Wall Flower left today. It was her time.
On Sundays I usually clean the girls’ habitats. Today being a Sunday did not start off all that differently than any other Sunday. I woke early. I did the human laundry first thing. I addressed Turq’s ongoing issue with his hind foot. I made sure all the rats got their daily breakfast. Beef Stroganoff was today’s flavor.
Mrs.R and I then went out to buy our weekly groceries, plus running a few other errands … little did we know this Sunday would be different than so many already passed.
Once we put everything up, and ate a nice lunch in our newly cleared solarium, I continued with more of our Sunday rituals.
The big girls home, a double ferret nation, is usually first and again today was no different. Although the eight girls that live there usually are spread throughout the levels today they were all in the lower half. As I was removing dirty linens and other nesting materials and pulling out boxes, ramps, shelf and litter trays I also collect up the girls and take them out to the living room where Mrs.R can keep an eye on them while I concentrate on cleaning. Our little Pretty Girl, as we had taken to calling Wall Flower, was particularly quiet and passive as she lay on her side when I found her under one of the bottom huts. I carefully carried her to the sofa and set her gently down, she scurried under the blankets we put out for them to sleep in when its cleaning time. The rest of the cleaning continued as uneventfully as any other Sunday, except for the new doll bed we found at our local Goodwill store which Mrs.R cleaned and made ready for the girls.
Once both habitats were fit for the return of their residents Mrs.R started taking the girls back to their respective homes. Pretty Girl was hungry so she was left with a few pieces of food from the sofa bowl to nibble on while her sisters were shown their new toy. After Cat and the four white girls were taken back to their home Mrs.R checked on Wall Flower and … well, it was becoming quite obvious … we knew her time was coming, we just came to the realization it was today.
Wall Flower laid on my chest for about an hour or so until she quietly passed just after 6:00 pm. She was peacefully laying, I’d like to think dreaming, as she gave one of those all too familiar pet dreaming twitches only to take her last breath with it, and as I felt a faint vibration in her chest she left for the Rainbow Bridge.