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A difficult decision December 14, 2009

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We took Foxy in after he was rescued from a pets at home adoption centre. He’d had an abcess by his eye, been separated from others when still very young and left on his own. As a result he had real issues with other rats and it took us a long time and a neuter to convince him that other rats were ok. Anytime a male rat approached him, no matter how friendly they were, he would scream. After his neuter I did try him with girls but he attacked them so I persisted with the boy intros and eventually he lived very happily with Quest and Timin.

In October I found Tim with a large wound on his back of the sort usually inflicted during fights. He was in a bad way, too bad for a simple wound so we went to the vets. The vets opinion was that there was something else major going on with Tim not caused by the bite and we should let him go. She suggested that possibly someone in the cage attacked him because he was ill. I doubted this theory really. Foxy was neutered and had been terrified of them originally and Quest doesn’t even know he’s a boy he’s so soft.

Then Robson came to live with us and intros went brilliantly. I wasn’t sure how Foxy would take to a strange rat but he was great. 6 weeks after he moved in I found Robson with a wound in the same place, albeit just a scratch this time really. Robson also deteriorated quickly and it looks likely that he had acute liver failure. Again I wondered about the wound. It was suggested that the wound might have been caused when Robson lashed out due to hypersensitivity caused by the liver failure. This made more sense to me as I really could not imagine Foxy or Quest doing anything like that.

Anyway, after Robson left us on Friday Quest’s breathing started playing up so he is now on antibiotics. One night last week I gave him his medicine followed by a treat. Foxy also took a treat from me but then he went after Quest’s treat and attacked him. He proper leapt on him, sank his teeth in and shook. He did this twice. He really meant it and I dread to think what would have happened if I hadn’t been there to drag him off. Quest ran from him, leapt through the door and into my arms where he lay wide eyed and trembling for several minutes. So obviously I separated them which left me with two lone rats. Quest should be easy to introduce to some baby boys but what to do with Foxy was my major dilemma. 99.9% of the time it appears he is fine with other rats. He sleeps with them, plays with them, shares his food fine. But it looks like he has attacked three rats in as many months now :( It’s possible that this is triggered by the other rats being unwell but I’m not certain. Can I risk putting him with other rats again? What’s worse, him living alone or giving him the chance to possibly injure other rats?

After much deliberation I decided that the best thing would be for Foxy to go to a home where he will live alone but with someone who is at home a lot so can give him lots of attention. Ideally they would have a group of big, strong, healthy rats who Foxy could free range with and who could cope if he got nasty. Sadly we can’t offer him either of these things what with working full time and running the rescue and with all our current residents being old and frail. Anyway much as I am devastated to think of Foxy moving on, I was more pleased than I can say when Hayley from Lincoln Rat Rescue offered him a home. She works part time so has lots of time for him and lots of fit rats who can handle him if needs be. I’m not sure when he’ll be going yet but I expect he could probably float up to Lincoln on the tears that’ll follow him 😦


New Arrivals December 5, 2009

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So, as mentioned yesterday, we’ve taken in some more poorly mice. These are yet more mice from the welsh rescue who, like Elsa, Echo, Ellie, Eve and Edie were with a rescue which recently closed down. As before, we offered to take the special needs ones to join our cage of lumpy residents.

So from left to right we have Niobe, has two benign skin growths on her face and a small tumour in her armpit, Nixie who has a sore nose, Nahla, who has a skin tag on her eye and a tumour in her groin, Nelly, who appears to be ok apart from one of the typical skin tags that the welsh mice get and Niamh who has a large tumour on her side 😦

It makes me so sad to see such young mice with such bad health. I suspect we’ll probably only have the pleasure of Niamh’s company for another week or so before the time comes when it’s kinder to let her go. Nahla perhaps has a month with us. Niobe’s tumour I think may be removeable which hopefully will buy her some more time. Nixie needs checking by the vet to see what is wrong with her nose. Nelly looks as though she might be suitable for homing all being well.

So all we can do really is make them as happy as we can for as long as we can. So, with this in mind, I introduced them today to the rest of the big mixed group of mice.

and upgraded the whole crew to a nice big freddy cage

I will, of course, keep you posted as to how they’re getting on πŸ™‚


Goodbye Robson and Elsa December 4, 2009

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It’s been a rather sad day here today I’m afraid.

Last night dear Robson began to look unwell. Nothing very specific, just not himself. I separated him and gave him some antibiotics and pain killers and nursed him to keep his strength up. But he just kept getting worse. This morning he had begun to lose control of his legs. And then when I got home from work at lunch time he was hardly even awake 😦 I don’t know what it was really that caused him to decline so quickly. I can only guess at either a stroke or heart failure. The lovely Emily at the Village Animal Hospital helped him on his way to the bridge for us.

As you’ll see from previous posts about him, Robson came to us in April 2008, rescued from a home where a lot of animals were kept in terrible conditions. He is related to some of our other resident rats, Bianca, Shalina and Linette. These rats were so badly kept and bred that the whole family have been plagued with health issues. Robson and his brothers found a new home but sadly they passed earlier this year leaving Robson on his own. His Mum was sad to let him go but knew that living alone wasn’t right for him so he came back here in October and moved in with Quest and Foxy. He has really enjoyed his last couple of months and we have adored having him here. He was quite a tense chap when he was younger but matured into a lovely, squishy lad.

We also said goodbye to Elsa, one of the 5 mousey girls we took in recently. She already had a very large tumour when she arrived so we knew we wouldn’t have her for long. I fell in love with her instantly. I don’t know what it is about chocolate mice but I find them irresistible. But more than that I have come to really admire her spirit. Despite her lump she was always a busy, happy little thing and often first to the food. Her lump got to the point where it was impacting on her ability to get around. It broke my heart because she was still bright and happy but I really did not want her to suffer so I decided to let her go sooner rather than later. I can’t describe how much it hurts to have to sign the death sentence of an animal who, from the waist up, looks young, healthy and happy. I’ll miss little Elsa very much indeed.

And now we’ve set ourselves up for more sadness with the arrival of some more poorly mice. I’ll introduce them tomorrow.


Shoppy, shoppy, shop! December 2, 2009

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If, like me, you’ve not even started your Christmas shopping yet then please think of STAR when you finally get round to it. Even if you’re one of those terribly organised sorts who did it all in October (pah!) perhaps we can tickle your fancy with something extra.

I’ve updated our shop page ( to include various rodent goodies to which you might like to treat your furry friends. We also have presents for you and the other humans in your life.

Or if nothing there takes your fancy then do please remember STAR when you’re doing your online shopping. Easyfundraising is a shopping directory listing some of your favourite online stores including Argos, Next, Debenhams, John Lewis, Toys R Us, HMV and over 2000 others. Just use the links on the easyfundraising site whenever you shop online and, at no extra cost to you, we’ll receive a free donation of up to 15% from every purchase you make. It really is that simple!

It’s completely FREE to register and you won’t pay a penny more for your shopping when you use the easyfundraising site. In fact you can even SAVE MONEY as many retailers offer discounts, special offers and even ‘e-vouchers’ exclusive to easyfundraising.

If you shop online anyway then why not raise valuable extra funds for us by using this fantastic scheme. All you need to do is visit and when you register, select Starlight Trust Animal Rescue as the organisation you wish to support.




Looking ahead November 11, 2009

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Well, it’s been a pretty rotten few months but finally things are starting to look better. Dave’s infections have cleared up and he is scheduled to go back to work on Monday. He is still a bit sore and gets tired easily but he’s getting there πŸ™‚

We’ve actually started to make some of the improvements we had planned. Over the weekend we dismantled the shelving unit which previously held all the small cages. We’ve moved the remaining cages around and created a small seating area in the animal room. This means we have less cages in the room but this is deliberate as it keeps the quantity of animals in there to a more manageable level. When we re-open properly we really want to concentrate on quality over quantity. The seating area is to encourage us to spend more time up in the animal room together and will double as a free range and handling area for the rats.

Anyway, I’m really pleased with what we’ve done so far. There’s more to do – the room needs painting and I need some shelves put up for storage – but already it looks tidier and more spacious up there and the bunnies are delighted by the access to previously forbidden areas! Once it’s done I’ll take some piccies πŸ˜€

The other excitingΒ  news, if you haven’t noticed, is that we have a wonderful new website. Huge thanks to Christine and Peet for all their hard work in not only making it look much better, but in making it so much easier to keep updated and therefore saving me lots of time πŸ˜€

Also, just to mention some animals for once(!), we have 5 new mouse shaped friends. I know, I know, we’re not taking anything in, no exceptions but these girls were welsh mice from a rescue which was closing down and these are lumpy, battered ones who needed a permanent space. I can’t resist the rejects!

Chaz and Moe the rats will be off to their new home tomorrow with the wonderful Sylvia and Harley mouse is going to live with Helen and her girly mice at the weekend. Happily we only have two boys left to neuter now so hopefully we’ll be able to find the money to get them done in the next couple of weeks.

Anyway, that’s it for now. I’ll try to be better with the updates now things are more settled πŸ™‚


Another Dave Update September 27, 2009

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Apologies again for the delay in updating

Dave had his op as planned on the 10th. Things went fairly well although a few issues with his blood pressure kept him in CCU longer than planned. Anyway he’s home now thankfully and had his staples removed on the 21st.

Since then he has had some issues with his incision which isn’t healing very well and is infected. So he’s basically banned from moving apart from toilet visits!

Just to add to the fun I’ve now come down with flu. Going to bed and sleeping it off is of course out of the question with Dave needing constant care as well as all the animals to try and deal with.

So I’m really sorry to all those waiting for replies to emails, some of which are now over a month old. My brain simply is not functional at the moment and I can’t concentrate on even simple computer stuff for more thn afew minutes. Hopefully once I shift this virus things will improve.


Dave Update September 5, 2009

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Apologies for the lack of updates re things here. I’ve promised so many people I would keep them posted but at the moment I can barely remember the day of the week let alone anything more complicated πŸ˜‰

Anyway, Dave had his pre op assessment on Tuesday 1st and all went well I guess. They gave him a very thorough check over and appeared happy with everything.

We are due at the hospital on Wednesday (9th) at 2pm. He will stay there overnight and then have his op at some point on Thursday (10th). I will try to remember to post on Thursday to let you all know how he is.

Apologies to those who email in the next couple of weeks. I’ve never been famed for my prompt responses but it’s likely to be even worse than usual for a short while. I’m sure you can imagine that we’re rather distracted at the moment and, as of Wednesday, life with consist almost purely of getting up, tending to the animals and then getting to the hospital.

Huge thanks to everyone who has sent messages and offered help, your support really is very much appreciated by us both