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Whiskers 11/15/99-1/26/02

Post by Tod Glen » Mon, 28 Jan 2002 03:05:25



I is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Whiskers. He
was my daughters Katie's first pet.  We were all a bit surprized by her
choice of a rat, but Whiskers won all of us over with his playfulness
and intelligence, and the close bond he formed with my daughter.

Whiskers was taken by a respiratory infection.  Despite heroic measures
on the part of our excellent vet, he continued to worsen until breathing
became a chore and he began to show signs of extreme distess.  With
heavy heart Whiskers and the family made the final trip to the vet. He
passed peacefully.

I cannot help but reflect how such a small animal could become such a
big part of all our lives.  He will be sorely missed.

Tod

--
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Tod Glenn

http://www.cordite.com

 
 
 

Whiskers 11/15/99-1/26/02

Post by Mat » Mon, 28 Jan 2002 05:45:51



Quote:

> I is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Whiskers. He
> was my daughters Katie's first pet.  We were all a bit surprized by her
> choice of a rat, but Whiskers won all of us over with his playfulness
> and intelligence, and the close bond he formed with my daughter.

> Whiskers was taken by a respiratory infection.  Despite heroic measures
> on the part of our excellent vet, he continued to worsen until breathing
> became a chore and he began to show signs of extreme distess.  With
> heavy heart Whiskers and the family made the final trip to the vet. He
> passed peacefully.

> I cannot help but reflect how such a small animal could become such a
> big part of all our lives.  He will be sorely missed.

Ideed - there's a reason rats are called the dogs of the small animals.
They have such wonderful and affetionate personalities. My condolences to
you, Katie, and the rest of your family. It's never easy to watch a family
member die, and that's what rats become.

As for your question about when to get a new pet for your daughter, I'd
urge you to wait at least 2 to 3 weeks, or even a month. Too many parents
instantly buy a "replacement" pet for their child. It's important for your
daughter to have a chance to mourn Whiskers, to understand that he's gone
and he cannot be simply replaced. Let her honor the memory of Whiskers for
awhile. At that age, it's probably important to have a little service. Have
all the family members tell their favorite memories of Whiskers. This will
help her (and you) remember the young and healthy Whiskers, rather than the
dying rat you cared for at the end. That's important, too, to remember him
when he was healthy.

Also, when you do get a new pet, I'd encourage you to give it a new name
(not Whiskers 2, or what have you). Again, this helps the child understand
and appreciate that her beloved Whiskers is gone, and can't be replaced.
It's a hard lesson at that age, but it's also an important one.

Good luck. We feel for you.

Matt

 
 
 

Whiskers 11/15/99-1/26/02

Post by Rachael Ne » Mon, 28 Jan 2002 06:21:34



Quote:


> > I is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Whiskers. He
> > was my daughters Katie's first pet.  We were all a bit surprized by her
> > choice of a rat, but Whiskers won all of us over with his playfulness
> > and intelligence, and the close bond he formed with my daughter.

> > Whiskers was taken by a respiratory infection.  Despite heroic measures
> > on the part of our excellent vet, he continued to worsen until breathing
> > became a chore and he began to show signs of extreme distess.  With
> > heavy heart Whiskers and the family made the final trip to the vet. He
> > passed peacefully.

> > I cannot help but reflect how such a small animal could become such a
> > big part of all our lives.  He will be sorely missed.

> Ideed - there's a reason rats are called the dogs of the small animals.
> They have such wonderful and affetionate personalities. My condolences to
> you, Katie, and the rest of your family. It's never easy to watch a family
> member die, and that's what rats become.

> As for your question about when to get a new pet for your daughter, I'd
> urge you to wait at least 2 to 3 weeks, or even a month. Too many parents
> instantly buy a "replacement" pet for their child.

Am I right in saying this, but it doesn't say how old Katie is anywhere in
Tod's post - she could be well into her ***s for all we know. <smile>

I should imagine if she is old enough to make the choice as to what pet she
wants, she may well already be old enough to realise that he can't be
instantly replaced with Whiskers 2.

Quote:
>It's important for your
> daughter to have a chance to mourn Whiskers, to understand that he's gone
> and he cannot be simply replaced. Let her honor the memory of Whiskers for
> awhile. At that age, it's probably important to have a little service.

Indeed. I still have services for my babies, and I'm twenty nine. So I think
it is a nice thing to do for the passing of a family member full stop,
whatever age you are.

You'd have to judge when it was right for your daughter, from an emotional
point of view, yourself, Tod - I know it was more bacteria and risk of
infection you were asking about, as to when you should get another rat, but
I'm afraid I don't know the answer to that. As I understand it, respiratory
infections are airborne but don't live long outside the host so as long as
the areas frequently visited by Whiskers are well cleaned and disinfected, a
week at most should be fine. Don't quote me on that though. Someone here is
bound to know a definite timescale.

Please send ratty hugs from my ratlets to Katie and also my best wishes and
condolences to her and you. In time you'll be able to remember the happy
times with Whiskers rather than just the recent events and the pain won't be
so sharp. It never goes away entirely but it does fade, slowly.

Regards,

Rachael

 
 
 

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Post by Marion Scheffel » Mon, 28 Jan 2002 06:53:57


I just can second that, but I'd like to add another point.
Rats are very social animals. Even if you play with it 6 hours a day,
it will be 18 hours alone. No human can replace a second rat who warms
its bed or cleans its fur.

MarionS
--

"To be is to do." - Camus
"To do is to be. " - Sartre
"Do be do be do." - Sinatra

 
 
 

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Post by Mat » Mon, 28 Jan 2002 09:13:46



Quote:

> Am I right in saying this, but it doesn't say how old Katie is anywhere in
> Tod's post - she could be well into her ***s for all we know. <smile>

Hmm - I was under the impression he said she was 8. Did I imagine that?
It's possible.

Matt

 
 
 

Whiskers 11/15/99-1/26/02

Post by Rachael Ne » Mon, 28 Jan 2002 09:26:42



Quote:


> > Am I right in saying this, but it doesn't say how old Katie is anywhere
in
> > Tod's post - she could be well into her ***s for all we know. <smile>

> Hmm - I was under the impression he said she was 8. Did I imagine that?
> It's possible.

I don't think he mentioned how old she was. I checked the posts but I can't
find where he says an age. Though I might have missed it, being bad of
eyesight and all.

Perhaps he'll come back soon and confirm how old she really is. ;-)

Rachael

 
 
 

Whiskers 11/15/99-1/26/02

Post by Tod Glen » Mon, 28 Jan 2002 13:52:13



Quote:

> I don't think he mentioned how old she was. I checked the posts but I
> can't
> find where he says an age. Though I might have missed it, being bad of
> eyesight and all.

> Perhaps he'll come back soon and confirm how old she really is. ;-)

Thanks.

Katie is indeed 8, and in the 3rd grade.  I was shee who chose the Rat
as her***pet, after doing quite a bit or research.  She joined the
rat fan club and read everything about rats she could lay her hands on.  
She is, in fact, much more of an expert on rats than anyone else in the
family.  She spent a lot of time discussing treatment options for
Whiskers with the vet, and when It came time for him to be put to sleep,
Katie made sure it was done in the most humane way possible.  We are all
proud of her.

After speaking with the vet, we have sterilized the area for new rats.  
We are waiting for a new litter that will be ready in a week or so. We
have decided on a pair of rats, so that they can play with each other.

We had a small memorial for Whiskers, and although she is saddened,
Katie has taken it quite well.  She is an animal lover, but understands
the whole cycle of life, and she knows she will see Whiskers again in
heaven.

Thanks for everyone's kind notes.

Tod, at home with Katie, Alex, Cheryl, the dog, cat, and frog and
looking forward to a pair of rats soon.

--
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Tod Glenn

http://www.moonsgarden.com/

 
 
 

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Post by Mat » Mon, 28 Jan 2002 15:14:22



Quote:

> Katie is indeed 8, and in the 3rd grade.  I was shee who chose the Rat
> as her***pet, after doing quite a bit or research.  She joined the
> rat fan club and read everything about rats she could lay her hands on.  
> She is, in fact, much more of an expert on rats than anyone else in the
> family.  She spent a lot of time discussing treatment options for
> Whiskers with the vet, and when It came time for him to be put to sleep,
> Katie made sure it was done in the most humane way possible.  We are all
> proud of her.

You should be. I wish all pet owners would make that kind of devotion to
their pets. That's a bright little girl you've got there.

Best of luck with the new ones. Let us know when you get them, and what
their names are.

Matt

 
 
 

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Post by Jackie Skidmor » Mon, 28 Jan 2002 23:55:34


Dear Tod & Katie

Please accept our Sincere Condolences on the passing of Whiskers.  It is
always hard to make that final trip but you did what was best for him.

Lots of Love, Ratty Hugs & Cavy Kisses

Jackie
Ably hindered by The Buck House Crew.
Rats: Obadiah, StuartLittle, Alexander, Lysander, Curtis, Keel, Malachi,
Isaiah, Neziah, Bo & Luke.
Cavies: Joseph & Nikolas.
Rats At The Bridge: Pubpsy, Rex, Stripe,  Hoody, Groucho, Brownie,
Harpo, Zeppo, Chico, Juniper, Ginger, Doyle, Bodie & Ebenezer.
Cavies At The Bridge: Brock, Heinz, Tudor & Teddy.

 
 
 

Whiskers 11/15/99-1/26/02

Post by Rachael Ne » Tue, 29 Jan 2002 01:36:42



Quote:


> > Katie is indeed 8, and in the 3rd grade.  I was shee who chose the Rat
> > as her***pet, after doing quite a bit or research.  She joined the
> > rat fan club and read everything about rats she could lay her hands on.
> > She is, in fact, much more of an expert on rats than anyone else in the
> > family.  She spent a lot of time discussing treatment options for
> > Whiskers with the vet, and when It came time for him to be put to sleep,
> > Katie made sure it was done in the most humane way possible.  We are all
> > proud of her.

> You should be. I wish all pet owners would make that kind of devotion to
> their pets. That's a bright little girl you've got there.

Yes - the world needs more like her.

Great guess on her age there, Matt. Spot on. ;-)

Quote:

> Best of luck with the new ones. Let us know when you get them, and what
> their names are.

Seconded.

Rachael

 
 
 

Whiskers 11/15/99-1/26/02

Post by Mat » Tue, 29 Jan 2002 10:05:58



Quote:

> Great guess on her age there, Matt. Spot on. ;-)

I'm still convinced he told us that. I'm fairly certian I'm not psychic.

Matt

 
 
 

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Post by Rachael Ne » Tue, 29 Jan 2002 10:23:31



Quote:


> > Great guess on her age there, Matt. Spot on. ;-)

> I'm still convinced he told us that. I'm fairly certian I'm not psychic.

<chuckle> Well, it transpires that he did tell us that in another, unrelated
thread - which inconveniently didn't turn up on my server until earlier
today. You must have seen it when I hadn't.

Still, "Mystic Matt - He Sees All !" has a nice ring to it, don't you think
? ;-)

Rachael

 
 
 

Whiskers 11/15/99-1/26/02

Post by Mat » Tue, 29 Jan 2002 11:37:50



Quote:





> > > Great guess on her age there, Matt. Spot on. ;-)

> > I'm still convinced he told us that. I'm fairly certian I'm not psychic.

> <chuckle> Well, it transpires that he did tell us that in another, unrelated
> thread - which inconveniently didn't turn up on my server until earlier
> today. You must have seen it when I hadn't.

> Still, "Mystic Matt - He Sees All !" has a nice ring to it, don't you think
> ? ;-)

Heh. But bringing it back around, one last bit of sympathy to Todd, Katie,
and company. I'm hesitant to make light in a thread such as this.

Matt

 
 
 

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Post by Rachael Ne » Tue, 29 Jan 2002 11:53:29



Quote:






> > > > Great guess on her age there, Matt. Spot on. ;-)

> > > I'm still convinced he told us that. I'm fairly certian I'm not
psychic.

> > <chuckle> Well, it transpires that he did tell us that in another,
unrelated
> > thread - which inconveniently didn't turn up on my server until earlier
> > today. You must have seen it when I hadn't.

> > Still, "Mystic Matt - He Sees All !" has a nice ring to it, don't you
think
> > ? ;-)

> Heh. But bringing it back around, one last bit of sympathy to Todd, Katie,
> and company. I'm hesitant to make light in a thread such as this.

Yes, of course. I didn't mean to make light in an offensive way.

Humour is often my last defence against sad times. Sometimes I forget not
everybody feels the same or that it might appear out of place. I apologise
if I have made you feel I was making light of your grief in a casual way,
Tod - I can assure you, it wasn't intended. I was visualising Matt dressed
up as Mystic Meg, which was what made me chuckle - not the subject matter of
the thread.

I add to Matt's request that you please come back and tell us about your two
new friends when they arrive. I hope they will help dull the pain of
Whiskers' passing and that they will give you as much joy as he did. I'm
sure he will be looking down from whatever is heaven for rats and watching
you all.

Rachael