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Christmas sadness December 29, 2009

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I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. We are enjoying a bit of a break after such a hectic year and we’re looking forward to saying goodbye to 2009 and starting afresh with a new year.

That said our break has been slightly overshadowed by some sad losses amongst the mice.

On the 16th we found dear little Eve had passed away in her cage. She was amongst the welshies we took in recently because they had tumours but on closer examination Eve was found to be in good health. So finding her gone was a huge shock.

Two days later John left us. John had a tumour on his spine so we knew he had a poor prognosis. But he had been bright and active and showed no real sign that his situation was deteriorating. He took himself up into a hammock on Thursday night, went to sleep and just didn’t wake up.

On the 23rd we let Niamh and Nahla go as their tumours had become too large. This was planned and expected since they arrived realistically but was complicated by the weather here. I had wanted to take them on the 18th originally but that was the day we had the initial snow fall. We tried again on Monday 21st but the snow came down again as we were on our way and we had to abandon our journey when it became apparent the roads were impassable. And then Wednesday was the next available appointment with Emily, our preferred vet. Still, both girls were still happy and eating right to the end – these welsh girls really are made of stern stuff bless them.

Then, of all times, Christmas morning I was terribly sad to find Brains had passed away. Brains was born here last November, had been neutered and was living happily with a gang of girls and Steven, another neutered boy. He and Steven had been offered a home and were due to start their new life together in the new year. Brains had had a respiratory infection but it had seemed to be responding to treatment so his loss was quite a shock.

And then another big shock on Boxing Day. I was being extra cautious after the previous losses so that morning I lifted up the house in the big mouse cage to check on everyone. They all stumbled out warm and sleepy but dear Nelly didn’t move. Again she had obviously gone to sleep cuddled up with all her friends and simply failed to wake up. Like Eve she had been a healthy one who slipped in with the lumpy girls so her passing was very unexpected. She also had a lovely new home lined up in the new year so it was doubly sad.

I’m obviously watching everyone else like a hawk at the moment. There doesn’t appear to be any link, anything contagious doing the rounds at least. It seems to just be one of the runs of bad luck which plague those of us who share our lives with lots of small pets.

Run free babies xx

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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™‚

 

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™‚