Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Goodbye, my darling.


Leena passed away this morning.  She was two.  She had a lumpy life, but was very sweet.  She only bit if you stuck your fingers in the cage, and only because she was too excited about the idea of a treat.  She would apologize afterwards by grooming you.  She liked having her face rubbed until she fell asleep.  Sadly, her last 12 hours of life were uncomfortable, and she did not want me to touch her.  I would have rubbed her face for hours if it would have helped ease her pain.  She is survived by her roommate, Ingrid, and her coworkers at the nature center.

Goodbye, my darling friend.  Safe journey.  We will miss you.

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  1. So sad. :( At least her pain is over. I hope Ingrid is not grieving too badly - I've seen it in animals and I have no doubt they often feel it just as we do.

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    1. It really is the only upside of all this- the end of suffering. The tumors were eating her alive. Poor darling.

      Ingrid has not come out of her Kleenex box all day. She's coming to work with me tomorrow, just so she has some company.

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    1. Thank you. Rat lives are heartbreakingly short.

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    2. Unfortunately so-- it's really hard when they pass.
      They are so smart and full of character, it's easy to fall in love with them when given the chance.

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  3. :( every time your pet dies it's very painful. I've had some pets in my life and it each time it was the same.
    Even when my favoutite FISH died, not to mention our 17 years old dog.

    I'm so sorry for You and I hope You and Ingrid will soon be OK again.

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    1. It's not the dying that gets me... it's the suffering. I hate not being able to ease suffering, and I don't like the glimpse of what the future probably holds for me.

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  4. I'm so sorry for your loss. No other rat can take her place for you but, perhaps, another friend for Ingrid? When one of our cats passed, the vet recommended another cat/kitten ASAP so that the other cat wouldn't grieve. Silken and Lucky (my black cat that we actually got on a Friday 13 - he snagged me as we walked past his cage at the Humane Society) were best buddies after that.

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    1. I have two little boys on hold at a rattery in San Diego- as soon as the younger one is weaned, I'm bringing them home, having them neutered, and then Ingrid can smack those little dudes around and show them who's Queen of the House. These rats are my coworkers, technically- they're animals we use at the nature center as teaching aids. As the mammal keeper, I am the one who gets the most attached. I love them to bits.

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