Thursday, August 24, 2006

  • a 20 year old cockatiel
  • a rat with mites and tumors. there was a woman there with me who is a client but she is a special type of client who gets to hang out in back with us and tells us stories about her crazy life and i find her quite nice to be around. she watched me euthanize the rat and afterwards caught her breath and said "i've... never witnessed anything like that before." i told her about this journal and she understood.
  • 3 Comments:

    Blogger brenda said...

    what is it with rats and tumors? I've had my share of experiences with this. I remember Blondie, our last pet rat, dropping her off to be euthanized. Who would have thought I could shed so many tears for a rodent? I believe the death of anything reminds us of our own mortality. Can you still feel it? What does death mean to someone who experiences it every day?

    10/09/2006  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Our host must feel it deeply to make such a careful and dedicated record.

    I bought rats recently, to try to learn how to deal with all this. They don't live very long. I am hoping that if I adopt another every six months or so... Well, I'm not sure what I hope will happen. That I will eventually figure out how to accept it, I guess.

    1/07/2008  
    OpenID t34rsofblood said...

    My parents made me feel ridiculous when I shed so many tears for my two rats who passed away): It just shows other how much care and love we give when we realize that person/thing/animal won't be there for long.

    3/02/2010  

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