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[Jan. 28th, 2004|10:05 pm]
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One of our pets has just passed away. It has been quite difficult for me and Kit since his health has been failing for the last month. Not everyone may find rats lovable but we sure loved Martin while he was with us; he returned the favor and brought much joy to us.

Martin was almost two and a half years old, a respectable age for a rat. We purchased him and his brother, Matthias, from a local pet store after we'd settled into our new house.

Martin likely succumbed to a respiratory infection. When we came home this evening we saw that he was slumped in his cage and uninterested in food or water. In the final hour, we held and comforted him as he strained to breathe. He died at approximately 9:30, still cradled in our arms.

We take some comfort in knowing that we gave him a happy life. He lived in luxury by rat standards and had two doting owners. We did what we could for him.

"He's gone wherever good rats go."

[User Picture]From: dour
2004-01-29 06:13 am (UTC)
Deepest condolences, Nico-san.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2004-01-29 06:30 am (UTC)

Re: Im sorry for the loss of you pet...

Thank you. The book has a dedication already in place but, when I revamp my web site, I may dedicate some pages to my inspiring pet rats. Thanks for the suggestion.
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[User Picture]From: crocodile
2004-01-29 06:33 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear of your loss, pal.

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[User Picture]From: kylee_brielle
2004-01-29 06:44 am (UTC)
Pets bring joy into our lives with every wag of their tail, ever nuzzle of their noses, every flick of their ears.

While he may be gone in body, no pet leaves in spirit--you don't have to stop loving them.

Cherish the times you spent with Martin, and remember him with a smile--I'm positive that he wouldn't want you to be anything but happy.

With all my love,

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[User Picture]From: twopiearr
2004-01-29 07:27 am (UTC)
*observes a moment of silence*

I am sorry for your loss.
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[User Picture]From: toraneko
2004-01-29 11:06 am (UTC)

I think he's the one

that bit me when I was over there. I respect that.

I'm sorry he's gone.
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[User Picture]From: stormbadger
2004-01-29 03:40 pm (UTC)
Well i'm betting he had one heck of a happy time while he was here. my thoughts go out to you * hugs *
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[User Picture]From: wordslinger
2004-01-29 03:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, Nicodemus, I'm so terribly sorry to hear this. He sounds like such a wonderful lil' guy and I think he was probably comforted to be with you both during his last hour.

Hugs and sympathies to both of you.
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[User Picture]From: brandywine93
2004-01-29 04:02 pm (UTC)
oh my. :-( *hugs* I'm so sorry to hear that. And yes, Martin was very fortunate to have such wonderful owners, as were you both to have such a wonderful pet.
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[User Picture]From: xolo
2004-01-29 06:02 pm (UTC)
Please accept my condolences on the loss of Martin.
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[User Picture]From: diadexxus
2004-01-29 06:06 pm (UTC)
I am sorry to hear of your loss.
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[User Picture]From: wolfstoy
2004-01-29 06:10 pm (UTC)
Loosing a pet is never easy. *hugs to y'all*
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[User Picture]From: jeanerj
2004-01-29 09:05 pm (UTC)
How sad about Martin. I'm so sorry. We also had beloved ratties in our family for many years, and they are indeed lovable and sweet.
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[User Picture]From: losttraveler
2004-01-29 09:27 pm (UTC)
Words fail to describe the emotions felt at a time like this. Sympathy and condolences seem such cliché words that their true meaning is washed away by their common usage. The depth of sorrow at the loss of a good friend can only be acknowledged, accepted and fondly remembered. People say only remember the good things of a friend gone. I say remember everything; The good, the bad, and the mundane. For as long as you carry the memory of your good friend with you, the joy put in to your heart will never grow cold.
I hope your bereavement time is short and your memory long.

Sincerest wishes for a better tomorrow.
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