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Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 10:00 am
Rover the Rat unexpectedly died last night, almost certainly of a heart attack. He had been his usual very active self the previous day, and had just enjoyed a plate of food. However I was worried as he seemed a little tired when I put him to sleep last night. This morning he was but a dead rat, and joins the cadavers of many others that are in our small garden. Having reached the age of 29 months (72.5 in rat years), I really expected to be spending several more months in his company on the basis of his alertness and activity. But it is not to be.

From his troika, Rover was the youngest and smallest of the set and was originally quite shy, albeit full of a energy and a sense of adventure. He soon came to appreciate the company of the human members of the colony, encouraged by an extraordinary appetite that correlated with his energy. Never much of a lap rat (he was too active!) he lived a life of playful happiness and would delight getting himself lost in the foliage of our garden. I guess his sudden demise spares him of the slowness of age which I imagine would have been frustrating to him. Now there is only old Tramper, the eldest of the group and the last of the rodent colony. He certainly doesn't have much longer himself, and that will be the end of the rats.
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Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 05:26 am (UTC)
I'm sorry for your loss. It's so hard loving creatures with such short lifespans.
Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 02:00 pm (UTC)
Rover was a living creature, one that you loved very much, and one that loved you in return. In his short life, he gave you joy, and it's certain that it was the other way around, too. I'm sorry for your loss, but he died knowing that you gave him the best life.
Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 03:04 pm (UTC)
Aww, rest in peace, Rover the Rat. What a touching description of him, I'm happy to know his life was full of fun and adventure.