This last week I had to help my Phippa and her grandson Monty to the bridge.
Montague MadRat, still young and dashing, developed a respiratory infection
that would not respond to antibiotics. On top of this, he also had a large lump
grow on the right side of his face. We were unable to get the lump removed
because Monty simply was not strong enough while fighting the lung infection.
The lump was pushing his jaw out of alignment and Monty could not eat.
Rather than see him starve or be in anymore pain, we helped him to the
Wolfie is now alone and misses his two brothers terribly.
He looks for them daily. Both Monty and Georgie JR. were very young
to be gone, but nature has her own ways of dealing with us all and she
called my two boys had to go home to the Bridge.
Wofie weeps for his brothers,
and I'm giving him extra attention so he doesn't pine away or
get to sad and depressed, but I worry I am not enough of
a substitute for the little guy. Like his father, Wolfie only accepts
living with his family and refuses to even consider another rat.
~Montague MadRat October 2006-November 2007~
Rest in Peace Little Handsome Brown Eyes
In addition to Monty's sickness, Phippa also was helped home
to the Rainbow Bridge. Phippa, in fact, left with her grandson.
My darling girl developed a chest cyst, which could have been
removed if not what looked like additional cervical cancer. Phippa was
incredibly vibrant and didn't want to leave us, but her bleeding
had gotten to much and her weight loss left her getting
dangerously thin. Even with her tired eyes she loved to groom
me when I picked her up and chittered on my hand when I held
I miss my Phippa so much.
She picked me from the pet store when
I went in and she was a young (pregnant) girl who played hide-n-seek
with me until I took her home. Phippa has 23 children, 21 lived.
She was the best Mommy ever, cuddling her kits while they nursed
and always taking the best care of them. She loved her girls
even after they grew up and always snuggled with Morgan, her
daughter who stayed with us when the others were adopted.
I miss you Phippa - your bright eyes
and fun spirit, and adventurous little rattiness.
Philippa Marlow Shakespearerat
Dec 2005-Nov 2007