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Sable Rattie

Filed under: Rats! — folkcat at 4:12 pm on Sunday, January 6, 2008

I know many of you have enjoyed reading the adventures of the Rattie Sisters here – Star, Sable, and later, Lola. Unfortunately, I have sad news to share.

Our older rat girl, Sable, passed away last night. The cause was respiratory failure due to old age. She was about 1 year, 10 1/2 months old.

Sable had been obviously in distress the last couple of days, needing to be held almost constantly, dashing about occasionally as she tried to find comfort. We gave her whatever we could. Much of my time has been spent sitting in one spot, holding her on my lap or in my arms.

She started to completely refuse food on Friday night. There were bouts of difficulty breathing, and she frequently lay still in odd places because she just exhausted herself moving. She spent Friday night in the smaller cage in Bill’s room. Sable was in enough discomfort and distress that Bill didn’t sleep well.

Last night was my turn to keep watch. She spent a lot of time quietly stretched out on a pillow under my blanket, with my hand cradling her. Around 2:30 a.m., I noticed that she was beginning to actually gasp for air.

I woke Bill up, and we sat holding her together. About a half hour later, her breathing slowed, then finally stopped. Sable was at peace.

Her sister, Star, having succumbed to seizures, strokes, and tumors in August, Sable was the last of the pair of rats that got us into the Rattie world to begin with.

Sable climbs the window screen
She was an adventurous explorer.

Inspecting the yarn before use
A diligent fiber inspector.

Sable in the Kleenex
An avid nester with a strong preference for Kleenex as a building material.

Sable checks out the camera
She was always ready for her close-up.

Sable and the Rattie Birthday Cake
Or a special treat.

Nose to nose with Mom
She loved her mom.

Dad's a soft touch
And her dad.

Best Buddies
And her sister, Star.

Putting the newbie in her place
She even came to tolerate the interloping youngster, Lola.

I miss her.


Sable Rattie
Feb. 18, 2006 – Jan. 6, 2008


Comment by Sara

January 6, 2008 @ 4:51 pm

I am so sorry to hear that Sable passed on…that is sad! I hope you and Bill are doing okay. I know she meant a lot to you both…take care.

Comment by Carrie K

January 6, 2008 @ 5:14 pm

Oh, I was so happy to see you post and then so very sad to hear about Sable. I’m so sorry for your loss!

Comment by Tracy

January 6, 2008 @ 5:19 pm

I’m so sorry Jen. I could tell from your posts how very much she was loved and how very well she was cared for.

Comment by Carol

January 6, 2008 @ 8:05 pm

I am so sad. It’s always hard when a member of the family moves on. Give Lola an extra hug for me. (and Bill too.)

Comment by Christina

January 6, 2008 @ 8:45 pm

Oh Jen, I’m so sorry! Its so hard losing a member of the family.

Comment by Valerie in San Diego

January 6, 2008 @ 10:37 pm

Oh… CRAP. I’m so sorry to hear this. I had come to be awfully fond of your rattie darlings, and enjoyed Sable particularly. I’m sure you’ll miss her very much. But I’m glad she got the chance to live her life in such a warm and loving home.

Big hugs from afar!

Comment by Stacey

January 7, 2008 @ 10:47 am

I’m so very sorry to hear about Sable.

I hope you continue to keep rats. They have been a great source of joy in my life in the past and I know that by reading your posts you and Bill take great joy in them too.



Comment by Claudia

January 7, 2008 @ 12:57 pm

Oh Jen,

I am SO sorry. I know how much she meant to both you and Bill and my heart breaks for you both. She was truly adorable, and I loved reading about her and all the Rattie adventures. Funny, I haven’t been reading blogs lately, and something told me to read this post. Sigh.

Comment by Leesa

January 8, 2008 @ 1:09 pm

I don’t check in too often now that you’ve stopped blogging regularly (which I miss), but something told me to give a look today…

So sorry that Sable has passed on. She was a sweet girl and I enjoyed reading about her escapades. Sending wishes of comfort to you, Bill and Lola.((()))

Comment by Elspeth

January 13, 2008 @ 11:45 pm

I’m so sorry to hear that! Was it a surprise? At least she had great parents to help her make it through.

Comment by sarebear

January 19, 2008 @ 4:35 am

Jen, I am so very sorry. I will miss hearing about her exploits, although I know that is nowhere near how much you guys miss her. Thanks for sharing her and Star’s Rattie Sisterhood with us (joined of late by Lola).

My thoughts are with you.

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