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