet, Cambridge MA
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January 9, 2007
I miss your smile, I miss your face... thank-you for the time you gave us, the princess of late night elecam. I will always love you
A friend, Toronto
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January 5, 2007
Happy New Year Tina...and to all your friends there with you.
Jean, Gabriola
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November 30, 2006
Hi Tina. It's been awhile since I've visited this site. Seems to painful still to look at your photos and read the final few days. So why do I still do it? Of coarse I read of your buddies too! I wish there was more that I could do to end the suffering of not only elephants but of all the other animals that live a miserable existance as well. But...there are good people in the world. Thanks to the caregivers,such wonderful caring people,that at least these critters had a taste of freedom and love that many still haven't experienced. I hope you have a great time bopping around with your buddies in heaven. I love you Tina and all your buddies too! Love your buddy from here in B.C. Terri Kelowna
Terri, Kelowna B.C.
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November 16, 2006
I am sorry for your lose. My name is Jenny. I am 12 year old. My last name is Edmonds. I love all living things.
Jenny Edmonds, FL
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November 14, 2006
Hi Tina Just checking in with you beautiful girl. Your heavenly herd is growing again. You and Barbara and Lota and Jenny with Joanna and all the others. Take care Love you Jean
Jean, Gabriola Island, BC
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November 14, 2006
I'm 21 years old and had visited you since I was a baby. Simply being close to you was an experience that to this day warms my heart. Thank you for being a part of so many people lives. We love you.
Johanna, Halifax
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October 25, 2006
In times of despair, I return back to you - sweet, sweet puffy eyed girl. Take care of Jenny. Miss you and late nights on the cam.
D., Vancouver
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October 19, 2006
Tina, my darling, I remember the shock of being at work and seeing on the board that you had left us. I knew you since you were little and was amazed at how far you had come at TES. Now there is a very special arrival in Ele-Heaven, our little Jenny Jelly Bean is probably sitting right beside you as we speak. Tina kiss our Jenny for us and guide her to the tastiest vegetation in heaven. She hasn't been eating well for two years. That is how long you've been gone Tina. Was she pining for you?
Valerie Gibson, Pitt Meadows BC
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October 5, 2006
you were amazing tina
unknown, houston texas
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October 2, 2006
Tina -- you are always in my thoughts.
Michael, New Jersey
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September 18, 2006
Its 2006, and tonight I think of Tina as I prepare to take her image to a Georgia Art show, in hopes to raise funds for the other elephants in the sanctuary. This is what I wrote about her, after the image was delivered to Carol upon completion, only to find that she had passed at the same time. Tina’s Tribute April 26, 1970 - July 21, 2004 On a beautiful spring day, I hear the buzzing of the bees, and the rustling of the song birds at my door….when comes a sound like no other, one made by a mother, delivering the third calf of four. For today the world rejoices, for this sweet one is born on this soft April morn, in a place fill with watching eyes and fences that disguise, echo’s from across the walls, of the wild elephant’s calls. Comes the most special gift, a soul made of gold, a body of gray now lays in soft hay. Sixteen siblings in all, families sharing a stall, growing up with no fields, or trees for sun’s shield. Feeling her way, on four shaky legs, she’s nuzzled by trunks which seem to say; “welcome to this place”. Adoration on her face, her family begins to sing; “welcome to the ring.” She grows to be two, when out of the blue; someone comes to take her away. With a cry and a shutter, she is torn from her mother, and sent away to some place new. She arrives at a farm, one that presents a wood barn, but unsettling and unfamiliar she trembles in fear. No comforts of home, a place all-alone, her life has changed forever it’s clear. Her sadness takes hold, as she feels nothing but cold, as Canadian air sweeps her tears away. Then out in the mist, a shadow delivers a kiss, a face furry and warm with delight. A brand new friend, one that makes the heart mends, a canine with love and no fight. Then came a child or two, they camped in the dew, and kept this dear baby from fret thought the night. For sleeping under the stars, gazing out at Mars, they all held meetings beneath nets. For her life in solitude went, for years on the farm she spent, still a lifetime with none of her kind. Until one day she came, from out of the rain, this creature they called Tumpe – Divine! Finally a friend, the boredom would end, a sister of my own kind! Great plans for our play, we would take time to lay, and share whatever came to mind. Teenage girls where the two, with no emotions in blue, happy to be united in love. The two did stay at each others side, inseparable like twins, fitting like a new pair of gloves. When bad news did come, an offer in sum, to sell what was home to a zoo. These girls now of two, for faint memories of few, recall sadness and loss for their space. Why is this happening again, for is there no place to mend, do we become a spectacle on show? For we don’t see, the reason to be tied to a tree, or to live with sad seeds to sow. They hear cries of their own, for a circle some destine to roam, to carry clowns, suffer abuse and wear frowns. For the stories they heard, about carrying signs so absurd, saying the “circus is coming to town”. They remember in their dreams, when images of cement and wall seemed, no better than where they now lived. But much to their delight, these people shared in their plight, to make life good for both of them. For love they did meet, a new diet, special care for her feet, Tina found something to make bad memories fade. Until the day Tumpe's sent away, no longer would they play, as she lifted her trunk to wave good-bye. Her memories of their life, takes away all the stifle and will carry her well to her end. For love she would feel, and a kiss she would seal, as they drove Trumpe around the bend. Tina sees how it goes, as she stands on her toes, and feel the pain of her four feet. Memories of her true friend, loving thoughts she would send, and hope for some day they should again soon meet. They say life is changing, and times keep on moving, so all we can do is adapt. For now she does dream, of acres of grasses in green, and memories of her friend is still soothing. When one day things change, and dreams are now real, Tina does not know what to do. For she sees that same truck, with a prayer and some luck, her adventure might take her away too! On a three-day journey, across country roads and bright lights, she holds on tight as can be for the ride. She feels something stirring, deep inside something scurrying as she reclaims her true birth right. She arrives in a "land of plenty", greeted by many, seven in all, she asks "what's this called?" A family of eight, this is my fate, for this she has no doubt. For the voice of the land, and the softness of a hand, she found feelings she never has never known. For this place she did find, she knew in her thoughts, could only this be called "mine"? For the "bush" and the land, reflects all that one can, imagine what is real and complete. For as solid as she stands, this now is her land, as she firmly plans her four feet. For Tina found home, in Tennessee she did roam, with a family of her own kind. Sweetness was her real truth, despite her birthroots; harmony and peace as her natural sign. But the story begins, almost right where it ends, as Tina's time here on earth did transcend. For she now walks with ease, her pain is now freed, and no longer herself she need fend. If you look really hard, in a cloud slightly marred by whipping wind and shades of gold and blues. Reaching to you with no fight, is a soul with wings of white, to touch you deep inside too. Don't cry for me she says, from her fluffy cloud bed , just look for me here when you need, for nothing is so dear, than an elephant tear when you know it's about love and not greed. (I love and miss Tina-Liz)
Liz Nicholas (Art With A Conscience), Berkeley Lake/Blueridge GA
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September 16, 2006
BABYGIRL...YOUR EYES SHOW HOPE IN THE MIDDLE OF ALL YOU ENDURED...A SPIRIT THAT KEEPS BELIEVING, BUT NEVER FORGETS...BUT PLEASE REMEMBER JAH SENT SOME OF US TO LOVE YOU FROM AFAR,NOT LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE MET YOU ON THIS PLANE..BUT PROMISED TO HOLD YOU IN HEAVEN..WATCH OVER US UNTIL WE ARE UNITED IN A BLISSFULL PLACE...CALLED ZION...YOUR SPIRIT LIVES IN MY HEART FOREVER...AND YOUR TOUCH...IS MY TEARS...JAH BLESS BABYGIRL
RASTA CHER, HARKER HEIGHTS, TEXAS
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August 15, 2006
Dear Tina, Please take good care of JoAnna, your dear human caretaker, who loved you and all the elephants so much. It seems that you both left us too soon. We are grateful for the short time that we had together; you were a blessing to so many lives.
Madonna, Chicago
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August 12, 2006
Hey Tina girl,

It’s been three years since you made the big trip to Tennessee, when many of us were first introduced to the Sanctuary. How I wish you were still here! I was so happy for every step of progress you made, every overture with your elefriends, every time you ventured out of the barn. So many hopes and dreams for you. I hope you are happy now and are welcoming all the newbies who have joined you in the past few years. Joanna in particular, needs a big elehug. She, like you, left us way too soon and will be happy to see your familiar smile and get a big trunk hug! Take care of her, O.K. Tina? Love you and miss you every day!!!!!
L. P., Surrey, B.C., Canada
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August 11, 2006
Precious Tina -- It was three years ago today that you arrived at your new home after your long voyage from Canada. All eyes were glued on the EleCam that day as you started a brand new life, soon to be surrounded by elephant companions -- your future was so bright. As the months went by, your progress was very invigorating to us -- then suddenly, you were taken from us -- you are always in our thoughts and we miss you terribly.
Michael, New Jersey
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August 11, 2006
With tears that never cease. Heavy heart of missing you. One more night on the cam. One more time to be able to watch in awe the wonder that is you.

Happy 3rd Anniversary
I love you and miss you.
Danielle, Vancouver
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August 4, 2006
I discovered the Elephant Sanctuary online by accident about a year ago when I was searching for wall art featuring elephants. Through Cyberspace I have come to feel as if I've known the Tarra, Winkie, Sissy, Jenny, Flora and the rest of the elephants as well as Carol and Scott and the caring staff at TES. It breaks my heart to read about Tina and Barbara and Lota -- and now Joanna Burke. In many ways, they are all my heroes. The elephants seem like such gentle souls, and the people caring for them (including Joanna and all of the people who post messages on this site)are of great inspiration to me. My mornings are not complete until I take a moment online to watch the elephants bathing in the pond. My colleagues think I'm nuts. I've read so much about Tarra -- and purchased her artwork. One day I hope to meet her in person (even though Tennessee is so far away). Please continue all of the good work and know that I will always be checking in on my friends, and will continue to make my humble donations whenever I can.
Andy, Los Angeles
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August 3, 2006
Heartfelt thoughts . . . how does one endure such times at this . . . now with the great loss of Joanna. I am so sorry for this loss to you Carol and Scott and all the staff. I give prayers for Joanna's family and her extended family at the Sanctuary . . and especially for Winkie's well being. I pray that Joanna is now with you Tina, and Barbara and Lota and so many others, that she is caring for you in the next world. Also swift recovery for Scott. Blessings.
Delores Wall, Langley, BC
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July 30, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers are with the living who are enduring this crisis, as well as the blessed ones who've passed.

Joanna and Winkie, know we love you.

Sanctuary, know we love you. Nothing can shake that.

Tina girl, if there's a heaven I know you're both in it together. Take care of Joanna as she took such good care of you.
Lesley,
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July 27, 2006
It was so hard to lose you Tina & now, 2 years to the day, the tragic death of Joanna, one of your precious caregivers. My heart is heavy.
Lenore, Richmond, BC, Canada
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July 26, 2006
Well, my sweet friend, Joanna is now with you again. I'm glad you've been reunited, but we miss you both so much...
Nancy, WA
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July 25, 2006
Such a strange and sad coincidence--that Tina and Joanna should share the date of their last day on this earth. I had to check and recheck because it was so hard to imagine.
Janet, Cambridge MA
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July 23, 2006
As the human world winds itself up for yet more war, bloodshed, grief, and trauma, I find solace in thoughts of you, Lota, and Barbara, and the calm and peaceful place still living elephants wander happily. Free from the stupidity of those who once enslaved them. Safe in the hands of those who've evolved to a higher place. Elephants should have inherited the earth. Some day...
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July 22, 2006
Beautiful Gentle Giant
Body Buried, Heart Stilled
Yet Your Spirit Gently Washes With Love O'er All Of Us
Why?
We Who Were The Ones Who Caused You To Leave This Mortal Earth Too Soon
We Are Not Wise My Lovely Tina
But We Are Learning
We Worship You Mentally And Thank Those That Brought You To The Forefront To Teach Us
And The Punishment For Our Ignorance Is Our Loss OF You
We Will Learn SO That Others Will Be Able To Wander To An Old Age
Throughout The Heaven On Earth Called Sanctuary-
In Tennessee.

You Are So Loved And Missed - After 2 years, The Tears Flow So Readily.
B,
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July 21, 2006
We miss you so very much, dearest Tina.
Sissy & Winkie, Hohenwald, TN
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July 21, 2006
You are missed terribly dear girl!
Merilee Newman, Tollhouse, California
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July 21, 2006
Hello my Angel, Two years ago today brought a traumatic change to my life and has left an unbelievable yearning of wishing you were still here with us. I have been thinking about today for the past few days and wondered what I was going to say to you on this page. I have just played "Over The Rainbow" and had my little cry, but how uplifting to once again hear you sing your little song for all of us. I know that I am not the only one missing you today, sweet girl. People all over the world had the pleasure of getting to know you via the elecam at The Elephant Sanctuary, but then there are those of us who were priviledged to see you, spend time with you, touch you and get to communicate with you in a more intimate way at the Greater Vancouver Zoo. Words cannot express how much I miss you and the void I feel deep in my heart. You are my shining star in the night sky and you will forever be in my heart, always lovingly remembered and never far away. Love you, sweet girl.
Your forever friend, Heather, Burnaby, B.C.
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July 21, 2006
Tina you will never be forgotten in my life. You inspired me to have the interest I now have for the betterment of captive elephants plight.
Maggie, Victoria, BC
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July 21, 2006
Tina, you are gone but not forgotten & your gentle spirit is ever present. Missing you, love
Lenore, Richmond, BC, Canada
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July 21, 2006
My precious Tina -- it has already been two years since you left us, but your spirit lives on and will never die in our fondest memories of you. You are forever in our hearts!
Michael, New Jersey
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July 21, 2006
My heart is heavy. 2 years have passed. No more late nights on the cam. I miss you. May you mark this day with extra grapes! Please guard over all your sisters who have not experienced any freedom and send them strength. With tears ever flowing,
Danielle, Vancouver
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July 21, 2006
miss you
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July 20, 2006
Thinking of you with love, dear Tina...
Jac, U.K.
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July 20, 2006
Darling Tina....I cannot believe that tomorrow marks the second anniversary of your leaving us...it seems like just yesterday.....I know in my mind that you are in a better place, and without pain, but my heart still misses your sweet face, shining and smiling down on your caregivers...you will always be remembered baby girl.
Susan, B.C., Canada
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July 13, 2006
Oh Tina I have so little faith in people. What have you learned where you are now? Why does it take lives after lives of enslaved animals (let alone the genicide of people) for us humans to learn? I still think about you often. Something about you seems so pure. So positive. So genuine. Somewhere over the rainbow I hope to find life on this earth is only a blink of an eye instead of what seems endless suffering for most living beings on earth. I dream that you are now amongst those such as yourself and vast green pastures with cool shallow lakes. So sorry you didn’t have more time at the sanctuary. It was your story that taught me that there are some who do genuinely care and struggle to make a difference. But again...Why the struggle? why dose it have to take so long? What have you learned Tina? I love you ....me
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July 1, 2006
Good Morning, Tina, my Angel..I've been away traveling and just wanted you to know that I carried you in my thoughts and in my heart and did not forget you for one moment whilst I was away. I took along several of my "Tina" T-shirts and wore them proudly in your memory. Never a day goes by when someone somewhere does not comment about your picture on the T-shirt that I am wearing. No matter where in the world I am, I love to tell the story of you, your rescue and the new life that you so loved and enjoyed at your new home at the Sanctuary with your new found family. Animal lovers no matter where they live love to hear about elephants and I am sure that many of those people I have told about you and your sister elephants at the Sanctuary have logged on to the Sanctuary website and discovered a whole new meaning to loving and caring for rescued and adopted elephants. I also believe that many of the people I have told about you have actually found it in their hearts to make a donation to the Sanctuary and offer their continued help and support toward the care of all of your sisters. In another three weeks it will be two years since you left us. I so remember that day! Your passing came as a sudden and painful jolt to my life...not only mine but to everyone who loved you. I could not control the tears and the pain that day and over the past two years there have been many more of those days. You will always be my shining star in the night sky, my sweetheart, no matter where I am I will carry you in my heart for the rest of my days. I will continue to wear my Tina T-shirts and when they wear out I will get new ones, so when I am old and grey, I will have have you close to me and be able to tell people your story. Love you, my Angel.
Your forever friend, Heather, Burnaby, B.C.
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June 26, 2006
Tina -- You are forever in my heart.
Michael, New Jersey
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June 9, 2006
The universe is crowded with loving thoughts of you, Tina, mine among them. I love this page and all the people who keep coming back to say hi. Even though you're not here and we can't be sure of where you are, you remain a powerful force. xxoo
Lesley, Vancouver
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May 19, 2006
Hey Tina - I've been away for a while but have never forgotten you. I think about you all the time. You are in my heart along side my airdale, Reggie...taken from us too soon....say hi to Reg for me!!
Michelle Toone, Victoria, BC, Canada
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May 17, 2006
Sorry I missed your Birthday beautiful Tina I am sure you are watching as the founding herd starts to discover their beautiful new territory. Enjoy!
Jean, Gabriola
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April 28, 2006
With everlasting love, I wish you a belated birthday. I so miss you and late nights on the cam. With tears still flowing for you,
Danielle, Vancouver
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April 27, 2006
Happy Birthday, babygirl,, you are missed so much, and thought about often. It was an honor to know you!!!
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April 27, 2006
Happy Birthday Tina......I still miss you terribly and wish you could have stayed with us much longer.
Laura Cotter, New Jersey
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April 26, 2006
Hi Tina, Happy Birthday , our dear little angel.We all are still missing you so much back here at your home in Aldergrove, BC, Canada. We all love you and will carry you in our hearts forever. We lit candles today in honor of you and sang some songs for you as well. We even made you your favorite birthday cake and we know you seen it as a butterfly flew by. We knew it was you, our dear little angel.God's angels come in different forms to be with us and it is a sign to us all that you are happy and loved and free at last. God keep you safe and loved, you died to young. Tina where ever you are, we know you are in a better place and we all will see you once again. Love and hugs Tina, xxoo, Love your friend marie. Aldergreove, BC
Marie, Aldergrove, BC, Canada
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April 26, 2006
Happy Birthday to Miss Tina! I still think of you everyday. I will always miss you, baby girl.
Allison, Wyoming
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April 26, 2006
Happy Birthday Tina....still think of you often and miss you terribly. forever young....
Susan, B.C.
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April 26, 2006
Happy Birthday Tina!! We love you!!
Barbara and Lota, Hohenwald, TN
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April 26, 2006
Happy Birthday Tina! Today we would have celebrated your 36th B'day, although we may not have 'seen' you like we used to. You have been gone almost two years,and my Neechimoos is gone two years, neither of you ever to be forgotten. I do 'see' you in many ways,in the'new girls' at the Sanctuary & it makes me smile. Whenever I hear 'over the rainbow' it always sends my heart back to you. When the camera pans over the Sanctuary, I watch for your gravesite. Love Lenore
Lenore Radom, Richmond, BC, Canada
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April 26, 2006
Happy Birthday Tina .... you may be gone, but you are never forgotten!!!
Michael, New Jersey
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April 21, 2006
Tina, with love and gratitude for all that you taught us. Forgive those who did not, or would not understand. You are with God now and some day, all of us who loved you and all creatures will be together. In that world, we will all be free. I'll see you again some day, Pamela
Pamela Stanton, San Antonio, TX
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April 16, 2006
Good morning, Tina my special Angel. Here it is mid-April already and in just a few more months, it will be two years since that painful day that you left us all and I lost a very special elephant friend and a piece of my heart. I come to this web page often and read the tributes from all your other friends and find it still very painful to know that you are no longer here. Time is suppose to heal grief and make loss easier to cope with, but it seems just like yesterday when I use to come and visit you in person at the GVZ. I wish that life could grant me a 'once in a lifetime special wish' that could turn back the clock to re-experience a special event of the past. You know what my wish would be, Tina, girl....it would be to have you back here on earth to be healthy and to be with your family at the Sanctuary where you were so loved and were so enjoying your new life of freedom. The extra special part of that 'wish' would be to have had you moved to the Sanctuary much earlier in your life so that you could have experienced more love and more freedom instead of having to spend all those painful days and nights in that pitiful place at the Zoo. If you were still herr, then I and all of your friends would be able to watch you every day on the Ele-cam like we use to. We would be able to sit in front of our computers with exhiliation and inspiration in our hearts instead of tears in our eyes and that feeling of longing to see you again. It has not gotten any easier for me, Teen....but one day, I know I will see you again. Love you, my sweetheart...always in my thoughts and forever in my heart.
Your forever friend, Heather, Burnaby, B.C.
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April 3, 2006
Still thinking of you and missing you Tina Love Jean
Jean, Gabriola BC
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March 25, 2006
Tina, Although I only met you recently you have touched my heart in a special way. Your strength is a legacy which will live on forever. Rest in peace. The rainbow will forever shine on your new life. I am so sorry you had to endure the ignorance of heartless, cruel, individuals. Their time will come at the hands of Lord. You have forever changed our lives. Bless your beautiful soul.
Kathy Bevill, Placentia, California
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March 15, 2006
We still miss you, big girl..... Hope you are happy "Across that rainbow bridge".
Donna Powell, Tustin, CA
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March 14, 2006
Always and forever in my heart. I so miss you on the cam at night. The calming effect you had. Sitting there, watching you and wondering how many other people are as enthralled with you as I was. With tears ever flowing.
Danielle, Vancouver
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March 13, 2006
Dearest Tina I remember visiting you so many times at the Vancouver Zoo (I always grew up calling it the Game Farm) Its so sad that you are gone now. My children still enjoy pictures of you. But now you can be at peace with your old pal Tumpe. Im sure he misses you dearly as we all do. I didnt realise there was this memory page for you! Im so glad to see that the people at the Elephant Sanctuary, loved you as much as you we did! Miss you and love you Tina!!!
Darshan Andrews, Maple Ridge BC Canada
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February 25, 2006
Dear Tina, Miss you ..my darling sleepy eyed Angel. It does not get any easier, no night time cam for me..still to painful knowing your sweet face is not there. Thank-you once again..for listening, for sharing, for helping & healing me. I know deep in my heart you roam TES leading every new girl to your favorite toy :) Most precious Tina..im my heart forever,
a friend, Toronto
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February 25, 2006
Tina Just looking at your beautiful face! You helped in your way to bring the X Circus Divas home and they are just taking to their freedome like they were born to it...gee I guess they were! Smile down on them girl.
Jean, Gabriola
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February 20, 2006
Rest in peace sweet girl -- the Rainbow bridge is strong !!! Cross over and graze in peace forever.
Farnsworth M Dye, Wentzville, Missouri, USA
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February 3, 2006
Hi Sweetie, I see that there are fewer tributes to you now than before. You know I will always continue to write to you as long as this page is available to me. I think of you often and do miss you and the days when I could visit you or see you on the Elecam. I rejoice for the freedom that the Hawthorn girls will soon experience. You, Barbara, Misty, Lota and Sue must all be smiling down on them and wishing them a safe journey as they begin their new lives at the Sanctuary. Love you, girl.
Your forever friend, Heather, Burnaby, B.C.
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January 31, 2006
Darling Tina, Hail the good news about the "Caravan of Freedom"! Such fantastic news that some of the Hawthorn Herd are or will soon be on their way to their new home at the Elephant Sanctuary. What a time to remember for Carol and Scott for all the time and effort they both have contributed in making this happen. I'm sure you too, my Angel, must be smiling and watching over them all on their long journies to freedom. Miss you, girl and never forgotten. Love you, Teen.
Your forever friend, Heather, Burnaby, B.C.
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January 4, 2006
Thank You Tina for lessons learned. I miss you still. I hope you are happy where-ever you are. Heaven on earth will rejoice soon with the arrival of those poor, poor girls. Miss late nights on the cam still. I love you sweet, sweet girl.
D, Vancouver
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December 31, 2005
My Darling Tina, here it is the last day of 2005 and tomorrow brings the beginning of a brand new year; one which from day to day, we know not what to expect. I am taking this New Year's Eve to remember you and let you know how much I miss you here on earth. I have my special memories but it is not the same as having you here to watch you with your friends and family on the Elecam. Each day I would look forward to seeing you and it brought such a thrill to my heart. I have made another donation in your memory to help the Hawthorn herd secure their freedom and a new life, one like they have never known; one in the care of such wonderful, kind and compassionate people. I am sad for Sue today, as she did not have the opportunity or the chance to experience that new life waiting for her and her friends. As we welcome in the New Year, I know that you, Lota, Misty and Barbara will welcome Sue into your herd of angels and look after her in your heavenly house of freedom. I miss you, my Angel and I will never forget you and the precious times we were given to spend together when you were here in B.C, Forever in my heart....love you, girl.
Your forever friend, Heather, Burnaby, B.C.
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December 30, 2005
Dearest Tina -- what a wonderful way to begin a New Year by seeing Lota's herd coming to your elephant wonderland on earth. May you and Lota and Barbara and all the others look from above as we rejoice in this very exciting time. You are so missed. God bless all elephants everywhere,and special thoughts for Carol, Scott and all those who make an awesome difference in elephants' lives. Thank you!
Delores Wall, Langley, BC Canada
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November 30, 2005
Precious Tina,

Lota's herd is finally coming home ... Lota is going to need your help to watch over and protect the new elephant sisters that will arrive in December and January .... I know you and Barbara will help her with this task.

I miss you so very much and there is not a day that goes by that you are not in my thoughts. Thank you for the gift of your shoes to Delhi .... I love you.
Michael, Adelphia, NJ
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November 27, 2005
Tina, in my heart you are always with me. Your physical presence may be gone but your spirit, your bravery and the knowledge you have given us lives forever. I rest easy knowing you are free of pain, of suffering and that you brought an awareness to an otherwise ignorant world of the tragedy facing elephants in captivity..and the plight of elephant culls and families being torn apart. The selfish side of me questions why did you have to leave us when you had just found peace, when we could revel in ur freedom. Then it occured to me, you were the equivalent to Terry Fox, entrusted to us by the higher beings and sent as a messenger. Sleep well sweet Tina, roam free as you were meant to, and know you accomplished what few could ever do in a lifetime, let alone many lifetimes. You're never forgotten, always loved. Thank you for having touched our lives and for people like Carol and Scott who are also angels,sent as protectors, messengers. Sweet dreams Tina
Tracy, Vancouver Island
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October 28, 2005
Oh my, Tina.....two years has flown by...how can it be??? Seems like days ago that I almost came to a screeching halt in the middle of a very busy intersection when I heard the announcer blare the news that you had passed. It was a nightmare that could not be!

I know not why I gravitated to you at the zoo, but I was. Always mindful that the little "plot" of land you shared with your friend was not much larger than the plot you lie in today. It made my heart ache to see you that way. You deserved more and eventually got more.

Your dying days were not in vain. You have brought so many people into your aura, it must have been your halo, that generated a special light that mesmerized everyone in its path. Your legacy lives on and after two years, we have not forgotten, will never forget, will make sure your death was not in vain, and that your kind will not have to suffer the indignities thrust upon many of you by uncaring, selfish, money-hungry people. Kisses to you my doll...
Kizzy, Langley, B.C., Canada
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October 17, 2005
I will never forget you,
always in my heart.
Hard to believe it has been so long since i wrote you that poem days after you left us . I still sit here and let the tears roll down my face.
Peace my sweet girl ...peace
Robyn, Coquitlam B.C
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October 15, 2005
Que todos os elefantes aprisionados em todo o mundo tenham a sorte de serem resgatados e levados ao The Elefhant Sanctuary, como aconteceu com TINA. Sua história me comoveu pronfundamente.
Elsi Parron, Curitiba, Brazil
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October 15, 2005
Tina sempre será minha eterna fonte de inspiração em continuar a lutar, contra o uso de animais em circos.
Elsi, Admiradora
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September 27, 2005
Well, Sweet precious girl! My daughter has just looked through pics of you in a photoalbum and told me she wanted to blow up that pic and put it on her wall. So today I went and decided to put the pic on a plaque for her. Under it says Tina @ Aldergrove Zoo and the year the pic was taking and the year you were born and the day you passed away. Thanks Tina for making these days memorable for her. She is now 11 years old and always looks on this website daily and so I thought I'd climb on and say something to you. Thanks so much for having all this info on Tina for us to always look at even if she is not with us on earth now. But is here in our hearts and prayers daily. Thanks
Kim, Travis, Coby, Kayla and Kamren, Langley, BC
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September 26, 2005
Tina touched my soul what a fabulous creature
patricia sheridan, pittsburgh, Pa
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September 23, 2005
Tina, my sweet Angel...life goes on but it is just not the same without you. I still have my wonderful memories though and those I will always cherish. Miss you, sweetheart. I am so thankful to Scott and Carol and their staff for keeping this "Tribute to Tina" page open to allow us to continue to write to you and about you. Until next time....always in my thoughts and forever in my heart. Love you, girl.
Your forever friend, Heather, Burnaby, B.C.
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September 9, 2005
Precious Angel, Tina...another day, another month into another year without you. I passed by the Greater Vancouver Zoo one day last week and looked for you. Such sadness surrounds that place, but such joy knowing you left it for a better life. It was announced recently that the Greater Vancouver Zoo is up for sale again and must be sold as 'an operating business'. The newspaper article indicated that the prospective buyers will need to have 'deep pockets' because of what it will take to improve the poor conditons at the Zoo, especially for it's new baby hippo, Hazina. There are 800 animals at the Zoo including some endangered species. It would be wonderful if the new owners are animal lovers and show compassion when they see the conditions in which those animals live and hopefully invest the necessary funds to make life more comfortable for them. Some stipulations as part of the sale have been made, I read, that some upgrades must be done. I wonder if the place had been sold whilst you were there, would the new owners have taken better care of you? We will always wonder why you, their star attraction was treated so inhumanely. The news article can be viewed at www.working.canada.com/vancouver/news/story.html . At least we know what a wonderful year you experienced at the Sanctuary and how much love was bestowed on you. We, the people who loved you will always be grateful for that. Wouldn't it be wonderful if all animals both in captivity and in the wild were loved and respected as much as you were in your last year of your life. In your memory, Tina, we, the animal lovers throughout the world, must strive for that. I am doing whatever I can to make that happen. You are forever in my heart and always in my thoughts. Love you, sweetheart. Will write again soon.
Your forever friend, Heather, Burnaby, B.C.
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September 1, 2005
I thought it appropriate to put my thanks and gratitude here for the In Memory of Tina video that arrived two days ago. I was speechless watching it. It is such a fine tribute to a pachyderm person I grew attached to and it is wonderful to see the light and the purity of the place she came to call home in her last year. I loved the light in the barn and the cleanliness and the obvious safety and caring of all who live there. I am so glad in my heart to know that Tina's remains rest on Sanctuary soil. Although I know her spirit lives and soars somewhere above ground, the bones of elephants are sacred. We know this because we know the living recognize, attend to, and visit the bones of their loved ones. I am so grateful to Sissy and Winkie for befriending Tina the way they did, and to Tarra for welcoming Tina into the fold. To Jenny and Shirley for their gentle touches. And to all the staff who did everything they could to help Tina heal. Although Tina passed on, I believe she did heal in the time she lived there. She was healed of her loneliness, her fears, her apprehensions, her tensions. She got to live with her kind and she got to live in peace. What more could anyone ask for? Thanks again. The video healed me, too.
Lesley, Vancouver
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August 29, 2005
With fond memories of you Tina - I think of you often. Thanks for helping me to learn so much about elephants. You were such a sweet thing and I so enjoyed watching your day-to-day progress via the Ele-Cam. Rest in peace oh gentle, wise one - you've earned it.
Pam Ratcliff, Vancouver, BC
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August 26, 2005
Tina - you are in my thoughts. My friends still play "Over the Rainbow" by IZ because they know the song will always remind me of you. You are in my heart forever. Always know how much you were ( and are) loved.
Michelle Toone, Victoria, BC, Canada
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August 25, 2005
Sweet Tina, I was introduced to this web-site by a friend online. The first time i visited the site, I spent over two hours in here learning and reading about all the elephants. You fasinated me for some reason. I have your picture as my screen saver, and think of you often through out the day. You stay in thoughts and prayers as well as the other elephants. You are an angel watching over all of us.
Nicole, Missouri
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August 15, 2005
Tina, we are all blessed to have known you, if only through the elecam and your diaries. It was magic seeing you arrive at TES two years ago and to follow your activities over almost a whole year. These anniversaries are so hard. Then I think of you in your next life, free from physical pain and fears, and it brings me hope and joy. Thanks, Tina, for all you have brought to so many and all you will continue to bring for other elephants and humans through your inspiration.
Marcia Duvall, Cambridge, Massachusetts
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August 13, 2005
Tina, you led me to the sanctuary and its wondrous gifts. Life lessons. I miss you still.
Jane, North Vancouver, BC
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August 11, 2005
Happy 2 year anniversary. Always remembering you, and never to forget lessons learned, eyes twinkling and that special smile for Scott... Still missing late nights on the cam. With tears ever falling......
Danielle, Vancouver
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August 11, 2005
My Precious Tina Today marks the 2-year anniversary of your arrival at The Elephant Sanctuary back in August 2003. Thousands who loved and cared about you watched the EleCam as you arrived at The Elephant Sanctuary and proceeded to disembark from the trailer .... we were very patient and waited that 1 hour until you felt comfortable enough to take your first step onto elephant paradise, your new home. You had such a bright future ... ele-fans and caregivers who loved you, elephant companions to bond with and make you feel comfortable in your new surroundings, nourishing meals, shoes designed to help your feet, a pond, and many acres to roam. No one could have ever imagined that 11 months later, your life as we knew it, would cease to exist. Although you may have left us much too soon in body only, your spirit lives on in all of us who love you. You have left an "indelible mark" on our hearts. You are and always will be a very special elephant. I love and miss you so very much. Please give Barbara and Lota trunk hugs for me.
Michael, Adelphia, NJ
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August 11, 2005
Happy 2nd Anniversary sweet girl. Forever loved, so sadly missed.
Susan, Port Coquitlam
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August 11, 2005
Happy Annivesary dear girl. Two years ago today you came home.....what joys you gave us. I can still see you dancing with the fireflies! We miss you.
Merilee Newman, Tollhouse, California
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August 10, 2005
Dear Tina, came across a picture of you today...you were smiling, made me smile. Miss you
your friend,
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July 23, 2005
Tina Your journey to Sanctuary is what introduced me to the whole sad story of captive elephants. I, like so many others, was devastated by your leaving us, and am, yet again, moved to tears by the tributes paid to you a year later. Just come back a bit and settle on Mistys shoulders...to me, somehow, she seems to be the Tina that could have been. Miss you Tina and Indy a trunk hug for me Love Jean
Jean Wyenberg, Gabriola Island BC
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July 23, 2005
Tina, I thank you for teaching me that even when we see no way out, sanctuary exists and joy. And that we must never cage God's creatures. I saw your sweet soul arise out of the smoke at your memorial. It was wondrous. And your spirit continues to guide us. Many blessings Tina.
Jane, North Vancouver, BC
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July 22, 2005
Tina, Tina, Tina, My Precious Tina.....one year...one very long year filled with emotion and sorrow with up and down days still longing to catch a glimpse of you on the elecam; reading and rereading this long list of tributes and looking at all the photos taken of you over the years of your life here in Vancouver and at the Sanctuary, and... not wanting to believe that you are no longer here with us in person. I treasure the beautiful memories of you, my extra special friend, and they tug at my heart strings every day. I looked for you last night in the clear night sky and saw you blinking at me and shining ever so brightly. My Angel, I was so blessed to have been given the amazing opportunity to meet you in person and to feel our special connection. I promise you, sweetheart..I will never forget. Love you.
Your forever friend, Heather, Burnaby, B.C.
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July 22, 2005
Tina, I will always remember when we first met 32 years ago at the Abbotsford Game Farm. You were just the cutest little ele-kid with eyes that seemed to speak out, thank you for that. I am so happy that you're able to do all the things you missed out on, with your Mom and family by your side. Is it true that butterflies no longer bother you? Miss you lots, you're always in my thoughts. xoxox
Anita, Halifax NS
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July 22, 2005
Hi Tina...I miss you, my ex neighbour..But I know where you went to The Sanctuary was the right place. A whole year since you left all of us but it seems so much longer. You are still missed, but we all know you are healthy and have lots of places to roam and lots of grapes to munch on. We will never forget you . You were so good to our handicapped son, and you gave him so many smiles. Thank you dear sweet Tina. You are so special and always will be.Our son wants to know if your wings are as pretty as a butterfly's. I am sure they are . We say hello with lots of love, and trunk hugs.
Elaine and Mark, Aldergrove BC Canada
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July 21, 2005
Dear Tina, thinking of you especially today, one year since you left us. You were much loved by so many myself included. Miss you
Iris, B.C. Canada
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July 21, 2005
Tina a year ago today you left us, but in our hearts you are not forgotten and never will be.You are loved and will always be cherished rest in peace my elephant angle.. My thought are with Carol and Scott and all the staff at the sanctuary today god bless .
kellyleigh, Richmond B.C Canada
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July 21, 2005
... a genuine smile gives us hope, freshness. — The Dalai Lama in The Path to Tranquility We will not forget.
Danielle Thouvenin, San Francisco
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July 21, 2005
My dearest Tina, the memory of you is with me constantly, and especially today...what a heart crusher it was last year this day. You have strengthened compassion in so many people, as we strive to make this world a better place for all animals and humans alike. Kisses to you, my love...you are missed so much.
Delores Wall, Langley, BC Canada
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July 21, 2005
Precious Tina .... You are constantly in my thoughts and will always have a special place in my heart. I cannot stop the flow of tears when I think of of how you touched my life and so many other lives. Tina, you were so loving, so comical, so full of life and you were finally free to spend the rest of your life living in that little piece of heaven carved in the rolling hills of Tennessee with a new family of your own kind, able to: bond with your sanctuary sisters and caregivers, eat nutritional and healthy food, to roam hundreds of acres, to make your own decisions, ... why, you were even fitted for shoes to help with your feet .... sadly, what ailed you internally was not visibly apparent and therefore went untreated. What seemed to be a beautiful future for you was brought to a sudden halt ... your lifespan was cut in half. I still will not accept that "it was your time to go" ... I believe that fate sometimes plays cruel tricks on the living and in my eyes this was certainly one of them .....
Michael, Adelphia
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July 21, 2005
Missing you.... Loving you.... NEVER forgetting....
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July 21, 2005
I still miss you. I think of you all the time. I miss late nights on the cam. I watched you every night before I went to sleep. I often wondered how many people were watching you as I was - loving you as I did. I am so very grateful that you passed away surrounded by love and freedom. Thank you Sissy, for leaving Tire to help Tina in her journey. Thank you to who ever wrote that beautiful poem about Tire - I still cry when I read it. Thank you, Carol, Scott, Joanna and all the wonderful people at TES - my eternal gratitude for giving Tina a chance to know what it is like to be a real elephant. But mostly, thank you, Tina, I am forever grateful to you for all the lessons learned. With tears never ending and love that knows no bounds....
Danielle, Vancouver
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July 21, 2005
Goodmorning Dear Tina...still feel the pain of one year ago when I rec'd the email that Carol so thoughtfully wrote, notifying us all before hearing it on the radio of your totally unexpected departure from us. Your spirit is ever present & you enlarged my heart to know,love & advocate for all the other girls that need Carol & Scott's love & care. I'm glad you have a special place at the Sanctuary, but I miss so much not watching you on the elecam. You're not forgotten, Love
Lenore Radom, Richmond, BC, Canada
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July 21, 2005
I woke up at 4:30 this morning and could not for the life of me get back to sleep. Today marks the first anniversary of your death. Perhaps you came a calling... I'm human. I like to think so.

Tina, you are in my thoughts every day. I miss you very much and though I can't know where you are it is my dream and expectation that you are cavorting in a palace of emerald greenery with pachyderm friends and family. That you are being hand fed grapes by human servants who come and go at your bidding. That your feet are whole and springy. That your joy will last for eternity.

Though I wish you were here, I am slowly coming to accept that you needed to go, to rest. Still I would have loved to see you cavort in that little piece of heaven on earth called TES for a little longer. But it wasn't to be and I know full well that human beings created this situation and human beings will have to live with it.

Ultimately I am grateful you arrived at TES, experienced the loving actions of truly conscious individuals. That you were able to pass from there means everything to me.

This world's a mighty confusing place, with equal amounts of beauty and horror. Unfortunately humans can take credit for a lot of the ugly side of life...but there are forces in this world that open the possibilities for redemption, salvation. If we wanted to, if we exercised our will, we could make earth a heavenly place. I truly believe that. There are good people working for the betterment of animals, people, and the earth...I intend to walk with them.

I will always be grateful to you for the lessons you taught me about compassion and respect for all living things. I'm so thankful I got to meet you. In person! I hope I meet you again. So I can become one of those lucky human servants.
Lesley, Vancouver
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July 21, 2005
A year ago today,, such sorrow,, our dear Tina had left us.
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July 20, 2005
I'll bet your feet are just fine now..... No pain, no puffiness. I'm sure you're as light as a feather, lilting through the meadows of Heaven.
Nancy Farnam, Edmonds, WA
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July 20, 2005
One year ago tomorrow, our hearts shattered into a million pieces with the news of your passing. We remain... continuing the fight to bring more sisters home. And you remain....one of our fireflies, an ele angel keeping watch with Barbara and Lota at your side. You are greatly missed dear girl.
Merilee Newman, Tollhouse, California
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July 19, 2005
Dearest Tina....it is hard to believe that you left us almost a year ago....your spirit is still with us and guiding us.....the grief is still here, our hearts are still aching, but you have given us hope, love, joy and happiness which lives on and inspires us to continue in our efforts to bring other captive elephants to sanctuary....to freedom.....Miss you Tina, always in my heart
Susan, Port Coquitlam, B.C.
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July 14, 2005
Hello Precious Girl, Just one week and it will a year since you so tragically left all of us who loved and adored you. I will never forget you, I promise. You are in my heart forever, Teen. I still mourn for you and I still watch for that special sparkling star in the night sky and know that you are up there watching over us all.
Your forever friend, Heather, Burnaby, B.C.
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July 12, 2005
As much as we all miss you, we know you had a higher purpose by bringing so many together and making so many aware of the plight of your brothers and sisters. Your gift was love and wisdom. You are always with us and never will be forgotten.
Lisa, Alabama
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July 10, 2005
TINA... It is almost a year since you left us but as the saying goes, Tears may dry but the memories of you will never die. I miss your happy face and your sparkling big bright eyes ,you are always in my thoughts and forever in my heart. I am always thinking of you sweet dreams my elephant angel...with much love
kelly leigh, Richmond ,B.C Canada
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July 4, 2005
Today is the anniversary of the last time we saw Tina, sticking her head out of the barn to listen to the fireworks on the 4th of July. I will always love and miss you.
Allison, Wyoming
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June 23, 2005
I just wanted to share a memory of Tina. When I was 5 I lived in Mission and my mom would always take me to what was then the Vancouver Game Farm to see Tina. I was never as excited to see the other animals as I was to see that beautiful elephant with the sparkling eyes. Those were the days when they used to let people ride Tina, and although now that I am older I think that practice is questionable, I will always remember the feeling I had while I was high up on her back. She seemed so powerful and graceful to me then, and I was so terribly sad to see the pictures of her before she left B.C. When the powers that be finally, finally decided to let her go to TES, I cheered with my children for the beautiful girl who was finally going to be free. I am so happy that she got to spend her final days in such a peaceful place.
Talitha, British Columbia
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June 21, 2005
Sweet Tina .... today is 11 months since we lost our beautiful Princess .... and I still mourn for you.
Michael, Adelphia, NJ
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June 11, 2005
Hello Beautiful Girl, barely a day goes by when I do not think of you. My heart is still saddened by the tragic loss of you almost a year ago. I do miss seeing you when I drive past the Vancouver Zoo and each day on the Elecam. You brought something very special to my life and I will never forget you for that. Just knowing that I cannot ever again see you or touch you brings me to tears. Life has never been the same without you, Teen. It is hard to believe that it is almost a year since you left us. You are still such an inspiration to me and you will always be my shining star. Always in my thoughts, forever in my heart and always lovingly remembered.
Your forever friend, Heather, Burnaby, B.C.
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June 2, 2005
Tina - missing you still. Seems the more I hear of the Hawthorn Elephants and their awful plight and the cries of freedom, the more I think of you and how lucky you were to end up at TES. Please help us, help your sisters and brother - they so desperately need the freedom you were given. I Love you, you beautiful puffy-eyed girl.
D, Vancouver
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May 24, 2005
Dear Sweet Tina, not a day goes by that I don't think of you. I miss you so very much but am content knowing you are now truly free from all pain. Watching you at TES and how happy you were making new friends, discovering your beautiful surroundings, was pure joy. You taught me so much. I hope you are now enjoying and sharing all your grapes with Barbara and Lota.
Sunny, New Westminster, BC
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May 22, 2005
Tina my love, just a little hi to you and Barbara and Lota, and all your friends...I will never forget you. You bring a special warmth to my heart, and I learn even more about what's most important in life...the rainbows, the sun, the rain, smiles, and the hereafter one day--a most glorious place I'm sure. Love.
Delores Wall, Langley, BC Canada
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May 14, 2005
I did not get the opportunity to meet you beautiful girl, but I do know, you finally found peace and happiness that all elephants in similar situations deserve. Rest easy big girl, and never forget how much you are loved.
matt, kansas city
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May 2, 2005
Tina, I know you have already welcomed Wankie into your family. I am sure you are sharing grapes. Tell her we are sorry she didn't get to see that there are humans that are kind and caring. Miss you so much!!!
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April 30, 2005
Beloved Tina....Happy birthday wishes to you. I did not forget you, sweet girl on your day, I was away. How could I ever forget you and the wonderful times that we shared. You are always in my thoughts and forever in my heart. I wear your T-shirts with pride. I miss you so much. Life here on Earth is just not the same without our Tina. Lovingly remembered.
Your forever friend, Heather, Burnaby, B.C.
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April 28, 2005
Happy Birthday to you, Miss Tina! I love you and miss you.
BG, Virginia
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April 26, 2005
Dear Tina, I just can't let today go by without wishing you such a wonderful Happy Birthday. Celebrate in that life beyond with all your friends. Love to you, Barbara, and Lota...you are all missed so much. Kisses and hugs.
Delores Wall, Langley, BC
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April 26, 2005
Tina, it is so nice to see an anniversary tribute to you and Barbara on the elediary. You never met Barbara but perhaps you've both run in to each other in the great blue yonder. I like to think so. You would have loved Barb and she would have loved you because you were both sensitive, generous and open that way. Miss you as always, sweetie.
Lesley, Vancouver
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April 26, 2005
Happy Birthday Tina Girl! This is your special day - a day on which we honor your memory and spirit. Your soulful eyes and happy smile made us fall in love with you. You have truly wrapped your trunk around our hearts.
LP, Surrey, B.C.
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April 26, 2005
Tina I want to cry every time I pass your old pen at the Aldergrove Zoo. It seems like yesterday when we watched with bated breath you stepping into the truck that would take you to paradise. You are now in another paradise, one where you are whole again - no pain, no worries. You came, you left your mark, and it has remained with all of us. From your life here on earth, you awakened hundreds of souls to the plight of your sisters and brothers. It was not in vain. Much has been done since your passing and will continue to be done. You, Tina - are the bright light on top of your birthday cake. May you shine eternally. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY SWEET PUFFY-POO!!!!!!
np, Langley, B.C.
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April 26, 2005
Happy Birthday, Tina! I wish you could be with us to celebrate. It seems like just yesterday I saw your pictures on the 4th of July enjoying the fire works and then some days it seems like yours since we heard the awful news that you had passed. We miss you terribly, but through your life and death others will be saved.
Lisa McDowell, New Market, AL
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April 26, 2005
Dearest Tina, it is hard to believe that it is a year already since Scott gave you your Tofutti as your birthday treat. Happy Birthday dear girl. You are still missed so much but knowing you are not alone and are free of pain makes it just a bit easier.....the tears still fall...
Susan, Port Coquitlam,B.C.
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April 26, 2005
Happy Birthday Tina, my beautiful puffy eyed girl. Miss you and late nights on the cam.
Danielle, Vancouver
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April 25, 2005
April 26, 2005 Dear Tina, Happy 35th Birthday cutie pie! You're always in my thoughts. Miss you lots!
Love Anita, Halifax NS
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April 21, 2005
My Beloved Tina .... today marks 9 months since you have left us .... and I am still missing you ......
Michael, Adelphia, NJ
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April 7, 2005
It has rained all day...the sun has just come out at the end of another day...how special and warm it feels...it brightens the soul, just as you always will Tina. You are so missed...but I remember the rain brings beautiful rainbows that remind me of you. God bless.
Delores Wall, Langley, BC Canada
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March 31, 2005
Dear Tina, I was listening to IZ on the way to work this morning. Since your passing I never hear Over the Rainbow without thinking you. I've come to your website so I can hear you and IZ sing it together. Two special souls who left this life far too soon. Love to you always.
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March 30, 2005
I just love looking at that sweet face of yours with the twinkling eyes. Miss you, love you
Jean, Gabriola Island BC
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March 30, 2005
I have a memory like an elephant when it comes to you, sugarplum. Thinking of you!
Lesley, Vancouver
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March 17, 2005
I just saw the video of the making of Tina's shoes that she was not able to wear. I know she would have been very proud to wear them if she was here. I would like to thank all who were involved in getting them made and a very special tahk you to the companys who sent not one pair but the 7, Tina's spirit will live forever...especially to whoever gets to wear these special shoes. Thank you to everyone at the TES for a lovely spritual send off for the lovely Lota....you all show so much compassion for these beautiful, intelligent loving ladies... God bless you all....
Linda, Tsawwassen, BC, Canada
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March 12, 2005
I cannot believe Tina has been gone months and I still cry for her. What a touching, loving, courageous elephant. I don't know how Carol and Scott can go on without her. I so looked forward to her walks in the fields of which she did not get the chance. You have a lot of fields now, Tina, to choose from. I hope we will all meet you when we go to heaven also. I was not from British Columbia but from Syracuse, NY and still could not wait to see your diary when I got the chance. We all still love and miss you Tina. You just did not want to stay. Love.
Pat Barnett, Syracuse, NY
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February 17, 2005
Tina

Pounding, Pounding the ground, the ground
My foot lifts and sets down
Feeling the forest calling to me
Promising to cool my brow, ease my body down
My foot lifts and sets down
Pounding, Pounding the ground, the ground

Pounding, pounding the ground, the ground
My foot lifts and sets down
The grass and the soil cushion my toes
Easing the pain and lightening my load
My foot lifts and sets down
Pounding, Pounding the ground, the ground

Pounding, pounding the ground, the ground
My foot lifts and sets down
My legs trembling with years of torment
Dragging me around and holding my back
My foot lifts and sets down
Pounding, Pounding the ground, the ground

Pounding, pounding the ground, the ground
My foot lifts and sets down
My friends, my new family awaiting me
Promising hills to climb and lakes to swim
My foot lifts and sets down
Pounding, Pounding the ground, the ground

Pounding, pounding the ground, the ground
My foot lifts and sets down
A field to quietly lay my head upon
A place to rest and to finally call my own
My foot lifts and sets down
Pounding, Pounding the ground, the ground

June 13, 2004
Kathryn M. Carpenter, Vancouver, BC, Canada
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February 17, 2005
HOw strong yet genlty How forgiving and kind Your compasion and understanding is a lesson to all Though your time here was short you left an indelible mark on our hearts and hope for those yet to come Walk softly among your sisters, your pain relieved, your heart light knowing that we will miss you
Tina, Illinois
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February 14, 2005
Happy Valentines Day, Tina. Still missing you and late nights on the Cam. Give special trunk touches to Lota, Please....
Danny, Vancouver, B.C.
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February 14, 2005
A very special Happy Valentines Day to you Tina, my dear, and all the other elephants with you...and of course, all the sweeties living in our world today. Special hugs to Carol and Scott and the marvelous staff and helpers too!
Delores Wall, Langley, BC
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February 14, 2005
God Bless all the Elephant Sisters walking safely in Heaven tain 'n trunk..........Peace be with you...........
Traci, Georgia
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February 11, 2005
Tina, with your sweet and gentle nature, ( and grapes), welcome Lota into your paradise. Trunks touches and Elehugs!!
Donna, Maryland
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February 9, 2005
Tina, I know you and Barbara and Tess met little Lota early this morning when she passed from this earthly realm. We know you'll take good care of her and show her the ropes in Heaven. It's easy. No one is allowed to hurt you anymore up there. Thank God you are all out of the reach of cruel and cowardly people. We'll need your ele-prayers to free the rest of your friends around the world. The march for freedom cannot be stopped and we will not turn back from this challenge.
Nancy Farnam, Edmonds, WA
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February 4, 2005
Tina, you were there when I just wanted to stop to say hi and my mom went out of the way to take me to see you. You were there the first time i saw you in grade seven and I was in awe then of you and that is when I first fell in love with you (33 years ago) You were there when my mom died (12 years ago) and I am so proud that all three of my kids were able to meet you before you moved. YOu were there for a car dealership opening in Vancouver in the 80's and let me feed you ice cream and walk with you on that busy street in Vancouver like we were old friends and you even let me give you a kiss. You cannot imagine howsad I am that you are gone but I know that you are up there with my mom in heaven right now and that gives me some comfort
pat deines, grande prairie, alberta
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January 30, 2005
Still missing you and late nights on the cam - they will never ever be the same.
Danny, Vancouver, B.C.
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January 25, 2005
Every day a thought of you, or two, comes in. I've decided the reason you're in my thoughts is to remind me of my duty and responsibility to care. We only met twice but you made such an impression. I still feel so sad that you died young, but relieved that you died in a place that cared, not just in words, but in actions. Knowing you were being looked after properly, being treated medically, was a huge relief. That you had choices, the choice to stay in the barn or go outside. To roam or not to roam. That you could do it all if you wanted. Perhaps if you'd gotten there years earlier... It would have been unbearable if you'd died at the Vancouver zoo. So I'm grateful for that. I want to believe you're alive somehow somewhere, as Tina, but without the pain. I visualize you having fun, breaking out of your shell, taking risks. It's a mixed bag of feelings, - gratitude, sadness, and hope, but unresolved. That's as it should be with endings like this one. So many unknowns, so many things we, in Vancouver, could have done and should have done much sooner for you. We didn't know any better. We're all going to have to live with that truth, Tina, but perhaps your passing has served to prompt us to action sooner. To not buy into the lies of zoos and animal entertainment places that pass themselves off as healthy environments for animals. If we've learned this lesson, if we're not buying the advertising anymore, you will not have died in vain.
Lesley, Vancouver
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January 24, 2005
Hello Princess, It's been a little over six months since you left us mortals here on Earth .... You will forever remain in my heart and my thoughts. It has not been a very good year for me. Along with losing my favorite elephant princess, I lost Ben on November 11, a stray cat I was feeding, and Bo, my beloved Golden Retriever, on December 4 ... have you seen them yet? Bo will run and play with you. Ben is a little shy. Give them a trunk wrap for me. I love you.
Michael, Adelphia, NJ
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January 23, 2005
I ran across some things today as I was searching for tax info......I remember the night so well. Posted on Elechat on July 24, 2004 ****** It is 8:50 PST and I am watching the sparkles on the elecam. Is our Tina there? So many sparkles on the screen....wait, something in the meadow, seems to....be dancing and twirling, hair...or is that hay...flying in all directions. Tina? Stop dear...no wait, I just want to ask you...Tina? Are you happy? Tina! Stop for just a moment...some of us just have to know...are you well? Come closer, just a bit...what's that on your head silly girl? Twining grape vines...with a handy clump hanging wihtin reach...Someone loves you, to give you such a gift. Over there? Barbara? She seems to be telling me something...ok, just a minute, come a little closer. She'll calm down? In a year to two? No napping now, she has much too much to see, and many miles to walk, things to explore, places to go. Ok, allright, I'll let you go...we were just wondering, you know...we miss her so. Thank you! We'll look for you again sometime....sometime... ****** You know, sometimes we see things on the elecam, things we want to see, more than things that are really there. And yes, my imagination does get away....but sometimes it makes things a bit easier. Goodnight! I miss you dear girl.
Merilee Newman, Tollhouse, California
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January 17, 2005
I am so glad to see the memorial about Pat on Tina's page. When I heard about his death in November, my first thoughts were that Tina is there to keep him company. They always did have such a special bond. Thank you for adding in his tribute.
Cathy McMillan, Aldergrove, BC
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January 10, 2005
HAPPY NEW YEAR TINA May you always be remembered here on Earth for what you have taught us all and may we continue fighting in your name for what is right and help others as you would want us too. You never held one selfish bone in your body even when i was at work with you. You tolerated it all, just a gently loving soul you are. You never got mad at nobody, you always seemed to have this carefree attitude which we all should learn from , then maybe mankind would be better off to one and another if we were alot like you were. Tears still flow for you Tina and in my heart i will keep you close and never forget you , I will love you and pray for you till we meet again. I hope Pat is there with you now, he loved you so much as he was your best friend since you were three years old. Two beautiful angels in the skies up above are finally together again. God Bless you and Pat as you two go onto your journeys together once again. Rest in Pease Tina and Pat.
Marie, Aldergrove, BC, Canada
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January 8, 2005
Tina's immigration to your beautiful sanctuary touched me unlike anything else. I followed her progress daily and was devestated when she had her cardiac arrest. Her last year was full of kindness, freedom and social opportunities that were so wonderful to watch. Thank you for caring and loving our Vancouver elephant. It has taken me awhile to return to this site because I really had difficulty with her death. Now however I know she's in God's hands and would only want us to continue loving and viewing the new elephant's on your site. I am a strong supporter of your cause. Thank you for all you have done for these beautiful animals.
Marilyn Mitchell,
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January 2, 2005
I hope wherever you are and wherever you go, Traveling through the earth eternally, Through rain and sleet and snow, Happiness will follow you Filling in your huge, inspiring footsteps.
Angie D. Liao, Belvidere, IL
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January 2, 2005
Happy New Year, Tina. I miss you!!
BG, Virgnia
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January 1, 2005
Happy New Year, Tina - with tears ever flowing..
Danielle, Vancouver, British Columbia
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January 1, 2005
I guess I'm not the first one of the new year to get here. Happy New Year Tina (where ever you are) and to every one else at TES. We still miss you dearest Tina, and our thoughts are always with you.
Cathy McMillan, Aldergrove, BC
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January 1, 2005
Happy New Year, Tina, where ever you are.
Lesley, Vancouver
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December 25, 2004
Merry Christmas Tina. With tears still flowing and sadness on this holy day.
Danielle, New Westminster, B.C.
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December 25, 2004
Special and loving thoughts at Christmas time, Tina...thinking of you and Barbara and all the other elephants dashing through the snow in the world beyond us...God bless...and such special thanks as other elephants are embraced here on earth.
Delores Wall, Langley, BC Canada
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December 23, 2004
Hi Tina and Barbara and Keemaya Tina and Barbara I am sure you are enveloping the little one with warmth and love Thinking of you all and wishing you happiness Love
Jean, Gabriola Island
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December 22, 2004
Hi Tina, Merry Christmas. I got your DVD yesterday (5 ms after you left us). It was so good to see you. Loved the way you would suck up your watermelon. I still miss you and think of you every day.
Nicki Rakitti, Surrey, BC
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December 13, 2004
Tina, I was shown your ghostly imagae on the discussion site. It truly amazed me. After seeing an image of an elephant walking towards the sky in the smoke from the memorial service they had for you - (which was mind-boggling) - now this other miraculous image where Carol and one of the dogs walked through you. We could see your puffy eyes, your trunk and body. You are still at the Sanctuary in spirit and apparitions and you will forever be in our hearts. Merry Christmas to you and all the other animals in your presence in your new "world" Tina. May you all be whole and well and grace the skies with your beauty! xoxoxoxoxo Norma, Langley, B.C.
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December 10, 2004
I live in Cagary Canada where we just had the unfortunate loss of our 3 week old Keemaya! There are no words to tell you sometimes. I was very fortunate to have been able to share a special bathtime with our beloved elephants last year! We also got to share bathtime with Keemaya's mom. I will cherish that moment for the rest of my days. I live and breathe elephants! When I came across this tribute page to Tina I could not help my self but to send my prayers! I now pray that Tina is holding onto our beloved Keemaya! I pray for you Tina 9as I do all of the elephants that we have lost!)... I pray for our Keemaya! Tina? it's your turn now...please take our little one, hold her in your beloved paws and never let her go! Thank you so much!
Sandee and Cris Jette, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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December 8, 2004
Dearest Tina, maybe I can now see why you left us so early. We didn't know that you and Barbara and other elephants would have an important job to take care of. A 3 week old elephant, named Keemaya, born in Calgary, Alberta, and who was shuned by the mother and the grandmother elephant, is now in your loving trunk along with Barbara. The baby elephant passed away Dec 7 due to infection, even though much care and love was given by the Calgary Zoo staff from the beginning. God bless, Tina. My loving thoughts are always with you.
Delores Wall, Langley, BC Canada
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December 7, 2004
Tina Everytime I go to your site I feel a tightness in my heart...it also brings back the loss of my buddy cat Indy. I look at that photo of you and Scott looking at each other with such warmth and love. Love you Tina and miss you and my Indy... AND aren't Delhi and Misty and Lota just the greatest??
Jean, Gabriola Island BC
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December 6, 2004
Tina - I still think of you - you, and my beloved dog Reggie who died about a month after you...when I play the song Somewhere Over the Rainbow...by IZ....it makes me cry - every time! I miss reading about your progress....I wish you were still here and getting better...I wish that mankind would think more about animals and their well being..instead of what pleases them...I wish all elephants in captivity would be able to roam the acres of land that this sanctuary has for them...why do we have to be so....caught up in ourselves that we can't see that we are killing these beautiful animals..these big, beautiful elephants...they are not meant to be held captive...ahhh - just let them be free!
MC Toone, Victoria, BC, Canada
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December 6, 2004
Sweet Tina - I miss you still. My heart breaks for Lota, Misty and all the worlds creatures who are in captivity for the wealth of mankind. Hope is always near though, and when I need solace I come to you. I read words of you and gaze upon your trusting face. Lota and Misty are finally 'Home' and I pray they know the love and kindness you had all around you. Sleep Soft Dear Tina, you will never be forgotten.
Heather P., Victoria BC Canada
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December 4, 2004
Think of you often my friend
Ron Daoust, Victoria, British Columbia
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December 3, 2004
Just popped in to say hello Tina. I think of you often.
Lesley, Vancouver
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November 30, 2004
Dear TINA Today, as I opened the envelope from the Elephant Sanctuary, dated Nov. 16,2004, at my home on Key Biscayne, Fl., to which I returned just before Thanksgiving, I eagerly began to read my copy of "TRUNKLINES" only to burst out crying for you TINA, whom I never met. I joined Sissy and Winkie in their mourning for you. May you rest in peace, my friend. You will always be on my mind. Sandra Kfouri Key Biscayne, Fl. S.Paulo-SP - Brazil
Sandra Kfouri, Key Biscayne, Fl./SP-SP-Br.
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November 27, 2004
A baby elephant was born at the Calgary Zoo just 2 weeks ago, with a picture in today's Province paper. Her mother and grandmother don't acknowledge her; the keepers are her lifeline to survival - physically and emotionally. Let's hope they too may come to see that that new little girl deserves to come to TES while she has her health, so she can avoid an early demise, like our dearest Tina. My heart still hurts when I think of how you left too soon.
LK, Coquitlam
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November 22, 2004
Hi Tina It is four months since you left us. This past Saturday the "In Memory of Tina" video arrived. My world came to a halt as I sat down and watched my beautiful Princess. It was wonderful to see you in Canada with your keeper Tony, preparing for your 3000-mile trip, then on the road, and finally arriving at your ultimate destination. How mischievous you were to eat Scott's bed of hay as he was sleeping on it while keeping you company in the trailer. Once at the Sanctuary, your attempts to back out of the trailer were so amusing. I also saw your individual meetings with the other girls. It nice to see you spending time in your favorite spot just outside the barn. This video helps me with closure of your passing because when I am missing you I can watch you anytime I want. And now you have two new sisters to watch over. You and Barbara have your work cut out for you. You are always in my heart!
Michael, Adelphia, NJ
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November 17, 2004
Winkie Sleeps

...humble greetings Sacred Sister!
Winkie enters your Hallowed Ground,
seeking your Presence all around.
I bring you news, and a simple request,
as You know best.

New Sister Delhi roams free!!
Full of Glee, Friend to me (and fellow sisters).
She knows of You - and Barbara too,
She will join in Honoring.

Sissy still grieves, she Cared,
missing Moments Shared;
she seeks your Spirit here
to soothe her soul.
She caresses this dirt.....
(but this you know).

Sister and Brother persons
take care of us, they give their touch;
they worry so much.

Winkie keeps her word
Precious Friend.....to Look after this ground.
                               Bones here.......
                               Spirit There.
Your memory is Everywhere!

Winkie has worked hard to do her part,
to help Sissy heal;
to keep Love in my Heart.

but - Winkie needs True Slumber
Spirit Sister.
Eyes are teary;
am so Weary,

So.....
          Here I kneel
          and lay me down
          to Rest my head
          on Honored Ground.

                           Safe.......Protected.........

                              Soft Dust on cheek.
                     Weight off feet.

                                                       true....... slumber.........
                                     finds.......
me........zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Carole Moffett,
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November 17, 2004
I am Tina, elephant saint I have passed through Heaven's gate No more suffering or death Freed by the Celestial Breath. In Heaven I have prayed for Lota and her friends That their imprisonment would end The Celestial Breath has listened to my prayer He blew his Breath across the air. Our work is still not done, Others' freedom must be won I, Tina, elephant saint, will intercede So you on earth can achieve this glorious deed! Meanwhile Lota and Misty have come home Where they'll be free to roam Last night I heard them say Thank you, Celestial Breath, for bringing us to this day!
Nancy Farnam, Edmonds, WA
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November 15, 2004
Tina my Elegant Angel, Misty and Lota are coming. I have asked for two watermelons to be given to them in your name. I know Carol will tell them the melons are from you.
Beth, West Vancouver
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November 14, 2004
Dear Tina, As a friend, I ask a favor: Please let your spirit guide Lota and Misty home, allowing them to arrive safely, feeling secure, and welcome. I value your friendship- in life and in death- I know you are happy, but know that I miss you and will always have the deepest respect for you. Thank You Tina for all that you are.
Lori Van Essen, Green Bay, WI
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November 11, 2004
Whispers in the Wind

Tired bodies , empty shells,
these behind we leave .
In sacred space, hallowed ground
a place for loved ones to grieve .

Every tear an honour song
for our lives on Mother earth.
Don't mourn our passing, try to see
the joy in this, our rebirth .

For now we dance in moonbeams
frolic and play amidst the trees .
Our songs whispered in the wind
forever alive in loving memories !

In memory of Tina and Barbara
LL
laura linklater, vancouver
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November 11, 2004
Rememberance Day... A day to remember the fallen. I honor you this day and everyday, Tina with the promise to continue fighting for the freedom of your captive sisters and brothers. With tears that still do not cease....
Danielle, Vancouver, British Columbia
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November 11, 2004
Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there: I did not die

by Mary Elizabeth Frye
Colleen Perrin, Toronto
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November 6, 2004
Hey my Precious Tina...I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed "talking" to you through the animal communicator last week. Thank you for putting my mind at rest re all the questions I asked. I know you don't want me to cry anymore, but I can't help it. I do miss you terribly, my darling and it will take a long time for the tears to cease, if ever. I would like to pass on your message to all your loving friends and fans through this tribute page about how you told me your purpose on this earth was achieved. Through you and your plight, people on an international level have become so much more aware of the abuse that captured elephants have to endure. It was your destiny, so you told me, that your plight would bring about new laws for elephants living in captivity and encourage people to have more respect for animal kind. You would like everyone to know that you accomplished your mission here on earth...and that was to bring greater awareness about how many abused elephants are waiting to be rescued from abusive conditions in zoos and circuses all over the world. I promised you that I would help in this mission and through the special connection that I shared with you, I will continue to do so for the rest of my days. You told me to tell Carol and Scott how happy you were at the Sanctuary during that last year and how you loved them and your fellow elephants. You wanted so much to stay but it was your time to go. I am to reassure them that you are always watching over them. You are always in my thoughts, my precious one. I love you.
Your forever friend, Heather, Burnaby, B.C.
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November 2, 2004
My dear elegant angel Good News!! With your inspiration and help Lota and Misty are allowed to come to the sanctuary. I am so happy. But in your oh so wise ways I'm sure you knew long before it was announced. Bless you Tina and thank you for having been in my life. Help us to keep fighting for the others still in that hell.
Beth, West Vancouver
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November 1, 2004
So many many messages are here for you Tina. Your suffering and passing has had had a profound effect on people. This gives me hope that that there is a strong collective will among ordinary people to aid those who are still alive on this earth and yet to be free. Maybe you will cause someone to think about taking an action, letting their thoughts be known, the next time they see an elephant standing listless inside an exhibit. You're in my thoughts all the time, dear girl.
Lesley, Vancouver
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October 29, 2004
Tina has always fasinated me. I use to see her quite regularly at the Game Farm. She use to have a companion and I could see how it completed her somewhat. In the coming years she would be by herself, standing alone, rocking back and forth. I would stand on the other side of the fence wishing I could go and talk with her. Letting her know she was not alone. My heart ached as she stood there . As time went on I took my children to see her and she has touched all of our hearts. When it was finallydecidedthat Tina would be tranported to a wonderful place, a sanctary to be free and roaming as was intended for her in the beginning. I shouted with glee and joy. 'Tina is finally gonna know the real beauty of nature' I watched as she became confident and loved to roam where her 'family' was. Tina you have touched so many hearts and souls. Brought humanity back to humans. I humbly am thankfull for your beauty, courage, and all of your ability to bring the world together as you have. I will always remember and cherish the little talks we had. I heard you a many atime and still do. How wonderful it is to have you with me and knowing I too will be with you and speak to you. Thank all who was involved it bringing Tina home. The most important thing is not how much time we have but the quality of the time we have. Tina has taught me quality. To enjoy the simple beauty in the smallest of gifts of life. Forever "over the rainbow"
Tammy Susan Hutson, Westbank, BC
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October 24, 2004
Just thinking about you Tina and still wishing you could be running with Winkie and Sissy and all the other elephants who all seem to be doing very well. Some of the pics of the "kids" give me such smiles and giggles of their antics. I know however, you are running free in a place where we will all meet again. Kisses.
Delores Wall, Langley, BC Canada
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October 21, 2004
My Precious Tina . . . It has been three months since your passing, and you are still ever-so-constant in my thoughts. The tears still flow, but you do bring a smile to my sadness whenever I listen to your chirp-talk. I am looking at the beautiful flowers at your gravesite. I don’t know if it is just me, but when I see Delhi, I also see you. I have this feeling that part of your spirit has embodied Delhi, and together as one, you are traveling the paths of the Sanctuary. I look forward to the day my "In Memory Of Tina" video arrives. You are very much loved and missed by all and will never be forgotton.
Michael, Adelphia, NJ
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October 20, 2004
For Carol and all of her wonderful staff Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster. You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart. Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together.... Author unknown...
Mona, Abb, BC
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October 19, 2004
Still after all this time, I cannot help but think of you daily. I never really realized how much a part of my life you were. I have recently put one of my cats down. The only thing that gave me some comfort was knowing she was joining you in heaven. I hope you and all the animals before and after you are up there having a ball.
Lynn, Surrey, Bc
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October 16, 2004
I was so upset for weeks I would just go to the website and look at Tina's pictures then I decided there must be some way to look to her for comfort instead of crying my eyes out. So I took the last picture in Tina's photo album and made it the wallpaper on my computer screen. Although I still get a little teary from time to time, I seem to draw a profound strength just gazing into Tina's eyes. Silly, I suppose but it's like that image bridges time and space and a little part of Tina is actually here with me.
Lee Caldwell, Nashville, TN
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October 14, 2004
I received my bronze Tina sculpture yesterday. I was so excited as I opened the gift. It was more beautiful then I had imagined. It now sits on my fireplace mantel. It brought me back to the days when Tina was still alive. The butterfly on her back reminded me of the butterfly that visited the day of her remembrance. Tina's spirit will live on... She will continue to live in the hearts of the people that still remember her. I still shed tears. You're always in my heart Tina. God bless.
Ann, Coquitlam, BC
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October 13, 2004
Dearest Tina Since I was young you were the highlight of my trips to the game farm. I remember the elephant rides were one of my favorite things to do there. You were retired from the rides and eventually moved to the front entrance, You were the first animal anyone saw when they came to the zoo. I think that you were the only animal at the zoo who's name I knew. You were always a highlight! Then the day came were they anounced they were sending you to that awful place in Toronto and the lower mainland yelled NO!!!! in unison. You did that! You brought all kinds of different peolple with busy lives together to fight for you. Fight we did and you won! You got a year of freedom and now an eternity of no more pain. You broke our heart by leaving but enightened so many people to think about those who can't speak for themselves. Thank you dearest Tina, you are a hero! All my love
Mona, Abbotsford, BC
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October 12, 2004
I am thankful for you Tina..for all the love & laughter you have given me. From the moment I saw you on elecam I loved you..I still feel you Tina..feel your love & your guidance. My sweet ele-angel, I love you.
a friend,
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October 11, 2004
I am truly thankful, on this Thanksgiving Day, to have known Tina and all she has taught. It is Tina, who brought the awareness of captive elephants to the forefront for myself and I am sure, countless others. I am so thankful to TES for giving you almost a year of freedom. I hope next year to be thankful for the freedom of the Hawthorn Elephants. Thank you Tina, for all the lessions taught. Still missing you and late nights on the cam. With endless tears,
Danielle, Vancouver, B.C.
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October 8, 2004
Tears of Love It started with a single tear , slowly falling , unleashing a torrent following disbelief . The spreading news of Tina's passing opening flood gates of sorrow and grief. Calmly and lovingly she changed everyone her spirit touched in so many ways . We thought she would have years in paradise not knowing her life was counted in just days . She was singing a joyous song to her ancestors of her time to join them above . The dusty road home to her heavenly keeper washed clean by these tears of love . laura linklater oct.7/04
laura, vancouver b.c.
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October 7, 2004
LIfe is just not the same without you, precious Tina. I really miss seeing you every day on the Elecam. Not a day goes by when I don't think of you. I have a little Asian elephant ornament sitting on top of my computer and when I look at it, many wonderful, happy memories of you flood my mind. The tears still come when I listen to "Over the Rainbow", but I enjoy more smiles now than before. I will never forget you and how your presence affected my life. Love you, Tina.
Your forever friend, Heather, Burnaby, B.C.
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October 3, 2004
As a young boy I had the joy of riding Tina in Canada at the Vancouver Game Farm. Her passing has touched us all here greatly, and she will be missed. Thank-you for showing us all how to endure life and live it to its fullest!
Richard Tortorella, Langley BC
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October 1, 2004
Forever in our hearts never forgotten!! ALWAYS Your Friends in CANADA! CHERISHED!! YOU ARE A INSPIRATION!! LOVE YA< FANS IN CANADA!!!!!!!
FRIENDS, canada
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October 1, 2004
Winkie's Lessons Winkie , Winkie !! so much you've learned, these past years. With so many changes and such great loss. Pain losing your friend Penny, then gaining sweet Sissy, adapting to life in the herd. Becoming one with , belonging to your family . Learning to trust, racing the tractor measuring , digging , playing. Your boundless energy is so uniquely you ! Learning to reach out offering care and support to an ailing Miss Tina. Companionship and love for a sister, your newest friend. Winkie we stand in awe of your teachings to us. Compassion , spirit , honour, trunk touching , comforting Tina to her final resting spot, the sacred cirle . Four long years not laying down to rest , blessed relief near Tina. In honouring her spirit you honour yourself in sleep . Thankyou Winkie for the gifts you have given us. May you be blessed with good health and a long life at Sanctuary! sept 10/04
laura linklater,
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September 29, 2004

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September 27, 2004
Tina, Dear Tina. I am still thinking of you and always will be right along with my parrot, Gizmo. We will all see you sometime in heaven. My heart still aches. I sent your master, Carol, a stuffed elephant. She looked just like you with your mound of hay on your head and a collar with your name on it. I hope she is enjoying it. Why or why does God work in his mysterious ways? Why didn't he make you better. We all thought you were coming along. No one could predict your heart problems. Tina I hope God has you in his keeping and may you rest in peace forever. I will always love Tina. You made me laugh when I opened your diary every time I got the chance. That beautiful smile on your face and gentle way. Love you Tina.
Pat Barnett, Liverpool, New York
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September 24, 2004
After reading the tribute of 9/23 from Sharon of the UK, I am absolutely astonished at the distance that Tina’s legacy has traveled . . . across an ocean to someone that did not have the wonderful opportunity as most of us did to watch Tina's arrival at The Elephant Sanctuary and to spend time with her while she was with us. Tina is truly The Ambassador of Elephants ... may her legacy and memory live on forever. To all who adore Tina as I do, the “In Memory of Tina” video/dvd should be very high on your list.
Michael, Adelphia, NJ
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September 23, 2004
Tina, i never got a chance to get to know you as ive only recently become aware of this site however my love of elephants has been with me for some time, I wish id had the opportunity to have got to know you, I cried when i read your story and all the lovely tributes friends have paid to you, i'd like to think i have become a "new friend" to you for all i did not know you when you graced the land with your presence You have touched my heart in a way no words can describe and i promise to do my utmost to help your friends so they can hopefully one day enjoy the taste of freedom like you although it was for only a short time, at least in the end id like to think you regained a little more faith in the human race by the love and support you got off the people at the sanctuary and other "friends" who watched you on the elecam each night to follow your progress. I want to thank everyone at the sanctuary for their unfaltering and unfailing love and support to these wonderful and amazing creatures, you all have a very special place in my heart which will remain with me always. xxxx
sharon benson, UK
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September 21, 2004
My precious Tina, a Princess among elephants ..... Today marks 2 months since you left us ..... and you are still touching peoples lives. I miss you every day more and more .... I think I speak for all of us whose lives you touched when I say that it is just about next to impossible to ever get over your premature departure from all who loved you. Soon the "In Memory of Tina" video will be on its way to me ... and then I can once again spend time with you. Rest well my lovely Princess.
Michael, Adelphia, NJ
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September 19, 2004
Driving home from work at a time earlier than usual, it had been raining a lot that day. As I looked to the east through the rain, a most beautiful rainbow--I enjoyed it all the way home....my first thoughts were of Tina and "her song" Over the Rainbow. Tina will always be my first thoughts for rainbows. You are missed much my love.
Delores Wall, Langley, BC Canada
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September 18, 2004
Still missing you Tina, I think I always will. I just read about Winkie laying down for the first time..she feels comfort being close to you, she feels safe. Whqat an Angel you are Tina, your gifts are neverending. I think of you often, still
Your friend,
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September 17, 2004
My darling Tina, You are never far from my thoughts on any day. I still cannot believe that you are gone. Your spirit lives on in all of your many friends and fans. We will not forget you. I miss you terribly. The tears still come.
Heather, your forever friend, Burnaby, B.C.
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September 16, 2004
Tina, I can't believe that after all this time I still break out in tears because I miss you. It is so hard to believe that our Angel was taken from us but the lord knew you performed over and above what was expected of you for your short time on this earth and he took you to relieve the pain that you suffered with for such a long time. I have comfort knowing that now you are pain-free but of course I am still selfish in that I miss you so dearly and wish you had more time to teach us about the unconditional love you always gave. In your memory Tina we will ensure that your sisters are looked after the best that we can and that future elephants do not have to endure what you had to in your short time. Again, thank you to Carol, Scott and the rest of the TES caregivers for giving Tina the best, last days of her life by opening your home and hearts to her. Miss you so much Tina, rest in peace
JoAnn, Surrey
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September 15, 2004
Our dearest Tina:Forever in our Hearts!! Missing You!!
Patti, B.C. Canada
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September 14, 2004
Tina - I have grieved for you since you died. I play that song "Somewhere over the Rainbow" over and over again and I cry...Then Sept 2. my beloved Airedale died.....but he had a good life - pretty much pain-free. But I know you were in such pain....I am hoping that you and Reggie 2 are together and happy. Why not??
Michelle Toone, Victoria, BC, Canada
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September 13, 2004
Nearly 2 months you've been gone and the sound of your sweet voice has tears rolling down my cheeks. I saw your pretty blue shoes this weekend. You would have looked so fashionable in them! And to think of the adventures you had ahead of you with those cushy shoes! Your sweet friend Winkie laid down for the first time since she arrived home and I know you helped her get comfortable as she laid down right where your earthly body now rests. Your spirit continues to be felt in all of our hearts and in the hearts of your sweet sisters.
Lisa McDowell, New Market, AL
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September 13, 2004
Thank you, Tina - for giving Winkie a bed to lay down on for the first time in four years. I can think of no greater gift of friendship. There were fresh tears the day I read that. I still miss you on the cam late at night. Still shedding tears.....
Danielle, New Westminster, B.C.
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September 12, 2004
Dear Tina, Every day at work I go to the TES website and go to your page and listen to “Over the Rainbow.” I scroll through your photos. I am sad you are gone. I miss you. You are such a light Tina. Beauty and kindness personified. And you Tina, you brought the plight of you and your sisters to light. You, and your humble ways brought SO MANY people together. You brought them to TES to help others. You helped so many to channel their anger, bewilderment and sadness at your plight and others… And to forgive. I can imagine what it must have been like upon your arrival at TES and over time meeting one elephant after another. Sisters! And so many! And how they must have told you that you have found unconditional love at TES. Fierce love. And how you sang for joy. I am glad you found that Tina. You are alive in our hearts and souls.
Sara,
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September 10, 2004
Tina, I come back again and again to see this picture of you smiling at Scott because it reveals just how huge your grin could be. You have the biggest best grin in the whole world. I just love it. You are so cute and adorable and cheeky all at the same time. Cute cute cute you are. A kind and sweet natured girl with a very distinct no-nonsense personality. I can't write about you in the past tense as it's unthinkable that you're not here anymore. I miss you and wish you were still in your Tina body playing in the barn at night. It's hard to accept that the only way I'll see you grin is through photos and memories now. I like to think you are still a force to be reckoned with in this world even if I can't see you. I am so sorry that humans let you down throughout your life, and yet happy to know that human beings also loved and still love you. That near your end you got rescued. But also sad that we obviously left your rescue far far too long. That we waited to fight hard for you. It's all so mixed up, the love and the injustice. Elephants embody the best qualities of human beings: compassion, kindness, tenderness, loyalty, friendship and one day I hope we humans will live up to the potential clearly seen in your species. I am sorry for all the ways humans let you down, and heart broken knowing that you have always had a forgiving heart. In your memory, I will do my best to be a better, more courageous person, one not afraid to speak out against injustice against animals and people. Miss you, love you, and hope hope hope you are playing in a place where harm can never come to you.
Lesley, Vancouver
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September 9, 2004
It truly is amazing that tributes are still coming in for Tina and how she touched so many. It also reconfirms my belief that there IS more good than evil in this world. Tina was a gift to all!
, Cloverdale, BC
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September 9, 2004
I just tuned in to see my favorite elephants,I turn on my computer and I have Tina's tribute circle on with her and the red barrel, just having fun....then I check the elecam and there is Dehli in the same pose as the picture of Tina, so we can see Tina's spirit is still there.... I to are one of many who are feeling a lose and emptiness, but with all the prayers we all will be able to watch ALL the Hawthorn elehpants have their lives lived out in this wonderful santuary....Carol and staff please keep up the compassion, wonderful work you do for those beautiful elephants.
Linda, Tsawwassen, BC Canada
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September 8, 2004
Tina, it's amazing how many lives you've touched. Upon meeting a friend and member of the Elefan Herd for the first time at a local restaurant, we immediately were approached by the waitress asking what brought us together. As we described how we had joined a chat group started on The Elephant Sanctuary website, a young woman sitting behind us said she overheard us talking about TES and about Tina and she joined in saying she LOVED elephants and her whole house was full of elephant memorabilia. We explained the group to her and she was very excited to meet more "Tina friends". Before the next 10 minutes were up she was visably upset and left the restaurant without eating much on her plate. I think the memory of Tina came back to haunt her and she broke down again. So, dear Tina - you see - you have touched hearts in places unknown. Your life and death brought awareness to so many people, we can't even begin to imagine. If each person sending a tribute sent in even $10.00 US to the Sanctuary, imagine how much it would add up to. PLEASE HELP US SAVE THE HAWTHORNE ELEPHANTS. They deserve to walk the land Tina only managed to do briefly. Roam free my angel.
Kizzykat, British Columbia
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September 8, 2004
Tina, I will always remember how everyone in Vancouver rose to your cause and wanted a better life for you. Your story was everywhere. The morning radio hosts, the TV news anchors, the newspaper journalists and people like me, who didn't know much about elephants but we wrote letters and made phone calls and wondered if it was going to do any good. The elephant sanctuary was a place I checked on to see how you were doing. Each daily report was so interesting and now I know so much more about you and other elephants; how you live, what you eat; how you spend your days and, now, how you leave this life and how your friends miss you and wish you had more time to spend in such a place as the sanctuary. In the back of my mind was the plan that sometime I would come for a visit. My promise to you is that I will continue to fight against animal cruelty and my hope is that, someday, there will be an end to circuses and roadside zoos where your sad life had its beginnings. Thank you, Carol, for giving people the opportunity to write a tribute to Tina.
Judy Taylor-Atkinson, Jasper, Alberta, Canada
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September 7, 2004
Just a loving note to let you know, dear Tina, you are in my thoughts every day. I await to hear wonderful news of the other beautiful elephants coming to the Sanctuary, and may they walk in the places you didn't get a chance to...knowing that your spirit now flies over our rooftops. May you know how much awareness you have brought to the world. Miss you much :(
Delores Wall, Langley, BC
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September 6, 2004
Dear Tina, I've been to this website for many years,i've looked at everything, and now that your gone ther is nobody replace you.I will always remember you. But your in ab better place now, so thats good. P.S. remember your the best! From, Zane
zane, FL. Largo
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September 6, 2004
Tina, since I was a little girl growing up in Vancouver, B.C., I have watched you and followed your story. I remember when you came to the Vancouver Game Farm, it seems like a long time ago, but really wasn't. I think I loved you right from the beginning and when they said they were going to move you to Tennessee I was overjoyed for you. You would finally be free, happy and no longer alone. I visited this site every week or two just to see how you were. When I heard of your death I was so overcome by grief that it actually surprised me. For most of my life I have known you, you were part of my childhood and then part of my children's as well. We will all miss you so much. Rest in peace, sweet girl.
Denise Tyrell, Enid, Oklahoma
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September 5, 2004
Sweet Tina - like so many others I am still tearfully sad at your sudden passing. Passing. Such a benign sounding word. Your imprint here on earth was huge. Truly an ambassador, an inspiration. The picture of you with the red hanging toy is my wallpaper. Every morning when I turn on my computer, I pause and think of you. And cry. I listen to the memorial song of Over the Rainbow and I cry. Then I start my work day. And each time I go back to my computer desktop during the day, I see you. And I cry - but sometimes, now, I smile thinking of your 1 year of freedom. Thinking of your 1 year of joy.
Claire, Snohomish, Washington
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September 2, 2004
Oh Tina - I still cannot bear to go to this site to see your beautiful pictures and your past diary. As I said before you were the first I looked at as I was so concerned about your sore feet. Your puffy eyes were a concern to me too. Perhaps, this was the heart condition that made your eyes this way and nobody knew. Sort of like congestive heart failure in a human whereby they hold fluid in their tissue, lungs, etc. Perhaps, you were born with all these health conditions and were predisposed to being ill most of your life. As well as mistreatment by the humans all your life. All I know is, you are missed by me and others so much Tina. It breaks my heart to see your picture. You are loved Tina and always will be. The dearest elephant next to "Barbara" and "Shirley" that I have always cared about since TES started. I don't know how the staff continues to do their work with the deaths of these elephants in their care. God bless you all!
Pat Barnett, Liverpool, New York
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August 31, 2004
THANK YOU FOR FORGIVING THOSE WHO MISTREATED YOU, AND FOR APPRECIATING THOSE HUMANS WHO RESCUSED AND TOOK CARE OF YOU. YOU WILL BE DEEPLY MISSED. WE LOWLY HUMANS WILL CARRY ON OUR TASKS OF MAKING SURE ALL ANIMALS ARE TREATED HUMANELY, AND WE WILL DO THIS IN YOUR NAME TINA.
SYLVIA EDWARDS, FRANKLIN, NC
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August 30, 2004
To My Dear Elegant Angel For to me when I was so sick you were my angel. Carol Buckley had said that elephants 'live in the moment' and when I started my cancer treatment I decided I too had to live in the moment. I did, and I focused on you, Tina. My doctors say I am now cancer free although I must be checked for the next five years. I also decided to give each month to your treatment but now after your passing I have continued the money on behalf of the others who need to be free. How can we say to the Hawthorn 16 you,and you, and you have suffered enough to come to the sanctuary but the rest of you have not. Because once they are sent to another facility the new owners will never say 'you have suffered enough and now you deserve to be free. Please everyone on behalf of Tina, and as a last gift to Tina help free the Hawthorn 16.
Beth, West Vancouver, BC
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August 30, 2004
Thank you Tina for the wonderful LOVE that you showed to those WHO LOVED YOU so much. You will be sorely missed. Rest easy now OUR Tina. Hope to see you waiting anxiously for all your friends when we eventually cross THAT RAINBOW BRIDGE. LOVE ALWAYS
Donna Powell, Tustin, CA
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August 29, 2004
Tina, I regularly check in with your website regularly since your death, but instead of having a smile on my face to hear of how well you are doing, I sit and have my usual cry session. What a devastating story. I guess we who have cared enough to follow you on your big journey can only be grateful to those at the elephant sanctuary and to all those who helped get you there.Thank god for these people who have taken you in and let the last year of your life be such a wonderful one. My kids have since visited the game farm (in the past couple of weeks)and of coarse as all kids would be, they were very excited to see all of the exotic animals they would normally ever see.However, I am not a fan of zoos or of gamefarms. I am one of those beleivers that animals such as Tina should not be made to suffer so that us as humans make the precious dollars. I did not take my kids(their grandparents did) because it will be a cold day in hell before I support these guys.I honestly beleive that Tina would be well and alive today if she had not been locked up and her heart and spirit broken.So go Tina and rest those poor old weary legs,I will miss you.Thankyou Carol and Scott and everyone at the sanctuary for loving and caringfor Tina. It must be so difficult for you. My love goes out to the other elephants.
Terry (an opinionated animal lover), Kelowna B.C. Canada
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August 28, 2004
Lyrics to the song 'TO WHERE YOU ARE' by Josh Grohan...my dedication to you, my beloved Tina. How I miss you! Who can say for certain Maybe you're still here I feel you all around me Your memory's so clear Deep in the stillness I can hear you speak You're still an inspiration Can it be That you are my Forever love And you are watching over me From up above Fly me up to where you are Beyond the distant star I wish upon tonight To see you smile If only for awhile To know you're there A breath away's not far To where you are Are you gently sleeping Here inside my dream And isn't faith believing All power can't be seen As my heart holds you Just one beat away I cherish all you gave me Everyday Cause you are my forever love Watching me from up above And I believe that angels breath And that love will live on and never leave Fly me up to where you are Beyond the distant star I wish upon tonight Too see you smile If only for awhile To know you're there A breath away's not far To where you are I know you're there A breath away's not far To Where you are
Your forever friend Heather, Burnaby, B.C.
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August 28, 2004
Sweet Tina, it's been 38 days since you left us and still the tears do not stop. I can't remember shedding as many tears for the loss of a human as I have for you. You are never far from my thoughts, my beloved friend. You will always be in my heart. You are so sadly missed and will be so lovingly remembered always.
Your forever friend Heather, Burnaby, B.C.
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August 25, 2004
Dearest Tina - I have an enlargement of your memorial tribute on my office desk - and I gaze at you throughout the day. You give me hope and inspiration.

You have been gone from us for just over a month - at times the pain seems like it was only yesterday. But - for the short time that we got to know you - you taught us all so much.

You truly were an ambassador for all elephants - [and all other animals] - unfairly and inhumanely treated by greedy owners. Making us all aware of the injusticies that are allowed - and, despite protests - are allowed to continue.

We promise - in your memory - to help as many other elephants in captivity, as we possibly can.
Doreen, Victoria, B.C. Canada
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August 25, 2004
Hi Tina - as the days go on, we are supposed to move on with our lives...that's what we do. Move on. But I don't want to forget you. I never will. You're supposed to be placed in the back of ones mind...not forgotten but...I wish your being here on earth could be remembered and cherished for a long time. You spent your life serving us and I think we should spend a lot of time remembering you. I think of you often - no matter where I am. That we were so selfish and you were so giving. You really affected me and I cannot understand why this much...but this is what it is. God Bless you my Tina
MC Toone, Victoria, BC, Canada
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August 24, 2004
Dearest Tina,
I didn't think it would hurt this much a month later. I didn't know I would still check the camera every night, hoping we could eat dinner together one last time. I will always miss you and I love you still, Miss Tina McWeena.
Forever.
Allison, Wyoming
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August 24, 2004
Sweet Tina, Don't be burdened with our sadness here, you've been burdened your whole life. But play and roam, be happy and free. We humans heal slowly. Still you are missed. Still there is a void. Always you will be loved.
Linda, Baltimore, MD
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August 24, 2004
Tina
I watched a Peregrine Falcon soar today.
Among the skyscrapers of the city she dove
swooped and climbed,
sought a resting place for a moment high in the sky,
then was off again,
enjoying the winds and the swirling clouds above,
reveling in her freedom to fly as she chose,
for no particular reason but the pure joy of it.

Somewhere up there Tina laughs and soars,
calling to friends gone before,
watching down as
Delhi takes her own walk
to freedom of her choice,
whispering to those left behind
that she also soars with the falcon
when it pleases her.
Jane Stanley,
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August 24, 2004
Dear Tina - It's hard to believe you've been gone from us for just over a month now. Seems like just yesterday we all learned the terrible news. So many of us watched as your closed 2-legged friends said goodbye to you on your first anniversary at the sanctuary and in the smoke from the fire at your grave, you appeared. Could it have been your spirit watching over your saddened friends? I wonder what it is like for you now in Heaven with Barbara and all the other eles who passed before you. There must be great trumpeting and endless acres of tender grass to munch, trees to scratch against and water to roll around in. We miss you so much here, but I am warmed with the thought that you are at peace now. You paved the way for so many more to come to the sanctuary now and I know you will be a wonderful guardian angel to them. Peace and love to you, Sweet Tina!
Lisa, Alabama
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August 23, 2004
Dearest Tina .... It has been one month and two days since you left us. I still cannot get through the day without tears for you. You truly are unforgettable. I look forward to the day that I receive my Tina video. I will then be able to see you over and over again whenever I am missing you, which is quite often. You will always be with me.
Michael, Adelphia, NJ
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August 23, 2004
I miss you so....it does not get easier, knowing you will not be on elecam. I does not hurt less, that my friend has gone home. It has become real but, slowly, I am healing & filling the void left with remembering..every precious moment you shared with us. I love you Tina
a friend,
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August 22, 2004
I am Tina, elephant saint.
I have passed through Heaven's gate.
No more suffering or death.
Freed by the Celestial Breath.

Now I pray for Lota and her friends.
That their imprisonment soon ends.
To the Elephant Sanctuary they must go.
Towards that prize the Celestial Breath will blow.

He will not allow Evil to prevail.
Lota and her friends He will not fail.
He will blow His mighty wind and shake the trees.
'Til Lota and her friends are free!

Blow Celestial Breath! Blow!
Each passing day the Wind will grow!
Across the land the Wind will flow!
'Til they finally say, "Lota, go!"

And when they finally come home,
Where they are free to roam,
I, Tina, elephant saint, will pray,
Thank you, Celestial Breath, for bringing us to this day!

Nancy Farnam, Edmonds, WA
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August 22, 2004
Dearest Tina, As the days pass, entries to this diary to you dwindle in numbers. That does not mean you are forgotten. It just means that we must move on to ensure your sisters are taken care of. My heart still aches, each time I see your picture. Take care, sweet ellie.
LK, Coquitlam
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August 21, 2004
After the last few years seeing Tina at the Aldergrove Game Farm staring into nothingness as she rocked repetitively from side to side, I was so hopeful and excited about all the wonderful new things she had to look forward to. Splashing in a pond, digging in the mud, laying down on soft grass, and best of all having elephant friends nearby to join in her pleasure. How it hurt to hear that Tina was never going to be able to play, relax and enjoy all the special moments we thought were in her future. I hadn't realized how many acquaintances I had who were also eagerly checking each day for news of Tina's progress. Rest in Peace now Tina, you are loved by many. Thank you for all you have taught us.
Sue Grainger / Dietlein, Langley, B.C.
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August 20, 2004
I got to know and love tina thanks to this web site. I was very sad when I read that she had sudently died. I thank all the people involved with the sanctuary for the love and dignity that you gave tina in her last years.
Maria, Minneapolis
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August 20, 2004
I knew little about these magnificent animals until Tina was moved from Vancouver and on the news they said that we could follow her progress on the internet. So I did. I have learned so much about elephants. You will always have my support. I love your website.
, Prince George, B.C.
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August 20, 2004
Tina,
Forever in our hearts!
Barbara, Texas
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August 19, 2004
Sorry....but I need to say one more thing! Tina is an ambassador for the animals of this earth. What a wonderful teacher and example of love, patience and compassion. Namaste...Tina
TheSafariGirl, Pensacola, Fl
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August 19, 2004
Thank You, Tina for softening my heart even more. Since your passing, my urge to help the animals of this planet has only become stronger. You are in my thoughts each day and I share your story with everyone I meet. I now extend my prayers to Lota and the others, trying to find a way to be effective. Bless you, Tina.....
TheSafariGirl, Pensacola, Fl
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August 18, 2004
I hear you, kind souls, who walk above my resting place with such heavy steps.
I hear you whisper my name with tear’s gentle echo in your voice.
I am not with you there in that sheltering land but I am not far away.
I am close in a soft memory, in the random dash of the butterfly and the swoop of the bird.
I am just out of sight beyond the hill, just out of hearing past the sigh of the wind.
My steps are light and my spirit is free, there are no fences where I walk and the grapes grow wild and sweet.
I do not walk alone, dear souls, for your love is all around me and my sisters sing my name.
Ruth Pullen, Flint, MI
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August 17, 2004
I miss Tina so much!!! I work at a Veterinary hospital and we recently took in a stray cat and adopted her as our clinic cat...I named her Tina Elephante...in memory of my sweet girl. Just like Tina the Elephant....Tina Elephante is so gentle and loving and is very fond of her treats too!! This kitty came along just after Tina passed away...I'd like to think that big Tina sent little Tina to cheer me up...so far so good...while I still miss Tina more than words can say...life does go on..and there are so many other creatures big and small that could use a lot of love. So in memory of Tina I give every homeless kitty we house waiting to be adopted an extra lot of love because I can!
Alisha Johnson, Nanaimo, BC, Canada
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August 17, 2004
I would like to add a tribute to Carol, Scott and all the others who cared for and loved Tina. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do for these very amazing animals. I have learned so much from your website and am so greatful for the new awareness I have of these very beautiful and sensitive of God's creatures. I do know that I will never ever take my grandchildren to a circus of any kind and will do my best to help in your efforts to save Lota and the others. I cried so many tears when Tina passed away. The image of Sissy's tire is just heartwrenching. Thank you for your love for Tina. Thanks also to those caregivers in Aldergrove who loved Tina.
Diane, North Vancouver
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August 17, 2004
Thank you all at the sanctuary for surrounding Tina with love and freedom and hopefully her time in captivity prior to being in your care were fading into a distant memory. What a brave lady she was travelling across the country and adapting to all the changes with such a positive attitude.
Debbie Laflamme,
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August 15, 2004
Of all creatures big and small, elephants were always some of the most gentle, caring and spiritually evolved animals this world has ever known. There are many sad cases around the world, in which many animals are deprived of a part of their lives. Yet somehow, they prevail. Tina, you and your friends have shown me a beauty of which most could ever understand.
Laila, Canada
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August 14, 2004
Tina, I simply love you and miss you. My beautiful fluffy orange cat Indy passed over the Rainbow bridge very suddenly on March 31. It happens that he had a simiar condition to your own. He was young like you and so very sweet, like you. I hope that you will meet up with Indy and send him my undying love. Thanks and love
Jean, Gabriola Island BC
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August 13, 2004
Dear Tina....
I shall see beauty
but none to match your living grace.
I shall hear music
but none as sweet as the droning song
with which you loved.
I shall fill my days
but I shall not, cannot forget.
Sleep soft, dear friend....
Author Unknown

May you rest in peace.
Thanks to the angels who cared for you.
Linda Francis, Olympia, WA
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August 13, 2004
i am glad that she had that time at the sanctuary. she deserved that. i am sure her last months were happy ones. thank you for giving her that. all her friends there will miss her, but everyone is better for having known her
lee smith, maple ridge bc
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August 13, 2004
Tina--
I'm writing again thinking of you. I listened to 'Over the Rainbow' today and hearing you at the end brought a smile to my face and tears to my eyes. I kiss your sweet face.
Janet, Cambridge MA
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August 13, 2004
Dear Caregivers
I am so sorry for your loss. Tina was such a sweet girl. I loved to watch her eyes. There seemed to be such a kind, loving and gentle look present in them. Thank you for the endless love and care you have given her. May you find comfort in knowing that you gave her the best years of her short life.
Rest in peace Tina.
Beth, Murfreesboro TN
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August 13, 2004
It is difficult at best to express our feelings. I love elephants and have quite a collection. My son found the sanctuary site for me. We watched Tina's journey and she was such a joy to watch. We were so shocked about her death. She was doing so well. Thank you so much for all you did for Tina and all you continue to do. We know where Tina is and she is happy. May God continue to bless your work.
Val Bob and Geoffrey Ellis, Toronto, Ontario CANADA
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August 13, 2004
There was something very special about Tina. She seemed like a peaceful, easy-going girl. She will truly be missed by everyone, elephant and human, who came to know her, including my Mom and myself.
Kathie, Mentone, CA
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August 12, 2004
My internet access has been down and I just read the dreadful news; it was especially painful to read about Sissy. My heart aches for your companions and caregivers who have to live without you. I've only watched you on the Elecam but I still will miss you. If you are able to find our darling little kitten Eloise, please look in on her and keep her company. We lost her suddenly too and it would lessen the hurt a little knowing she has you around as her friend. Happy roaming, Tina.
Lisa Barrett, Davis, CA
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August 12, 2004
Dear Tina,
You will never be forgotton, you are in our hearts and minds forever. May your spirit live on in happiness and peace.
Sheila, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
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August 12, 2004
Sweet baby girl Tina,
I have been watching your best friend, Sissy, standing over your grave today for more than three hours (and counting!) She gently caresses the earth beneath her feet. I know she is sad, confused, and heartbroken without you. You provided such comfort to Sissy. Your friendship will always be remembered by her. Your human friends will never forget you. You were (and are!) such an inspiration.
I am still wrought with grief over your sudden, tragic death. I love and miss you dearly. Namaste, sweet thing.
Eryn, Fort Worth, Texas
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August 12, 2004
Thank you for allowing us to take part in Tina's memorial. It was such a touching event. The music that accompanied the site was perfect. I wore my t-shirt today and was surprised to see how many folks recognized it!!
I saw one of the girls at the burial site today sweeping the ground with her trunk...very touching. You could tell how sad she was and was quite aware who was buried there. Our love was with Tina and still is and she will always be remembered in our hearts and just hope she knows how special she was. Again, thank you, guys.. You did good.
Lorraine Medon, Landenberg, Pa
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August 12, 2004
I had not been to the elephant site in a couple of weeks and just learned about Tina's passing.
Everytime I hear of one of these great souls leaving us it hurts. They are such wise and wonderful creatures who mourn and feel love as much as we do. When I read of the other elephants not leaving her grave site and of Sissy leaving her tire.
I live in Portland Oregon where Tina came from. We lost Belle a few years ago to a horrific foot problem. It is heartbreaking to see them suffer.
Thank you for caring and making Tina's last days filled with life and love.
Susan Stelljes, Portland Oregon
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August 12, 2004
Carol, Scott and all of TES, heartfelt thank you's for such a beautiful remembrance of our beloved Tina. Tears flow freely for her, and my heart is still hurting so much. I know however she is in a better place now, with no pain--just fun and laughter with Barbara and others. We will meet her again one day. Thank you for the beautiful song "over the rainbow"....the artist who sang that was a joy to listen to....over and over again. Thank you for caring and sharing. I'm so thrilled to have the opportunity to know about the sanctuary..this was through Tina. Love you girl!
Delores Wall, Langley, BC
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August 12, 2004
I held a jewel in my fingers
And went to sleep,
The day was warm and winds were prosy
I said: "Twill keep."

I woke and chid my honest fingers,-
The gem was gone;
And now an amethyst remembrance
Is all I own.

Emily Dickinson

I pray that when finally we awake remembrances of the wild things will not be all we own.
ENB, Philadelphia , PA
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August 11, 2004
What a beautiful tribute to Tina at the Sanctuary today. I watched it thru tears at work. It was very painful to listen to 'Over the Rainbow' so I couldn't during the vigil. I didn't realize until later (when I summoned up the strength to listen), that Tina was talking at the end! My God, I lost it all over again. TES did a wonderful job honoring Tina. I know there is a lot of pain and an emptiness and it seems impossible to move on but she would want nothing less. She opened the door for more friends who will be joining TES soon. God bless and thank you, TES (heaven on earth) and to an angel, Tina.
with love, a friend,
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August 11, 2004
Thank you Tina for all the late nights of watching you on the cam. How I wish I still could...With many many tears, especially today, which would have been your one year arrival anniversary at TES....

I love you and will never ever forget you Tina
Danielle, Vancouver, British Columbia
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August 11, 2004
Even after 3 weeks it's no easier to write this. It still hurts to not see Tina on the "Ele-Cam". I know Tina was here for a purpose, and I believe she accomplished it. She gave to us all a year of enlightenmentin the plights of captive elephants. She taught us many valuable lessons in a short time.

To Carol, Scott and all the others who were privileged enough to be able to touch and love her in person, Thank you, Thank you. Your work is incredible and I hope you know that there are many of us appreciate what you do. What you are going thru now is impossible to fathom. Keep up the good work with the other girls. Tina you'll not be forgotten - nor your cause.
P.S. Give Shirley a special "love" from Monroe!
Ginger Hays, Monroe, La.
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August 11, 2004
As it late in the day my tribute is to Carol, Scott and the rest of the staff. I have been watching the Elecam since the day Tina arrived, kept in touch with Tina's progress through her diary and I would like to thank you and say what a fantastic job you do caring for all the elephants. Your love and compassion is so wonderful, it's a shame Tina couldn't fullfill all our dreams and roam the Sanctuary. You gave her a very loving and friendly atmosphere with friends she loved, what more could an elephant want? I along with all her other fans in B.C. AND AROUND THE WORLD WILL MISS HER.
Linda Cairns, Maple Ridge, B.C.
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August 11, 2004
My dear Tina - I feel just as sad now as when I first heard of your death. I cry just as easily. Imagine a big gentle giant having such an effect on so many humans. My God, maybe there is hope for us. Please say hello to my dog Reggie for me.
Michelle Toone, Victoria, BC, Canada
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August 11, 2004
Genesis 1:25 "And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good."

Praise God! that dear Tina and those who have gone before her graze in the heavenly pasture of their loving Creator. She is now able to be fully Elephant - proud, awesome, mighty, gentle, caring and wise just as God created her.

Thank you staff of TES for working so hard to give her and others a taste of heaven. Thank you for the memorial service, it was so touching to watch. You're in my thoughts and prayers.

Go well, sweet Tina.

PS. Read Genesis 9:15 Isn't it exciting to know that the Rainbow is a sign of the covenant made by God with 'Every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth'. Thank you for picking the song 'Over the Rainbow' to play today.
Terri, Auburn Washington
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August 11, 2004
I would like to take this opportunity to offer my sincere and heart-felt thanks and graditude to the wonderful people at the Sanctuary who have made it possible for us, Tina's devoted friends and family, to pour out our hearts and express our feelings and thoughts through our tributes to Tina. A big thank you to the Sanctuary's website manager and designer. Without you, all that you are allowing us to do here would not be possible. Also thank you to Suzanne and Cathy for keeping us up to date on news of Tina via your emails. All is very much appreciated. Thank you so very much.
Heather, Burnaby, B.C.
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August 11, 2004
Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called the Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies, that has been especially close to someone here on earth, that pet goes to the Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There are plenty of food, water and sunshine. And our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals who have been ill and old are restored to health and vigour; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of the days and times gone by.

The animals are happy and content; except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them who had to be left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks up into the distance. Her bright eyes are intent; her eager body begins to quiver.

Suddenly, she begins to run from the group. Flying over the green grass, her legs carrying her faster and faster. You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face, your hands again caress the beloved head and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent in your heart.

Then you cross over the Rainbow Bridge together...... Author Unknown
your forever friend, Heather, Burnaby, B.C.
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August 11, 2004
My Beloved Tina, wherever your spirit is soaring today, may you be at peace. I am with you today in spirit as I sit here, tearfully, watching your vigil. Thank you for touching my life in a way I never dreamed possible. I will truly miss you, my friend. My graditude to Carol and Scott and all of the Sanctuary staff for the wonderful loving care they bestowed upon you and to your elephant sisters for welcoming you into their lives and habitat and allowing you to enjoy the freedom you so deserved. My only wish is that you had lived longer to enjoy more, more and more of it. I have lit my candle to honour and celebrate your life; this eternal flame will always and forever shine in my heart for you. Farewell, my beloved friend; until we meet again and I know we will one day. You have made a difference in this life and your memory will be treasured by many. Knowing you has been a pleasure; being your friend has been an honour. I love you. Safe journey.
Your forever friend, Heather, Burnaby, B.C.
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August 11, 2004
YOU LAID ME DOWN UPON A PADDED FLOOR SOMETHING I NEVER HAD BEFORE.
YOU EASE THE PAIN WITHIN MY FEET, NOT KNOWING THAT MY HEART WAS WEAK,
DON'T CRY FOR ME NOW THAT I AM GONE, BUT BE PROUD THAT THE PAIN DOESN'T LINGER ON.
YOU GAVE ME SOMETHING THAT ONLY YOU CAN GIVE THE FREEDOM TO BE ME UPON YOUR LAND.
YOU STOOD BESIDE ME AND FOUGHT THOSE WHO DON'T UNDERSTAND.
THAT GOD MADE ALL OF US TO BE FREE AND LIVE UPON THE LAND.
NOT TO BE IN A CIRUS IN ALL THOSE ONE NIGHT STAND
SO DON'T CRY NOW. FOR NOW I AM FINALLY FREE FROM ALL THOSE ACHES AND PAINS CAUSE BY MAN.
THANK YOU CAROL FOR TAKING ME AWAY FROM ALL THOSE THINGS THAT MAKES ALL OF US ANIMALS LEARN TO HATE MAN.
TINA
Mary Haynes, Tn
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August 11, 2004
Dear Carol and all the special people at the Elephant Sanctuary,

I am so sorry to hear about Tina. She had become one of my favorite elephants because of the unselfish commitment to bring her to your wonderful sanctuary by so many people from so many places. There was something special about her that one could feel - as if she had a higher purpose. I feel fortunate to have been able to share some of that via the website updates and the Elecam (which I tune into frequently).

Whenever I experience a loss such as this, I find comfort by remembering some of the conversations and encounters I shared with this other soul. I think that by keeping thoughts of Tina on my mind (and other souls who have passed through my life), she never really dies. I know that she is in a better place. I hope Tina knows how much she is loved and how much of an impact she has had on everyone.

Namaste
Diane, Kent, Ohio
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August 11, 2004
Tina,If it is true that our grief is our chance to grow, you have helped many more of us than you can ever have imagined. My thoughts to all at the sanctuary.
Marilyn Petkov, Freeville, NY
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August 11, 2004
Tina,
This hallowed ground where you do lie,
Where those who love you said goodbye,
Where Sissy left her Tire to guide you Home,
Where flowers, grapes, bamboo and wishes were thrown.

We know that you're not really here,
Only your elephant shell which was so dear,
You continue your journey surrounded by Love,
And watch over this hallowed ground,
From up Above.
Nancy Farnam, Edmonds, WA
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August 11, 2004
Dear Tina,

My heart is filled with grief and my tears keep flowing as I watch your memorial. I have lit my own candle as part of my tribute as I think of all of the love that you've given to so many. I haven't known you for very long but I've closely followed your journey to the Sanctuary and your days there. I don't quite understand it, but you've made a huge impact on me and my heart is very heavy with the knowledge that you've left us. I've enjoyed seeing your pictures and reading about your adventures. God bless everyone at the Sanctuary and, most of all, God bless you. I will miss you very much.
Terri, Vancouver, B.C.
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August 11, 2004
Dear Tina,
My deep gratitude for sharing your amazing journey of grace, peacefullness, love and compassion with all of your fellow earthlings, and especially Carol, Scott, Joanna, Winkie and Sissy. Striving to open my heart to all your life might teach, Lisa Madison
Lisa Kane, Madison, WI
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August 11, 2004
Tina, I am watching your memorial service with eyes full of tears. You will always be remembered and all of us will love you forever. Goodbye and rest in peace. I am thankful that you had an eden to live your life out, although short, with other elephants and a fantastic staff who took very good care of you.
Leilani Stadwick, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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August 11, 2004
Oh Tina, the days have gone by since you left us for a better place but, here on Earth, the pain of your leaving still lingers. I am at your vigil right now, virtually of course, and the tears seem never ending. You have touched me in the very deepest place, dearest Ele. Your sweetness and purity of spirit will live on forever and I, among others, will pledge in every way possible to help your brothers and sisters all over this planet...for this is your true destiny. Namaste, God Bless...
Tonia, West Vancouver, B.C.
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August 11, 2004
Tina
I watched a Peregrine Falcon soar today.
Among the skyscrapers of the city she dove
swooped and climbed,
sought a resting place for a moment high in the sky,
then was off again,
enjoying the winds and the swirling clouds above,
reveling in her freedom to fly as she chose,
for no particular reason but the pure joy of it.

Somewhere up there Tina laughs and soars,
calling to friends gone before,
watching down as
Delhi takes her own walk
to freedom of her choice,
whispering to those left behind
that she also soars with the falcon
when it pleases her.
Jane Stanley, Toronto, Canada
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August 11, 2004
To our Gentle Giant, its taken me a long time to try and write this to you, its hard to type when your eyes are filled with tears. I first met you as a young child, when you were young yourself. You allowed me the wonderous pleasure of touching your skin, sharing your space, riding upon your back. And as I got older, I began to understand how you were caged and my sadness grew seeing you confined & lonely. And then along came your angels at the TES, they allowed you the freedom to choose, to roam (how I would have loved to see you explore, splash in the ponds, wander with your herd), most importantly they gave you a family of your own. I am heartbroken at the loss of you but I try to remember that your finally truly free. I'll miss you more than you could ever know! Thanks to all of you at the Sanctuary for loving Tina so much she couldn't stop grinning. And finally to Carole, Scott, Winkie, and Sissy for helping Tina feel so secure in her last hours that she could simply let go. Barbara must have been calling her. Rest peacefully Sweet Tina, you have touched us all!
Deena Haight, Nanaimo, BC
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August 11, 2004
Tina's life was a blessing to all. Like so many others who were children at the time, I too was one who, back in the early 1970's, partcipated in a school field trip to visit Tina and her farm yard friends. As I recall, I can remember (helped by others photos) being atop Tina as she gave us the ride of our lives. May her memory and those she provided to others live on.
Todd Riedl, Vancouver, British Columbia
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August 11, 2004
I'm at the vigil right now. I can't see for all of the tears in my eyes. I love the fact that they're playing IZ's version of "Over the Rainbow". I decided years ago that I will have that version and Eva Cassidy's version played at my own "rememberance" memorial. When I heard Tina speaking at the end, an overwhelming sense of sadness and loss came over me. Just like it did when Barbara passed on. Very sad indeed. But she's in a better place now in perfect health with Barbara and all of the others who have proceeded her.

Namaste Tina. Until we meet again . . . This says it all . . . At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. Albert Schweitzer
Mike Rice, Leesburg, VA
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August 11, 2004
Dear Tina, you are a treasure I will keep in my heart forever. I will miss your warm and tender ways, and your beautiful eyes. You will always be full of grace. Bless you forever, peace and endless love, sweet hugs and a kiss on the head.
Mo McCullough, Oyama, B.C.
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August 11, 2004
My tears still flow and my heart still aches. I wish I could still see you each day on the ele-cam dear Tina. I shall be watching your memorial today with hundreds of others I'm sure. God speed darling girl, you have touched my life in a profound way and I will never forget you.
Chriss., Vancouver Island. B.C.Canada
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August 11, 2004
Sweet Tina, you made such a difference to our lives! {{{Thank you}}}
One of many who loved you, Vancouver Island
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August 11, 2004
Precious Tina, Now that your are free you will never be in pain again. You brought us such joy and made our hearts sing. But Our hearts are still broken and it will take some time to accept that you are gone. We love you Tina. Goodbye Sweet Girl - Until we meet again!
Valerie and Barbara Winter, Evergreen, Colorado
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August 11, 2004
Tina, I just can't think of the words to say, so I will say this, you will be missed, you touched alot of humans and elephants hearts on this earth, enjoy Heaven, we will see you again someday---Love Marcella
Marcella Smith, Kansas City
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August 11, 2004
Tina, A Lovely Lady

A gentle whisper from above,
The lovely lady softly speaks.
Please do not sing laments for me,
In heaven’s grace am I for all eternity.
Put aside your sorrows and your fears,
For I am free from pain and tears.
Sparkling eyes, caresses all mine,
My trumpets resound with joy for all time.
My dreams fulfilled, my earthly life complete,
My gift of love to all until replete.
Through ethereal blessings,
Our spirits renewed,
With raindrops descending,
Our good times reviewed.
The twinkle in my eyes, I do keep,
Blanketing the skies as the Earth sleeps.
Smile as I smile, rejoice as I do,
Remember please, for those who are true,
Your beloved Tina I will always be,
Vigilantly watching those dear to me.

Barbara Borchardt
Barbara, Texas
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August 10, 2004
Tina, girl, I have just heard the news that your sudden and untimely death was caused by a congenital heart disorder. Whilst I am sad and still grieving by the news of your passing, I am pleased to know the cause. You will always be a shining light in my life and will hold a special place in my heart. My memories of you will never fade. You taught me and many others the true meaning of unconditional love. Through you, I have learnt that compassion for all beings is the only way for me to get where I choose to go. If, as I believe, it is true that we are all one, all connected, all part of the same breath and the same beating heart of the Universal Consciousness, then compassion for all beings is the only true way to live my life. I will be there with you in spirit tomorrow to bid you a safe and peaceful journey. Farewell, my beloved friend.
Your forever friend,, Heather, Burnaby, B.C.
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August 10, 2004
Tina, i just heard what caused you to pass on so early and if i could of known as well as everyone else who loved you so dearly we would of helped you. As i understand that there was no cure for you and maybe it was God's plan for you to be here on Earth to help us all understand why animals do not belong in cages. I honestly believe that god put you here as his angel. You have also became our angel as well and when we rememeber you we all should look at how you were to everyone that has ever been involved in your short life time and treat them the same as you would have, that is never complaining, always happy and very loving to anyone who came into your life. You gave a lesson here as well, always help one another, never get angry and be loving and always put trust into what you do and how you are to others you meet each day. I will always keep your faith dear Tina and go by your ways , for your ways were the honest and loving ones ever. Rest in Peace Tina, i will always carry you in my heart .GOD BLESS YOU TINA. MAY GOD GIVE YOU REST UNTIL WE SEE YOU AGAIN. Your duty on earth is now done and yes you have waken alot of us people up now we need to do something with what you have given us, not just sit back. Please keep Tina's light shining by doing what she wanted us to do. Her light is eternal to us all and we owe it to herto keep it alive.
Love always Tina, from a worker at the zoo here at your home, Aldergrove, BC
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August 10, 2004
Our princess Tina: Life has many turns and you Tina seemed to find a way to navigate them all..with all the pain, and discomfort you never showed anger or resentment towards anyone or any animal.I truly feel that you have accomplished more in your short life that many of us do in a lifetime. You have raised awareness about the plight of captive zoo or circus elephants that so many of us never knew. Your pain will not go unnoticed nor will your compassion. You were a gentle giant with nothing but unconditional love...something the world could take a page from you. The circle of life has come full tilt and may you forever walk the pasture and fields of dreams. To carol and staff...you are incredible people for your dedication and love towards these heavenly creatures..please keep going strong.
Dave Ashcroft, Abbotsford B.C Canada.
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August 10, 2004
I was devastated to hear of Tina's death. I couldn't wait for her to try out her new shoes.She was such a gentle giant and seemed to love her human company so much. My sincere thoughts of sympathy go out to all of her caretakers,in Oregon,B.C. and Tenn. I am sure she taught everyone a lot about the sweet nature that elephants can have.Good bye Sweet Tina,we'll remember you always.
M.O., Burnaby,B.C.
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August 10, 2004
Tina dear--here in Portland, Or. we know and revere your/our elephant family. Packy was just a new-born when we moved to Portland from Vancouver, B.C. forty-one years ago. Since that time, we greeted you and the various offspring. Many wonderful days have been spent by our children and grandchildren visiting these gentle giants. There is purpose to all life. God sees all and welcomes you home.
Freda E. Gibbons, Portland, Oregon
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August 10, 2004
Dear Tina, I learned of your death while traveling in the West. I wept at first, but then I began to feel the joy of your spirit wherever I went! I saw you in the Sleeping Elephant Mountain in Poudre Canyon, and I wore your t-shirt gladly as I hiked in the beautiful mountains. You did so much good by just being. Your legacy of love will never fade.
Amy Rose, Detroit
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August 10, 2004
The Tina Garage Sale made over $2,100.00 Cdn. More $ coming from T shirt sales (more available). At time of garage sale $800. was raised from T Shirt sales. More updates on EleFan Website.
Member,
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August 10, 2004
Tina, I will so miss you! I am so glad you had some time at TES and to be with your all your friends. Goodbye my friend, as you cross the Rainbow bridge.
Janna, Richmond, BC
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August 9, 2004
I am looking forward to hearing the news of Tina's Garage Sale. I hope it was a HUGE success. She deserves a great tribute in her honour.
Doreen,
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August 9, 2004
Tina, you are so missed. JrFans.com is having a fundraiser for the other "girls" in your name. God Bless You - you have blessed many.
M.K. Dahlen, Lawrenceburg, KY
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August 9, 2004
TIMES MAY FLY TEARS MAY DRY
BUT THE MEMORIES OF YOU TINA WILL NEVER DIE.
I miss you so but deep down some where i know you are right there watching over us, you have crossed over the rainbow to a beautiful place may you eat the sweetest of grasses and drink the purest of water and know that i am thinking of you always.
kelly xoxoxo, Richmond BC
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August 9, 2004
In this world filled with darkness
gloom and despair,
we found in our Tina
a light of hope,of love
flickering there.

Sleepy eyes twinkling
even through her great pain.
Gave lonely souls worldwide
a reason to reach out again.

Lighting a spark of compassion
for others Tina did her best.
Then the heavenly keeper
of all elephant souls
called his dearest one home to rest.

Saying "when you pass from this life
Tina only you can decide.
I promise you little one
gentle humans, loving friends
by your side."

Aching hearts knowing
each of your painful steps eased the way.
For the neediest of your relations
to find sanctuary one day.

We honor you Tina, you live on, a light in our hearts forever.
Laura Linklater Aug.8/2004
laura, vancouver b.c.
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August 8, 2004
Dearest Tina, Yesterday, we had a garage sale in your honor. We had the chance to meet Sylvia. She told us a story of how sometimes she would work late and you would be in the barn she would come to the door and say through it "The Elephant Fairy is Here" and upon hearing that you would start to sing to her. What a sweet sweet story. How she loves you so - as we all do. With tears flowing endlessly....
Danielle, New Westminster, BC
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August 8, 2004
My dear Tina, I'm so sorry you didn't get to live out your entire life in freedom. You only got a short taste of it,while you were obviously in pain, and then you had to leave us. But we learned so much from you and you opened up the plight of elephants to so many people. As others have said, I do believe you had a greater mission in life and the world will be a better place having had you here with us. Rest now sweet little girl, sweet dreams little one, Love Darlene
darlene johnston, langley, b.c.
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August 8, 2004
Tina, I never really met you in person but I have heard so much greatful things. Everyone at the Greater Vancouver Zoo loved you soooo much, and all they do is talk about you since you have passed. You will be awfully missed. I don't see why people are being so rude about her being in the Vancouver Zoo at Aldergrove. She was well taken care.Her getting sick was not any of the zoo keepers fault. As a volunteer I can see how much LOVE and CARE that the staff and the volunteers all had for Tina. You Will be greatly missed, you were such a sweet elephant. I love you!
Vanessa, Canada
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August 7, 2004
Over the years I saw Tina several times at the Vancouver Game Farm, each time feeling worse than the time before at her living conditions. I was so relieved when she was moved to the sanctuary last summer. Up until then, I never knew such a place existed. I am so happy she had the last year of her short life there. Carol and the rest of the staff are truly Angels on earth. Thank you for being there. Rest in peace Tina.
Elaine, Maple Ridge, British Columbia
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August 6, 2004
Sweet Tina, I am so heartbroken to visit the site and read about your passing. It's been 30 mins and I still can't stop crying. You were such a sweet, gentle soul who showed grace both throughout your life and in your last moments on earth. Go rest high on that mountain now, your time on earth is done. I'm just grateful that you got to spend at least a year of your life in a loving, special place at the Elephant Sanctuary. God Bless you Tina - you're free now - enjoy that freedom sweet one.
Lynne Russert, Jacksonville, FL
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August 6, 2004
Dearest Tina, I have thought about you since your passing and then I thought how sad it was that you finally had a chance to enjoy what would have been the closest thing to being wild and free again. It must have been too much for you Tina, too much for your weary body and those poor old feet. How patient you were, how quiet and forgiving you must have been to have endured all you did without protest. You were such a beautiful elephant and represented your species well. You were special and you deserve to rest in peace. I have a feeling your memory will live on for a long long time with many many many people that grew to love you over the years. Take care Tina, be peaceful. Thank you staff at the Elephant Sanctuary for giving Tina a chance to be happy. Thank you too for this opportunity to let people express their feelings. It's difficult to say good-bye especially to an animal that never used her strength and size to hurt or cause anyone pain. She was a lovely animal. **** Hey, Tina - take it easy - you deserve it - RIP.
Gail & Al, Langley, B. C. Canada
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August 6, 2004
Because of the great no. of people giving tributes to Tina here from Vancouver's Lower Mainland, please support our garage sale tomorrow (7th Aug) at Springman's Saturn in Langley. All donations to Tina's memorial to help the Hawthorne girls. 9 am - 2 pm. Pls. help with donations.
Elefan Herd Member,
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August 6, 2004
Dear Tina: You have now gone to a better place that is pain free. I am so glad you got to enjoy your last year at TES. I am sorry you did not get to use your shoes so you could wander around more. You are truly a gentle giant.I have enjoyed watching you on the ele-cam and all the rest of the girls. You were fortunate to have Carol, Scott and the crew looking after you. Take care.
Janet L. Bevins, Mesa, AZ
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August 6, 2004
What crushing news to come home from a trip and find that Tina had passed away. I don't think I could feel worse. Like everyone else I was hoping and looking forward so to seeing Tina in her new sandals make her way with the gang of girls into the pasture and to that great swimming pool pond. As a marine biologist I have dealt a little bit with the 'imprinting' of wildlife to their natural surroundings. Since Tina's arrival at TES, I was always a little bit haunted that Tina may not go out on her own to the meadows, forest, and pond on the sanctuary property. Tina's mom didn't get the opportunity to imprint her baby to even a year or two of a natural environment upbringing like the other Asian elephants experienced, however brief it was for them. So no other elephant taught Tina, or could, what living in a free natural environment without human intrusion would be like. Tina just had no natural environment reference point like the other girls had from their infancy and early toddler hood. Unlike the other sanctuary girls who at least had the benefit of being born in the wild, on a forest floor, in a meadow, or the wide open spaces, surrounded by the sounds of other wildlife and the ever eternal matriarch elephants of their herds, poor Tina entered this world and fell out onto an artificial earth, probably a concrete zoo floor, probably surrounded by nothing but human noises and intrusions on her peace while trying to bond with her mother.

I'm sorry to see you go Tina, human-kind cheated you out of half of your life, you deserved much more from us, but I’m glad your pain is over. Other than your brief stay at TES, you must be in a better place. Rest in peace. My condolences to Carol, Scott, and the rest of the TES staff, that have done so much to care for Tina and her girlfriends.
Steve H., Boston, MA
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August 5, 2004
Tina..(aka Michala to my niece)

I remember Tina as a young girl out at the Vancouver game farm, only to return years later with niece in tow. To make my niece feel special I told her that they had the same name. She had pic's of Tina that we took outside the pen.I lived around the corner from her previous home and when the park was closed at night my boyfriend and I would drive down and park next to her pen and have the music low and dance in the star's light under the midnight shade. A nice bottle of wine to enjoy. Several people would come to see Ms Tina, who really enjoyed the night air and being cooed to by her loving fan's(family), a many a people we did meet there next to Ms Tina's pen, to share their childhood stories of the game farm, to return with their children. The one common thing we all shared was the biggest softy there....Ms Tina

So Ms Tina from your childhood friend...cross over to the santuary in the sky and run free, painless and carefree.
Deborah Lawrence, Yellowknife..Northwest Territories..Canada
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August 5, 2004
For Carol, Thank you for rescuing Tina from the Vancouver Game Farm..I was born in 1973, lower mainland British Columbia and have seen Tina on many occasions. As a child I knew that seeing Tina chained and children sitting on her back was wrong. The discomfort of her living space was obviously taking it's toll on Tina as years passed. You are truly an angel for caring for Tina. As Tina's passing is heartbreaking, I am thankful she had you with her to see her to her next journey. My daughter Meghan and I have been tracking Tina's well being via the internet, as Meghan is only 4, I do not know how to tell her Tina has passed, Meghan loves her dearly as well. We will miss her beautiful face.
Pamela White, Mission, BC
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August 4, 2004
As I am writing this about Tina, I have tears in my eyes. She was loved by many of us here in Vancouver. I would check on her once or twice a week on your website. I never did see her in person (as I have never been to the Vancouver Game Farm as she was growing up). I blame the Vancouver Game Farm for her suffering for years. The owners do not care about their animals and how they are doing, otherwise they would spend money and upgrade the Game Farm. Build large, open, expanses for the animals to roam in, as in their natural habitants, not cages. Put sod down for them so they have grass to walk on, not dirt and gravel, which is hard on their feet. It is a money venture, and that is only what they are interested in. Goodbye, Tina, we will never forget you.
Leilani Stadwick, Vancouver, B.C , Canada
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August 4, 2004
I am so sorry and sad to learn of Tina's passing. She has made a great difference to my life. I miss her terribly. Thanks to everyone who has looked after her and the other elephants so well.
Nancy, Belleville, Ontario
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August 3, 2004
In memory of Tina, the sweet, gentle elephant whose lovely image shone through on the elecam on many occasions - on her early morning walks, her afternoon naps, and her evening playfulness in the barn.

You are loved, sweet Tina. May your soul live on in peace and love through all eternity.
Tina, Four Paws Trail
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August 3, 2004
I have to say one more thing, This is for Winkie and Sissy, Tina's friends. Hold fast to each other as Tina is not gone and she would not want you to fret. She loves you lots from afar. Sissy and Winkie someone should get you a stuffed teddy bear to hug so you do not feel the pain. If I was down there I would hug you two elephants as you were Tina's friends, like her human ones, so take time and hug some one today. Love Bernice
Bernice Harding, Nanaimo British Columbia
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August 3, 2004
Tina, though I wasn't blessed with meeting you face to face, you touched my heart and fed my soul with your courage, grace, sweetness and ele-humor. I think of you often and it makes me cry. I'm amazed how deeply the loss has affected me. Your passing has brought so much sadness to so many. I console myself knowing that now you are forever free of bondage and pain and can roam happy and playful for the rest of time. To Carol, Scott and ALL the wonderful, selfless caregivers at TES, thank you for all that you do. Without you, Tina never would have known joy in this world. Let us, as a community, move to give as many captive, abused and neglected elephants a chance to experience joy, before it's too late. We must contribute in this effort any way we can, our time, money or supplies, it all makes a difference. Sweet little girl, Tina, you will be missed. Go well...you are free.
Linda, Baltimore, MD
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August 3, 2004
I have loved all elehants all of my life I'm 63 and cryed like a baby at Carols last days of Tina. I would like to join any of the clubs especialy for Lota. Tina has as all of them been in our hearts for so long that death can not take her from us, she will be with us always.
Joyce Richards, Yankeetown Fl
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August 3, 2004
It's Pat again from LIverpool,NY. My grief is unbearable for Tina as it was for my bird. Here is a poem for you "Tina".

Tina, you had new comfy shoes ordered.
But that was not to be.
God said on this July day,
Tina, it's time to come live with me.

You are our shining star above
For that you'll always be
God said again, it's time to go
There's elephants you'll want to see

He said don't worry about your family,
For one day they will see,
My house in Heaven is full of love
They too will live with me.

So, beloved, dear Tina
We miss you from afar.
And when we look up in the sky,
We see our shining star....

We all love you now and then Tina, the most beautiful features of an elephant - sort of like a baby elephant that never grew up. I have to write and continue to write to spell out my sadness. As I said before you were the elephant diary that I opened first. I could not wait to see how you were doing when I could get to the Library to use the computer. I love you Tina and miss you.
Pat Barnett, Liverpool, New York
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August 3, 2004
Most everyone's tribute is moving. But thank you, Carole Moffett in California, who posted "Sissy's tribute to Tina", which should probably just be titled "TIRE", but is "FOR MERILEE...". This has been very emotional for us all. But the whole thing about Sissy's Tire just sent me over the edge...and still does. But Sissy has reacquired Tire and moved on; and so must we.
Linda Brainard, Tallahassee, FL
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August 2, 2004
Hey Teen, it's me again...

I have been reminiscing all weekend about our special times together and there is another wonderful, touching memory that I would like to share. Remember that special encounter in the barn on that Monday evening, exactly one year ago today. Sylvia had asked if A, L and I would like to be present whilst you had your evening meal. Of course we jumped at the opportunity to spend time with you. Sylvia was trying to coax you in with your favourite treats, but you took your time as you loved being outdoors later in the day enjoying the cool, evening breezes. Sylvia prepared two large tubs of Epsom Salts for your feet to soak whilst you ate you dinner. She layed out your fine cuisine of fruits and vegetables. L and I came over and asked you if we could feed you and I thought I heard you say "Yes, I would like that!" L stood on one side and started to feed you some of your favourites whilst I crouched down on my hands and knees in front of you looking for your favourite green pea pods. I scrounged for every last one of them, before I started on the peppers and celery. I can still picture that scene so vividly in my mind...you standing there soaking your front feet in large tubs whilst L and I fed you. L handed you an orange which you politely dropped at her feet. "I like my oranges peeled, please" you told her softly. As she stood and peeled it for you, you could hardly contain yourself. We hung out with you for a while as you ate your grain and checked out the barn for more goodies. Then it came time to say goodnight. L and I slowly approached you to give you a big hug..well, as many big hugs as we could. As we came closer to you, you seemed to take notice as we spoke softly to you about how happy you soon would be in your new home where you would have the freedom to roam in the pastures. I told you about the green grass you would soon feel under your sore and painful feet. As we cuddled closer, you seemed quite aware of our presence. We felt such passion for you; we felt so safe and protected; we felt like your children. What happened during those next few minutes is almost beyond belief, as I think back. As we stood there holding you in our arms, you hugged us closer and closer into your body with your trunk. You somehow brought your head down to our level and looked deeply into our eyes. You seemed to express a form of loving emotion towards each of us. It seemed you were trying to tell us something. You hugged us even closer and at that moment, L and I felt totally connected to you. What happened next is almost undescribable. The feeling was so overwhelming that it brought tears to our eyes. It felt like we were of one spirit, one soul. As tears trickled down my cheeks, I closed my eyes to feel the magic of that new, special bond between us. We knew then, that you had taken a piece of our hearts and you had given us a piece of yours. It was impossible to love you any more than we did at that moment. We did not want to leave you...we wanted to stay forever in that embrace. It was difficult to leave you when we knew it was time for us to go. It was your bed time and for you and Sylvia to spend some alone time together. We lingered long enough to watch you wash out your trunk with the hose. It reminded me of how we humans brush our teeth before going to bed. Outside the barn, the fresh night air was suddenly filled with beautiful, melodic sounds of chirping....sounds similar to those of a Humpback Whale. It was you singing to Sylvia. How you loved Sylvia! The sounds were magical. We had never heard an elephant sing before. It went on and on as we heard Sylvia talking to you. As you can imagine, it was very difficult for L and I to go home that evening.

So Miss Tina, I have been privileged to feel a special form of love between us. Can or will I ever forget such passion...never! I thank you for sharing yourself with me. I will always love you, my precious girl, and one day, we will meet again.
Your forever friend, Heather, Burnaby, B.C.
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August 2, 2004
Hey Teen,

I have been looking through some of the photos that you and I had taken together. Remember that long weekend, exactly a year ago when A, L and I came out to the Zoo to sell T-shirts to raise money for your move to the Sanctuary and for your Endowment Fund. That was the day I was privileged to meet you personally for the first time. What a thrill it was for me when Sylvia said I could go into your compound to meet you. How big you were next to me, but a gentle giant! You extended your trunk to greet me and I thought I heard you say "How do you do, I'm pleased to meet you". I felt no fear as I stood close to you. You were so gentle and generous with your kisses. You even suggested we have our photo taken together!!

The next day, I came to visit you again. This time I brought you a large container of peeled watermelon slices and some grapes. "Yummie" you must have thought as I opened the container and handed you some. I saw the twinkle in your eye! In no time it was all gone and you politely checked out the container. You had a big smile on your face as I told you I would bring you some more again soon. You shook my hand again and again as if to thank me for the treats. I loved you then, Teen, like I love you now. I will treasure my memories of our times together. My only wish is that we had had more time together in this lifetime. I thank you for giving me the opportunity to become your friend.
Your forever friend, Heather, Burnaby, B.C.
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August 2, 2004
Hey, Teen, it's me! I am still trying to cope with the news of your sudden and untimely death. Never did it cross my mind that you would live but one short year at the Sanctuary. We all thought that your health was improving. During the past couple of months, you looked much happier and seemed more content with your new life. You had made many new friends and had from time to time ventured out of the barn into the nearby wooded area. So what do we not know about you? Was the move too much for you...did you miss all your friends here, especially Sylvia. I guess we did not give it much thought how such a tramatic move might effect you. We just wanted the best life possible for you and we knew you would have that with your new family at the Sanctuary. Did it effect you...did it break your heart to leave all the familiarity you had known for most of your life? Did you miss Sylvia? I know how much you loved her and she loved you. We humans pine for loved ones; we weep and sometimes it takes years to work through a sudden loss. Is it that way for elephants too?

Whatever happened, Teen, I am sorry for all the pain you suffered during your life at the Zoo. I thank you for being my friend and giving me the opportunity to become a part of your life. You were like a breath of fresh air in my life. I looked forward to my visits with you at the Zoo and then again every day on the Elecam. I will truly miss your gentle spirit and big lovable soul. I have some wonderful memories of our times together; those which I will never forget. I will keep you close to my heart always. I love you, Teen.

Sleep peacefully, my darling Tina.
Your forever friend, Heather, Burnaby, B.C.
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August 2, 2004
A very kind and gentle teacher has been lost. Bringing our awareness of the plight of captive animals to more people. She will be sadly missed by all her human family and fondly remembered. She had one good year at the sanctuary at least, but not the many we wished for her.

Rest peacefully dear girl, you deserve it.
George Emery, Mission, BC
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August 2, 2004
Tina dear, you were here for such a short time, maybe to tell us about all the others that need our help and compassion. Rest in peace.
Marion H., B.C. Canada.
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August 2, 2004
Dear,Dear Tina,
The passing days do not ease my sorrow....sweet sweet girl, i love you.
Dolores McDaniel&BabyBlu'Abbey..PA.
Dolores McDaniel, PA.
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August 2, 2004
I've known Tina most of her life, as I am living not too far away from Aldergrove... Everytime I went to the game farm, my biggest delight was in seeing her, those big doe like eyes...My fondest memory burned into my soul was as a child, actually being able to ride Tina, from a little boys bewilderment to a grown mans sorrow: Tina you will always have a place in my heart. I cried the day you left your Canadian family, and laughed when you got to your American family, seeing you frolick....Everyday at work I used to have the Elephant Cam on and much to the dismay of my co workers, happily pointed Tina out as she came into view....Tina was truly blessed to have her American family,and from all of her Canadian family...Thank you for making her last weeks on this planet so wonderful.
Kevin, Chilliwack, British Columbia
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August 1, 2004
Miss Tina, my dearest friend...

I would like to dedicate a beautiful song to you. It is called "To Where You Are" by Josh Grohan.
Your forever friend, Heather, Burnaby, B.C.
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August 1, 2004
I was deeply saddened to hear of dear, sweet Tina's passing. Deepest sympathy to all those whose lives she touched. The only comfort is she slipped away among devoted, caring human friends, amid fellow elephants and in a beautiful place where elephants roam. She is finally at peace and with her elephant family. The tragedy is that it was too late for Tina. Unfortunately, the years of confinement had already taken their toll by the time she arrived at the Sanctuary.

A heartfelt thank you to the sanctuary staff and veterinarians who worked tirelessly in a heroic effort to bring her back to health. Tina, you will be in our hearts forever and may your passing shine the light on other isolated, captive elephants.
Penelope Wells, Anchorage Alaska
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August 1, 2004
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU - to all of you at the sanctuary for making the latter part of TINAS life so wonderful, with your loving care and compassion, and the friendships she enjoyed, both human and with the other 'girls'. What a joy it must have been for her... Deepest sympathy to all of you who loved her and took such good care of her. A special THANK YOU to all the wonderful tributes from so many for our special girl.
Toni, Kelowna, B.C.
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August 1, 2004
Goodnite sweetheart Goodnite
Darcie, Coquitlam
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August 1, 2004
MEMORIES OF TINA

Your familiar round body was easy to spot,
whether you were inside the barn or not.
Independent, spunky, determined, you were,
Doing just what you felt like, we’re very sure.

You poked and prodded and swung that blue toy,
searching for treats, oh what fun! what joy!
till Tarra popped in, trunk extended,
your search for grapes temporarily ended.

On to the luscious boughs of bamboo.
munching and chewing, and tossing them too.
Is that little Cali sitting next to your mat?
What a dear friend, that gray and white cat.

Outside, the trees were too much to resist,
sunshine, good dirt, not to be missed.
Digging holes, dusting, how cool is this?
Almost heaven on earth, what utter bliss!

Those daily foot soaks were just part of the fun,
The other was scooping up treats, one by one,
and snorting water from an extra pan,
spraying all those around you, woman or man.

We rooted for you to make friends with Jenny.
The moment she saw you, she loved you plenty.
Then evening visits with Winkie went well.
You found a new friend, let her stay a spell.

Then Sissie dropped by, put her tire aside,
Touching trunks, hangin out, through the elecam we spied.
Why did you have to go such a long way,
to find ele-friends - and some really good hay?

You’d slip out to the back yard, late at night,
to breathe fresh air in the bright moonlight.
It was peaceful, those cool breezes blowing,
calming the senses, getting blood flowing.

How you longed to take a nice long walk,
But, too much pain! All you could do was talk
to your keepers, who were so concerned for you,
that one day they said, ‘We’ll design Tina a shoe!’

Excitement and hope soon filled the air.
‘Let’s make her some shoes, a good strong pair!’
Feet measured, everything set to get you outside
grazing in cool, soft fields and swimming along side

Winkie, Sissie,Tarra, Delhi, and Bunny,
Not to mention good old Shirley and Jenny.
It will be so much fun, we all thought.
but our hope and excitement was to be for naught.

Alas, you were tired, too tired to wait.
A far away place beckoned, was to be your fate.
You weren’t feeling too well, but so hard you tried,
then the time came, you could no longer hide

from your fragile, pain-wracked body’s need
to go home, to heaven, where you’d be freed.
Peace and calm overcame you that night,
as you finally knew to give up the fight.

Those close to you did not want you to go.
Your ele-family, all of us, loved you so.
It broke our hearts to lose you, it’s true.
Our lives have a huge empty space without you!

But we’ll carry on and learn from your plight,
and continue the campaign, carry on the fight,
to prevent other elephants from suffering like you,
at the hands of humans – ill informed, disrespectful too.

Now you’ve gone to the great Sanctuary in the Sky,
Where you’re romping through sunlit trees, not shy,
or scared, or in pain – just carefree and happy,
playing again, friends and treats aplenty.

Tho tears of sorrow now stream down our face,
we’ll meet again someday, in your happy new place,
You’ll be waiting, feet rested, to show us the way,
smiling, eyes twinkling in that mischievous way.

Till then, sweet Tina, your gentle spirit will be in our hearts forever.
LP, Surrey, B.C.
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August 1, 2004
My husband and I saw Tina at the zoo in Aldergrove and when she was moved to the sanctuary we were both ecstatic!! We frequently read her diary and everytime we finished it would bring a smile. She looked so happy and you could see the love in her eyes, finally she was home! The day we heard she died we couldn't believe it. I cried most of the day. I still cry. But I know she is at peace now, watching us and smiling. She will never be forgotten! Tina, thank you! You have touched many lives! Carol and Scott you have touched many lives, as well. Continue your incredible work with the beautiful elephants and thank you for your short but amazing time with Tina!
Tracy & Tony D., Anmore, British Columbia
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July 31, 2004
I am stunned and devastated by this news, but I am sure that Tina has moved on to be an angel in another life, as she was for us in this one. I will never forget her.
Erin C., Hillcrest, Illinois
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July 31, 2004
When I checked in on July 24th to see how things were doing at The Elephant Sanctuary, I was shocked at the news of Tina, sweet Tina. I was so beside myself at that time I could not offer a tribute to her as so many were already doing. I feel I owe so much to Tina. She introduced me to the wonderful organization located in Tennessee, that offers these beautiful creatures a chance at peace, happiness and a natural setting to co-exist with others of their kind. She also gave me hope in my own circumstances, recovering from a debilitating illness myself, that with the help of caring people, our lives can be made stronger and happier. It has been so rewarding for me to observe and watch all the wonders of these gentle giants that I have been made stronger by understanding their past struggles and seeing the joy and comfort that all the elephants now enjoy at the sanctuary. I will always hold Tina dear in my heart. I am comforted that she is no longer suffering from her physiological pain and I am assured that her passing was peaceful and painless thanks to the comfort and caring of her caregivers and the tender love shared by her elephant family. Bless you Tina. Be at peace.
Judy Cody, Seattle, WA
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July 31, 2004
We lift you up and release your soul to the other side, but we keep your memory forever in our hearts.
Ginny, La Quinta, CA
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July 31, 2004
Up through the trees, caught on the wind and into the sunlight. Sweet Tina, with Barbara by her side, will both shine down on us all eternally and help us learn from their short precious time on this planet.
Barbara broke my heart. Tina broke it again. But my heart will heal.
I followed her move from Canada to the Sanctuary and prayed along with the rest of you that Tina would find freedom and happiness in her days at the Sanctuary. Although her days were short with her new mates, I am positive that she was both free and happy. I believe that when God was creating the world, She thought of the most beautiful creature that could exist, and then She made Elephants.
Bless you Carol Buckley and everyone that shares the load with you down in TN at the Sanctuary, who allow these animals to live in nature as they were meant to.
Gena Savides, Springfield Massachusetts USA
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July 31, 2004
Those of us who understand that animals are not animals but fellow beings on this fragile planet will feel her loss. We will grieve, not for her passing, as death is but a part of life, but for the life she was forced to live before finding sanctuary and for others who are still suffering.

I, too, have problems with my feet and sometimes after being out and about I cannot wait to sit or lay down and ease the pain. I don't know what I would do if I had to stand on my aching feet and legs for days on end. Perhaps when Tina sat down on that fateful day she was just tired of standing and wanted relief. Perhaps once she lay down the relief was so great that she made the decision not to get up again, ever. Perhaps she made the conscious choice to leave it all behind. I believe that is possible. Her behavior as described by Carol seems to say as much. Somehow that idea gives me comfort, that it was Tina's choice.

Choice, the Sanctuary had given her back her freedom and, with it, the ability to choose how she lived her life. That day, supported by the love and affection of the folk around her (elephant and human alike) she made one last choice.

My heartfelt thanks to the Sanctuary and all who reside there, two and four legged, for being a shining example of what this world should be and can be.
M. M., Berkshire, England
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July 30, 2004
It is hard to believe that it is only ONE WEEK since we heard the news of our dear Tina's sudden passing.

Since that time, I have read every tribute to her - and as a result have cried myself dry.

Today, I came to realise that this is not what Tina would have wanted from us.

Sissy - after paying tribute to her friend - found the courage to move on - and so must we. The time for crying is over.

Tina taught us so much - we must never forget how she educated us on the plight of animals in captivity - to the conditions in which they are subjected to live and the loneliness which they are sentenced to endure.

Those of us who only learned of TES because of Tina, cannot give up now because she is no longer in the loving care of Scott, Carol and all the Sanctuary family.

Our Beloved Tina is now with HER family - free from pain and roaming in pastures greener than she could ever have imagined.

We will always have a special place in our hearts for Tina - and a deserving tribute to Tina's memory is Lota's freedom - and, if possible, providing sanctuary for all the Hawthorn family.

p.s. I have just read the "unsigned" scathing entry re Tina's old zoo. Thank you, whoever you are, for writing what many of us have been thinking.
Doreen Byrnell, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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July 30, 2004
My heart is broken.
Sheila McClenaghan, Edmonton, AB, Canada
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July 30, 2004
I've been out of town for a week, and just clicked into the Sanctuary for an update. When I got home last night I'd found an appeal in the mail to please help with the new group of girls coming to live in freedom. I wanted to see what had happened with my precious girls while I was gone.

Oh my God! I am so shocked and sad to hear about Tina's death. She was born on my birthday, April 26th, so I felt a special bond with her. I think she was the cutest elephant I've ever seen. I just love her and her sweet face. I can't stop crying. I will miss her so much. I feel so sorry for the other elephants and people who had become her friends and family. The story about leaving the tire on her grave just about did me in. What a tragedy... too soon, too soon.

I am comforted by believing she is in heaven and no longer suffers, but can run and jump and frolick on feet and legs that are now whole and perfect. She certainly deserves her reward. But oh how I will miss her.

Tina dear, you will never be forgotten. Please pray for us, and all the other of your kind who are suffering and imprisoned.
Hanna Land, Dallas, TX
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July 30, 2004
Dearest Tina: I have come to see you many times when you were in Aldergrove at the zoo, not realizing the impact you would have on me in future years. We took for granted the fact that you were easily accesible to us and now our hearts weep with sorrow as you have been taken from us at such an early age.You were truly a princess as the gentleness and patience you've shown was truly amazing.The staff at the sanctuary...you are heavens angels..you gave Tina a great last year of her life and she will remember all of you...always. Our hearts in Abbotsford/Aldergrove go out to you all. God bless.
Dave Ashcroft, Abbotsford B.C Canada.
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July 30, 2004
To Carol and Scott of the Elephant Sanctuary:

Oh how I loved "Tina". She was the only elephant since she came to the sanctuary that I followed in her diary. Her puffy eyes and serious sore feet seemed to get my heart as she needed the most attention. Her timid ways with the other elephants and trying to venture out in the field - I was so hoping she would make it to the openness. She was the most beautiful elephant to look at. I saw her new molds of her shoes and how she was a "good girl" while molding her feet. Perhaps, elephants are like birds - birds never show serious sickness until its too late - I know - I lost my beloved Gizmo like that. He hid his illness until it was too late. Perhaps, like Tina, they are brave and do not want to alarm us. I will always love you Tina and will miss you and your pictures and the captions placed under them. You are in elephant heaven now along with "Barbara". I share so much in the grief of your caregivers and please know this, Carol and Scott and the entire elephant family.
Ms. Pat Barnett, Liverpool, New York
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July 30, 2004
I can not stop wiping the tears from my face...Tina has gone and touched a world of hearts and now they are all breaking for her loss...Carol and the TES family just know that you gave Tina the BEST few months of her young life...for that she will always remember you all....God keep you and bless you as you care for other Tina's in the world....
Sandy Padzik, Palm Desert, California
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July 30, 2004
Our beloved Tina . . . you truly do walk among Princesses!!,

There has only been one other time in my life that I have witnessed and have been so moved by such an outpouring of love for someone taken from us so young in their life ... that was Princess Diana.

Princess Tina, you are adored and loved and will, so very much, be sadly missed. We will never forget our Elephant Princess or the joy you brought to so many lives and the unique things about you: your devilish smile, your beautiful puffy bright eyes, your crown of hay sitting atop your head and last but not least, the sounds of you chirping with delight. It has been an honor to know you and it will be even more of an honor to remember you. Walk now, pain free, with your mother Barbara, for she is wise and will teach you the ways of watching over your sisters and all at the Sanctuary.

Rest well, my lovely ele-girl.
Michael Sultana, Adelphia, NJ
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July 30, 2004
I actually left a tribute here a few days ago, but find myself coming back daily to share my broken heart by reading other tributes. Tina.....you truly amaze me!! It's unbelievable how many hearts you touched in your lifetime. What I wish for all of us who have been moved by you is that we find a way to help and support other animals who have no say in how they live their lives. Carol, Scott, the dedicated staff of TES and most importantly.....the "girls" of TES....have opened up a magical window to what their lives can be!! I know my life has taken a different path since knowing all of you....and I thank you for creating such a wonderful and healthy sanctuary. Blessings to all.....and a big mwaaahhhh!! to Tina. Thank you Tina for just being you.
Lynn Biron (TheSafariGirl), Pensacola, Fl
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July 30, 2004
My favourite woman in the whole world introduced me to Tina through this website, so she had become very special to me. I will miss Tina and will remember her in the best way possible, which is to continue keeping in touch with her elephant friends.
Gavin, N. Vancouver, BC Canada
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July 29, 2004
This was very hard news to hear after tina's journey i'm so glad she had a chance to be with other elephants at the sanctuary and experience the beautiful surroundings . The tribute posted on your site is really touching.Especially her relationships with Sissy Tarra and Winkie. and Sissy's security blanket "tire"at tinas grave was really amazing how they reach out too. ' and Tara was my cats name Tina's good friend please continue your hard work and you will be rewarded.
Carroll family, north vancouver bc
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July 29, 2004
I feel like I've lost a dear friend. It's still hard to believe she's gone. From reading all of the tributes, the magical impact Tina had on our lives is immeasurable. My heart goes out to all of her elephant girlfriends, Carol, Scott, and her caregivers at TES and the Greater Vancouver Zoo.
Lyn Dillies, Westport, MA
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July 29, 2004
Dear Carol, Scott, JoAnna, John, and The TES Family,

May the Spirit of your loved one, Tina, rest in a land of peace,
along with her sister Barbara.
Please find comfort in knowing,
Them two will be the gentle winds kissing your cheek, letting you know they are still there........
Just as seasons turn and Winter melts into Spring,
may you find strength in knowing Tina's Spirit will all ways be there smiling at her TES Family & Her Sisters......
Each one of you gave her the Best Care, Love, Patience,
& most of all Diginity and Respect......
Beyond and unselfishly than any of you had to do......... May your Spirit regain its strength and bring sunshine to your heart knowing she is in the gentle hands of the Great Spirit.
Her and Barbara are walking pain free on beautiful soft cotton clouds.......

I feel blessed that I had the opportunity to see her, even though it was great distance between. I could feel her good Spirit. Thank you for letting me be a volunteer there. I am greatly honored..........
I speak with great Respect, sending Love, and Hugs, to each one of you, in this difficult time.
Vickie & Bobby West Wind Farm
Bobby & Vickie Myers, Ashland City TN
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July 29, 2004
just wanted to say... Tina was the Vancouver Zoo's elephant until last year. I grew up visiting Tina and Tumpe. When I was young my family got to take rides on Tina. As I grew up, I became increasingly distressed at how the elephants were housed. As an adult...I compliained A LOT. In fact I finally told them my family would no longer be taking our family picnics out there (and we didnt)until something was done for the elephants. Tina spent her days in patterned behaviours (pacing the fence, head swinging etc) so did Tumpe. There was very little grass in her "enclosure" ...nothing of interest. for such an intelligent being it must have been like living in solitary (even with Tumpe).

I say all this to point out... that her move to Tenessee (and even tho it was incredibly sad for Vancouverites) was probably the happiest time of her life. Actually... I can say for certain as the video I have seen taken from Tenn... lets just say...she had life in her again. Kudos to all of you at the Elephant Sanctuary for your care of Tina and your other elephants. As well I commend you for a wonderful tribute to a very special lady.
Louie, Vancouver Island BC
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July 29, 2004
" Touch my hand and part with laughter, touch my heart and part with tears." Tina you have touched the hearts of so many people and there have been so many tears. You have left your foot prints all over my heart and I shall never be the same. Your gift to the world was to be a teacher and you were the best. Thank you. Go with God.
Mary-Jean, Kamloops, BC
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July 29, 2004
Tina was a very sweet girl.She will be missed so much. The day you left I thought I would die. Could I possibly have any tears left to cry. Tina you rest now. Teresa Reid
Teresa Reid, Lexington V A
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July 29, 2004
Your passing has left a Tina-shaped hole in my heart.
Rest in peace, you dear girl.
Susan Bleiberg, Delaware, USA
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July 29, 2004
I still have a lump in my throat every time I look at Tina's tribute picture. I want to thank all those people who have sent tributes to Tina - especially those outside of Canada. It is so touching to know all of you loved our Tina too! Like others, I wanted to see Tina romping in her new shoes and enjoying the rest of the Sanctuary. Thank you and bless you Carol and Scott. I'm now focusing on Delhi and Lota and the Hawthorn 16...
Kory, Burnaby, B.C.
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July 29, 2004
Darling Tina,(sigh) I first met you as a troubled and unwanted teenager. One look from your loving eyes,and I knew that you had room in your heart for me. You showed me how to love. Now I am able to teach my children how to love. I will never forget you and the most precious gift anyone has ever given to me. The gift of compassion. You will be forever in my prayers. Sleep peacefully,my darling
Tao, Langley,B.C
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July 29, 2004
Oh the pain, the pain that loss of a loved one brings.

Yet the love we share and feel for family, friends and especially our "girls" is worth the price of pain. Reading the account of Tina's last days is hearbreaking and comforting at the same time.

Heartbreaking in feeling the pain for Tina and her family at the Sanctuary. Heartbreaking in thinking of the day to day routine that had to be endured in addition to notifying Tina's world family and media when shock, pain and grief were so strong. Heartbreaking in thinking of the pain the other "girls" were feeling.

Comfort is received when reading that Tina simply laid down to rest and was at peace with dying...she knew and was serene. Comfort is in realizing Tina was surrounded by love and family as she left this world to join Barbara in "Eleheaven". The comfort is in knowing that everything that could possibly be done for Tina was seen to in her last days as it was in the last year at the Sanctuary. The comfort too is feeling that the other girls did understand what happened to Tina; they expressed their grief in ways they understood. To read of the gift from Sissy; sharing her beloved tire with Tina and leaving that tire to watch over Tina for a few days and to know the thought and love given in choosing Tina's gravesite; these are the things that bring comfort.

Oh the pain...the pain that love brings.
My heart and love are with you all.
Madonna Schoen, New Berlin, IL
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July 29, 2004
Tina,, forever in our hearts.
Donna, Maryland
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July 29, 2004
dream, awake bright
sun streams cool over bamboo
you are home again

Coreen Walker, Thornville, OH
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July 29, 2004
Dear Tina:
You have gone on to better things, while we stay behind to mourn, reflect, and continue the good fight. I am sad that you are no longer here, but I am also happy for you. No longer in pain, we now have a beautiful, big guardian angel to watch over everyone at the Sanctuary. You are truly free again, free to run and play without fear, without pain, without any limitations. Rest in Peace you dear, sweet, loving and patient being. Now I know why God created the animals first, they are truly the best and wisest among us. Farewell Tina.
Dianne H., Langley, BC, Canada
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July 29, 2004
I first met Tina in the fall of 2002 when I was on vacation with my family. It was through Tina that I first became aware of the realities of captive elephants. I am so glad that Tina was able to go to the Elephant Sanctuary to be taken care of, I sign on almost daily to get any piece of information on how she and the other elephants are doing. It was such a shock to here of her passing. Dear Tina, thankyou for coming into my life and touching me so deeply. I know you are now in peace.
Lisa Roesnik, Kamloops, BC, Canada
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July 28, 2004
Thank all of you, for giving her the care that she deserved.
Tcat, White Rock, British Columbia
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July 28, 2004
All things Bright and Beautiful
All creatures Great and Small
All things Wise and Wonderful
"Our Miss Tina"
Will love and miss you so much.
Sandra, Vancouver Island B.C
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July 28, 2004
Our Maker created precious Tina for us and now He has given her an eternity of rest, peace, and love. My heart broke when I read of Tina's passing. Soon after reading of Tina's passing I realized that my mother was tragically killed on April 26th thirty eight years ago and her birthday was in July and she was three months short of being 34. I feel and know that this is a sign for me to pursue passionately on educating people and advocating for these magificent creatures in captivity.I will for you Tina and all the elephants......My sweet precious little girl Tina---you were so loved and will be in my heart forever. My prayers are with you Carol,the entire Sanctuary staff, and her elephant family. Thank you for bringing real joy to Tina.
Sherry Crowder, North Carolina
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July 28, 2004
Tina;
There is so much to be said about you and for you, and words cannot express how sad I am that you have left us. These few parting words I write in memory of you and your final year with us in this world:
"For every beast of the forest is mine, says the Lord, and the cattle upon a thousand hills or upon the mountains where thousands are.
I know and am acquainted with all the birds of the mountains, and the wild animals of the field are Mine and are with me in my Mind." Psalm 50:10-11 I shall miss you dear Tina. Thank you for being a part of our lives, and touching our hearts and souls. To Scott, and Carol and all who cared for Tina in Tennessee - thank you for all you did for Tina during the past year. May God bless you, and give you comfort. To all who loved Tina - may you always be reminded of those words each time you see an animal.......that they belong to Him and are always with Him in His mind. Farewell Tina, and thank you for being the beacon of light which you were, and for showing all of us that there can be a better tomorrow.
KW, Vancouver, Canada
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July 28, 2004
I met Tina when she first came to The Vancouver Game Farm. I was 11. I think I may have had a ride on her. I followed Tina through out the years and got to share her with my sons now 7 and 12. I am happy for her that we learned that there was a better place for Tina than a barren pen and that people here cared enough to let her go. I am thankful that in the end she didn't suffer and that she was with people and elephants who also loved her. She will be missed.
Sandy, Surrey BC
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July 28, 2004
Tina
Rest in peace our Tina dear
In body you are far away-
But your spirit is so near,
Yet we will miss you everyday.

We prayed that you'd go outside
Unfortunately that was not to be-
Even shoes were to be tried,
With foot soaks and therapy.

Your elebutt was quite the talk
And "unique" was your puffiness-
We so hoped that you would walk,
Your grin was constant none the less.

On the elecam, you were our nightly star
Always standing never did you lay-
So many friends watched you from a far,
Your friends and "family" are grieving now...
but we'll meet again someday.
Lori VanEssen, Wisconsin
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July 28, 2004
Thank you Tina for catching our attention so that we may be educated on what elephants need in this world. Your legacy is what we will do from now on to make sure elephants live better. We miss you.
L. Krogel, Langley, BC
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July 28, 2004
I was stunned to here that Tina passed away. But I knew that she was getting the best care there. I know that you made it as comfortable as possible in her last hours. Right now there is no weight to keep her from floating over the field of TES, and looking over her buddies. Her elephant girls and her human staff. And you know in a strange way she thanks Carol and staff for rescuing her and letting her enjoy the biggest playground she would ever find and be a big part of. Tina is now at peace. She hasn't left ,her soul is in the field and with each breeze you can feel her presence.
Ed Hartnett, Weymouth Mass.
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July 28, 2004
This is a great loss which will affect all of us for a lifetime. We have always enjoyed visiting Tina in Aldergrove and were very happy to have our children meet her aswell. We visited Tina often and when she was in Abbotsford on her diet vacation we drove by often as well. Our daughter(6) is very much in love with Tina and when she moved we checked on her online and when she was in the news she would make everyone bequiet so she could listen. She will be greatly missed by all of us. Now she is light on her feet and without pain. We love you Tina.
The Francis Family, Surrey,BC
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July 28, 2004
FOR MERILEE WHO SENT ME A PICTURE OF THE TIRE ON TINA'S GRAVE - AND I HAVEN'T BEEN THE SAME.

My special tire
so small and round,
I place it on this holy ground,
for you my friend.
Please take this gift of mine
to help you cross the width of time.
Tire will help you if you get scared
or feel a little anxious till you get There.
Tire will surround you with my love
until you reach your place above.
When you get There - look down
and see our footprints on this ground,
We honor you!
Then send Tire back to me
so I won't drown in my grief.
I miss you.
I wish you well.
I will not forget.
Here Tina... Here is Tire
Sis
Carole Moffett, Porterville, California
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July 28, 2004
When Tina died, I cried as I lost a cat to fleas infesting my house and nearly lost another cat to the same thing so I understand what you are going through. I know that she is looking down from heaven and watching all her friends.She will never be truly gone. She will always be there in spirit. Condolences to all her friends at the elephant sanctuary. In loving memory, Bernice Harding, Nanaimo B. C. I saw her in Vancouver at the game farm.
Bernice Harding, Nanaimo B. C.
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July 28, 2004
Dearest Tina, I find it so hard to believe you are gone, you have left such sadness and emptiness in my heart. Your life was short but you taught us much; you made me realize the plight of elephants in captivity. I miss you so much Tina, I can’t stop crying, you will always have a special place in my heart. Thank you everyone at TES for your care and dedication, and the love you gave our sweet Tina.
Elefan9, Richmond, BC
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July 28, 2004
Tina's new journey has just begun

Don’t think of her as gone- away
her journey just begun.
life holds so many facets-
this earth is only one.
Just think of her resting
from the sorrows and the tears
in a place of warmth and comfort
where there are no days or years.
Think now how she must be wishing
that we could know today
how nothing but our sadness
can really pass away.
And think of her as living
in the hearts of those she touched….
For nothing loved is ever lost-
and she was loved so much.
E. BRENNEMAN
I love you Tina! Vicki,
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July 28, 2004
Now I lay me down to sleep.....

Rest peaceful, little girl, rest peaceful.
Friend,
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July 28, 2004
Angels come in all shapes and sizes,
Surely Tina is one of them,
In her brief time on this earth Tina touched so many of us,
I know deep in my heart that Tina is in a better place,
With no fences,no pain, no boundaries,
I will miss you Tina,
We all love you.
Tami Hanley, Long Island, New York
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July 28, 2004
To everyone at the Sanctuary, May God continue to bless you with ALL of His glory!! Although Tina's life was short, she obviously was sent here for a reason. Her job now complete, she will be greatly missed. She leaves us to continue her work. I'm sure her message would be for all humans to understand that captivity for most creatures is inhumane, and we MUST realize this now, and take action. We have two elephants at the Detroit Zoo that I would love to see go home to your sanctuary. May the sadness of Tina's passing turn to sunlight, and may her memory turn into a message to people who are unaware of the lives of elephants in captivity.
Penny Roop, Clarkston, Michigan
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July 28, 2004
In Memory

What mean you by this weeping
To break my very heart?
We both are in Christs' keeping
And therefore cannot part
You there, I here, though parted
We still at heart are one;
I only just in sunshine
The shadow scarcely gone.
What though the clouds surround you,
You can the brightness see,
'Tis only a little way
That leads from you to me
I was so very weary,
Surely you would not mourn,
That I a little sooner
Should lay my burden down
Then weep not, weep not, Darling
God wipes away all tears;
'Tis only a little way
Though you may call it years

Tears still flowing and with everlasting gratitude for opening my eyes to the plight of captive elephants
I love you Tina
Danielle Ellis, New Westminster, B.C.
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July 28, 2004
I remember visiting the zoo when I was little and seeing Tina chained to a tree. My parents would hold me and my sister in place on the fence and we would stretch out as far as we could and feed her peanuts. She loved it of course and us. So we did that on every visit. Elephants don't forget and she certainly didn't forget us. And just like her and all those that knew her and love her, we won't forget either.

Thanks for the memories Tina and for being such a pleasant part of our lives.
Carla, Pitt Meadows, BC Canada
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July 27, 2004
What can I say......?
From the moment I became aware of Tina's story through this wonderful website, and spoke about her with Scott, she became installed in a special place in my heart. What a void I experience now. I can't imagine your sorrow now, Carol, Scott and your staff! I so appreciate having that special Tina sculpture, Scott, and encourage any other admirerers of this special creature to send for one of your own, in her memory. Scott, this is a difficult time for all of you; but knowing you, you are learning from this and this is deepening your appreciation of life and its progression and your mission on this earth. Tina has taught you tolerence and many other lessons, as each of your other residents teach and share special aspects through their personal journeys. Please know Gerry and I share in this as well; we love you so much. With much support and admiration...........
Louise Carroll, Epsom, NH
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July 27, 2004
To Dearest Tina. How we all miss you here on earth and mourn you with our copious tears and prayers for your new life. We mourn that you had so little time to enjoy your newfound freedom. We mourn that more time was spent in "getting well" than in gambolling in the woods and splashing in the pool joyously. Were you welcomed to "Elly Heaven" by your mother? We do hope so. (We never learned what happened to her after you were separated from eachother. Does anyone else know?) But Barbara was there to help your arrival into another adventure - this time a heavenly one - no shoes required. You have so many earthly friends rooting for you. Everyone who loved you from Oregon to British Columbia and Tennessee(and the wonderful friends who looked after you at the Sanctuary) and around the world, all of us are trying to turn our tears of sorrow into tears of joy for your final release to freedom. Bless you sweet Tina for bringing such joy and awareness into our lives. You have not been and never will be forgotten. Forever your friend. Shanti, Shanti.
Muryl Geary, Vancouver, BC Canada
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July 27, 2004
As I sit here in my bedroom in front of my computer reading all tributes to our dear friend Tina I can't help but think how blessed we all are for having known Tina . As I sit here at night in my wheelchair and look at the smile on her face it makes me forget my constant pain. I felt a kindred spirit to Tina from the time she arrived at the Sanctuary with her feet in such a bad way , I knew how she must feel and just how much pain she must have been in. I sure will miss her. Thank-You all for the care you are giving to our friends and the freedom you are giving them . Maybe someday it will be against the law to try to make our wild animals tame . May God Bless all of you.
Dean Hall, Whitwell,Tn
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July 27, 2004
Thank you Tina for showing me your wonderful new home and introducing me to your new friends. Were it not for you, I'd never have met Winky and Sissy and all the others. I will visit them regularly in your memory.

Rest in Peace. Your friends will never forget you.
Terry, Coquitlam, BC
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July 27, 2004
Dear Tina, you left us so suddenly, I can hardly believe that you have left us, I wish you could have talked and told us what you were feeling ........ I miss you soooooo much, but you are in heaven little girl, there will never be another "Tina" ... you are special, your gentle spirit will live on, thank you Tina for sharing your short life with so many and thank you Carole and Scott for all the care and love that you gave Tina ..... God Bless you.
Linda, Canada
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July 27, 2004
My dear, beloved Tina - you've been a huge part of every day for just one short year but I love you dearly. I am so sad you never got to swim in the pond and wander the beautiful fields. My only consolation is that so many of us learned of the plight of captive elephants through your suffering. Thank you to TES for giving her such a wonderful experience and best wishes for helping others in desperate need. I miss you every moment of every day - good-bye sweet one.
Karen B, Invermere BC
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July 27, 2004
My dear Sweet Tina, how I wish I knew you for you have affected my life more than you will ever know. I will miss you my friend and hope that someday I will have the honour of walking with you over the Rainbow Bridge together. Rest in Peace my dear Tina for I will miss you so very much.
Ron Daoust, Victoria, British Columbia
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July 27, 2004
So sad to hear the news about Tina! I live in Canada, a short drive from the zoo where she lived most of her life. I am 40 and remember seeing Tina when she first arrived in Aldergrove, I think I went with a brownie group. Later, as a young adult, I would see her yearly when I volunteered with a charity and took kids to the zoo. When she moved to Tennessee, I followed every news article and have been reading all of her updates. She will be missed.
Carol,
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July 27, 2004
My Dear Friend Tina
I learned of your departure from us yesterday while driving to work. I cannot tell you how saddened I was to hear of your leaving us.
I met you in person only once. It was April 4, 2003 at the Greater Vancouver Zoo and I stood outside your pen and wondered why anyone would allow an animal to exist in such a barren, and lifeless enclosure. I took a few pictures of you and thanked you for letting me take your picture. I then reached out my hand and touched the fence where you were standing only a few feet behind, and I said "dear sweet girl, the Lord is going to find you a new home". I don't know if you understood. Your eyes were puffy, and seemed as if the light had been extinguished from them. I watched the TV reports about you when the news broke that you were being moved. When I heard that they were thinking of sending you to Toronto instead of Tennessee because of funding and other considerations, I got down on my knees and asked the Lord to make a way and to provide everything needed to get you to Tennessee. He knew where it was you needed to be.
I read your diary and watched you on the webcam, and like many, many others waited to hear the good news, that you were adapting to and loving your new home.
Your stay there was short dear Tina, but I thank Carol, and Scott, and all the others at the sactuary who gave you your dignity back, and provided a shelter for you filled with love and compassion. I thank you my friend Tina, for allowing all of us to share this journey with you. You have carried all of us with you just as you used to carry the small upon your back. You have shown us that your life and others like you, was a grave injustice, and you have shown us that there are places and people in this world who try to make it right.
I am ever so sad by your departure dear Tina, but ever so happy knowing you are free from the physical pain, and that your broken spirit is now whole. I suspect you will be bigger in spirit than you were when you were here with us in body.
Thank you dear friend for allowing us into your life and teaching each of us what we needed to learn. Know that you will never be forgotten.
Elizabeth, Vancouver, BC
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July 27, 2004
Tina, I will miss you so much and feel such a tremendous loss. I only got to know you by watching the elecam late at night and reading about you, yet I was attached. Amazing how you touched so many close and afar. That really is a tribute to how special a being you are. I remember not that long ago checking the elecam and seeing you getting fitted for your shoes. I was so excited at the hope that would help you. I can only hope now that you have gone on to an even better place and someday I can see that adorable face and experience that wonderful spirit up close. You leave behind a legacy with all those you've touched and taught. Thanks to the sanctuary staff for taking care of her and loving her.
Melinda, Columbia, MD
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July 27, 2004
As the sharp pain of Tina's passing shifts, I can now smile again when I think of her grin and wise eyes. I wish I could have known Tina in person, but I take comfort that I know her in spirit and that we will meet someday. Everytime I smell a hayfield or a freshly mown lawn, I will think of Tina and how she always seemed to have a spray of hay on top of her head. I have a plant in my yard called "elephant ears" and the leaves grow to be as big as Tina's. This patch is now called "Tina's Garden." Thank you Tina for making my life a little bit brighter and happier. You are now in a pain-free place and I know you are smiling down on all of us. You are love!!...Lynn
Lynn Biron (TheSafariGirl), Pensacola, Fl.
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July 27, 2004

Bonnie,
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July 27, 2004
Dear Tina, my heart is broken and I haven't stopped crying for days. The lovely tributes to you break my heart. I didn't know you until you moved to the Sanctuary. As a child, my mother took me to a circus with live animal acts. After it was over, I told my mom that I never wanted to go to a circus again because I couldn't stand how the animals were made to do stupid, unnatural tricks; it was all so disrespectful. So I never went to see you at the zoo in Aldergrove. Your move to the Sanctuary was so well managed and I watched, fascinated that there was such a wonderful place for you and your elephant sisters to spend their days. I'm so glad that Sis and Winks and Carol and Scott were with you. It will take them a long time to recover from your death and my heart is with them. I hope that we humans learn something valuable from your passing. I hope we learn that we must respect all life on our wonderful planet; it is a necessary lesson for our survival. Gentle Tina, wonderful spirit, may your memory be our guide as we learn that we must treat all creatures, humans included, with dignity and respect. I will miss checking your diary and will continue to champion the rights of animals everywhere. Happy trails to you, lovely Tina. Dear Carol and Scott, thank you so much for being there for these lovely girls. You are magnificent people.
Ardith Conlin, Nanaimo, BC
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July 27, 2004
Tina:

We knew you for just a short while
Yet your memory is stained in time
Your Human family loved you with all their hearts
Giving you the respect you deserved from the start
A gentle giant with a tender touch
a void you have left thats hurts many so much.
God will guide you to his arms
Welcoming you to his kingdom and your final sanctuary
Carol and the staff will, in time, move forward
Carrying bits of your soul within their hearts.
Lessons they learned that you shared with them
They will give to many of your kin as they rescue them.
Rest in peace oh gentle soul, Keep in your heart that we love you so.
Angela and Jackie, Tampa Florida
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July 27, 2004
Dear Tina,I watch you and the other girls every-day from my hospital bed. My legs do not work anymore,but when it is my turn to join you in Heaven I want to run besides you in the clouds. Thank-you the caretakers of the Girls. God Bless you all. Kathleen
Kathleen OConnor, Chicago Illinois
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July 27, 2004
I am reminded of the naturalist, Henry Beston's words of wisdom outlining the proper relationship between humans and animals. Despite some peoples' attempts to view other creatures as somehow inferior to us, Beston correctly stated that "Animals are not brethren and they are not underlings. They are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of earth." May Tina, a great and loving soul, rest in peace, free from illness, sadness and separation forever.
Nancy Farnam, Edmonds, WA
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July 27, 2004
Dear Sanctuary Staff:
Thank you and bless you all for the wonderful loving care you gave to Tina.

I will miss watching Tina on the ele-cam. She possessed such a fun-loving spirit. She will be missed. She is gone but not forgotten and her spirit will live on there at the Sanctuary where she was so happy and loved these past months.

I am so thankful that there is a place like the Elephant Sanctuary for these beautiful creatures to go. You do amazing work.
Trisha Miller, The Colony, TX
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July 27, 2004
I was so shocked and sorry to hear of Tina's passing. She was such a beautiful girl. Thank God for people like you guys at the sanctuary that make these rescues possible. At least the end of her life was spent the way elephants should live- free and happy. I wish I could do more to help but I do what I can. I said some prayers for her soul and also pray for the others there. They also deserve the best.
Lorraine Medon, Pennsylvania
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July 27, 2004
The softess eyes I have ever seen,,
looking into a soul so deep.
I would stare at you behind that fence,
the ways we would talk i will never forget.
I wished and wished they you free you,,
let you be free,,free as ur soul.
The day finally came when they took you away,,
we all cried but knew you were going home.
I watched you on the computer screen,
as the little triumphs you did take.
I watched as you were given so much love,
in my heart i knew you were finally home..
Now as i write this and wipe away tears,
My heart sad that i have to say farewell to my friend,
What is so comforting to my heart?
That you experienced heaven before your depart..
Now run free my girl with your elephant pals,
god has saved you a special place.
Tina with her knowing eyes and enduring grin..
until we meet again my friend..
Thank you to carol and scott and joanne and the many others who loved tina
Robyn Edwards, Coquitlam..British Columbia
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July 27, 2004
Tina, from the moment I laid my eyes upon you, we had a special connection. I swore that no matter what it took, I would fight to find you a better home, with room to roam. Although you were loved in Aldergrove, you needed more space - more freedom, and finally you got what you deserved. To my dismay, the freedom was shortly lived, but in that time you were to meet friends who cherished and adored you. That, in itself, was a joy to my heart. I believe that those small fireflies at the sanctuary are and will be the "eyes" of those that have passed, lighting the way for the rest of the herd. Join those "eyes" and roam the acres you should have lived to enjoy. Barbara will take you there. You will forever live in my heart and soul, and I cherish every moment having known you in this brief time. God bless all the staff at TES for their caring and knowing ways. They are truly Elephant Whisperers. Peace and love.....
Kizzykat, Langley, B.C., Canada
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July 27, 2004
Dear Tina,
Now I understand,
What you tried to say to me
& How you suffered for your sanity
How you tried to set them free
They did not listen,
They did not know how
Perhaps they will listen now..
But, I could have told you Tina,
This world was never meant
For one as beautiful as you
(Vincent by Don Maclean)

May Tina's life teach us that elephants do not belong in captivity. Thank-you for all the love, my dearest elecam friend.
Sylvia, Toronto, Ontario
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July 27, 2004
Like everyone else, I was so upset to hear of Tina's death- I also followed her trip to the sanctuary and visited her every day online. I thought" How great, she's got loving home with people who love her and soon new boots for her poor sore feet, but it was not to be.....could Tina's death not be the catalyst for everyone to call for a stop on these horrific animal performance arenas? where their life seems so cruel. Can we not find ways to encourage "environmental tourist industries"...show people profits and good standards of life can be achieved and sustained by looking after the animals on this earth, instead of capturing them? It sounds "Pollyanna", but Tina's death should not be in vain. Can you imagine the power we as humans have to end this suffering and sadness?. Tina's smiling eyes, in spite of her awful circumstances could be our beacon!.. I'm so sorry we failed you Tina, but we are all going to try harder to make a difference in your memory. Everyone please get involved for all those still suffering.
Pauline Sowden, Richmond, BC, Canada
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July 27, 2004
Carol, Scott, and staff:
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Tina. I once interviwed Carol for the Web site Animal News Center, and was touched by everyone's love for and dedication to 'the girls.' Tina knew true peace and sancutary during the last year of her life. Memories of her by those she touched will be cherished ones.
Charlotte LoBuono, Hoboken, NJ
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July 27, 2004
It's taken me a while to add my memories of Tina. I learned of her passing while getting ready for work, not a great way to start the day. I grew up in Aldergrove, and will always remember Tina. I will remember riding her, how Tina used to lead the parade for Aldergrove Days. I will mostly remember how sweet Tina was, and how happy everyone I knew was when it was learned that she would be retiring to such a wonderful place. Thank you all, elephants and humans, for making her last year a peaceful one. She deserved it.
dw, Maple Ridge, BC
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July 27, 2004
To Carole, Scott and all the other Sanctuary staff: thank you for your care and concern and constant attention and devotion. Your calling is a special one, and I think Tina knew that. My special sympathy to you all.
Vicki Huntington, Delta, B.C.
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July 27, 2004
I am finding it hard to put into words how I feel. I grew up in Langley, BC one freeway exit from the Vancouver Game Farm (as it used to be called). I now live in Aldergrove, a mere 2 minutes away from the Greater Vancouver Zoo (the present name). Every day I drive past Tina's old pen (more like a prison) and give thanks that she was released to a more appropriate home. I have been keeping track of Tina's progress at TES through the ele-cam almost daily for the past year since the time of her move. When my husband came home the other day and told me that she was . . . gone . . . I was speechless. I had just read about the garage sale that was being prepared as a fundraiser for her. I had already decided what goodies to donate for this worthy cause. I am completely devestated that Tina will not be here to benefit from this. But . . . I can not help but wonder... that Tina may have left us at such an early age knowing that because her move to TES had informed so many people of the plight of these magnificent animals, so many more people, on learning of her loss, would also contribute to their cause, and hopefully bring even more of the Hawthorne Elephants home to TES. She always had that knowing, intelligent look in her eyes, one that we humans take for granted. I believe that yes her heart was truly too large. Tina, words will not express how much we will miss you, but hopefully by your passing, many, many more eyes will be opened to the plight of your sisters and brothers, and some good may come of it. We will always love you and be thinking of you. Thank you to all of the TES staff for making Tina's last year, her best.
Cathy McMillan, Aldergrove, British Columbia, Canada
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July 27, 2004
we will cherish each and every moment we had with you my sweet tina and remember you for always thanks to carol and scott for all your love and care you gave our sweet girl may god bless you. Tina you will forever be in our hearts we will never forget you may you fly high with the angels.
lacey and jesse, vancouver BC
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July 27, 2004
I was just devastated to hear of Tina's death. Tina gave us so many unforgettable memories to share with our children and grandchildren. We all remember Tina, and will never forget her. My feelings about Tina's death is that she had a broken heart and leaving her friends and care givers at the Vancouver Zoo was too much for her, and she just left us all for happier pastures. Tina's care givers at the Vancouver Zoo are just as devastated as I am and my children and grandchildren, it is a sad time for all of us. We will miss you Tina. Patricia Freeman Aldergrove, B.C.
Patricia Freeman, Aldergrove, B.C.
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July 27, 2004
Dear Sanctuary Staff and Girls,
My heart goes out to you all with the loss of our dear beloved Tina. Like so many others I cried as Carol described her last few minutes, so peaceful, so ready to move on. Then when I read how Sissy left her favorite tire at Tina's gravesite, such an expression of love all too few of us can fully appreciate. We were so looking forward to her "new shoes" and the new world that would open up to her. Little did we know that she was preparing to go to a different world, I'm sure a better world - except we can't be there with her, at least for awhile.

To sweet Tina, you are a sweet gentle spirit, an example of courage and unabashed joy I'll always cherish. Happy trails to you dear Tina, till we meet again.
Pat, Salt Lake City
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July 26, 2004
To Tina and the Sanctuary staff, thank you so much for letting us share your lives. Our thoughts are with you as we mourn the passing away of Tina's good spirit - strong, patient, gentle, loving, joyful, brave - her presence will be deeply missed. Tina, the light that twinkled in your eyes will continue to shine for you in all those who were blessed to know your story.
Lisa, Franklin, Tennessee
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July 26, 2004
Little one, little one,
Where have you gone?
Your leaving has darkened
the brightest dawn.
Why did you leave us,
so soon, so soon?
Where can we look for you?
Over the moon?
On butterflies’ wings?
In the heart of a rose?
Who knows, who knows
Where a little one goes?
Where I have gone,
I am not so small.
My soul is as wide
as the world is tall.
I have gone to answer
the call, the call
Of the One who takes
care of us all.
Wherever you look,
you will find me there -
In the heart of a rose,
in the heart of a prayer.
On butterflies’ wings,
on wings of my own,
To you, I’m gone,
but I’m never alone -
I’m over the moon.
I am home.
(by Jim Howard)

"The soul takes flight to the world that is invisible..."

Wishing you a peaceful journey precious Tina. Sending white light and deepest sympathy to your elephant family and your human family and friends. You will be deeply missed.
Angela Miller, Nova Scotia, Canada
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July 26, 2004
Thank you, Tina, for helping us to better understand the plight of elephants in zoos and circuses. Without your sweet courage we might never have heard of the Sanctuary, nor read of the amazing people who devote their lives to creating a peaceful world for your family.

We will miss reading your diary and waiting for that long anticipated momemt when you finally walked out of the barn and into the forest, to wander and forage free of pain.

Our tears and sadness are for a life cut short, but our smiles are for the memory of your year in paradise.

So long, Tina, we will miss you terribly.
Beverly & Jim, Aldergrove, British Columbia
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July 26, 2004
Ever since I heard of the elephant sanctuary I've been thankful that there is a place like it. My mother first showed me about The Elephant Sanctuary and she showed me a picture of Tina and I instantly loved her, she was very cute and it always seemed like she had a big smile on her face. She seemed so happy at The Elephant Sanctuary I just wish she could have spent more time there than at the zoo. I know there is a special place in heaven reserved for Tina. Farewell Tina I hope you had a wonderful life, we all love and miss you! Rest in peace Tina.
Dillon Van Auken age 11, Memphis, TN
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July 26, 2004
Dear Tina, you left BC but never our hearts. We watched with bittersweet sorrow as you left, missing you already but knowing that you were going to a much better place. TES - thank you so much for all your loving care of Tina, she tried her best but was eventually called home. Gone, but not forgotten Barbara
Barbara, Langley, BC.
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July 26, 2004
Tina, you had already entered Heaven simply by arriving at the Sanctuary.
It's been wonderful watching you , you will be so missed ! God speed Tina !
And thank you to the wonderful staff at the sanctuary , God bless you !
Caroline,
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July 26, 2004
When I was a small child my family would visit the Vancouver Game Farm and look forward to a visit with Tina. In my childhood belief I thought that Tina loved giving us rides as much as we loved getting them. I believed she was as well taken care of by her zoo-family, as I was by my own. That accepting my banana treat affected her as profoundly as it did me. As an adult I know different. With adulthood comes the knowledge that love alone is not enough and the realization that those who teach us the greatest lessons by example often suffer the most. Looking back I realize Tina was as a young as I was – and that saddens me a great deal. I am so glad that Tina had the opportunity to begin exploring her full ele-potential under the care and guidance of the wonderful people at The Elephant Sanctuary. Ultimately, to have her needs placed first. Thank you.
S. Hooper, Vancouver, BC
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July 26, 2004
To Carol,Scott,and all the volunteers at the Elephant Sanctuary :

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to see and hear Tina's life at the Sanctuary!

She will be missed by many humans and all of her elephant friends in Tenn. She was a delight to watch on the Ele-Cam as well as all the other "girls".

Losing her must be one of the hardest burdens to bear, for you all. I can only imagine your pain, but please know that many, many people are sending you their prayers and thoughts.

I hope you both know how much you are admired for all the wonderful work that you do on behalf of the animals, and that your dedication to these lovely creatures is inspiring!

I wish you all the best in your continued efforts to rescue more elephants in need, and hope that someday your services won't ever be needed because elephants and other animals won't be put in such terrible living conditions and *have* to be rescued.

I add my sympathies to the others posted here, please know how much Tina will be missed and her memories will be ones to cherish forever.

God bless you all.
Jackie Kennedy, Murfreesboro, TN
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July 26, 2004
I am sitting here typing this, with tear filled eyes, as I was last Friday when I heard the devastating news of Tina's death while I was on holiday.

My regret is that dear, sweet Tina never did have the time to partake of all the wonders that the sanctuary had to offer her. I had hoped that eventually she would be able to have many years of enjoyment with her new sisters.

My thankfullness is that she lived her last ten months with new caretakers that truly showed her love and respect and understanding of her difficulties. And it was evident that Tina trusted them unconditionally. Trust like that does not come naturally - it is earned. So I thank all the staff at the Elephant Sanctuary for being good to our dear sweet girl until her last breath.

As I drove home today on the freeway into the greater Vancouver area, I saw the exit and the sign for the Greater Vancouver Zoo. The tears once again welled up in me and I thought of the day she left us here for her new home in Tennessee, thankful that enough people here cared for her to let her go.

I will miss you so much Tina. Rest in peace, sweet girl.
Anne Lylick, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
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July 26, 2004
Tina, I will miss your face so much as will all of us. Please know that you are so loved and cherished. It has been an honor to have gotten to know you although we never met. Be free without pain or fear or sadness. You will always be beautiful, gentle, and free.
Rachelle Luddington, Scottsdale, AZ
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July 26, 2004
Thank you for giving Tina your love and tender care.

Her spirit is with Barbara's now ~ where she can help ease Barbara's task of her eternal watch over the Sanctuary.
With love and deepest sympathy,
Trish


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July 26, 2004
Dearest Tina,
I only met you once at the Greater Vancouver Zoo and when you left I followed you on the news and on the Elephant Sanctuary website, my tie to you was not as strong as many others that love you so much but your spirit and strength always stuck with me and brought me to see how you were doing...I will never forget your spirit and amazing ability to reach out to so many people from all over the world. You can now rest in peace Tina .....
My sincere sympathy to the Elephant Sanctuary and all their volunteers/workers as well as the Greater Vancouver Zoo and people who were so close with Tina.
Jessica Patrick, Langley , B.C.
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July 26, 2004
Thank you Tina, for showing us how love really is all that matters. It took you out of the rigid confines of a zoo and gave you a new home, friends and more love. And in return, you gave us yourself, your love and your memory.
Dawn, Vancouver BC
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July 26, 2004
I grew up knowing Tina. I was 3 years old when they placed my atop her for a ride and photo. If I knew then what I know now about these incredible creatures, I would have never gone for that ride. I will however, cherish the moment of being one with her. I have been visiting this website for almost 2 years now. When I heard that Tina was going to be arriving here I was thrilled. I took my 4 year old daughter to see her before she left the zoo. Then I showed her the website of where Tina would have her final years. We both love and miss Tina dearly. Having Tina pass is a end of an era for me. I do believe she was put on this earth to teach us humans that animals deserve to be free from pain and humility. This sanctuary is heaven on earth. Thank you from the deepest part of my heart for saving our friends. I just wish she was able to enjoy all of the beautiful land and ponds that are available for the elephants. My heart also goes out to Sissy and Winkie. Hearing about Sissy putting her tire on the grave of Tina was heart renching. Thank you again for giving Tina her last 10 months the most we could ask for for her.
Tresa Alkins, New Westminster, Canada
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July 26, 2004
I have followed you from Aldergrove to Tennessee and watched with joy at your new found happiness. You are gone but not forgotten.
Kellie, New Westminster, BC
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July 26, 2004
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

Author unknown...

R.I.P. dear sweet Tina
Angie, Australia
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July 26, 2004
“The highest tribute to the dead is not grief, but gratitude”
-Thornton Wilder

First of all, my condolences to all of Tina’s caregivers at the Greater Vancouver Zoo, and to her caregivers at The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee. I know your love of Tina held the highest of hopes for her.

I have always had a special love for Tina. I grew up in the Lower Mainland and saw Tina many times at Aldergrove Game Farm - later known as, The Greater Vancouver Zoo. I was able to introduce my children to her. Because we travelled 264th St. many times a week, my children would always want to visit Tina. We have since moved to other provinces, and even though we now reside in Ottawa, we never forgot Tina.

I am eternally grateful to everyone, who made it possible to follow Tina’s past year, on the Sanctuary’s website.

We will always love you Tina. For every small step we are able to make in helping other elephants, it will be because of our love for you.

Thank you for being . . .

Here’s to ice cream castles and vineyards! May you now run free, with your old friend Susie?
D.,
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July 26, 2004
Becouse of you, I learned that the world still has beautifull things, and your story is one of them,, also I learned that friendship is real and not just a thing of humans..you were loved by many of us, but also by your own kind,as Sisy and Wrinkly stood at your side, God bless you and I hope that your story will be a legacy for us and for our children, and will help to change the way people see animals who live in captivity and under explotation. Thanks Tina for moving hearts and for make us want to be better humans.

(Spanish).... Fue por tí, que aprendique el mundo, todavia guarda cosas bellas, y tu historia es una de ellas tambien aprendi que la amistad es real y no un sentimiento solo de humanos, tu fuiste amada tambien por los tuyos..Sisy y wrinkly lo demostraron estando a tu lado hasta el ultimo momento, que Dios te bendiga y solo espero que tu historia sea un legado para nuestros hijos, y que tu historia cambie la manera de ver a animales en cautividad y bajo explotación. Gracias Tina por mover nuestros corazones y hacernos querer ser mejore seres humanos.
Roberto Vega, San salvador, El salvador, Central America
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July 26, 2004
I remember hearing Tina "talk" the first time I explored your wonderful website, just a few months ago, and how overcome I was. I am so glad you have this memory of her as well as the pictures/videos. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. And thank you for this tribute section. She will be missed tremendously.
Maria Zoltek, Park Ridge, IL
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July 26, 2004
Tina, the news of your death shocked me and I'm still dealing with the grief. You passed away on my son's 10th birthday. I will always remember those beautiful puffy eyes and your playful manner with all of your caregivers. I came to know you better following the Greater Vancouver Zoo's decision to move you to TES. I was thrilled and relieved. I followed your journey and have kept up to date on this site with your progress. Now my heart aches for your sudden passing. You never really had a chance to enjoy your new surroundings. It's given me a whole new understanding of animals in captivity and I vow to never frequent any place that hold's God's creatures in this way. You were an amazing creature that touched everyone who met you. We are blessed to have known you. I miss you terribly.
Brenda, Surrey, Canada
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July 26, 2004
Tina, we are so sad that you have left us, but in our hearts we know it is YOUR choice. You have moved us all deeply with your sense of elephant humour and passion for life, even through unimaginable pain. God bless you, dearest elephant, and Scott, Carol and all who have endeavoured to make the last year of life your best. I will carry your picture in my heart for ever.
Tonia Gauer, W. Vancouver, B.C.
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July 26, 2004
My favorite photo of Tina is the one above, her smiling at Scott while her keeper rubs salve on her feet. I had never though elephants could smile before that. The mirth in her eyes and that smile shows us all that she was truly happy at the sanctuary. I'm sorry you had to leave us Tina, I will miss you and not forget you.
Karen Smith, Nashville
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July 26, 2004
I didn’t know about the Elephant Sanctuary until Tina was relocated there. And I didn’t understand nor did I realize the distress that captive/zoo elephants go through until I read the stories on the Sanctuary’s website. It was through Tina’s eyes that I came to realize the suffering that captive elephants and wild animals experience because of human ignorance. Thank you, Tina, for opening my eyes.

I am so glad that you were able to experience freedom and elephant companionship at the Sanctuary for the last year. Unfortunately, your health prevented you from taking full advantage of the surroundings at the Sanctuary. Like you, Tina, captive elephants deserve so much more. I am so pleased that the Sanctuary is willing and capable to provide freedom and care to elephants of need.

Tina, you are in the hearts of many! And thank you for showing us the way!
Ann, Coquitlam, BC, Canada
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July 26, 2004
I just read about Tina and am very shocked and sorry to hear about her passing. I am deeply saddened. I cannot imagine how much sorrow the sanctuary is feeling. Please accept by deepest condolences for your great loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time. May you find comfort knowing that she was in a wonderful place there at the Sanctuary, surrounded by tremendous care and love. May you find peace knowing she is home, in her eternal resting place. I know her spirit (along with Barbara’s) will always be there, watching over and helping in mysterious, wonderful ways. Thank you for loving Tina and for sharing such a beautiful gift. We were blessed to have known her.
Maria Zoltek, Park Ridge, IL
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July 26, 2004
My husband heard the report of Tina's death on a local radio station while at work. He phoned and told me That Tina had passed away.. I was shocked and saddened... I couldn't stop thinking about her the rest of the day. I was so pleased that Tina was cleared to travel to the Elephant sanctuary... a place where she could be free and be with other elephants. It was because of this move that I became aware of your sanctuary, and I logged in daily, to find out more about the other elephants, but mainly to follow "Vancouver's favourite elephant's" progress. God bless you Carol & Scott for the time, care and devotion you give to all the elephants there. I had hoped that Tina could finally live a long and happy retirement with you but it wasn't meant to be. At least the last year was happy and free do go and do as she wanted.I will miss her but I will still continue to log in to check on what is happening with the other elephants and any new one that find themselves lucky enough to come to live with you Thank you Carol and Scott and Sissie & Winkie for being there with her in her last hours.
Heather, Coquitlam (vancouver)
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July 26, 2004
I will love you forever as I have also loved Barbara - may the two of you dwell in peace knowing that you accomplished your life's purpose with love and compassion for all.
Joey Matthews, Sebastian, Florida,
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July 26, 2004
Rest in peace, Tina, we will miss you so very much and our hearts are saddened and feel empty at our loss of you. We love you now and forever and will see you again one day.

My sympathies to Tina's animal and human friends at the Sanctuary (and world-wide) also.

I'm so sorry,
Connie Kaylor, Nashville TN
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July 26, 2004
I am very saddened with the death of Tina, a gentle giant. I am very happy that she spent the last year of her life experiencing freedom and enjoyment. I can remember driving by the Game Zoo here in Vancouver and feeling absolutely helpless that poor Tina had to stand in her pen by the road, swaying back and forth, she looked so unhappy, so bored, so very unhappy. I love elephants and only wish for them to be in their natural environment. This been said, I would like to see Tina's remains shipped back to her homeland, the Plains of Africa, the African Savanah, where she can truly "Rest in Peace", where she truly belongs, where she can expereience other elephants reach out to her as they explore her body and possibly remember who she was. This is my last wish for beautiful Tina, and I would like to see any money raised used to accomplish this. Good bye dear Tina, you are forever loved, and now you are forever free.
Sue Doerksen, Langley BC
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July 26, 2004
I am remembering how many times I visited the Vancouver Zoo and how many times I have had my picture taken with Tina in the back ground. She always seem to say I Love You. She was a special girl, and the news of her death has weighted on me. I am sorry for your loss and for Sissy, she must feel so lonely and lost. To all of you thank you for giving her the extra and more love that she needed. We must learn to treat our animials more kindly. Thank you for giving Tina a beautiful place to live and letting her see the world without a hard ground and a gage around her in the end you gave her freedom. God Bless you.
Denise, Coquitlam. B.C.
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July 26, 2004
I am so glad for people like Carol and Scott to take in elephants like Tina. She was happy there and being with her friends. I am here crying for you, for the love you will never know. I will miss her deeply !! Tina was fun to watch on the ele-cam.
Karen Hammond, Howell, Michigan
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July 26, 2004
Tina girl, I'm awe-struck by how you have touched the hearts of so many. And especially your friends at the Sanctuary, who miss so much your wonderful physical presence.

You were the first elephant I saw retire to the Sanctuary. I watched you eat your first watermelon treats at your new home. So much hope and love surrounded you, I could always feel it, and feel your contentment in it despite your pain. I followed your progress with excitement and so often was filled with love and inspiration at how Carol, Scott and Joanna cared for you and told us your story in pictures and words. Like you, I have sore feet, puffiness, and fears, and like you I am learning to find my place in the herd. In reading how you were cared for, I learned better how to care for myself. And when I re-read those pages, I learn again.

I'm in awe at your peaceful death, surrounded by those who love you, Sissy and Winkie and your human angels, Carol and Scott. Again you show us how to do it. Your life and death are not in vain. Your light will more than ever draw people to learn the many lessons the Sanctuary has to teach us.

I cry because I miss your life energy on the earth. But so much more than tears I cherish having known you through words and pictures and shared spirit with you in this plane. Your life and death strengthen my commitment to bring your message to others.

Good night, dear Tina.
Marcia Duvall, Cambridge, MA
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July 26, 2004
tina spent most of her life living about an hour away from me. i grew up visiting her from time to time. words cannot describe the sadness i feel for her passing, but at least i know that she spent her last year in paradise with the freedom to do whatever she pleased. i keep a picture of tina in my home taken in her first days at the sanctuary, it reminds me of the joy i felt for her when she was finally allowed to move there. tina is gone but will never be forgotten.
Robin, Chilliwack, BC
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July 26, 2004
My heart goes out to everyone at TES. I have thought and cried over Tina since I heard the news of her passing. Knowing that she passed in the presence of humans and elephants that loved her is comforting. She is no longer in pain and enjoying freedom in heaven with other elephants. Now is the time to focus on saving all the other elephants that have been in pain, are alone and suffering. Please help the Illinois 16 so they can enjoy the freedom that Tina had, we cannot forget these beatiful creatures. God Bless Carol, Scott and everyone else who helped Tina and the other "girls" at TES. There is a special place in heaven for all of you!
Lisa, Sycamore IL
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July 26, 2004
I can only imagine the grief at the Sanctuary of all of those who loved and lived with Tina. We are all grieving but for those who knew her best, these days must be unbearable. Let Tina’s passing act as a lightening rod to mobilize us into making certain whatever took her from us today will never happen to another elephant tomorrow.

I see the need now, more than ever, for the healthcare and research facility The Elephant Sanctuary is currently collecting funds for. I challenge all those who love Tina to make sure this facility is built and let it act as a memorial and tribute to Tina’s life. Tina may you rest in peace.
Doreen Rudnick, Troy, Michigan
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July 26, 2004
I was so shocked to learn of the un-timely death of this beautiful creature. My heart aches but I know that she spent the last of her life free and at last her feet aren't hurting anymore.
Deborah Ayala, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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July 26, 2004
Carol & Scott-- your gifts to me ---

freedom of choice & the amazing gift of an unlocked door-----

I was born into slavery & captivity unlike the rest-
even though my owners thought they treated me the very best-
Carol & Scott you gave me an amazing gift of an unlocked door -
something that throughout my whole life I had wished for-
Of their own free will the other animals came by my side to stay-
Especially Cali the cat,-- from almost my very first day-
Ever loyal Cali has stayed with me inside and out-
But your overwhelming gift of unconditional love is without a doubt-
something so profound as you all know-
For it gave me the freedom to very simply let go.
bonnie burns - [ bonnienicky ], new york city NY
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July 26, 2004
With tears on my cheeks, I feel the grief wave over me. Tina, you should have had more time here. I needed you to be here longer. I can't imagine not seeing you on the ele-cam. Everyday, I go to the computer and click on 'favourites'. Tina's Diary was at the top. I met you years ago and found you again last year on the TES website. Please be free and happy, please feel the pillows of clouds under your feet in Heaven. Pain-free, walk and dance for us up there Tina. I am watching you now, in my minds eye. I'm not ready to say good-bye. I,like Carol, would have begged you to stay too. I Love you Tina....
Jennifer Healy, Surrey, BC
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July 25, 2004
So sorry Tina couldn't have spent more time in freedom, making friends, having fun and feeling the love of all those around her. So happy for the time she did have at the sanctuary and for all the successes we've witnessed her go through-the trip from Vancouver, the confidence to venture outside the barn, the bonds she was making with the other girls there, and the amazing improvment to her feet.

Thanks, Carol and Scott, and all the others, for giving Tina a wonderful last year of her life.

May we never be able to witness an elephant standing in a small space, on hard ground, head bobbing in boredom and not do all we can, right there and then, to change that situation.

May I be forgiven for saying, and doing nothing about Tina's plight, although it broke my heart to see her in such a miserable state.

Thank God for all those who did free Tina.
Melanie, Vancouver
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July 25, 2004
My beloved Tina, I will miss you deeply. You left us all so sudden, but a part of you remains in all of our hearts. Rest in peace, Tina, your soul is forever. Love, Tony
Tony Madsen, Chicago, IL
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July 25, 2004
It wasn’t even one short year ago that my daughter and I stopped our car as we drove by the “Game Farm” and gazed at Tina one last time. We reminisced about my daughter’s growing up years and how all through that time Tina had been there, with her lovely, gentle presence. On many visits to the zoo she had reached out her trunk to us as we looked at her in wonder. She inspired love in all of us – both here and in Tennessee. On Thursday, which was such a hot day in Aldergrove, my daughter came out to the yard as I was watering and told me that she had heard that Tina had died. Just that morning I had read in our local paper that they were planning a garage sale to raise money for her – so I hoped that she was mistaken. Sadly it was true! We feel such a sense of loss.
Cindy and Megan, Aldergrove, B.C. Canada
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July 25, 2004
Our hearts are broken but we know she passed away happy in your care. Our utmost thanks to Carol, Scott and the Sanctuary. I cannot imagine how it would have been had she not been there.

I was a very fortunate person to meet Tina, in person, and away from the Game Farm when she joined myself and the Company I worked for on Northern Vancouver Island to celebrate their 50 years of logging in 1987. I spent the day with her, no bars, no chains, just free. My foundest memory was when she put her trunk on my head and we just stood there. People said we were a good team! I have a wonderful large picture that we took that has always had a special place on my wall.

I have shed many tears for Tina, but know she is in a better place if she could not be fully well and we will meet again someday.

With tears
Maureen, Campbell River, B.C.
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July 25, 2004
Dearest Tina,
Back in August 2003, my husband and I skipped work and took my 3 year old son to the Greater Vancouver Zoo. It was a beautiful day - not a cloud in the sky. Not exactly the kind of day one would want to spend indoors, pushing a pencil.

It was my son’s first visit to the zoo, and, as a family, our last.

One striking memory, I can recall from that day, was the look on my son's face when he saw you for the first time from the parking lot of the Vancouver Zoo. Nobody could miss you. Your enclosure was the first thing anyone saw when entering The Vancouver Zoo and the last thing they saw when they left. First, there was the small zebra-striped barn you called home...and then, there you were, in the centre of a small dirt patch, shifting from one front foot to another. I explained what little I knew about elephants to my son and then he said, “mommy, the elie looks sad”. I didn’t know what to say. I thought Yes, the elie’s home is rather small. There are no trees for shade, and virtually nothing stimulating to offer her. Yes, I’m quite sure she’s sad.

Although I’m extremely ashamed to admit it now, I can recall a day when I was five and my father took me to the Vancouver Game Farm for the day. It was there that I was placed upon your blanket covered back for a ride. I was five, Tina, and knew nothing of your journey. How you were taken from your mother at two and brought to the zoo for our sad viewing pleasure. You were all alone and likely very afraid and confused, without another elephant to keep you company…until many years down the road, when Tumpe would arrive, only to be taken away a short time later.

My son and I visited many enclosures that day. As we walked along, we stumbled across another solitary animal – a rhinoceros, and then another, a grizzly bear….and then another, a black panther…and then it hit me….these animals don’t belong in here. It’s nothing but a provincial penitentiary for innocent animals and we paid to bare witness to this! I felt ashamed for even being there and even more ashamed from bringing my son with me.

Several days after our visit to the zoo, I read in the newspaper that you were packing up your trunk and heading to Tennessee. I was shocked and thrilled, all at the same time. I had just seen you…and never even said ‘Good-bye’. Thankfully, in the article, there was a website URL listed for TES.

I visited often…I wanted to know more about this awesome place and the people that founded it. I read the diaries of other elephants that came before you, and cried as I read the beautiful memorial pages for Barbara.

I read every detail of your 3-day journey from Aldergrove to Tennessee, both on the TES website and in the local newspapers. I watched your arrival via the ele-cam and was so happy when you stepped off the trailer. Finally, you would be free. My son talked to you many times on his pretend telephone.

A new trend started that day, in our household. My husband, my son and I would log on to the TES website each night at 8:30 p.m. (10:30 in Tennessee) and watch you have your evening snack. We giggled as we watched you eat orange after orange.

We longed to see you venture outside, which you did, on a few occasions. All in good time….so we hoped.

We watched as you met your ele-family for the first time, and viewed slide shows of your journeys outside. I told all of my friends about TES and when Christmas came, I asked my family to donate to TES as a gift to me.

Tina, my heart broke Thursday morning when I heard of your passing.

I had hoped for a longer life for you at TES. We all did. Unfortunately, though, the damage was already done. There’s solace in knowing that you’re finally free from the pain and I know that you did not die in vain. For there are 16 Hawthorne elephants out there that desperately need our help. Today, in your memory, I give to them…so that they may have the lives they so richly deserve.

To Carol and Scott, and everyone at TES, we thank you for your hard work and dedication. Thank you for giving Tina, and all of the other elephants, another chance at life and letting us come along. My hearts go out too all of you. We love you! Tina, we will always remember you!
Kimberley, Surrey, B.C.
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July 25, 2004
I didn't know Tina long. But it was long enough to know what a kind and gentle soul resided in that beautiful gray body. Her strength and courage touched us all. She got to know freedom for only a short while, but a moment of freedom is worth any price. Tina, you will be missed but never forgotten.
Diane, Bowling Green KY
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July 25, 2004
When I received the news of Tina's passing, I could hardly read it because of the tears.

It was because of Tina that I, a resident of British Columbia, became aware of The Elephant Sanctuary. I had never visited the zoo where she lived in BC. I followed the news reports leading up to Tina's departure from Vancouver; I followed the reports of her trip to Tennessee, and I checked the elecam and diary every day since then and the diaries of ALL the other elephants fortunate enough to live at this wonderful sanctuary.

I am not wealthy but I have contributed what I can, and I will continue to do so. I am so glad that Tina had the opportunity to spend the past year receiving such wonderful care and love. Tina is the reason why so many people have become aware of the sanctuary and all the good things that happen there. Thank you to all those at the Sanctuary who loved and cared for Tina! My thoughts are with you.

Tina, you will not be forgotten. Rest in peace.
Ann, Vernon, British Columbia
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July 25, 2004
I was shocked and saddened to hear of Tina's passing when she seemed to be doing so well under your loving care. I loved reading her diary revealing insightful glimpses into the lives and social structure of elephant society. Thank you for giving Tina the best year of her life and for the continued good work you do. I believe her spirit lives on and she has passed on to greener pastures, but for those of us who knew and loved her our grief is still sharp.
Maureen, Vancouver
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July 25, 2004
Of all the elephants at the Sanctuary, I felt the strongest connection to and had the greatest affinity for Tina. There was something so very special about her. Tina's spirit transcended all boundaries. You could feel who Tina was and get a sense of her wonderful personality just by looking at her pictures or by watching her on the EleCam.

Tina was such a beautiful girl. I liked just looking at her, but most of all, I LOVED her smile. She had the biggest ear to ear smile and a twinkle in her eye that made me smile. I remember talking to Carol throughout the whole process as the Vancouver Zoo was deciding Tina's fate. We were on pins and needles just hoping Tina would be able to come to the Sanctuary. When Carol got the green light, I asked her to broadcast Tina's arrival on the EleCam so I could watch. Little did we know that 55,000 other people would join in!

I'll never forget watching Tina back out of the trailer - ever so slowly. There was such great anticipation and we all had the highest hopes that Tina would live a long life at the Sanctuary. I looked forward to the day when Tina would wander out in to the Sanctuary and discover the pond. In my mind, I had already seen her splashing about in the warm muddy waters. I imagined her shear and utter joy at being able to enjoy this magical experience. The image filled my own heart with such joy. My first thought when I read Tina had passed away was that she had never been able to play in the pond.

To Carol and Scott and all of those who worked so hard to care for Tina, we thank you for truly doing God's work.

Tina, all of us who loved you miss you so very much. You will always be in our hearts and we will never forget you. We are so thankful to have had the opportunity to know you.
Celine Myers, Los Altos, CA
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July 25, 2004
I read in the newspaper of Tina's death. I am so sad for Tina and everyone who loved this wonderful creature. Tina taught me to love and care for elephants. I have learned so much in the past year because of Tina.

Mostly, I have received such pleasure watching her and the rest of the herd on the elecam. Tina's funny face and impish expressions will never leave me.

My daughter successfully fought cancer this year. At the end of a long stressful day of supporting her through treatment, I would look forward to watching Tina and her friends on the elecam. Especially Tina at her late night feed. Watching the ellies gave me a sense of peace, that all could be well in the universe, no matter how things might look on any given day...that there were miracles. The elephants living at the sanctuary are living proof of that.

Thank you to Tina for being such a whimsical, joyful, brave and wondrous creature. I am only sorry she never got to explore her rich freedom in the sanctuary. She is already so very missed.

Thank you to everyone at the Sanctuary for doing the exceptional jobs you do. I know it is out of love. I am so glad Winkie and Sissy were with Tina. Sweet Tina.
Jane, N. Vancouver, BC
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July 25, 2004
Tina, You have given us all the gift of your puffy eyes.
Anonymous,
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July 25, 2004
Tina,

i did a report about you moving, i we did a whole debate about it in my class. you are you sweet. you don't know i much i miss you! we have so much in common!
my name is tina also!
can i had a foot problem too!

bye i'll miss you!
Tina, B.C
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July 25, 2004
I am a 42 year old mother of three. I remember very well the first time I met Tina. It was on a school field trip, when I was ten or eleven years old. I was thrilled and amazed by this big, gentle creature. I was to visit her many times over the years. I had a very hard time reading the newspaper article detailing her passing to my two daughters today, I had to pause several times to let the tears flow. I am just so grateful that she had this last year filled with love, friends and freedom. I will miss you Tina.
Margot Thomson, Abbotsford, B.C.
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July 25, 2004
As painful as Tina's death is to so many people, in our grief we can take heart in the fact that she has left us a powerful legacy, and a valuable lesson learned.

She has helped to bring into sharper focus the plight of elephants worldwide:
---those killed for their ivory
---those beaten into submission so they fear and obey their masters
---those forced out of their natural habitat by deforestation and starvation
---those made to suffer in painful silence for the sake of human entertainment
---those chained in barns like the Hawthorn 16, which TES is now trying to save.

Tina's legacy will be a journey of the human spirit toward a deeper understanding of what it was that bound our soul to hers. If, one day, there are no more Tinas left to touch our spirit and soul in a way that only an elephant can do, this little planet will be a much lonelier place indeed. Tina's legacy will be to inspire us to do what we can to prevent that from happening. In loving memory of Tina, we can educate and inspire others. Let's hope her legacy is far-reaching.

Thanks to those at the Greater Vancouver Zoo who loved Tina and ultimately gave her freedom, and to those at the Hohenwald Sanctuary who made her freedom possible.
Sharon Stephenson, Langley, B.C.
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July 25, 2004
I too have such a heavy heart, both my girls called to tell me my beloved friend Tina had passed away. I had just been talking about her with some friends and explaining the web site just the night before. Everyday when i get home from work its the first thing I do is go on the web site to see what was new. I was so waiting for Tina to start exploring and joining the other girls outside. Thanks carole and Scott for all your loving care of all the girls and through tina will be helping out
Diane M, Langley , B.C.
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July 25, 2004
I see puffy eyes, a playful smile. I see patience and fortitude in spite of painful feet which would not allow her the pleasure of being with the others in the beauty of the outside world of Sanctuary. Never complaining, always trying, enjoying her sisters when they came into the barn to visit her. At night the camera would catch her exploring a familiar tour around the barn. Was it cooler for her feet? Was it easier then? We heard her excited chirps of pleasure when her caregivers came into view - captured on video and posted on the website.

How could this gentle soul know the impact she made as the story of her life traveled across international boundaries?

As people honor Tina with contributions for Lota and the others who will come, we can only imagine the blessings that will come for other elephants in need of Sanctuary. And that blessing will also be felt by those who give.

As tears of sadness are shed - and, of course, they will be shed — we also celebrate Tina's life and know deep inside that she is indeed in a better world; that her life has not been in vain; that she has made a difference and will continue to make a difference as long as her memory lives.

I will always remember you with love,
Carolyn Stalcup, Brentwood, TN
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July 25, 2004
I'm so glad that Tina was able to spend the last days of her life living in such a beautiful place. She couldn't have asked to be in a better place than at the sanctuary with such great loving people taking care of her. I have followed her diary since the day she moved from the zoo and I was so happy to see her enjoying life. It's so sad that she was taken from us after such a short time, there was so much more for her to experience and enjoy. She will be dearly missed by all who followed her progress. I can't imagine the grief her caregivers are feeling at this time...by heart goes out to you and to Tina's elephant friends. Thanks to all of you who took such good care of Tina and your entire elephant family....
Jane, Langley, BC
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July 25, 2004
Tina, I have always known that animals should be cherished by we humans. Knowing you and your sisters and your caregivers and your distant cousins has given me another whole insight. You, and your family have shown all of us who have been privileged to share part of your life, that your species is highly intelligent, humble, tolerant, patient beyond description, joyful, family oriented, generous, curious, loving, thoughtful, faithful and reverant to those you lose. I can say with absolute certainty, that with few exceptions, my species is no match for yours. It will be a long time if ever, that we will progress to your level of wisdom. Bless you sweetheart for the lessons you have taught, and may men everywhere learn quickly that there is grace in your presence. Soft trunk touches to you....until I see you again.
Laura Cotter, Franklinville, NJ
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July 25, 2004
Free as a bird
It's the next best thing to be
Free as a bird

Home, home and dry
Like a homing bird I'll fly
As a bird on wings
~John Lennon
Rachel, Connecticut
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July 25, 2004
To Carol, Scott and the many other caregivers at the Sanctuary. Thank you so much for the loving care you gave Tina during her brief time with you. It is amazing what knowledge Tina gave to a great many people. If it wasn't for seeing Tina so many times at the Zoo in Aldergrove in her small enclosure, I probably wouldn't have followed her fantastic trip to Tennessee. Your Sanctuary has educated so many people on the plight of elephants. The EleCam is an invaluable tool to reach millions of people. When you see the wonderful environment these lucky elephants live in, I wish that all the captive elephants in North America could finish their natural lives in such a beautiful and stress free way. There should be no more imported elephants and no more zoo breedings. That there are any circus elephants in todays enlightened times is unbelievable. I have refused to attend any circus that features "trained" animals for a great many years. I will miss following Tina's life on your web site but I will continue to follow the other elephants and the new ones to come. Thank you again for your love and care of Tina.
Allison Esau, Abbotsford, BC
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July 25, 2004
We all saw how Tina blossomed since her arrival at the Elephant Sanctuary. Look at Delhi, Tange, Zula, and Flora. Are these the same elephants we saw at their arrival at the sanctuary? No!!! Look at their improvements and love for the life they deserve to live!! FREEDOM!! I can go without a couple of Cokes a day and not eating out! Let's spend that money on the Hawthorne elephants!!! Let us appreicate Tina and her life and give other elephants and animals the same rights.
Tina, your death was not in vain, it made me realize the importance of saving other animals and the pleasure it will be. I will always miss you and thank you for waking me up to the abuse of circus animals around the world. Thank God for The Elephant Sanctuary and the work you do. I want to see more elephants that are blessed to see their remaining days here where they are loved and given the chance to live out their lives where God intended them to be. BOYCOTT CIRCUSES AND SPREAD THE WORD!!!
berky,
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July 25, 2004
My wife "introduced" me to Tina - and gave me daily up-dates on how her condition was improving - and Tina, though I knew you for such a short time, I grew to LOVE YOU. I will miss you very much. You have been an inspiration of hope and joy to us.

We are so sorry that you never did have the opportunity to fully explore all of your new territory. But you did get to "talk" and socialize with other elephants. No more "condemned to solitary"in a zoo.

And most important - in your short stay at the Sanctuary, YOU WERE SURROUNDED BY LOVE.

Our goal now - in Tina's honour and memory - is twofold.

1. To work towards a zoo/circus free world;

2. To eliminate the practice of breeding animals in captivity - We are just condemning these poor animals to a life-long jail sentence in another zoo or (generally second-rate) circus.

To all Tina's caregivers at the Sanctuary, a very big thank you for your tireless work - and love which you give to all the Girls.
Ernie Byrnell, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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July 25, 2004
Tina, I read an article about you over the internet. I logged on to elephants.com. You had just had your going away party and were on your way to love and freedom!! Everyday I checked into your site at least 3 or 4 times a day. I loved watching how you were afraid and nontrusting, but over time, you reached out to the other girls. How exciting to see!! To see how you interacted and even played with toys! You explored everying inch you could! You took all your foot soaks and the measuring of new shoes for your feet in stride. I loved getting to know you and the girls. Every day!! I am so proud of every moment of progress you made, and you did make tremendous progress!! Thank God for Carol and Scott and everyone at the sanctuary. You finally experienced love and freedom!! Tears are still streaming down my face at the shock of your passing. Totally unexpected. What you had made me realize since the first moment I laid eyes on you is that the fight to stop all animals from being exploited and abused MUST NOT stop. We must all fight for animal rights to live the way they were meant to.

I love you Tina and will miss you dearly as well as with the staff and other beatiful elephants remaining at the sanctuary. I can only imagine their pain right now. You've taught me a lot. You've found peace Tina and I'm happy your last remaining days were at the Elephant Sanctuary. I wish all elephants could have the same pleasure. LOVE AND MISS YOU!!!
Pam Bergquist, Illinois
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July 25, 2004
"God saw her getting tired
When a cure was not to be
He put his arms around her
and said please come to me.

God's garden must be beautiful
for he only takes the best
and in God's garden Tina
may you find peace and happiness."

What a profound loss for Tina's extended family all over the world, and for the girls she leaves behind. Driving by the Vancouver Game Farm I still look to see if she is there having visited her many times.

Thank you Carol, Scott and all those at the sanctuary that provided Tina with such loving and compassionate care in her brief time with you. I visit the website almost daily and will miss seeing her progress but continue to watch over the others.

Tina truly had an amazing spirit and if there is a legacy for her, it is that she helped to raise awareness of the plight of elephants in captivity. I believe a fitting tribute in Tina's memory would be to contribute to the Illinois 16 so that they may too find the same loving and compassionare care.

Tina may be gone from us, but her spirit will remains always.
Joanne Reece, Langley, B.C.
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July 25, 2004
When I heard Tina's name mentioned on the news Wednesday morning, I dropped what I was doing and ran over to the TV ...expecting to hear an update on Tina's new shoes ...instead, what I heard was absolutely devastating ...our sweet little Tina had passed away! i was shocked. I am so sad. Sad that she died so young ...that she never got to explore all that wonderful acres at the sanctuary.

Tina... you were so beautiful. I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the way you looked ...you were such a PRETTY girl! Such cute eyes ...such a handsome trunk ...such a beautiful smile! You were such a good, sweet, gentle girl ...and I LOVED hearing you talk ...I listened to you over and over. Why did you have to go??? Here I was, expecting to watch you bloom over the many years you would spend at the sanctuary!

Dearest Tina ...my wish for you is eternal health and happiness, as you walk beside Barbara in your new home ...two sweet ELE-ANGELS exploring that most wonderful place of all ...HEAVEN!

I'll miss you sweetheart!
Linda Phillips, Maple Ridge, BC
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July 25, 2004
I am so sad that tina is no longer with us. I am glad she had a few good months and made friends with other elephants. I will miss her, I always checked to see how she was. Thanks you to the staff for her great care.
Elaine Miles, 100Mile House B.C. Canada
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July 25, 2004
Tina, You have left a scar on the world. You have educated so many people. You brought awareness to your community, your country and your continent. You brought hundreds of people together to strengthen the cause. You have singlehandedly taught thousands about the plight of captive elephants.

I have a pictoral tribute for you, Tina here: http://www.dybb.com/~kimelephant/

Rest in peace, Sweet Tina. Your Earth Family misses you, but you can be with Mother now and the others in the heavenly herd.
;_____( Trunk hugs to all near and far...

Baby mine, don't you cry
Baby mine, dry your eyes
Rest your head close to my heart
Never to part, baby of mine

Little one when you play
Don't you mind what you say
Let those eyes sparkle and shine
Never a tear, baby of mine

If they knew sweet little you
They'd end up loving you too
All those same people who scold you
What they'd give just for
The right to hold you

From your head to your toes
You're not much, goodness knows
But you're so precious to me
Cute as can be, baby of mine

~by Ned Washington
Kim (Sweeteles) M. and Family, Iowa
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July 25, 2004
Dearest Tina--
You are among the lucky ones to have found Sanctuary--physical, emotional, spiritual. You are loved and in this world, and especially in the world of captive elephants, that is a great gift. You are gone, but you will live on and on in our thoughts, and that is great legacy. I kiss your sweet face.
Janet Crystal, Cambridge MA
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July 25, 2004
I was so sad when i heard or your passing...my heart is broken, i will miss you. good-bye tina
susan harris, mission b.c.
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July 25, 2004
You will be dearly missed. I loved keeping up with your progress and was so proud of you. Take Care dear friend.
B.G., Virginia
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July 25, 2004
Sweet Tina with the twinkling eyes. Your story will shine like a beacon of hope for all your sisters and brothers in captivity.
Helen, Scotland
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July 25, 2004
I am moved by the number of lives Tina has touched and the valuable lessons she has taught.
Celeste Bartman, Vancouver
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July 25, 2004
Tina, in the time you lived I thought of you, and checked your diary, every day. If ever I was having a bad day I'd just think of you and happiness would fill my heart. These days my heart is aching and that doesn't seem right because I know you are free.

When I close my eyes I see yours squished together in bliss as you eat grapes. "Mummy is happy!" is what a man who looked after elephants in India would say.

I looked at all my journal entries of the days before you left, just to revitalize the memories of the time surrounding your leaving the zoo, and how galvanized everyone was and how utterly marvelous that was. You were all over the national news! One journalist called the story the "pachyderm potboiler" and it sure was! We wanted the best for you and wouldn't settle for less.

Then I came across an entry I'd written about spending time with you because your beloved Sylvia gave me that opportunity on two occasions. I want to leave part of it here because I want you to know what a huge impression you made on me.

When I first came into your yard I felt shy. I didn't want to seem like an elephant tourist, and yet I knew that's exactly what I was. So I did hoping you'd sense my honourable intentions. You loomed so very large and I instantly sensed the strength of the most powerful land mammal on the planet: if you so chose you could have turned me to mashed potatoes in a second. And yet, you never made me feel afraid. Such is the generosity of your spirit.

You looked askance as you munched on something. "Hmmmph, another boring visitor," your expression seemed to say as you huffed indifferently in my direction. In an instant I was humbled. It was like I had been brought before a queen and forgotten my manners. Well what do you say when you are introduced to an elephant? Awkwardly I said hello. And then I offered all of the treats I'd brought. These you inspected and deemed acceptable.

Later, as the sun was setting, I stood in the doorway of your barn with a few others. We were trying to coax you in with treats, but a pink twilight had blossomed and the entire earth was bathed in its rich hues. You were standing in the settling dust of your treeless yard, at this most peaceful time of day, stretching at little. It was just beginning to cool off out there.

The day was transforming and you were clearly not ready to shift from it. Later I wrote about it:

...Tina resists going in to the barn at night. She has to be coaxed and sometimes commanded to move in. But her keeper Sylvia, who is tender with her, gives her extra time to linger in the peace of twilight when all the human visitors have gone and the sun's heat has dissipated and is no longer wearying.

"Eventually," Sylvia said, "Tina will come in."

Tina stretched her neck and her head towards the sky, to catch the breeze and let the day settle itself over her. And then she made an effort and what an effort it was. I hadn't seen her move more than five feet that day.

We stood near the barn door and watched the painful transition as you carefully made your way on very obviously sore feet into the barn. Every halting step made my heart ache.

Inside, on your padded area lay a heap of vegetables and fruits - the appetizer segment of your evening meal. Sylvia had two basins at the ready for your healing foot bath.

After several minutes you came in and we, your eager servants for the evening, began to hand you foods. It was interesting to observe your likes and dislikes. You consumed your favourite foods first - celery, grapes, apples, peppers - and left the less favoured foods for last. If we extended a piece of zucchini or squash, you'd throw it down in disgust. But if we gave you celery you'd eat that.

Down the hatch it all went. So fast. You tapped the floor impatiently with your trunk several times urging us to hurry up.

I gave you an orange but you wouldn't take it until I'd peeled it. I peeled four. You ate three and squished the fourth underfoot. During the peeling, you gave me a few impatient looks and huffs of the trunk, wanting me to peel them faster. (An elephant is more capable and dexterous in some ways than a human and don't they know it?) :)

I alternated between feeding you and rubbing the tops of your feet and lower legs with a brush as you stood in the epsom salt water; avoiding your nails, as Sylvia instructed, because they were fragile.

Your skin was rough in parts and the hairs on your body which are long, red, and downy were soft to the touch. Touching your skin was like touching the surface of rough brick that has the warmth of sun on it.

Your two front feet are in really bad shape and it made me tear up to look at them. Several nails are ragged or missing and it's obvious that the soles of your feet are very sore. You lifted them several times to find relief from the pressure of standing.

You finished off your favoured vegetables and proceeded to eat the less favoured ones. When you were done with the lot, you grabbed the rejects and crushed them underfoot. You are particularly fond of crushing whole onions. Sylvia said she thinks you make her own foot poultices this way. You made an interesting poultice out of broccoli, onions and an orange tonight. The aroma of these combined vegetables was truly spectacular! Tina's spa scent.

Sylvia gave you a pile of grains to eat (second course) and then hid treats around your stall for you to find overnight. (Sylvia epitomizes the kind of keeper who truly cares. Making things to lessen Tina's boredom.)

Finally it came time to say goodbye. H - the other stranger - and I got up close and touched your trunk and sides and said our goodbyes and well wishes. We expressed only our happiness for you; joy that we would soon be seeing you on the elecam swimming in the pond and grazing in the pastures with new friends. We didn't want you to think we were sad, only happy for the coming change.

During this encounter you somehow increased the closeness. I'm not sure how to describe it, but you moved in such a way that the closeness was greater. We all got squished together somehow in the folds of your body. It felt like being embraced by a huge benevolent auntie. You looked deeply into each of our eyes. This was very clear and I'll never forget it: you gazed directly into each of our eyes with an expression that combined several emotions. There was a little worry in there I thought, which concerned me, and also something akin to a sweet asking. I don't want to project my own emotions, but I felt this overwhelming feeling that you were trying to tell us something.

"What's happening? You are new. Who are you?" These thoughts flitted through my brain during the embrace. Mine? Hers? Ours?

Tina hugged us with her body and her eyes and it made both of us cry a little. I think we must have been in shock. It's overwhelming being close to a creature like an elephant. Naturally we didn't want to leave.

I could not have borne this contact if I hadn't known she was soon going to be released to the Sanctuary. It's truly unbearable to see her (and every other animal) in that zoo.

We told her we loved her and we thanked her for letting us feed her and touch her. We told her we thought she was beautiful and grand. All the gushy stuff. The puzzled tenderness in her eyes remained. I chuckled kind of because I think she found us a little amusing. But she was very polite and tolerant. And this is what made me realize how utterly grand elephants are...because they are so complex. And perceptive. The drama was all ours, not hers.

Then with great difficulty, we detached ourselves and left the barn. And Sylvia and Tina were finally alone together.

From outside the barn we heard squeals, chirps and other unearthly sounds that reverberated in the night air. Tina was talking to Sylvia. I'd never heard anything like it, but it reminded me of Humpback whale songs. And I remembered that whales and elephants have something in common. I couldn't hold back my tears then. And let me tell you, it was a bad day to be wearing mascara."

So you made a BIG impression on me. I felt like I was standing in the presence of God standing next to you. Or maybe Buddha. A big benevolent tolerant chuckling Buddha like being. And to see you interact with Sylvia was awe-inspiring. You were polite with us, two strangers, but you were Sylvia's friend. A true and loyal and dear friend. I can't imagine what that must be like. To earn an elephant's love.

I love you and will think of you every day just as I think of my mom who has passed over that bridge. You are just as important to me as my Mom. I've asked her to give you a kiss for me. ...we love ya honeybunny.
Lesley, Point Grey, Vancouver
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July 25, 2004
My heart is aching at the loss of our sweet Tina. How I will miss reading about her milestones. I saw her several times at the Vancouver Zoo and when I heard she was moving to Tennesse I was overjoyed and had to go see her one last time. I am glad that her past year has been the happiest of her life. But now we will never see Tina playing in the pond or taking a nap in the grass. I so wanted to see Tina lay down to rest her poor feet, but not to leave us! I wanted to see Tina with her sisters in the field wearing her new shoes. But now at last she is without pain and she has left us all the richer in knowing her. Tina you will be sadly missed and we will love you always. God bless you Tina, and everyone at the Sanctuary for taking such good care of you.
Cindy Apperloo, Mission, BC
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July 25, 2004
I was so sad to hear that you've left us...Hearing about it at work today, it was hard to keep from breaking down. I am thankful that your last days where spent free and in the company of friends, it's just too bad that your whole life wasn't as full as the last year. I wish you'd stayed. Good-bye dearheart.
Cathy Bailey, Abbotsford
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July 25, 2004
Dear Sweet Tina, you gave us so much and we missed you even more when you left us here in Aldergrove.

At first some of us didn't understand the why of it all. But it was soon very understandable why and what you were gaining at last! Freedom as I always hoped you would have. Space, Glorious Space! I met you 10yrs ago when we moved here and would come an see you almost every day from the parking lot for a few minutes at a time. I took our Mentally Handicapped son to see you often as he loves elephants so much. We would go into the parking lot as he did not want to see anyone but Tina! He would stand at the fence, and Tina would walk towards him slowly and our son just stood there, and that is so strange for him as he is always moving....well Tina would come just close enough for him to see her and it was as if they understood each other! A very special visit each time. It was as if Tina knew he was "different"!
The visits were short and very sweet! My son would just beam and tell me that was an elephant and was all smiles and would laugh and feel so good! She was so good to him! And that is just one story of Tina. I fell in love with her too! She needed more space and greenery and NOT a zoo! I no longer drive past the zoo as I feel like it is a jail! I am happy Tina had some special time with all of you. The ones here that worked with her feel so sad and this little town is very upset at her loss! And for the wonderful care she got there in TES, we are so grateful for.
I look up TES each day to see what the girls are up to, and lately no mention of Tina! It is too bad she didn't get her "{dancing shoes" but I'll bet she does not need them now!! Rest in Peace Tina we still, and will always, love you.
I miss driving past the zoo to wave to you but know you are so much happier now! Your new caregivers are so awesome and loving and I am glad you were not alone when you left this world, My deepest sympathies to every one of you workers and to all of the girls! Tina , you and your friends taught us so much! You may not be here but you will always will live with us in some way! Since you left Aldergrove we still would talk about you and we missed you, but knew it was so much better for you! Will love and trunk hugs....Thank you gentle lady....
Elaine Lauzon, Aldergrove BC
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July 25, 2004
Cutie pie Tina.
I am deeply saddened that Tina has left us so suddenly, but also very happy that she is no longer in pain. She is now free to roam and play in the greater green pastures with her family and friends. It was a joy to have met Tina 31 years ago, despite the circumstances. I truly believe she felt my sadness for her, taken from her mother and siblings. I chose not to ride on her when it was offered, I was 9 at the time and knew it was wrong. I will always think of you Tina and look forward to seeing you again one day.
My deepest sympathy to Carol, Scott, TES staff, Tarra, Jenny, Shirley, Bunny, Sissy, Winkie, Delhi and all the other four-legged buddies. Thank you so much for looking after her.
Anita Jung, Halifax NS (formerly Burnaby BC)
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July 25, 2004
Yes, Tina was special, and I too am saddened to learn of her passing. I had the priveledge of meeting Tina in June 2003.(I had been invited into her barn for a one on one visit and to say good bye). I had never touched an elephant before....I reached out to hug her, wrapping my arms around her left leg, my body pressing in close to hers. Tina touched me with her trunk ever so gently. I sensed her exceptance and love. This exchange was, and always will be ever so special. Tina, you have touched my heart with your love. Thank you.
Roxanne McCutcheon, Burnaby, British Columbia
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July 24, 2004
dear tina: like so many, i was devastated to hear about your sudden passing. i remember the one time when i went to visit you at the vancouver game farm. my daughter and i took my little grandson. instead of this being a pleasant experience it just opened our eyes to the fact that we as humans have absolutely no right to exploit all the creatures in zoos and circuses just for the sake of a buck. we swore that we would never, and have never again, go to zoos, aquariums and circuses. tina, we are so sorry for what we have done to you and all other creatures in captivity and only hope that humans who still insist on supporting these facilities by visiting them and contributing towards them will wake up to the terrible wrong they are doing. in your memory, tina, and for my grandson's and all grandsons legacies, we will try to educate humans so that everyone will work towards respecting, loving and caring for all creatures great and small and that someday no more elephants will suffer how you and your sisters have suffered because of us. wander in peace and love forever tina, we love you.

to all of tina's care givers, thank you for making the last year of her life one that she should have had always, thank you for being there for her and please take good care of all her sisters.
ingrid james, coquitlam, bc, canada
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July 24, 2004
Dear sweet, beautiful Tina, you will be sadly missed by so many people who loved you dearly! You will never get to experience the freedom of the Sanctuary. Sadly you left us to soon.
We use to enjoy seeing you as we drove by the GVF. Although it was sad to see you stand and bob your head.
I was so excited when I learned you would be going to TES. I thought how wonderful that would be for you, to be able to live out the rest of your days in such a beautiful place. It was not to be. Anyone who has meet Tina, knows it is true, she does have a mischevious look about her. She has a beautiful loving face. I can't believe she is gone. I can't stop crying, especially when I think about how Sissy left her tire on Tina's grave. :( Tina allowed Sissy to grow, and trust again.

I too, followed Tina's diary everyday, since she went to the Sanctuary. My favorite story of Tina was when she first started to venture out of the barn. She would encounter a bee, or a bird. Tina would do her little Tina dance and head back into the barn. Tina, your short time at the Sanctuary has made many, many more people aware of the plights of elephants in captivity. Maybe one day there will be no more elephants that have to perform. Love and miss you!!
Cindy A., Langley, B.C.
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July 24, 2004
Tina, you awakened an insight in us. We had always known elephants were Gods most fantastic creation, but you proved as it well, by the loving and beautiful way you made the world. We followed your story everyday after you left Vancouver, barely able to contain our excitement for you and your new life, from the time you entered the trailer, until the days before your passing. You will be sorely missed by all, Run free my friend, run free.
Judi and Don, Comox, B.C.
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July 24, 2004
Tina was a part of my life. And I will miss her greatly.
lynn, surrey, bc
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July 24, 2004
Its hard to think of the right words to express the sadness and grief we feel about the death of an elephant we never even met. At least she lived her last days surrounded by love and with some dignity. Tina has caused a lot of people to be more aware of the slavelike conditions that performing elephants and many other animals are forced to live in. Maybe that's the good thing that can come from Tinas story. Maybe more people will support places like The Elephant Sanctuary and try to put an end to forcing animals to entertain people. To the amazing people who have loved and cared for Tina this past year(and pampered her too) please know that we all are so grateful for what you have done and what you will continue to do for all the other beautiful and special animals in your care.
P.s. have you hugged your dog today? (or cat or bunny or horse or bird or rat or..............
Kirsten and Rue, Duncan,B.C.
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July 24, 2004
Thank you for giving me a smile everyday when I visited the Elecam, and thank you for your smile back. You have finally gone home, Tina. Rest in peace, and play to your hearts content. I will miss you.
Cameo, South Portland, Maine
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July 24, 2004
Tina and all the girls have become such an important part of my life and I am shocked and deeply saddened that Tina is no longer with us. Every day I have checked her diary faithfully. If there were no new postings I would read the old ones and look at the slide shows.
I have been told that we all have a purpose in life and once it is over we are free to leave. I thought many times about what purpose Tina had completed so that she was allowed to return to greener pastures. I think that she served many purposes including helping Winkie learn it is okay to show affection. She educated us. She helped us care more about life. And now she is free.
I am so glad to see the many postings. I know Tina will understand how much she will be missed. She is with Barbara and the many other elephants who have not been as lucky. She is watching over everything at the Sanctuary. She is an true angel now...just like she was meant to be.
To Scott, Carol, Sissy, and Winkie I am so happy that you were there with her. To everyone else elephant, human, etc my thoughts are with you. Everyone there is my hero.
Renee Rogers, Oakland Park, FL
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July 24, 2004
..I'll have grapes for you the next time I see you...Goodbye sweet Tina
Thank you Carol, Scott and TES..they're saving a place in heaven for you
Kim, Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada
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July 24, 2004
Tina,
I will miss you. My heart aches that your life on earth ended before you were able to enjoy the freedom of the outdoors more; before you were able to enjoy a swim in the pond; and before you were able to deepen the bonds you had already formed with your sister elephants and human careproviders. I was so looking forward to you getting your "aqua shoes", so you could enjoy your life more fully and comfortably. However, you are truly free now! Goodbye, Tina
Elizabeth Johnson, New Westminster, B/C
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July 24, 2004
Tina,
Tina, though I never met you at the Vancouver Zoo, I loved you and followed your story, and wished a happy life for you. You have suffered greatly, but you never complained. You loved everyone regardless. I just hope that other elephants that share your plight will get the help they desperately need. I will miss you, you quiet, gentle, loving, soul.
Heather Gillies, Burnaby, BC
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July 24, 2004
Thanks to all of you who took such good care of Tina. I saw her many years ago at the Vancouver zoo, and was saddened by her plight at that time. We were so glad to hear that she was going to such a wonderful home at TES. We are grateful that she was able to spend her last year as a dignified "real" elephant, living as she should, treated with the love and respect she deserved. We are so sorry that she's gone, but we are grateful to all of you, both human and elephant, who cared for her so well. Now you are pain free, and at peace. We'll miss you. Good-bye, dear Tina.
Diane & Rolf Andersson, South Slocan, B.C. Canada
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July 24, 2004
Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there.
I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glint of snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you wake in the morning hush,
I am the swift, uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight of night.

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there.
I do not sleep.

- Anonymous, American Indian
The Bowers Family, Seattle, Washington
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July 24, 2004
Miss Tina....
Our Friend
Our Ambassador
Our Inspiration

Tina brought together our wonderful EleFan Herd. She was and will always be a true hero and champion. Carol, Scott, Suzanne, and all the TES crew, My heart grieves with you and the girls in this difficult time. Thank you so much for all you have given for "our girl". I know she loved you dearly, and is now watching over you with Barbara at her side.
Janice S., Langley, BC
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July 24, 2004
Tina, Every time I saw you at the zoo you were bobbing your head and looked so unhappy. Then came the chance of your life and you were moved to a place where you could roam free, have a family and get the help you needed to heal. I checked in on you every night for months and was so happy when the head bobbing finally stopped! Then I waited patiently for you to start exploring your new home, I wanted so much to see you playing in the pond with all the other girls. In the process I have learned so much about the plight of captive elephants and have tried to educate others. I will continue to watch the rest of your family and follow their progress every day. Thank you for being the magnificent lady that you were.I will miss you so much but I know that you are at last truly free. Goodbye Tina girl.
Beth Sheaves, Abbotsford, B.C.
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July 24, 2004
Oh,precious Tina, how we will miss your sweet face. I'm so grateful to the people of Vancouver who were willing to give you up to the wonderful people of The Elephant Sanctuary so you could live out your life in pachyderm paradise. And I'm oh so grateful to you Carol and Scott and Joanna, and all the others who cared for Tina at the Sanctuary. How you must be grieving for this beautiful creature. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are ever with you. My tears are from deep sorrow but also from great joy for having had the privilege of watching Tina day after day.
Julie B., Signal Mountain, TN
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July 24, 2004
First, I want to thank the people of Vancouver for letting Tina go to TES. You loved her enough to give her the best life could offer. Carol, Scott and TES staff, thank you for giving Tina so much gentleness, love, care and dedication, every single day she was with you.
I never new about Tina until I discovered TES through the internet. And a new world opened for me. Through the camera, I was calmed from my busy life by watching elephants relax in a pond, take mud baths and walk in the forests.
And Tina charmed me! She always looked like she was up to something, and that a smile and giggle was going to come out of her any second! The way she liked to slather mud on her body, with a big smile too. Then there was her friendship with Winky and Sissy, her toys and patience with foot soaks.
It takes a big heart and soul to enjoy life inspite of pain. And Tina did that every single day. And never complained, and always loved everyone around her.
I loved reading her diary; about her birthday party and how she finagled more treats out of Scott.
For a little time on this earth, we were priviledged to know her. But the circle of love is growing larger and larger because so many have come to know her, and may we all be blessed by the love which is greater than anyone of us.
We are all only visitors here, for a while, in time.
But the circle of love is forever.
God bless you, Tina, forever
Barrie and Barbara Jaeger, California
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July 24, 2004
A Tribute to Tina


Liz Nicholas,
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July 24, 2004
GOD KNEW

God knew that you were suffering,
That the hills were hard to climb
So He gently closed your eyelids
And whispered "Peace be thine."
In tears we watched you sinking
We watched you fade away
Our hearts were surely broken
You fought so hard to stay

But when we saw you sleeping
So peaceful, free from pain
We could not wish you back
To suffer that again
It broke our hearts to lose you
But you did not go alone
For part of us went with you
The day God called you home.

(author unknown)
Dottie Oslin,
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July 24, 2004
LOVING MEMORY OF TINA 

Your time on Earth seemed all too brief because we wanted you in our lives forever. And although we really miss you, in our hearts we know you are at peace. Still, countless times throughout the day we find ourselves remembering you. Although we cannot see or hear you, we know you are with us.

We'll feel you in the warmth of the summer sun. We'll see you in the brilliance of autumn leaves. You'll be beside us in the peacefulness of a gentle snowfall and rejoice with us at the emergence of the first spring flowers of spring.

We are thankful for the times we shared and the priceless memories too; for those memories are a comfort now when we lovingly remember you, Tina.  Tina, you will always be loved and never forgotten, rest in peace dear girl.


Marie,
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July 24, 2004
My feet are youthful
My heart beats strong
My legs are nimble
Nothing is wrong

I am running so fast
I’m a child once again
Barbara’s right by my side
She’s my new best friend

I am looking down
On the earth below
At a Sanctuary in Hohenwald
Where all eles should go

The fields stretch wide
The grass is green
There is nothing but love
Far and wide to be seen

A place to be free
To roam where we choose
To come and go as we please
Or lay down for a snooze

Carol and Scott
My heroes, my friends
They were there by my side
Embracing me till the end

Please don’t be sad
Be happy for me
I am no longer in pain
My body is free

As you look to the sky
You must have an inkling
Those are not stars
They are my eyes twinkling

Pam Clifford,
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July 24, 2004
My heart is broken. Our darling Tina has been taken from us. I feel as though I had lost a very dear friend. My thanks and appreciation to all the wonderful, caring people at The Sanctuary who made Tina's last year so VERY much better than her previous 30+ years. We (in British Columbia) had such high hopes for her - and we were all so pleased and grateful when she at last was able to join your Girls at the Sanctuary. But it should have been for YEARS - not months. At least we know that she was surrounded by love when she left us - She now has no pain and is with her family. Thank you for all the work you do - you are very special people.
DOREEN BYRNELL, VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
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July 24, 2004
I was shocked by the news of Tina passing way when I saw the morning news on the television. Tina, a beautiful life, is gone, with the wind. I knew Tina¡¯s name when I first time visited Vancouver zoo. Her name was on the board. ¡°Tina¡¯s birthday is on Saturday ¡­¡± I heard more about Tina after visiting the Vancouver Zoo with concerns of her foot problems and latter her fate at that Zoo since they were no longer able to care for her. Tina¡¯s fate became something that I kept tracking day by day from any news resources. I became one of Tina¡¯s fans. I was so happy for Tina when Tina finally stepped onto the trailer and arrived several days latter in Tennessee. After all she had experienced, I wish she could spend her rest of life peacefully and happily. Even while in Tennessee, I still kept tracking any news from Tina through the sanctuary website. I dreamed that some day I would visit Tina again at the Elephant Sanctuary. Tina¡¯s was introduced to thousands of Chinese animal lovers by my story posted on one of most popular Chinese website. Now, I have to tell them that Tina¡¯s story has ended, although I hate to do that. I guess, Tina was happy in her last year. She was surrounded by so much love, which was given from Tina¡¯s human funs, care takers and elephant friends. A message to Tina: there is no pain in the heaven, you are not lonely, and you are still surrounded by love.
Joann Liu, Burnaby B.C Canada
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July 24, 2004
Tina you brought SO much to SO many people. You brought smiles and laughter, love and affection. I remember how you met Tarra at the Sanctuary and the next day followed her out the door. You met other new friends, Carol, Scott, Joanna, Winkie, Sissy, Jenny, Shirley and that elusive Bunny. You are part of a family and a herd forever. Now you are at peace, with your Barbara and your sisters. Bless you Tina...you are forever in our hearts. Thank you people of BC, everyone at The Elephant Sanctuary, and the EleHerd who loved Tina so much. Let's bring Tina's sisters home to TES.
Sara Wolf, Washington DC
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July 24, 2004
Tina you brought SO much to SO many people.You brought smiles and laughter, love and affecton. I remember how you met Tarra at the Sanctuary and the next day followed her out the door. You met other new friends, Carol, Scott, Joanna, Winkie, Sissy, Jenny, Shirley and that elusive Bunny. You are part of a family and a herd forever. Now you are at peace. Free from ailments and pain. Bless you Tina..you are forever in our hearts. Dance girl, dance. Thank you people of BC, everyone at TES and the EleHerd who loved Tina so much. Let's bring all of Tina's sisters home.
Sara Wolf, Washington DC
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July 24, 2004
ALL we are is ALL that love brings..... Thank you Tina - for bringing LOVE
Janis Morgan, Vancouver , B.C. Canada
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July 24, 2004
Like all of Tina's friends I am heartbroken at the news of Tina's passing. I have followed her progress everyday since she left Vancouver for TES and like many others learned so much about captive elephants through her. Thank you to everyone at TES for taking such loving care of her and making her last year a happy one. Goodbye dear girl, I will always remember you.
Iris Munday, Terrace, B.C.
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July 24, 2004
To all of Tina's caregivers in both Aldergrove and Tennessee, thank you for taking such good care of her! To all the people who made donations for Tina's care- thanks! Your gifts and volunteering made a positive difference in her life. It was difficult to let Tina go from our area but we knew that the move was right for her. We watched as Tina was loaded onto the truck for the long journey to the Elephant Sanctuary. With delight, we followed her progress in her new home. It's sad that her stay in this elephant paradise had to be so short. We are all shocked and sadden by her death.......what more can we say?
The Fountain Family, Abbotsford, BC
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July 24, 2004
How sad that I can no longer look forward to new entries in Tina's diary, nor watch her eat her dinner each night. If I feel this sadness so far away, I can only imagine the grief felt by all those at TES - two legged and four legged. Thank you Carol, for helping her pass peacefully.
Dawn L, Langley
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July 24, 2004
As with everyone else, I am deeply saddened by the passing of Tina. I was fortunate to have met her in person but the experience was bitter-sweet. I cried the whole way home after my visit. Seeing such a regal creature in such a pathetic exsistance broke my heart! I watched with great happiness and hope as she was trasported to her new home and, as like all of you, checked on her progress daily. I can't thank you enough, Carol and staff for giving Tina the care, love and family that she so rightly deserved. My heart is heavy with grief but knowing she had you and her ele-family by her side as she left this earth gives me a sense of peace. "I still miss those I loved who are no longer with me, but I find I am grateful for having loved them. The gratitude has finally conquered the loss" - Rita Mae Brown
Laurie Lerner-Janis, North Vancouver, B.C.
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July 24, 2004
I was shocked and deeply, deeply saddened upon hearing the news of Tina's passing. I cried myself to sleep last night and can not even imagine the grief that Carol, Scott and TES staff must be feeling. I never met Tina but have followed her progress from the day she left Vancouver in her trailer, thanks to TES's EleCam. What a wonderful resource your website is - it has educated me so much about elephants in general and how awful it is for them to be in kept captivity in zoos and performing in circuses. Thank you SO MUCH Carol and Scott for the love, care and devotion you have shown to Tina over the past year. I'm so thankful that she was able to spend her last year in such a wonderful place with great food and treats, toys, and above all, the company of other elephants which she must have longed for for so long. A big huge thanks too to the person doing your website commentary - it's wonderful. What a joy to be able to watch the elephants interacting via the EleCam - swimming in the pond is my favourite part and I'm sorry that Tina never got to experience that. TO DEAR TINA: I will miss seeing your gentle, sweet and all-knowing face on the EleCam and through the slide shows. You were wonderful and have taught people so much compassion and shown an even greater amount yourself. We will all miss you greatly but take comfort in knowing that you are now free of pain and "finally home". I know you'll be watching over your elephant and human family with loving appreciation for all that they did for you. I'll be continuing to keep watch on your family for you too and will remember you very fondly. Good night Tina - and God Bless You.
Pam Ratcliff, Vancouver, BC
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July 24, 2004
Darling, sweet Tina of the trunk over the gate, of the baggy eyes and smiling face. Tender footed and not needful of the woods and trails, you made the Sanctuary your home none the less. Happiest in mud, relaxed with the remedies and trials, home now with Barbara and perhaps others long gone. I am broken-hearted, but glad you died among friends, peacefully, peacefully.
Claire Bowers, Snohomish, Washington
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July 24, 2004
Dear sweet Tina, You will be missed. But I know you are not in any more pain. My prayers are with Carol, Scott, and the staff at TES as well as the other elephants and everybody that knew Tina. Every time I think of Sissy giving her tire to Tina I can't stop crying. Bye Tina, I LOVE YOU.
Liz Maxwell, Glendale AZ
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July 24, 2004
I will miss you sweet girl, but will never forget you. I cried when they moved you farther away from me to this fabulous sanctuary, but they were tears of joy for you. Now again I find myself crying tears for you. Rest peacefully forever sweet Tina. Your feet will never again be a source of pain to you.Love always,xo
Anne-Marie Tessier, Victoria,BC Canada
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July 24, 2004
Tina Words cannot describe the incredible sorrow I feel right now. You were the one who opened my eyes to the plight of captive elephants. You were the one who brought our city together in a fight that still goes on. You were the one that brought tears of joy to my eyes when you took your first steps of freedom. You were the one who showed the world why elephants must be free. I will always remember that smile you had only for Scott. I will always remember your gentle nature. I will always remember you, Tina. Thank you TES for taking our Tina and making her last year one no one will ever forget. Thank you to the staff of the GVZ who loved Tina and only wanted what was best for her - I know you are grieving immensely too. Scott, Carol, Sissy and Winkie - no words can ever describe the immense gratitude I feel knowing Tina died surrounded by love. What more could anyone ask for? I love you, Tina and will miss you always. Be free with Barbara - free of pain and watch over us all. With many tears which seem not to cease
Danielle Ellis, Vancouver, British Columbia
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July 24, 2004
Dear Gentle Tina: I watched you the day you figured out these flap doors, you gently, patiently & repeatedly lifted a flap & tried to hang it on the rail,trying to get it to stay there! Then finally reaching in through the flaps you went into the barn, so pleased with yourself! I felt so lucky watching you do so many "firsts" at the Sanctuary and longed for when you would discover the pool!! I am so thankful for the loving tender Care for you in your last days, hours & minutes given so generously by Winks, Sis, Carol & Scott, helping you go thru that final door here on earth. We all are grieving together but so happy for you to have the Sanctuary for your final resting place. I am only sorry that for you to lie down & rest your feet, you had to die. Happy Trails & I will miss you greatly, through you I have come to love all your other family at the Sanctuary & I won't leave them, just as your spirit won't leave us.
Lenore Radom, Richmond
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July 24, 2004
I was rather shocked when I read the local reports on canada.com that Tina had left us. I grew up in Aldergrove. I moved there when I was 4 and really moved away late last year when I moved to Ontario. I'm 30 years old now and I can remember driving by the game farm (It'll always be the game farm to me.) on 264th Street every week or more and seeing Tina standing outside her barn. Then there were the trips to the game farm itself while I was growing up and seeing Tina being the highlight of the visit. When it was decided to move her to the sanctuary I knew she'd be in a better place and hoped she would live a long happy life there but sadly that was not to be. However I know she was able to move on after living out her remaining time in a happy place. She will be missed.
Dan Chadwick, Toronto, Ontario (Former Aldergrove Resident)
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July 24, 2004
It was a pleasure and a priviledge getting to know Tina through her diary and the elecam. She will be missed for a long time and remembered forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with Carol, Scott and all who cared for her, and for her elephant sisters. Thank you, Tina, for sharing your too short life with all of us.
Paulette & Kodi, Sunnyvale, CA
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July 24, 2004
Dearest Tina from the moment i set eyes on you at the greater vancouver zoo there was something about you that made my heart patter from that day on i was drawn to you. I have never missed a day of you life since then and when i heard you were going to finally be free at the sanctuary that was a blessing i never missed a day of your diary and watched you at every moment on the elcam your passing came as a great shock to us.I am very saddend as you inspired us all but i know that the angels above will let you rest peacefully. Tina you will always be in our hearts,thoughts and prayers we are going to miss you good by sweet sweet girl till we meet again. Thank you to all Tina's caregivers for the love,support and freedom you gave her.
kelly leigh, Richmond BC
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July 24, 2004
I am shocked and heartbroken that you have left us, Tina girl. To no longer see you happily munching on your late night snacks, or to be able to check for news of your progress every day is unbelievably saddening. I had such hope that one day soon I would see you in a starring role - splashing in the pond, rolling in a gigantic mud bath, or gleefully playing tag with one of your canine friends. I am so greatful to your human and ele-friends at TES for helping you and loving you over this past year. Sissie’s tribute to you by giving you her dearest tire was simply heart-wrenching - and heart-warming. Your short life has been so important. Through your pain and suffering – and unbelievable courage and grace – you have taught us so much about elephants. You have inspired many of us to honour your life by thinking about how we can help break the cycle of captivity, pain, suffering and humiliation of elephants. My heart goes out to your loving friends and family at TES and also to those who loved you at your former home in Aldergrove. I will always remember you Tina!!
Lily, Surrey, B.C., Canada
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July 24, 2004
Memories of Tina: As a small girl I lived just down the road from the Vancouver Game Farm, then known as the Aldergrove Game Farm. One summer morning we awoke to find an elephant in our yard. There was Tina, escaped, and calmly, happily wandering around the acreage. I remember on one occassion going to the game farm and having a ride on Tina's back. I remember the feel of her soft yet leather-like, slighty whiskery head under my hand as I petted her. It was conficting to feel so regal on her back yet also feel that it wasn't right to be there. Years passed and I was elated to hear that Tina had found refuge in Tennessee. I am ashamed that I was one of the many thousands who have ridden Tina. I am gutted that she was given such a short time in paradise before her passing. I wish she has now found her true heaven. My condolences to everyone who had the opportunity to work with Tina, past to present. My deepest sympathy to Tony G. "There is comfort in the strength of love: Twill make a thing endurable, which else would overset the brain or break the heart." William Wordsworth
Alison (Blackhall) Adamson, Former resident of Aldergrove
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July 24, 2004
TES thank you for giving Tina such a wonderful place to live. It is heartbreaking that she did not get to fully enjoy all that was there for her. Tina to know you was to love you. We hurt because all our hopes and dreams for you are gone, but the way you touched our hearts and souls will be with us forever. Good bye sweet Tina.
Wendy, Vancouver, B.C.
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July 24, 2004
Warm light coming from far below,
Twinkling, sparkling is the candle's glow.
All is well up on the ridge,
The place we know as Rainbow Bridge.

Tina is sleeping in heaven's light,
Tended by candles in the night.
Peaceful dreams be hers to keep,
As she slumbers in this night so deep.

Hearts on earth that miss her so,
Take comfort in the candle's glow.
Watching for her in skies above,
Bound eternally by a cord of love.

Walk in peace, dear Tina. You will always be in my heart and on my mind. Love you forever!

Thanks to everyone at the Sanctuary for their loving care. Bless Sissy and all the other elephants who will all miss Tina. What a beautiful person she was!
Sonja Bakker, Port McNeill, BC Canada
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July 24, 2004
Farewell Tina. TES staff, my deepest sympathies on this much too soon loss. Take comfort in the fact that Tina was surrounded by your love and the love of her elephant sisters in her time at TES and as she prepared to depart this world. It is difficult to believe we will not see her in the Asian habitat - her spirit will remain. Tina made me laugh during her foot soaks, at how well she had you all trained. Her trunk would flip out and up and you would put goodies in it. Tina popped them into her mouth and instantly flipped her trunk out again for more, which you always provided. We must cherish the memories.
Anne, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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July 24, 2004
Dear, dear Tina what a sad day. Every morning I would log on the my pc, go to your diary hoping to read you were out in the sunshine walking with Sissy and Winks, playing in the pond, enjoying that paradise that was your final home on earth. Thank you Carol, Scott and everyone at the sanctuary for filling Tinas last year on earth with such love and kindness. Dear, dear Tina I will miss you but never forget you. Carole........
Carole Brown, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
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July 24, 2004
I was , like so many others, shocked by the news that Tina had passed away. I was fortunate to have grown up close to where Tina lived in Aldergrove. I will never forget her endearing smile and calm demeanor. I'm happy Tina was able to spend her last year in such a happy, caring place. I will continue to watch all the other elephants at the Sanctuary. Thank-you for your work. Debbie
Debbie, Surrey, BC
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July 24, 2004
Dear Carol and members of the Sanctuary, I was devastated to hear about darling Tina,and I thank you so much for the loving way you let us know. I am so glad that Tina was not alone, but surrounded by loved ones. She was so couragous, and will be deeply missed. There is a brighter star in the sky now because of Tina. Sweet dreams!
Barbi Hempsted, Sidney, B. C. Canada
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July 24, 2004
"Tina's gone to live in the stars with Maisie and Vyvyan. But they're always smiling on us. She'll always be with her family, we just have to hear her and keep loving her." from Lyla, my three year old Granddaughter, talking about Tina, my Mum [her Great-Grandmother Maisie] and her favourite of our cats, Vyvyan. Dear Tina - these simple words bring comfort. I'll keep listening... Jac
Jac [Squiffy] Hone, England
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July 24, 2004
In memory of a wonderful creature named Tina who captured the hearts of many.

We loved you then
We love you now
and always will
Lorraine Seath, Burnaby,B.C. Canada
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July 24, 2004
I promise you Tina, as I promised Tyke so long ago, I will never forget. You have touched so many hearts, and brought so many to understand you and yours, your job is done sweet girl. The twinkling stars above will forever be your sparkling eyes, your jaunty step will echo in many hearts for eternity. Be at peace, dear friend.
Julie, B.C.
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July 24, 2004
I never heard of Tina until last year when the media raised awareness of her and the public cried out and rallied on her behalf. I followed her journey to her new home. I read and watched with great delight as her new life at the Sanctuary unfolded. And while her life at the sanctuary was short, it was restful and peaceful. To know that she died with friends; Carol, John, Sissy and Winkie eases the pain of loosing such a gentle lady. You will be missed greatly Tina! But we can all rest knowing that you are home. Farewell my friend!
Lori T, Kimberley, B.C.
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July 24, 2004
Never has an individual that I never even knew and only saw once in person for only a brief minute, moved me so emotionally. Ever since I first discovered and then followed Tina's move from my home in Vancouver to her new home in The Sanctuary, I have felt great love and regard for her and her welfare. I only wish that I was able to do something for her, to make her life that much better. I don't cry easily, but just bringing myself to read the first few words of her passing brought incredible sorrow for this poor girl who's life was disrupted just so we humans can "see an elephant". I truly hope that those who have elephants and any other animal in captivity read these pages and see how truly pointless it is to take innocent "beings" and put them in cages and chains so money can be made. Shame on those who let Tina even get remotely in the condition that caused this wonderful girl's final demise. Thank you to the Sanctuary staff for making Tina's final year as free as can be and full of love and caring. My tears flow shamelessly.
Mr. Sasha Pavlovic, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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July 24, 2004
It is impossible to find the right words to express the sadness I feel at the passing of dear Tina. Her story is an inspiration to us all, and has done so much to further the cause of freeing other captive zoo and circus elephants around North America. I am so sorry that she didn't quite make it out of the barn and into the habitat to join the herd and experience that kind of freedom, but I take comfort in knowing that she had Sissy and Winks, Scott and Carol to love her right until the end. Tina will live in my heart forever.
Emma Vandewetering, Port Moody, BC, Canada
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July 24, 2004
You will be missed greatly by all those whose lives you touched... I am so glad that, at the end, you were surrounded by family and friends, enveloped in love and affection. What better way to cross over the Rainbow Bridge?
Delphia, Phoenix
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July 24, 2004
My heart filled with joy last year when I heard of Tina's relocation to the beautiful sanctuary she knew as "home". A lot of people loved this timid creature, and hearts will find that somthing is missing because of her not being here on our earth. I am sad that she had to live with such torment and sadness in her Abbotsford dirt pit. To see so many people fight for her relocation was warming. You can tell a lot about a person by how they treat animals. Her story brought people's attention to the fact that animals need to live in a beautiful place filled with love like us humans do. Hopefully we can learn to make that come true for more animals(and people!). Tina will be remembered in years to come! We'll miss you Tina but thanks for the lesson on life. Sorry you had to pay such a high price to try to teach us all.
Marika, Victoria, BC Canada
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July 24, 2004
Tina you left an imprint on our hearts you will never be forgotten. You have gone home where you run freely across grassy knolls filled with flower, fruits, trees and all your toys, You are not alone sweet girl you at long last with your family again. Goodbye Sweet Tina, gentle kisses blowing in the wind to you.
lee, Arizona
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July 24, 2004
Beautiful loving Tina departed from us to make room for all her desparate sisters waiting for a place in the Sanctuary. Tina was beloved, and has given up her place of love to others who have had little. Her decision to leave us is painful in part because Tina did not get to enjoy the full Sanctuary environment, but this was Tina's choice. The single greatest gift the Sanctuary gives elephants is free choice. May all of us continue to work hard to give all creatures sanctuary. Peace and love Carol Scott and all Tina's many friends.
Kate E., New York
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July 24, 2004
I loved seeing Tina and her grass clothing and hats that she designed for herself. She was and is a beautiful, charming and fun-loving elephant. May she be roaming eternal hills and having lots and lots of new clothes.
Toni Miles, State College, Pennsylvania
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July 24, 2004
The saddness I feel for the loss of our girl Tina is so deep in my heart. There are so many things I am sadden for now that she is gone but mostly I am saddened that Tina never got to explore and experience the wonderful place she called home more than a couple of times. I am very thankful for you Carol and Scott and all of her caregivers. All of you made the last year of her life a very special one ... a life towards being free to make choices and living as a true elephant.
Tina was a very special girl who helped create awareness and educate many people of our communities about how inhumane being captive is for these majestic beauties. Tina will forever be in my heart .... she has taught me the beauty of patience and to truly love unconditionally as she did all of her caregivers here in Aldergrove and at the Sactuary.
Carol and Scott thank you for being with her when she took her last breath ... just knowing she was not alone is very comforting ... even though we as the public could not be with her it fills my heart knowing that the two of you could be helps... you are both so very special individuals who have made the last year of her life a very special one.
Sending much love to all of you at the Sanctuary, please know your efforts do not go unnoticed. Thank you for making a place to call home for these beautiful girls and for loving them unconditionally in life and in death.
Brenda Dondo, Chilliwack, BC
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July 24, 2004
Good night my sweet Tina,sweet dreams. We love you.
ann rogers, georgia
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July 24, 2004
In your too short life, you were much loved from far and wide. We were awed by your patience and gentleness and the pleasure you took in the smallest things, though you suffered fear, pain and loneliness. We must try and rejoice now that you are "out of the barn" forever; no more pain or fear; the joy of pure freedom surrounded by the love of kindred spirits is finally yours. You are an inspiration to all who had the privilege to know you. Godspeed, darling Tina, we shall miss you always.
M. Bowen, Ottawa
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July 24, 2004
Dear Sanctuary Staff,
Thank you so much for what you do and what you did for Tina. I have always looked forward to reading about Tina and her day before I end my day. She has been a special part of our evenings and has taught my chidren about captivity and how wild animals should really live. We love you and we will miss you Miss Tina!
Kelli, Terrace, Brtitish Columbia
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July 24, 2004
Tina: For many of us in the Vancouver area you awoke a great passion for improved care for elephants and other captive animals. We rejoiced in your move to TES and became committed to doing what we could to help other elephants find their way to this paradise. I hope your sad death strengthens that committment and that everyone who is able, makes a contribution to the Sanctuary in your honour to help bring as many Hawthorne elephants as possible to TES.
Special thoughts to Carol, Scott and all the other wonderful Sanctuary staff and to Tina's amazing 'sisters.' Hugs also go to the women who started and maintain the 'elefanherd' chat site--I know from reading their words over the last months that they will be devastated by Tina's death.
Tina, I hope you're wading in a beautiful pond surrounded by vines filled with sweet grapes. It was all we ever hoped for you in life.
Merrilee D, Vancouver, BC
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July 24, 2004
Like many British Columbians last year, I was captivated by Tina’s story and have followed her life’s journey ever since. Until her passing, I hadn’t given much thought about why so many of us were drawn to Tina. Now I have had a chance to read Carol’s beautiful letter and the tributes of her extended human family. I weep and I begin to understand.
Most of us, I think, in some way and to some degree are lonely but we are afraid to admit it. We are lonely because we live in a world that is often shallow, uncaring, cruel, and self-centered. Many of us thirst for the opposite of these things.
Tina’s life is a shining example of the best that life has to offer. In her own unique ‘elephant’ way, Tina had the depth of an old soul. She was caring, kind, and selfless. When we were in her presence or connected with her in some way, we were less lonely; we felt less thirsty, less needy.
Tina’s friends have been drawn to her and have loved her for her sweetness, her gentle way, her smile and her laughter, her compassion and generosity, her courage. What we strive to be, Tina is.
Tina’s beautiful soul and our response to her is Tina’s legacy to us. I hope we use it well.
Don Grant, West Vancouver
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July 24, 2004
Dearest Tina, I can't believe you're gone. Too soon, too soon. Life is so unfair. Thank you for your inspiration, gentle nature and beautiful face. My heart goes out to her caregivers at the TES.They must be devastated.
Thank you for making her last year on earth a happy one. She will be missed. Happy trails Tina....
Janet Dixon, Burnaby B.C. Canada
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July 24, 2004
I will always hold a special place in my heart for Tina; a beautiful, graceful, and amazing elephant.
Monica P., Seattle, WA
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July 24, 2004
Tina's Gift

The greatest gift given
to this lonely elephant
wracked with pain.
Our sweet loving Tina
was given a chance
of a family life again.

She leaves this world
knowing her life's work
has been done.
Touching hearts worldwide
with the plight of captive eles
our beloved special one.

Laura Linklater
July 23/2004

Great Spirit ,
I thank you for blessing our world with this gentle playful creature who has touched the lives of so many. Knowing she is healed in the spirit world running and laying down in soft grass, a great comfort.

All My Relations
Laura Linklater, Vancouver , B.C.
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July 24, 2004
My dear dear puffy eyed little girl. It was nice to have you in my little part of the world. You showed me what it was that I had to do to try to help others like you, to bring them home. And you will be there to greet them, over there on that hill with Barbara. The new ones will be so lucky to have the two of you there, watching out over them. Sleep well my dear dear girl. Friday nights will never be the same again....ever. I will miss you, sweet thing. Be at peace. I only wish we could have seen you in those red high top steppers.
Merilee Newman, Tollhouse, CA
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July 24, 2004
I was brokenhearted to see the news tonite & learn about Tina's passing. I have followed her since she left Vancouver & arrived at the sanctuary. She was treated with so much love & understanding. You did everything you could for her. It was her lucky day when she packed up & moved to Tennessee. My sympathy goes out to all of you who loved her so much. Namaste L.M
Lynn Marshall, Victoria B.C. Canada
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July 24, 2004
I was so saddened by the loss of Tina. She will be missed terribly by everyone who knew and loved her. I was so happy when I learned that Tina would be moving the sancturary and away from the boredom of life in the Greater Vancouver Zoo. She had such a wonderful ending to her life..the way her whole life should've been. It was so touching when I heard that Winkie and Sissy were with her at the end and that Winkie gave up her beloved tire so that Tina would feel safe. Good bye Tina...you will be missed very much.
Angie, Lower Mainland British Columbia
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July 24, 2004
Dear, Dear Tina:
We never met as I live too far north in B.C. but I never missed an episode of your diary. I will miss you so much as you became a much loved part of my life and my own large animal family. I was looking forward to seeing you wearing your new shoes and pondering whether you would roam further afield. I know you are with Barbara now and I can picture you free and without pain. Thank you so much to all the staff at the Sanctuary - my heart goes out to you all but it is comforting to know how much Tina is loved by you and her sister elephants. Tears are blurring this message and I know we'll meet on the "other side" some day. Sleep well, little one.
Heather R., Quesnel, Central B.C., Canada
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July 23, 2004
After Great Pain
by Emily Dickinson

After great pain, a formal feeling comes--
The Nerves sit ceremonious, like Tombs--
The stiff Heart questions was it He, that bore,
And Yesterday, or Centuries before?

The Feet, mechanical, go round--
Of Ground, or Air, or Ought--
A Wooden way
Regardless grown,
A Quartz contentment, like a stone--

This is the Hour of Lead--
Remembered, if outlived,
As Freezing persons recollect the Snow--
First - Chill - then Stupor - then the letting go--

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Go in peace, dear friend.
Mary, Lower Mainland, BC
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July 23, 2004
Dearest Tina,
I see love in your eyes when i look into them. I see love in your smile when you look at me. I see no pain at your feet...only loving hands helping them get better. You are love in all it's glory. Thank you Tina for all your gentleness and sweetness. I love you.
Thank you GOD for giving us (your) Tina...if only for a moment.
Dolores McDaniel & BabyBlu'Abbey, Verona, PA.
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July 23, 2004
"How fading are the joys we dote upon!
Like apparitions seen and gone.
But those which soonest take their flight
Are the most exquisite and strong--
Like angels' visits, short and bright;
Mortality's too weak to bear them long.

John Norris
"The Parting" 1678
A.Dwyer, Memphis, TN
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July 23, 2004
Words cannot express the sadness I feel over the sudden passing of our Tina...as I write this tears are streaming down my face. You touched my heart in an unexplainable way when I was only a tiny girl...you were kind enough to give me a ride and I loved you from the moment you looked into my eyes.
You were such a lucky girl to have been saved by Carol and Scott and given the chance to gain your spirit back and live as free as possible with your elephant friends.
So many of us near Vancouver waited so long for a better life for you, watching you grow up here I couldn't help but wish for so much more for you and seeing your every milestone once you were at the Sanctuary filled my heart with so much happiness.
I will be forever grateful to your sanctuary family for taking such good care of you and showing you such immense love and understanding. We all know how much you deserved that. Your sanctuary family and I share a love for you , an incredible gentle giant, and we know that you are truly free to wander those lush green pastures....pain free..the way it should have been all along.
I will miss you Tina...rest easy my sweet girl...you will never be forgotten.
Alisha Johnson, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
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July 23, 2004
tina we grew up with you at the game farm, we fed you many times,you were such a gentle girl. you will always be in our hearts, rest now and know that many people love you and we will all miss you dearly.
elaina and betty, vancouver b.c area
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July 23, 2004
I look at the pictures of you and I see that beautiful smile and gentle way. I know you touched many people's lives and I know you will be greatly missed. To the gentle giant Tina. May your soul be free from all suffering and may you rest in peace. You will (already are) missed.
Orla McCann, Tucson, Az
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July 23, 2004
My sweet beautiful Tina, I will always remember that look, that look that was only for Scott..
I love you Tina, I'm happy you are finally with your family..and that your feet no longer hurt!!
Bless you my beauty, Jody
Jody, CA
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July 23, 2004
Dear TSC: We cannot believe this news. We loved Tina and were so happy to see her go to TSC last August. We are heart broken to hear of her passing. She is the reason that we heard of TSC. She will be in our memory forever, and we will continue to follow the other elephants that we have grown to love as well. This is truly unbelievable.
AL & Pat Betts, Maple Ridge, BC
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July 23, 2004
Sadly, I never had the opportunity to see Tina while she lived at the zoo near Vancouver, however, Tina’s plight last year enlightened me to the pain, suffering and hardship most of these magnificent animals living in captivity have to endlessly and silently endure. Like the others who have posted their messages, everyday I was filled with HOPE for Tina when checking her diary for a progress check on her healing…. Hope that her feet would finally heal to give her the freedom to roam the grounds of the sanctuary with the girls …. Hope that incredible people like Carol, Scott and Joanna would remain a constant in Tina’s life to give her the love, peace and care she deserved. Hope that I would be able to watch precious Tina for many years as she calmed and settled into her new life…. (And hope that one day maybe I, too, would be able to contribute financially as well as spiritually to Tina’s healing.) My tears have yet to stop flowing; the shock of Tina's passing and the void of grief it leaves are still raw -- even though I know there are many others in the animal world who are suffering and also need love and support. The only peace I feel now is knowing that Tina is free of the physical embodiment that kept her trapped in pain in ways that maybe we will never completely comprehend and caused her to silently endure. She is with Barbara and her family now. God bless TES, Carol, Scott and all the loving caregivers who supported Tina, my thoughts are with you too. Tina will be loved and remembered always.
Heather, Nanaimo, Vancouver Island
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July 23, 2004
I'm a little overwhelmed right now, and am having some difficulty even getting this message down. On a daily basis I checked in on "my" beloved Tina and the other girls. I am going to miss her terribly. I want to thank the wonderful people at the Sanctuary and can't even imagine how you must all be feeling. God bless you and Tina, my thoughts are with you.
Huguette, Vancouver
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July 23, 2004
Thanks to all at TES for all the wonderful care given to Tina since she has been there. She will be truly missed. We all wish that all the elephants could live long lives in peace and with lots of love. Tina, we all loved you. We know you are now free and without pain forever.
Bonita Mitchell, Baltimore, MD
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July 23, 2004
Tina, you gave me a smile each day as i came to work at the zoo. I will never forget you and i will always have a place in my heart for you always and my love will never die for you ever. You gave so much to everyone and not once did you ever whine or do anything, you just were one happy girl. I am so sorry that you suffered so much. I wish it was me that died instead of you, Tina. You never deserved this, you were far to kind, gentle and such a loving girl. I know you are now free at last, nothing can ever hurt you ever again. Tony, Al, Pat Hines and all the others back here at your old home are taking this very hard and i know that they too loved loved you so much. Your town in Aldergrove, Bc is still in shock about you passing on and in time the tears will go for we know you would want us to be happy and do the right things for other animals as well as others too. My promise to you Tina will always be that and when i am feeling down, i will place my right arm to my left shoulder knowing you are there , you have become my angel. Olga is up there in heaven with you, she loved you so much too. May you rest in peace Tina, God Bless you Tina.
Marie J, Aldergrove, BC
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July 23, 2004
I will miss you Teena Beena. Lovely Princess, I wish you were still here being silly, pushy-shovey and sweeter than honey. I liked your attitude the moment I met you. You have the greatest grin in the world...it makes me laugh. I was so glad you got to live at the Sanctuary, and while I wished you could have lived longer to experience it all, I'm grateful you got there. So many don't. At the same time, Tina, I wished the human world had done better by you long ago. Elephants get a raw deal, but humans are starting to wake up. We won't let you down. I hope we get to meet again sometime.
My heart goes out to Sylvia - your beloved keeper at the zoo - and others there that loved you even though they couldn't change the zoo. And I am immensely grateful to the Sanctuary for looking after you and trying so hard to make up for those years. For showing you what elephant life could be. I am so glad you got to have elephants nearby. Kisses to Winks and Sis who stayed with you, and my love to all the elephants who so warmly welcomed you. They will miss you too...Miss Beena.
Lesley, Vancouver
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July 23, 2004
We were devastated to hear of Tina's death. We would like to thank the Sanctuary for their love and compassion given to Tina. She was finally given the chance to be an animal of the earth as to being an animal in captivity. We were thrilled to see the start of her new shoes to allow her to explore which was something she never had the chance to do before. Thank you for allowing her to die with dignity and to be with her new found friends Winky and Sissy. Please look after them after their loss. A special thank you to Carol, Scott and all their staff for taking the initiative to love elephants, to understand elephants, to fight for their dignity and to provide a sanctuary for their retirement.
Denise & Paddy Loyer, Coquitlam, B.C.
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July 23, 2004
I know that Tina is now free to fulfill her soul's greatest desires, yet I can't help but feel devasted for our loss. I do not know how I will go through the day without seeing Miss Tina or hearing how she is doing in her diary. I have many childhood memories that include Tina and those will always be precious to me. Goodbye sweet Tina. You will forever hold a very special place in my heart.
Michelle Page, Coquitlam, B.C.
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July 23, 2004
I felt the sorrow for those that bid Tina farewell in B.C. letting her go to this wonderful sanctuary, for healing and companionship, my sorrow is now with those that gave her a new begining wrapped in so much love. Tina had it all and shared it with all of her caregivers. You will be graced with that forever.
Elizabeth Fast, Kimberley B.C.
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July 23, 2004
My deepest sympathies to all of Tina's caretakers, our thoughts are with you.
I will miss checking your diary Miss Tina, to see if you are still in the barn, for now finally you have gone outside.
Be at peace, run and play...we love you.
D. Francis, Ashland City, TN
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July 23, 2004
May your new world be full of all the joys, love, freedom and companionship you so richly deserve, Tina.
I wish you peace, my beloved friend.
June Ritchie, Richmond, BC
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July 23, 2004
I've checked out the Elephant Sanctuary everyday since Tina arrived. She was the soul that drew me to the sad awareness of captive elephants plight. She had a signficant effect on my life and where I go from here.
What was noticably apparent was shown by all Carol, Scott and the others who loved her equally. For those that where fortunate to give Tina physical hugs and loves is the most wonderful gift from Tina.
Her life and death was not in vain. Her soul will always be felt by us all who loved her.
Maggie, Victoria BC
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July 23, 2004
I am totally shocked at the sudden passing of Tina. I can hardly see to type this e-mail because the tears are streaming down my face. It sounds so silly but I feel I know your elephants personally as I check in daily to see what's happening. I was so looking forward to Tina getting her new shoes and enjoying some years of freedom with her fellow sisters. Please accept my sincere sympathy to all of you at the sanctuary that have cared for her so well. My heart goes out to you.
Chriss Ball, Vancouver Island. B.C Canada.
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July 23, 2004
Our sweet Miss Tina, you have taught me so much, have brought me such joy in a time I so desparately needed it. I am so thankful that you were able to spend the last year of your life in freedom with your adopted sisters, and with people who love and respected you, who took such wonderful care of you.
As sad as I am to let you go, I am happy that you are finally dancing and running through the tall grasses. I have a feeling Barbara was waiting for you with some grapes! I thank the Lord, that you found the arms of such special people, and that the final moments of your life were with those who loved you and who you loved in return. You will always be in my heart, sweet one, until we meet at Rainbow Bridge.
Susan, Port Coquitlam, B. C.
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July 23, 2004
Tina, dear sweet Tina.
How I will miss you. You have completed your mission in life. You have taught so many people so many things. You have made us all so aware. Go now and run through the fields of heaven with Barbara on those finally painfree feet. Share your twinkling eyes and that cheeky smile with all around you. You truly are a blessing to all who knew you. Your spirit lives on.
Pam C., Aldergrove, B.C. Canada
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July 23, 2004
Tina, We Will Never, Ever Forget You .....
Although most of us never met Tina in person, TES allowing us to watch her on the EleCam, view her slide shows and "listen to her chirp" was the next best thing to being there. These verses are from the sympathy card that I sent to The Elephant Sanctuary today. I wanted to share them with all that loved Tina ....

We remember a life today ....
and all that made her who she was -
all that delighted her, that made her laugh
or moved her to tears, calling to mind her story,
and the many lives she touched along the way.

We honor a life today ....
her outlook, her inner strength,
and the things that she believed in -
recognizing her goodness, her uniqueness,
her own special gifts shared generously
with the rest of the world.

We celebrate a life today ....
and her connections with family and friends
and all who loved her -
feeling enriched for having known her
and so grateful for our time with her,
for the way she affected us ....
inspired us ...
and affirmed for us
that this is how a beautiful life should be lived.

With Deepest Sympathy
Michael Sultana, Adelphia, NJ
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July 23, 2004
Dear Tina, you have taught me so much...about you, your family, and how to champion them. You have touched my heart forever, and in your name I will continue to fight on for peace for the rest of your "sisters". Thank you Tina. You have blessed us all.
Sandi Bard, Chelmsford, Massachusetts
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July 23, 2004
Sweet Tina. That smile, those bright eyes, the spirit that will live on forever in our hearts. It will be so long before I remember not to check your diary the first thing when checking into TES. It seemed that for the past 11 months, your diary opened the day for me. Thank you for sharing your life with us. We all miss you so. Sleep peacefully with Barbara. Gentle trunk touches and love.
Paula Adwell,
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July 23, 2004
We know Tina only from what we have seen of her on your website & Elecam, but our hearts go out to all of you who knew, loved, and cared for Tina, and for her other sister elephants who have lost one of their own. Please try to channel the grief you all feel into love & caring for the remaining elephants, who need your help now more than ever. May you all receive strength during this very difficult time.
Ben & Diane Margot, Alameda, California
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July 23, 2004
OH Sweet Tina you are here in our lives...my 9 year old daughter loves you dearly and when I told her you were gone she was so upset. But listen here everyone, she watched Tina as much as she could on Elecam and followed every move and we as a family got to know Tina from the day my daughter was interested here in Aldergrove. Thanks everyone and may Tina rest in peace and we love her!!!
Kim, Travis, Coby, Kayla and Kamren, Langley, BC
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July 23, 2004
When Miss Tina arrived in Tennessee, my world changed. She introduced me to TES, the world of elephants, Carol, Scott, the dogs, Betsy, Barbara, John and the list goes on. She introduced me to a caring, the likes of which I had not seen. She brought together people from all over the world, all ages and all walks of life. Peace be with you, dear girl, and peace be with The Elephant Sanctuary.
Lynn Brandt, Nashville
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July 23, 2004
Few things ever inspire us they way Tina did. I used to go see Tina when i was young...then introduced my children to her. Her highs were our highs..her lows our lows. You are forever in our hearts Tina and I feel priveledged for having known you.
I am so happy that your last year of life was spent with your friends and for the wide open spaces you so badly needed. I'll miss you Tina, and will so miss your diary which became such a part of my life. I know your spirit roams free now and without pain.
tracy, vancouver island
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July 23, 2004
Dear Sweet Tina, you are missed terribly. Your gentle spirit is so precious to us. I am so sad you didn't get to try out your new shoes. How much fun you would have had exploring the fields and forests with your sisters. Now you are free from the body that restricted you and nobody can ever hurt you again. Sleep well, dear girl. Gentle trunk caress. I love you, sweetie. Good night.
Lisa McDowell, New Market, AL
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July 23, 2004
I remember my excitment as I watched Tina arrive at the sanctuary. She made my love for elephants grow and I'm so happy she was able to experience the love and care she deserved. Goodbye Tina our Ballerina
Rachel H., Connecticut, USA
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July 23, 2004
It was a wonderful adventure following Tina's journey from Vancouver to her new home in Tennessee. We here in B.C. made the connection with her as being one of ours, and we so appreciated all the work, love, & help bestowed on her. We were so excited when her feet seemed to be healing, and when she made friends with Winkie & the others. Today I heard of Tina's passing from a friend, and even though I felt very sad, I couldn't help but feel very blessed to be an observer in her transition & watch her progress like an interested family member. Thank you to the workers at the sanctuary who did what they could to make our Tina's last days so happy.
Loretta Becker, Vancouver, B.C.
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July 23, 2004
I have followed Tina's progress since she moved from the Vancouver Zoo to your Elephant Sanctuary. You have made Tina's last year of life so fulfilling for her. You tried so hard but unfortunately the damage was done. I will always remember Tina and the good that humanity is capable of. Thank you for loving her.
Michelle Toone, Victoria, BC, Canada
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July 23, 2004
I am going where I've never been
I am going where there's no sin
There I will join my lord and my friends
Yes I am going where I've never been

Don't be crying those bitter tears
Don't be crying cause I'm not here
I'll be happy for the first time in years
So don't be crying those bitter tears

I have travelled life's weary highways
And my last journey is at hand
I can hear the Angels calling
And I am going where I've never been
(Randy Travis)
Nicki Rakitti, Vancouver BC
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July 23, 2004
Tina,
For all that you deserved and did not receive we will mourn for a time. For all that you received we will be forever grateful.
SR, Vancouver, BC
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