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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

 

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™‚

 

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™‚