Of Rats and Jen (Inactive)

Tales of a Perpetual
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Star Rattie

Filed under: Announcements,Rats! — folkcat at 2:16 pm on Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Star Loves Yogurt
Yogurt Lover

Star Snuggles ina Blanket
Blanket Snuggler

Star Sleeps
Sleep peacefully, sweet baby.

Star Rattie
Feb. 18, 2006 – Aug. 14, 2007

I’ll be taking the rest of the week away from the blog.



Comment by Jennifer

August 14, 2007 @ 3:41 pm

Oh, Jen, I’m so sorry. Losing a beloved little pet is so heart-breaking. Such darling photos – you gave her a really wonderful life, you know. Take good care of yourself.


Comment by Sara

August 14, 2007 @ 4:05 pm

I am just so sorry to hear that Star passed. She had a wonderful and caring family with you and I know that you both will miss her terribly. I am sure that Sable and Lola also feel the loss. Please know that you are in my thoughts…it is devastating to lose a pet that is a member of the family.


Comment by Christine

August 14, 2007 @ 4:58 pm

Jen, I’m sorry. You took such good care of her in her last days– she was blessed to be with you.


Comment by sarebear

August 14, 2007 @ 5:28 pm

Jen, I am SO sorry that Star has passed from your family. I am sad for all four of you there. Know that my hugs, thoughts, and prayers are with you all as you grieve the loss of your small furry friend, whom you touched me deeply by your posts and pictures of daily life, as well as by your tender caring for her in her ailments.

It’s a good thing she trained Lola in the ways of inspecting yarn, although Sable with have to finish that instruction (tissues to cage = good, yarn to cage = no.)

Comment by Singular Stitches

August 14, 2007 @ 8:47 pm

I am so sorry to read of Star’s passing over the Rainbow Bridge.

Comment by Claudia

August 15, 2007 @ 8:31 am

Oh Jen,

I am so sorry. There really aen’t any words I can use to adequately comfort you – it just hurts. But know that she will be able to come back to a good place on her next go-around because of the love and care you lavished on her.

Good Luck next time Star!

Comment by Carrie K

August 15, 2007 @ 8:01 pm

Not on my birthday! Noooo! I’m so sorry, Jen.

Comment by FemaleWriter

August 16, 2007 @ 7:32 am

This is a little story I thought was right for Star. Since she lived such a short life, I hope this story brings some light to your darkness.

The author is unknown, but I’ve seen it in the rat forums.

Why Rats Are Only With Us A Short While

One day, some angels went to God and asked if they might spend some time on Earth, to learn and perhaps to teach. He answered that some of the people might be frightened of the angels, that His children’s idea of beauty might not be His own. The angels replied that maybe those who could look past the differences deserved the blessings that they could give. But God was still concerned. The angels needed Heaven’s air to breathe; they would suffocate down on Earth. The angels promised to hold their breath as long as possible, and would return when they could not hold it anymore. God agreed and sent down the angels.

Many people were frightened of these creatures, despised them, and tried to kill them in large numbers. However, the few who recognized the angelic qualities in the beings took them in and sheltered and fed them. In return, they received more joy and laughter than they could possibly imagine. But alas, soon the angels could hold their breath no longer. After just a short time on Earth, they left to go back to Heaven. But they were sure to tell the next group of angels exactly who to seek out when they went down.


Rainbow Bridge

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….

Star was such a beautiful rat and I loved hearing about her and Sable (and now Lola). I smiled, I laughed, and now I mourn her loss. I hope that she went quiet and peacefully, knowing that you and Gryphon were the best parents she could ask for. I hope that you can remember the good times through your tears. And I hope that Sable is doing OK with the absence of her sister (and Lola, even though the youngster barely knew her).

Extras hugs for Sable and Lola. I’ll keep everyone in my thoughts.

Take Care!


Comment by Elspeth

August 16, 2007 @ 11:02 am

Oh, I’m so sorry to hear that. My condolences. At least she isn’t suffering any more.

Comment by JessaLu

August 16, 2007 @ 1:05 pm

So sorry, Jen :o(

Comment by Carol

August 16, 2007 @ 5:32 pm

My heart goes out to you. Give lots of love to the other Ratties. Love multiplies only if you give it out. And then fills your heart. It doesn’t help in the short run, but it will in the long run. ((((HUGS))))

Comment by Leesa

August 17, 2007 @ 10:49 pm

Jen and Gryphon, I’m so sorry to learn of Star’s passing. I’m sending comforting thoughts your way.

I admit I had cringed a bit when I first read of your plan to take on rats as pets, and thought to myself, ‘well, I’ll just skip over those parts of her blog’. But early on, Sable, and especially Star, won me over with those adorable faces, beautiful markings, inquisitive personalities, and photogenic charm.

You did a wonderful job of making her last few weeks the very best that they could be, and we, your readers and blog friends, won’t forget her either.

((((hugs)))) to you and Sable and Lola

Comment by Elinoire

August 18, 2007 @ 10:48 pm

I’m so sorry. Lola may be a bit too hyper to remember her lovely sister much, but the rest of you will. Star had such a good life with all of you. She was a really lucky rattie, just as I’m sure you feel lucky to have had her in your lives.

Comment by Stacey

August 26, 2007 @ 11:38 pm

I just made it down to this post and am so very sorry to read about Star. Please know that you are in my thoughts as is your beloved Rattie.

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