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Perching here and gathering my thoughts ...

Au revoir, Roxy rat

29 March 2010 ~ 22:11

Today we had to say good-bye to our beautiful, shy girl Roxy. She was no great age; in fact, she was exactly one year and three months old. Though she'd had some bowel problems for a few weeks, she took a turn for the worst on Sunday. We took her to the vets' as an emergency case. She seemed in pain, so they gave her a shot of morphine and kept her in overnight.

This morning, they sedated Roxy in order to x-ray her, but couldn't really determine even then what the problem was. I think the reasonable assumption, given the bleeding, diarrhoea and constipation and the fact that she had lost weight, was that she had a bowel tumour. However, she was quite lively up until only an hour or so before we had to rush her to the vets'.

Roxy was a very quiet and timid girl who loved collecting mini dog bones, making nests with paper and cuddling with her two cagemates, Breeze and Courcelles. She liked to sneak into Destiny's cage and steal her mini-bones. She was very vocal and loved the sound of her own squeaks. In fact, she was our little drama queen.

Rats don't get very long and the unfairness of it is that half the time they don't even get their meagre two-year lifespan. I'd like to pay tribute to all my rats past and present. Here's a list of them:

BOYS

Snuffles ... Champagne Hooded ? - 25th May 1995

Jack ... Agouti Hooded ? - 3rd Oct 1995

Ben ... Pink Eyed White ? - 5th Aprl 1995

Bubbles ... Agouti Hooded 22nd Jan 1994 - 1st March 1996

Rufus ... Silvered Black 19th July 1994 - 19th Jul1996

Morgan ... Himalayan 17th March 1995 - 16th Aug 1997

Toby ... Cinnamon Rex Irish 3rd November 1996 - 14th April 1999

Rowan ... Mink Berkshire 11th December 1996 - 5th Dec 1998

Sammy ... Silver Fawn Hooded 21st July 1997 - 2nd August 1999

Kellog ... Silver Fawn Hooded 21st July 1997 - 18th Dec 1998

Smokey ... Silvered Black 27th February 1997 - 14th Feb 2000

Patch ... Black Hooded 27th april 1997 - 5th december 1998

Declan ... Mink Berkshire Hooded January 1999 - 19th June 2000

Walnut ... Mink Berkshire January 1999 - 8th August 2000

Smartie ... Mink Capped 30th June 2000 - 2nd June 2002

Sweep ... Mink Capped 30th June 2000 - 28th October 2001


GIRLS


Stella ... Mink Berkshire 13th March 2002 - 10th June 2003

Luna ... Mink Berkshire white diamond on forehead 13th March 2002 - 31st January 2004

Sky ... Russian Blue Berkshire 20th November 2002 - 5th Sept 2004

ZoŽ ... White (grey-black patch over eye) 14th January 2004 - 21st Feb 2004

Jade ... Cinnamon Capped thin vertical line on forehead 14th January 2004 - 21st Feb 2004

Summer ... Topaz 30th July 2004 - 26th December 2006

Autumn ... Agouti 30th July 2004 - 22nd August 2006

Star ... Silver Fawn Hooded 2nd May 2006 - 6th February 2008

Honey ... Champagne Hooded 2nd May 2006 - 21st September 2006

Fudge ... Black Hooded 2nd September 2004 - 31st Dec 2006

Mary ... Russian Blue Hooded 10th September 2006 - 4th July 2008

Sapphire ... Black Hooded 10th September 2006 - 29th Sept 08

Pancake ... Himalayan 22nd February 2008 - 8th May 2009

Angelina ... Pink Eyed White 22nd February 2008 - 24th July 2009

Roxy ... Champagne Husky 29th December 2008 - 29 March 2010

Courcelles ... Champagne Husky 2nd May 2009 -

Breeze ... Black Roan Husky 2nd May 2009 -

Destiny ... Champagne Hooded 2nd September 2008 -


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