Thursday, 21 August 2014

Saying Goodbye, Again


It doesn't seem like two minutes since I wrote this post.

As we said a sudden goodbye to our beloved pet Pebbles in March, the time came, on Thursday 20th August, to say goodbye to her furry little sister; Skye. 

Skye was the chunkier of the two, the one who was always first to have her snout in the bowl of treats and the one who explored fearlessly - but then came hopping & running back to me at the sound of any sudden noise. She was quite the character. I loved her for it. 

She was the cuddliest & sweetest of ratties and when Pebbles passed away we became like her very own human-shaped rat friends. Every single day, there was at least one of us in the house to keep her company; tending to her every need (read: fetching treats constantly) and dishing out plenty of tickles around the clock. My partner & I haven't been on holiday together for two years, simply so that we could dedicate our time to these wonderful little creatures - that's how seriously we took it.
  
Sadly, Skye became very poorly with mammory tumours in the last few months of her life. She battled through an operation and dealt with any discomfort like a champ, until one eventually become cancerous and finally ruptured on Wednesday, the 19th.  Even then, she showed us what tough & amazing creatures rats can be; still eating, drinking & being her loving self, although we knew she must've been in an immense amount of pain. 

That night I slept on the sofa, just so that I could be near her, for, what I knew in my heart would be, the last time that I could do so. To our surprise, she managed to stay with us until Thursday morning. So we made sure her tummy was full of her favourite treats (chicken, yoghurt, banana) and let her know how much she was loved. Then finally we had to make the heartbreaking decision of letting her be reunited with her little playmate, Pebbles.

It was an extremely sad ending to a wonderful two years, that were filled with so much joy and love. And although it may be 'just a rat' in the eyes of others, they were small, furry family members to us. Our home now has a rat-shaped void that I'm not sure will ever be filled again, but I'm so lucky to have had those two furry critters in my life. Even if it did feel too short...

Sleep peacefully, my fuzzy friend. 
I hope you're both up to plenty of mischief now.
xo

And a genuine 'thank you' to everyones well-wishes & love on twitter & facebook. It meant the world x

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  1. Gosh, this made me cry. So beautifully written. I remember the day you got them and it seemed like yesterday, 2 years does go too quick. They were both such amazing girls, I am really going to miss popping on your Instagram and seeing their snouts! And you was an amazing rat mumma! It was an amazing journey to go through, which I really do hope one day you go through again! I'm currently in the early stages of bonding with my new fur babies and even though they are no Remy, Emile or Indie, they are completely different and I love them for their own unique personalities. When the heart heals I'm sure you will be ready, but until then don't cry because its over, smile because it happened :) RIP little Pebbles & Skye <3

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    1. Ah this means so, so much. Thank you. I can imagine them all playing around & getting up to plenty of mischief :) they're such loving little things. I know Julian is keen to have more ratties, so I'm sure we will at some point. Thanks again lovely xx

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  2. So sorry about that, i lost one cat about three years ago for tumors too, so i understand your feelings.
    All my love, support and energy to you. Remember that the both of them, always be part of your heart.
    Kisses

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    1. Aw, I'm so sorry for your loss. It's so hard when you can't help them, but you just have to love them as much as your heart can while they're around xx

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  3. So sorry for your loss. I can feel this, its so emotional. Skye is probably the cutest lil thing I ve ever seen. Take care! x

    - Chaitra | PinkPot

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    1. Aw, thank you so much. She was such a cutie. I'll miss that little face xx

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  4. Gosh this post made me cry I lost one of my pet rabbits in February at the grand old age of 9 (we had had her for 7 years) and it's just so heartbreaking. She actually waited for me and passed in my arms. I always said you don't realize how attached to the little bundles of mischief! I hope your doing ok xx

    Coleoftheball

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  5. I am so sorry for your loss Sam. I always loved reading about your pets in your posts :( hope you are okay :) x

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  6. Sleep well Skye. Rest In Peace. Xxx

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  7. Wow. 2 years? It feels like you had them forever! Their eyes, their cuteness. It broke my heart :( They're happy with each other right now & I'm sure they going to miss the both of you. The best part? They will always remember how happy they were when they're with you :) & they appreciate everything you have done for them.

    Sleep well Pebbles & Skye. Make sure you send lotsa kisses & love for ya mama down here ok?

    💕💕 Linn

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  8. So sorry for your loss of little Skye! At least now she's with her sister. Hope you're okay lovely xxx

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  9. Oh I'm so sorry about Skye, she's with her sister now and she had the greatest life any rattie could wish for with such a caring mum. Sending hugs x

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  10. aww this made me so sad :(.So sorry for you loss, I hope your OK x

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  11. I was rooting for her since your August 15 post.

    Thank you for sharing how incredible she and her brother were. They've made many of your readers smile.

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  12. My heart goes out to you for having to make that decision, but you know it was the right one for her. So sorry you lost two so close together. Its clear they were loved to bits and had the best life and you shared each others lives.
    I lost my cat recently and its such a hole after 15 years and they are part of you.
    Thank you for sharing and Skye's photo is just beautiful, that muzzle is so kissable. I hope you get to share the lives of more furry babes in the future. Hugs XxX

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  13. This breaks my heart and reminds me of losing my two little ratty babies. I swear my Prince died of a broken heart after my little Smudgey died. They are the most beautiful and amazing creatures, aren't they? We were so lucky to have them in our lives!
    I bet your two are looking down at you from treat heaven and saying 'Go on bloody holiday!', haha:)
    I hope you are okay, gorgeous. Sweet dreams, Pebbles and Skye xxx

    Laura | KUWB

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  14. I am so so sorry again :( I know I have said this on instagram multiple times but my heart really goes out to you. I've only ever had to put my hamster and one of my doggies down and it absolutely broke my heart. As I said on Instagram - they sound like they have lived the most wonderful and fulfilled life with you and that is more than any fur baby or animal companion could ask for.
    Keep strong and thank you for sharing how beautiful they both were. This post made me cry but it really was so beautiful and touching.
    Many hugs and love beautiful xxx

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  15. I'm so so sorry. Rats may be small in size, but the place they take in our hearts is enormous. Rest in peace, sweet Skye.

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  16. I am so sorry for your loss. This post moved me to tears, I know how difficult the loss of a pet is to cope with. No matter what shape or size the pet may be, they leave a void in our hearts. Sending you my very best wishes.

    Camille xo


    www.cococami.blogspot.com

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  17. I'm so sorry for your loss <3 I used to have pet rats and they are so loving and affectionate. I had a pair and one of them passed the other died of a broken heart :( I really do miss them, they were such lovely pets xx

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