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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™‚

 

A mixed week May 12, 2009

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It’s been a week of ups and downs here. Let’s get the bad stuff out of the way first….

BlueFirst of all last Tuesday we had to say goodbye to Blue. You might recall that she had a pituitary tumour and mammary tumours too. At the end of last year we started her on a treatment which we hadn’t tried before but had heard good things about. She responded brilliantly and we were delighted. We never dreamt it would buy us another 7 months with her though! She actually had a lovely retirement, living for her evening medicine which was always delivered in a bowl of chocolate flavour baby food! Monday night she wasnt waiting for it at the door as usual but I just figured it was cos we were a bit early feeding them or something. But Tuesday she had crashed and lost control of her legs. She still managed to put away one last bowl of baby food though before we went to the vets!

The same day I found a problem with Lacey, one of the welsh mouse babies. When she was tiny Lacey hurt her eye so she was separated out with some of the adult mice who had lumps. Her eye problem cleared up and quite recently I moved her in with some other young girls and she was ready to go to a new home. But Tuesday I found no less than 8 lumps on her teeny little body. Two on each side of her neck, one in each armpit and one either side of her groin. Clearly she had lymphoma, an evil and aggressive cancer. We watched her carefully for any sign that she was suffering but she passed away suddenly and peacefully on Friday. She was just 6 months old 😦

And lastly Dee, who had been fighting respiratory problems for most of her life, took a turn for the worse last week too. DeeShe came to the vets with Blue and we started her on a new antibiotic and a diuretic to clear the fluid from her chest. By Friday she was no better so we took her back to the vets. We ummed and ahhed about the best course of action. The diuretic really should have helped her and she was struggling. But she was only a year old. I hate that bit. Truly, truly hate it. I’ve been working with animals now for 15 years but I still find it overwhelming when you know that an animal’s life rest entirely in your hands. Make the wrong choice and you risk either ending an animal’s life prematurely or condemning it to suffering. So anyway I opted to try another antibiotic and some steroids. Of course it was the wrong choice in the end. Well in that it didn’t work, I think it was right to try. My gut told me she wasn’t ready to give up. She fought til the end bless her, determined not to let it beat her. But nothing worked and we had to let her go last night.

brookeHer Auntie Brooke is at the vets today. She had a lump removed from her right shoulder last September and as a result we decided she should remain here as a resident. The lump came back last week, has grown rapidly and now has a friend too. The vet was fairly optimistic about being able to remove it successfully and Brooke is a tough cookie but she is 18 months old now so I can’t help being worried. She’s a special girl and we’ve had more than enough sadness this week.

And you might recall that Kandi and Reya had been separated from the other two degus following their dentals? Well Reya was still struggling to put weight back on and since Naomi can be a bit of a bully I was still keeping them apart. Juliette decided she didn’t like that idea and managed to eat a hole through the base separating the two sections of the cage. She then got into a fight with Kandi, leaving Kandi battered and in shock. I removed her and Reya from the big cage completely and Kandi has been on antibiotics and special treatment since. It has actually done the two of them the world of good. Kandi is recovering well and Reya has put all her weight back on. Of course, I had to buy a new cage too! I’ll post pics of them all enjoying it soon.

Anyway, on to the happy stuff. We’ve had a host of long stay animals go to new homes or be reserved for new homes since I wrote last.

Diana and Laura

Diana and Laura found a new home with some other girly rats for company. Kes, Seven, Rose and Martha all found a home together with Becky who previously homed bitey boys Fred and Barney.

Dutch, one of the neutered welsh mice,Β  has gone to a new home with some lady friends who were adopted from us in December.

And reserved for new homes are Samantha the winter white hamster and Stacey the syrian hamster. We also have some promising home offers for some others…watch this space.

Phew, well I think that’s everything for now. I’ll try to be better with the updates and let you know how Brooke gets on and how those home offers work out πŸ™‚

 

Just checking in April 10, 2009

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Usual apologies for lack of updates etc etc. Grandpa passed away on 31st March so things have been pretty manic here on the non animal side of life (apparently there is such a thing, so I’m told!).

In fact, animal wise it’s been rather quiet since my last update. We’ve had one new arrival in the form of Lara a rather large and beautiful mouse. She is a permanent resident as she has tumours sadly. But she’s a big, healthy looking girl so I’m hoping she will be with us for a while yet. She is now living with Libby and Lois, the girls who have the skin lumps, and Simon, my favourite little boy who also had the lumps and who has now been neutered. He is loving his new life with his little harem!

Pretty quiet on the homing front too. Saskia and Sandy the mice who went to live with our fosterer Kelly have wangled their way into her heart and now have a permanent home πŸ™‚ Trevor, Dot and Spot the mice travelled to their new home in Kent and two more neutered boys from our fosterer in Leeds have found love with some lady mice πŸ˜€

In other news, Mollie squirrel celebrated her 10th birthday! If I get a mo I’ll post the pics and video. Also, Begley had to have a dental this week as he had some broken and infected teeth. Happily, he has recovered well and is making the most of the extra attention!