Goodbye Rocky

Rocky took ill with a tumour only a short time ago, and began to lose weight rapidly. I fed him soft food twice a day for as long as I could, but last night he didn’t even attempt to come out of his bed. He was panting with every small movement, so I decided it was time to let him go.

We took him to the vet this morning, wrapped in a fleece, and he gave me one last feeble brux when I scritched his neck. He very rarely bruxed, so this was a lovely last memory of him to treasure.

Here’s some pictures of him through his too short life:

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Here he is when we first took him home, at 6 weeks old. All the boys were very nervous, but Rocky was the first to venture out and explore the big wide world that was our dining room floor!

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“Hi!”

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Sleepyhead

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This picture was taken when Rocky was still a youngster, full of vigour and mischief. He always gave me a cheeky nibble on my ankle in the same place, whenever it was free range time! He did that all through his life, right up until he got sick. When he was little, he was always the first one to find a place I didn’t want him to go, and was very good at evading detection, by hiding in the most unreachable places!

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Rocky soon filled out and became a big bruiser of a rat!

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Peepo!

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Rocky looking his adorable self. He was such a handsome rat! He was very poor sighted and used to rock his head from side to side (like Stevie Wonder!) as if he was dancing.

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One of the very last pictures of Rocky. He was enjoying his baby porridge, only stopping to rest briefly. He loved his food, possibly more than any rat should!

Goodbye Rocky, go run free at the Rainbow Bridge. You will be forever in our memories and hearts.

Today my lovely rats are mostly eating a little less in their dish.

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2 Responses to “Goodbye Rocky”

  1. I had a rat that rocked his head like you describe. I was sure he was short sited but the vet said i was talking nonsene!

    Like you, i’ve had lots of ratties over the years. They are great fun and it’s very sad when they leave you. Hard maybe for non rat owners to believe but every rat is different. I couldn’t recommend a better pet for children.

    I’ve really enjoyed reading your pages. Thanks

  2. If your head-weaving rat was pink-eyed he was most certainly poor sighted. I think they move side to side to get a better scent of their environment. Rats’ sense of smell is their primary sense, along with touch – their whiskers (which they use to map their world) are far more sensitive than our finger tips, their hearing is very acute and they can hear much higher frequencies than us, but their sight is much weaker than ours, so they get along well without much vision.

    We’ve just lost one of our older boys today – Stripe – he was a wonderful little rat – always first at the cage door waiting to come and play with the kids and I. So I’d just like to say thanks for your heartfelt post – it’s nice to hear from someone who understands.

    wishes,
    Julie

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