Rocky Mountain Rat Girl
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Friday, February 16, 2007
I guess you could say I'm a mental mess today. My oldest and dearest rattie (from my original "bunch,"), who is now approx. 3 yrs. old, is dying a slow death. I don't expect her to make it through the weekend... maybe not even the next 24 hrs. She's breaking my heart, though I'm doing all that I can to try and make her comfortable until she goes...
On top of that sadness, I'm a huge bundle of nerves. This afternoon I have to go and have my yearly CT Scan / Angiogram. It's time to check my heart... my Aorta specifically, and take a peek at my Mitral Valve (which was repaired, twice, in Sept. 2000). This test is uncomfortable... though pretty fast once they get the IV in place... and waiting for the results keeps me on edge. What they find, or HOPEFULLY, DO NO NOT FIND wrong, means the difference between another open heart surgery, or living life until my next test... my next checkup.
I hate this!
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Saturday Night Out
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Another New Addition!
Meet Mr. Wrinkles. I rescued him from a possible lifetime of low-maintenance care, and no interaction, from P*M* this afternoon.
Something different about him? Really? hehe Yes, he's one of the more rare type of ratties, he's a hairless rat. He barely even has any fuzz on him, pretty much just curly whiskers.
**I'll be looking up the allergies associated with hairless rats. Hopefully I'll be less allergic than I am with my others... or at least no worse!!
He's approximately 6 mos. old, though they never know for certain when rescuing from a pet store (flesh peddler). He's a definite sweetheart... no biting, no aggression. In fact, while I was holding him at P*M*, he started bruxing like crazy in my hands! (The rat's equivalent to a cat's purring.) That's when I knew he needed a home, and that home would be mine.
My plan is to have him neutered, and then he will be healing during his 3 week quarantine period (something you should always do when bringing a new rattie into your home when there are others living there). I then would like to start the process of introducing him to my other neutered male that is living alone, Holden. If all goes well, and without the issue of testosterone, I hope they will get along over a period of time and can then move in together. Rats are much happier / healthier when living in pairs or groups... they aren't solitary animals, no matter how much human interaction they receive.
Only the face a mother could love? Well, I do! Welcome home, Mr. Wrinkles!