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Last night Nick came up to me at about 4am and told me Richard had passed away.

It hit him pretty hard; I could tell that some part of him felt it was silly to be crying over a rat, but he'd lost a friend, and I told him so. Richard was the one who would lean out to "chat" when Nick went to feed them, and we called him "King Richard" and chuckled as he groomed Nick's moustache. He had what we imagined he thought was a hypnotic stare, where he would fix you with it as he tried to will you into giving him food; he was dubbed "Dragon-rat". And he loved tomatoes.

He didn't seem uncomfortable until the last couple of weeks, even though he got the typical spinal degeneration old rats get -- he was adept at getting around even without strong hind legs, and he had a healthy appetite and bright eyes until the last few days. He had a cataract in his off eye, though, and we think he finally succumbed to cancer; he was rail-thin, and very old.

Nick held him in his last hours, after giving him a bath. I'll bury him today, though it might be so hot out there now that we have to wait until twilight. He'll go under the flowering plum where Giles lies, his old partner in the Odd Couple.

Sleep well, Richardrichardmayhewdick.

Date: 2005-07-14 21:20 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] slyviolet.livejournal.com
I just went and cuddled my rattie, reminded that I hadn't done so yet today. My sincerest condolences.

Fantastic name, by the way. He's not gone, he's just gone to NorCal Below, to run errands for the Marquis.

Date: 2005-07-15 03:56 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] packy.livejournal.com
:( *hugs* It's always sad to lose a furry friend. :(

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