Monday, 31 March 2014

Saying Goodbye

I think one of the most heartbreaking things an animal lover ever has to go through is saying goodbye to their pet. 

I wasn't sure whether to blog about this or not, but as I introduced Pebbles & Skye to the internet a year and a half ago, I felt it was only right to close a part of that chapter here, too. 

Unfortunately, Pebbles suffered an unexpected seizure last Thursday morning. She was happily in the arms of my boyfriend, being snuggled and having her belly kissed, when she scrabbled to get into his t-shirt and things took a turn for the worse… It's probably one of the most traumatic things I've ever experienced; to be stroking your pet as the life & colour drains from their little body, but we know that her last memories were extremely happy ones. And that's what matters most. 

She was such a special little rattie, who will never be forgotten. And while I do have a lump in my throat writing this, I know in my heart that we gave her the best life any rattie could ever wish for.
 
I thought I would draw an illustrated version of her, as, if nothing else, it gave me an excuse to look at her cute little face for an hour or so more. Animals aren't my strength, but I hope you like it…

"Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet."
xo

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  1. Oh sweetheart, I feel your pain. I'm so sorry Pebbles passed on in such a traumatic way. Being with her at that moment would have been incredibly painful but she was in the best place with those who loved her. One of my piggies passed away in my OH's arms, it's the most gut wrenching thing to watch when all you can do is show your love, but that's all you need to do.
    Your drawing of Pebbles is beautiful. How lucky you are to be talented to draw such a precious memento.

    xxx

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    1. Thank you so much, very kind words. It is reassuring in some way that she was with us and it really did happen so quickly; hopefully with the least amount of suffering. It seems to be quite a common thing with ratties unfortunately xx

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  2. :( so sorry, what a beautiful painting. I'm glad you were there to comfort her when it happened, so she wasn't alone poor thing. lots of love xxx

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    1. Thank you Becky... You're right, she was with us both & was so happy just seconds before it all happened, so that's some consolation for us. It's such a shame they have short little lives as they're such amazing pets xx

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  3. That is so sad! I once last a bunny that way, I know exactly what you are talking about. It is such terrible experience when something you love so dearly passes away in your arms. The painting is a lovely remembrance.

    Melane | Oh Sweet Remedy

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    1. Oh I'm sorry Melane, it really is awful. I just wished I could've helped her in some way, but she's resting now and we have plenty of happy memories of her to keep with us forever xx

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  4. what a terrible thing to hear! i've lost a few gerbils and mice myself and most recently my chinchilla a couple of years back after his teeth kept overgrowing and he slowly lost weight until he just couldn't live healthily or happily anymore, so i know exactly how it feels to have to say goodbye to your tiny friends. i think people often underestimate just how much the little ones can mean to you, but my thoughts are with you right now. also a very lovely painting, no doubt her memory will live on strongly!

    robyn x

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    1. I'm sorry for your losses Robyn! It really is sad. They have such a big impact on our lives & they don't even know it. All they do is love you unconditionally and I think that's what makes it all the more difficult. Thank you for the kind words though, it's really appreciated x

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  5. So sorry to hear that but at least she was getting cuddles, surely the best way to go in the comfort of you both. <3 The painting is a beautiful reminder, you're very talented!

    Paula ♥ | http://www.la-vida-fresa.com xo

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    1. Definitely Paula, it feels like fate really. We were just passing their cage & decided to get them both out. Funny how these things work out really. Thank you xx

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  6. I'm so sorry to hear this, Samantha, it's so sad. I'm a big animal lover and I know how difficult it can be when a pet passes away (one of my guinea pigs passed away at the end of last summer, and I still really miss her). The silver lining is that Pebbles clearly had a wonderful life and was treated so well by you. The drawing is such a sweet way to remember her.

    x

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    1. Sorry to hear about your Guinea pig :( it's so hard, isn't it? I think people think the smaller the animal, the easier it must be to let them go, but they had such an impact on our lives. She'll never be forgotten, that's for sure. Thank you for your sweet words though. Hope you're okay xx

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  7. Aw, it's so sad and painful to lose a pet. I'm sorry for your loss :(

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  8. Teary eyes and I'm not even joking. I'm so sorry for your loss <3 I hope you feel better soon x

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  9. Sorry for your loss. Rats make wonderful pets, and I'm sure you two had a wonderful time together, which you can remember fondly now.

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  10. Sorry to hear this. It's so sad when you loose a pet but the painting is a lovely way to remember her. Lianne x
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  11. Aww this really is such a heart breaking post and I understand how you feel :'( I lost my cat a couple of years back and you just get so attached to your pets that they become family! I love the picture and its a great way for you to remember Pebbles xx

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  12. Sorry to hear that, Im sure he had the best life with you.

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