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Rat Tails & Mug Shots / Re: Last vet trip for D'Arcy
« Last post by BigBen on August 31, 2018, 07:40:42 PM »
It's always hard, but you're right; it should be the happiness of the rat that is the determining factor.  I'm glad you will get to have more time with D'Arcy, and glad that the vet was able to make it possible.
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Rat Tails & Mug Shots / Re: Last vet trip for D'Arcy
« Last post by gramma2jaakk on August 31, 2018, 10:37:18 AM »
And now to look silly, I forgot that I had posted this yesterday. I honestly thought I was going to have to help her cross the bridge, but the vet said after seeing how D'Arcy was acting in the exam room, she really doesn't feel that D'Arcy is quite ready to leave us. She said she noticed D'Arcy is being very gentle with her tumors and agreed they are probably sore. So she asked me, if I wasn't really ready to let her go, would I be willing to take her back home with some medication? Now, who among us is REALLY ready to let their fur babies go? I certainly never have been!

So D'Arcy came back home with me, and is on medicam to help ease the soreness of the tumors. Yes, her eyes are still very bright, and the soreness of the largest tumor could be why she is not playing and walking as much. She is beyond running now, so walks or trots. So, she got lots of special treats yesterday (french fries, chocolate chips, and pizza). She doesn't usually get those kinds of treats, so I was thinking "she is leaving me, so she gets special treats today".

But thank you for your kind words. No, it is never an easy decision to make. Thankfully, I didn't have to make that one yesterday. I'm hoping with the medicam easing the soreness of the tumor, D'Arcy may have a couple more months with me. She is a sweet gentle elderly lady of 31 months, which is just over 75 years to a human.
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Rat Tails & Mug Shots / Re: Last vet trip for D'Arcy
« Last post by purple rat on August 30, 2018, 09:38:40 PM »
I'm so sorry about D'Arcy - it's never easy to make this decision :'(. Hugs to you
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Rat Tails & Mug Shots / Last vet trip for D'Arcy
« Last post by gramma2jaakk on August 30, 2018, 02:18:51 PM »
Today I will take D'Arcy to the vet for the last time. I judge my rats happiness on 3 things and when only one happiness is left then it is time to say goodbye. One happiness is playing and are they still getting enjoyment from playtime. No, she isn't. Tumors are preventing her from having a good playtime. The second happiness is eating and if they are still able to enjoy their treats. No, she is not able to sit up and hold her food in both hands in a healthy ratty position. She now lays stretched out on her tummy and holds her food in one hand. And the third happiness is cuddling. Does she still enjoy cuddling with me? Yes, she does. That's why saying goodbye today will be so difficult for me. It's not about my happiness, and I don't want to second guess myself if I'm making the right decision for her today. With pets, sometimes you're never totally certain when it's the right time to do the right thing for them. Which is why I use the 3 happinesses. One happiness is not enough.
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Rat Tails & Mug Shots / Re: R.I.P. Mary (11/29/15--7/13/18)
« Last post by BigBen on August 27, 2018, 03:09:45 PM »
Thanks, everyone.  It's been a hard couple of months, and the cage is feeling rather empty.  The whole downstairs where Bartholomew, Mary, and Martha lived is empty, now that Martha is upstairs with Matthew and David.  And Matthew's respiratory condition isn't improving, so I'm worried about him. :worry:

@gramma2jaakk  There's really nothing we can say, except to let the mourner know their grief is heard.  At least we can take turns giving comfort, and receiving it, too.  Thanks for being there.  And I don't always respond to your birthday threads, but thanks for keeeping up with them. :heart:
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Rat Tails & Mug Shots / Re: The Rat Code
« Last post by BigBen on August 27, 2018, 02:59:54 PM »
Yeah, and all I remember is the first two numbers are the current mischief by sex, and the third is how many have gone to the Bridge.  The rest were answers to questions about going to shows, how many rats are too many (I believe my response was "There's such a thing as too many rats?"), and other cute attritbutes of rat-ownership.  (By which I mean, of course, ownership of us by the ratties!)
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Rat Care Corner / Re: Sluggish
« Last post by BigBen on August 27, 2018, 02:55:39 PM »
Yay!  :thumbsup:  Good news, indeed!
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Rat Tails & Mug Shots / Re: R.I.P. Mary (11/29/15--7/13/18)
« Last post by Been to the Mountaintop on August 19, 2018, 06:26:04 PM »
So very sorry. My Mary is also a rescue Mama and former biter.   :heart:
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So sorry. Feisty old ladies are the best!
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Rat Tails & Mug Shots / Re: The Rat Code
« Last post by Been to the Mountaintop on August 19, 2018, 06:16:58 PM »
Is it that thing in your autoreply?
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