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And Christmas happiness December 29, 2009

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It hasn’t all been doom and gloom over Christmas. We have also been joined by some rather lovely new friends who already have new homes lined up!

On the 14th we took in four baby boy rats, Teddy, Morrison, Daffyd and Pippi who had been part of an accidental litter. Shelley and David in Basingstoke took them and their Mum in and did all the hard work and then we offered to help with finding some of them a new home. So they arrived already in good health and very friendly thanks to Shelley and David’s efforts. It was fortuitous timing as, of course, we had Quest on his own and looking for new friends after Foxy turned on him. Here they are all getting to know each other.

As I type the boys are finally all living happily together. Quest was apparently more upset by Foxy’s actions than I realised and this made intros a little difficult. He was very defensive and suspicious of the babies which is very unlike him. Anyway, the babies have been offered a dream home with Vic who is one of the most dedicated and knowledgeable rat people I know. Even better, Vic is happy to take two of the babies now and leave two here to keep Quest company for however long he has left with us (bearing in mind he is now 28 months, quite impressive for such a special chap). The babies are such fun boys, incredibly sweet and playful. It has been 18 months since we had babies here so I’m really enjoying them.

And then on the 17th we met the lovely Stilton. Stilton is a young mouse boy who fell out with his brother and whose owner was concerned that she didn’t have enough time to keep him happy as a single mouse. So he has come here to be neutered so that he can live with other mice. Happily he has also already been offered a place in one of our very favourite mouse homes, with Gemma and Dan. He’ll be keeping Claude (previously known as Barry) company after he lost all of his lady friends recently. Sorry, no pic of Stilton yet but he’s a very handsome and cheeky lad. I promise to get photographic evidence of this soon 🙂

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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,  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 🙂

 

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 🙂 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 😀

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!

 

Bianca February 20, 2009

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Yesterday Bianca rat went to the vets to have a mammary lump removed. She was joined there by Barry the mouse and Foxy the rat who both went in to have their little man lumps removed! Happily both coped very well and are home and recovering nicely. Bianca on the other hand has been a nightmare. The op went well but when we went to collect her I noticed that she had removed her stitches. And boy had she been thorough, leaving a huge gaping hole in her groin! So she stayed in overnight and was put back under anaesthetic to be restitched. But she did the same again in the night. So this morning she was knocked out again and this time she was stitched, glued and stapled back together! She is home now and so far everything is still where it should be. She looks a bit tired and battered poor girl so lots of spoiling is in order. I’ve kept her separate from her cagemates Linette and Shalina for now because last time one of that group, Brooke, had a lump removal the others chewed at the wound when I put her back in.

Things aren’t going so well for that group. They were rescued from a home in Warwickshire where there were loads of animals who hadn’t been cleaned for months and had been allowed to interbreed. The conditions were bad enough to make an experienced rescuer vomit. We took in Bianca along with 11 other girls and 3 boys. The three boys were Harry, Fred (now Angus) and Robson. Harry died a few weeks ago of tumours, Angus has a suspected brain problem and Robson has chronic respiratory problems despite them being only a little over a year old. Of the twelve girls 8 have been homed. Two of those has passed on and one has suspected kidney problems. Both Brooke and Bianca have now had lumps removed. Tonight I’ve heard that Maiya (now Tansy) has an ear infection which has led to a head tilt. To have so many health problems in such young rats cannot be a coincidence and must be related either to their poor genetics or the lack of care they suffered previously. I can only hope that their daughters, the trekkies, benefit from their better care although Deanna already has chronic respiratory issues herself.

Anyway the long and short of it is that we have decided that Bianca will remain here. I must admit I’m a bit downhearted tonight. This group of rats are very special to me having arrived here very scared and blossomed into confident, loving rats. They don’t deserve so many problems so young 😦