Born June 30, 2007 of Sweet Pea and Gordon, he lived well until just very recently. It was only few weeks earlier we noticed Minx losing weight but having no other symptoms. As a precautionary measure we put everyone on our vet recommended prophylactic antibiotic just in case it was some sort of infection. As all of our other boys, and girls, are doing fine it seemed the best course of action.
Minx’s condition did not change. It really did not worsen, but it also did not improve. Tonight, as I walked in the door after doing my habitual Tuesday night rat laundry, I found Mrs.R holding Minx in her arms and thought what a sweet sight. Then I noticed the look in her eyes, and knew.
Minx took his last breath in Mrs.R’s arms as she whispered softly to him, it was OK to go to the bridge and be with his mother, father, and sister Hyper.
Gordon left us last night, passing quietly in his sleep.
He was the last of the four boys we had adopted from the Toronto Humane Society. His brothers Jeremy, Nibblett, and Frank having left for the Rainbow Bridge some time before. Gordon was almost three years old, a good old age for a rat.
‘Twas his time to leave this place,
to pass into the silence, full of grace.
He struggled and fought,
but this day no more life could be bought.
The grim reaper had come calling,
and his timing was nothing short of appalling.
His brethren made no fuss,
to them this is life and so must pass as thus.
At the bridge he now waits,
with family and friends before the pearly gates.
Our Jeremy left us today to make his way to the Rainbow Bridge. He was the oldest and will be sorely missed. Jeremy is survived by his brother Gordon as well as Teetu and Bruiser from the older home. The rest of the boys paid their respects as is our custom. There have been so many … so quickly recently that I can say no more.
The prose above is for Jeremy, as written … in the here and now.
Inky, our oldest Berkshire pet rat took his final sleep last night. This morning at breakfast Mrs.R found Inky under the ramp, one of his favorite places, already gone to the Rainbow Bridge.
We recently moved Inky to the lower level of the “big” FN to help with his advancing age. We moved a few of the other boys in with him for company and raised the connecting ramp for safety purposes.
Teetu, Jeremy, Gordon, and Bruiser will be missing Inky. T, Jer, and Gordon were moved in with Inky for age reasons; and, Bruiser was moved in to take care of his Papa Ink. Bruiser, Inky’s son, always took care of his papa when all the boys in the big FN were living together, but it was Teetu who put up the most fuss seeing Inky leave with Mrs.R; and, he made sure she knew about it, too.
Everyone will be missing our Inky as he goes to be with his friends and family at the Rainbow Bridge. Good-bye my Inka-Ma-Rinky-Doo!