Of Rats and Jen

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Lily Rattie, June 16, 2008 – Sept. 4, 2009

Filed under: Rats! — folkcat at 5:10 pm on Saturday, September 19, 2009

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It’s hard to post when the biggest news I have to share is yet another loss. This time, it’s our Lily, the little beige hooded girl that we adopted with her sister, Laurel, back in July last summer.

Lily had a tumor developing on one side throughout the summer. While it grew, she remained spry and lively. Eventually, however, some of the other rats began to see her as too sick to be part of a healthy colony. In the first week of September, Lily was attacked by Laura, and wound up with a gash on her back and a nick out of one ear.

That was the sign to us that it was time to help her move along. It wasn’t easy, of course. But once the colony has chosen to reject the sick rat, the beginning of the end has arrived.

We took Lily in to see our wonderful veterinarian. The doctor is very good with these situations. She has a tremendous, caring heart, and wants to help everything go as smoothly as possible.

Gryphon and I held Lily to the last moment, and beyond. We said our good-byes, and carefully wrapped her in one of my knitted rat blankets.

Wait for us at the Bridge, Lily. And say hello to your old friends, Lola, and Yuri. You’ll meet Star and Sable, too. You never knew them, but they’re the rats that opened our hearts and made it possible for you to come to us.

We’re still very much dealing with the loss, which is why it’s been so long before I posted this. Below, you’ll find an assortment of pictures of Lily in her early months with us.

Rest peacefully, friend.

5 Comments »

Comment by Christina

September 19, 2009 @ 6:47 pm

I’m so sorry Jen!

Comment by Sara

September 20, 2009 @ 6:58 pm

Oh, Jen, I am so sorry to hear that Lily passed! You are in my thoughts!!!

Comment by Carol

September 20, 2009 @ 9:19 pm

This kind of thing is always heartbreaking. They are all different and all special.

Comment by Valerie in San Diego

September 20, 2009 @ 11:15 pm

So sorry… keeping you both in my thoughts and sending hugs over the wire.

Comment by Carrie K

September 24, 2009 @ 7:35 pm

Oh, Jen, I’m so sorry!

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