June 30, '10 Randvér one of our goats was lost prematurely. Please meet him on our goat page.
December, 12, '09 Scolaighe, our third Greyhound, our snuggle monster. Please visit Scolaighe's page and learn abuot her journey here.
May 13, '09 Willow, another of our Minis. Please read about him here.
December 1, '08 Topper, one of my father's Mini Horses which we inherited. Please read about our Minis here.
March 18, '08 Bran our second Grey, our failed foster brat who stayed with us for life. Please vist Bran's page to read about him.
March 18, '07 Saoradh (Maltese Sartez) our rescued elderly Arabian gelding, at the age of nearly 33. Please visit Saoradh's page to see his story.
August 18, '04 Greys Irony our first Greyhound, our brindled princess, was lost to liver disease. Please visit Irony's page to see her story.
December 7, '03 Garnet, an agouti rat, passed into a coma and died to join her family. She was a hearty rat, living alone for a long time and remaining cheerful playing with toilet paper and begging for her favorite treats (which we spoiled her with as she was the last).
October 25, '03 Amethyst, a buff rat, joined her sister. We're not sure if she slowed down quickly due to the loss of her sister or due to cancer and mycoplasmosis, but as lively as she had been, she did become tired and quiet.
September 24, '03 Quartz, a gray rat, died of cancer. She was another TP addict in her healthier days and a bit of a caregiver until she needed one herself. Dark, granite-like gray, she had a sharply defined white streak that led to her name, very cute even among rats who are all cute.
July 27, '03 Emerald, a buff rat, died after a brief illness. One day she was healthy and running around causing trouble with her twin, as usual, the next she was sick, the next morning she was gone. She was a busy rat, always finding something to do...or usually to undo what ever one of the others was doing.
July 20, '03 Jade, a dark gray rat, died of cancer. She was our largest girl, and was very hearty until her illness hit. She never wanted much to do with humans, preferring to be admired from afar, while hanging with her pack.
June 11, '03 Agate, an agouti gray rat, died likely of cancer. The last of the original three of this batch, she was a major TP addict (we give them toilet paper to nest in, she lived to drag it into the cage). She was a bit slow to warm up to other rats, but was always curious and interested in people.
May 23, '03 Opal, a light gray rat, died of multiple illnesses and old age. Probably one of the pet shop mommas she was not well socialized to humans, but always acted cheerful and alert even as her health failed.
March 19, '03 Beryl, a cute buff rat, died of cancer and old age (possibly, we don't know how old she was but think she was one of the two who were pet shop breeders and the mothers of the others), possibly with complications of mycoplasmosis. She was very, very tough, having done better through her illness than one might imagine. Constantly on the go when some others might have given up, she acted happy up until the end.
Nov. 16, '02 Sapphire, a black rat, died from pneumonia as a complication of mycoplasmosis, she joins her sister noted below. Only one of the three we originally got is with is, but there are 7 others from the same litters that they were from. Saffy was bold, inquisitive, and, for this group, rather affectionate.
June 28, '02 Topaz, a blond (buff) rat, died after a short bout of pneumonia probably caused or complicated by mycoplasmosis. The heat (HUMIDITY) wave probably didn't help. She was probably a little over a year old, one of three rats we received from Aaron's mother last fall. She was a quiet, shy rat, very, very sweet.
Sept. 22, '99 Lugach, a glossy black rat, died of mycoplasmosis, and possibly a broken heart. She had not shown much sign of the illness, except for raspy breathing. However, after Cal's death, left alone with the very ill Brenna, she seemed to get very stressed. She became more stressed after Brenna's death and while showing no heavy signs of physical illness she died about 24 hours later. We had spent a lot of time holding her after Brenna's death, as she had never been alone before. As she was always one of the most affectionate rats we ever had, we figured at lot of people attention might help her through the loneliness of being an only rat. We can only hope that it meant something to her in her last day.
Sept. 21, '99 Brenna, a black hooded rex rat, died of mycoplasmosis and possible cancer following a long illness. She was the last of three rats dumped at our apartment. It had taken time, but we finally managed to socialize her into a friendly, loving little rat. She had once been meant to be snake food....but fortunately the snake owners did not realize that the smell of the cedar shavings they stupidly put her in would mask her sent and/or turn off the snake (and fortunately it did or she would have been it's last meal.....cedar slowly poisons rats but is quick poison to snakes!)
Sept. 15, '99 Callisto, a spirited tiny blond rat, sister of Céilí and Valesca, died of hemorrhaging due to mycoplasmosis. She showed no signs of illness other than occasional bleeding, until she started to bleed heavily just hours before her death so it was less lingering than the progression shown in the others. Still it is likely the same strain of the bacteria. Sadly, the treatment mentioned below did no good.
July 23, '99 Céilí, an agouti rat, died of mycoplasmosis, in her second year. Another of the three rats dumped on us, she had originally been one of ours given as a gift and was Val's sister. She died of the same progression of mycoplasmosis symptoms that each rat since Fionna has died from......a progression we'd never seen before although all of our rats (like virtually all domestic rats) have had the infection. We tried a new treatment for this, but if it does work it was too late in her case. (due to this epidemic we will not be getting any new rats!) Rather shy when we first got her back, she became a loving little beast, surpassing her sisters in appetite and size.
June 14, '99 Valesca (Val the Amazon rat) died of cancer and mycoplasmosis (that prevent any surgical intervention if not the cause itself) at the young age of 1 year and a couple of months. She was a pretty and rather dainty, despite her fictional namesakes fury, light grey hooded. She wasn't all that fierce, definitely not a megalomaniac, but she was very daring and adventurous. Just weeks before the first signs of her illness manifested she had managed to jump down to the floor and almost became dog food! But she wasn't stupid, she knew she was littler and how to take advantage. Her daring heart is missed.
May 23, '99 Lenore an agouti rat died of old age and mycoplasmosis infection, possibly cancer as well. She was an affectionate, out going little girl, a little too plump most of her life, and gorgeous. Due to her name and size she was known as a "squishy Goth" rat. She had a lifetime fascination with women's cleavage in low cut shirts and the potential as a hiding place she could look out from. She is greatly missed.
May 7, 99 Fionna a grey on white hooded rat died from cancer , mycoplasmosis, and possibly old age. She was one of three rats abandoned in our home by a former friend about a year ago, we have no knowledge of her age or her history, except that she was obviously never well socialized. It took months for us get her to accept much attention. She became actually friendly only in the last few months of her life.
On October 15, 98 Mojo the Siamese who also had stayed on the farm of Kym's parent's passed over peacefully in his sleep from old age. A stray thrown away from a farm near one that Kym worked at in 1987 his age was estimated then as around 10 or 12 years, making him a grand old man of at least 20. He lived a full and lively life both prowling about and curled up on a warm person. He pursued a fruitless (as both were fixed) infatuation with Ginger, a cute tri-color cat belonging to Kym's father, up until his last days.
On September 21 '98, T-Bear the rat died of old age. She was a beautiful, loving, red-eyed color point who had been taken to the pet shop Aaron's mother works at last year because her original people no longer had time for her. We adopted her sight unseen and she was a delightful addition ----she joins Buffy, Azreal, Claudia, Simon, Pyewacket, Catch, Greedygut, Shadow, Dominique (Grandma), and Wednesday who have gone on before her.
On August 8 '98, Cinnabar Art-Ré, the canine member of Moonstone died of acute systems failure at the age of 14 1/2 years. She was a long time veteran of ritual and took her duties very seriously as a watcher of energies. She was much loved by Kathryn and Paul, her human pack, as well as the select members of her auxiliary pack, of which Kym as a proud member. Cinnabar's memorial page
On a July '98 night Jareth, one of the two cats Kym left in Colebrook with her family because they were farm cats unaccustomed to her present cramped living conditions, was killed. He had been a feral Goblin, who became infatuated with Kym's dog, Gabe, and eventually settled into the life of a semi-pet, very affectionate, but also very apt to wander off for miles on a hunt. Like all Goblin cats, he was black and very sleek and handsome. Picture soon.
In the summer of '93 Midnight, a black half-Morgan gelding, and Trouble, his half sister, loved by but not owned by Kym, were ruthlessly sold to be slaughtered by the person who hated but did own them. Midnight was intelligent beyond comparison for his species. He loved to trail ride, was virtually fearless, and adored people. Trouble often lived up to her name, not liking humans or adventure as well as her brother, but at a year younger than he we totally devoted to him. Both were beautiful and are greatly missed.
June 29th '92 Gabrielle, Kym's Heinz 57 companion of 14 years died due to old age. Gabe had been a "teenage mother" (it's is best to get your bitch pup spayed before her first heat.....it neither does her any good nor is it always easy to keep her away from males even for one heat), foster mother to Jareth, and a veteran of many political actions. She loved to travel, as well has hang out on the farm chasing water fowl she would never catch and lying in the sun. She has been greatly missed all these years.
December '90 Mugwort M. Underfoot, Kym's ferret, died of stomach cancer.
Summer '84 Pran, Buckskin Morgan cross gelding of Kym's died due to laminitis/founder.
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