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