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Sat, Mar. 1st, 2008 03:32 am
A million thoughts swimming through my mind like fish in a vast ocean

I don't think I could live a happy life without music, I'm addicted to music. What a wasted life I would have without the soul lifting beauty that is music.

I miss Hamlet. I haven't realized just how much I missed my Hamlet until talking about her with bellelvsbest. My older friends here would remember her, she was the most special rat a person could ask for. I've had many special rats; Fuzz, Isis, Starbucks, Templeton, Roswell, Algee, etc etc. However, it was Hamlet who was special beyond all others. My first rat. She was my heart. I'm sorry for anybody who doesn't know the extremely special bond between a human and their pet. For people to have a pet and not connect with them, it's sad for me. I understand the love between human and pet, you would love your pet obviously. There are some animals that touch your heart and leave little footprints on them. Animals that will never be forgotten, there will always be a little hole in your heart when this super special animal passes away. Hamlet was that super special pet. She touched me in a way an animal hasn't since (though many of come close). She was plagued her whole life with tumors and mycoplasma. I'm sure I spent over $1,000 on vet bills alone on this rat. I bred rats a few years ago (might start that again sometime, not anytime soon though!). I've spent so much money on vet bills for my rats because that's what a good rat breeder (rat owner!) does. Hamlet was $6 and I remember people badgering me about spending that much on vet bills. They would say "I guess I can understand you spending money on the vet with your breeder rats, those cost $30! But a $6 pet store rat?! You're crazy!". No, not crazy, just a good rat mommy. It doesn't matter the cost of the pet, you have a moral responsibility to look after this little being as much as you are able. My aunt has gone hungry to make sure her pets are well fed. She's kinda poor but her dog and cat, who are her children, eat decent grade pet food. A lot of people just don't understand that.
Hamlet was worth every penny that went into getting her well. She broke my heart when she died, I don't think I'll ever have a rat like her ever again. I wouldn't want to! All my other rats (see above for some of the extra special ones) also have a place in my heart but I loved them all differently. Hamlet would run to me when I got home (she got free range of the house a lot) and crawl up my leg. She would climb into bed with me, curl under my chin, and sleep while bruxing (rat version of purring). She mourned when my father died! She loved my father. It was beautiful seeing them together. My father didn't want me to have a rat but she grew on him. He would go into his office and rave about this little rat who he loved. I was at a retirement party for one of my father's co-workers and the previous mayor was there to talk about her. He saw my mom and when he found out who I was he asked me "do you still have that little rat your father talked about?". I was shocked! My father talked about Hamlet to ex-mayor James Hann! So yes, he loved her. And she loved him! When she figured out that he wasn't coming back she went to his pillow and wouldn't leave it for a day! It was bittersweet to watch this animal, an animal that so many people consider to be pests and worthless, mourning over the death of somebody. She died in my arms a few days after a tumor removal surgery. She licked me and went into cardiac arrest right in my arms. I knew her time was coming for about 48 hours so I slept with her. I got one of mom's old purses and put a towel and a hot water bottle in it to keep her snuggly. She didn't want to be away with me and frankly, I felt the same way. I had her cremated and she's in a nice little wooden urn with some of my hair (she liked to chew my hair) with some dried flower petals. I'm sure there will be many more animals that touch my heart like she did but I don't know if I'll ever have another rat that will effect me like she did. I'll develop beautiful bonds with some but my bond with Hamlet was one I don't think could happen again. I miss my girl and I'll see her again when I die.

Lots of photos behind the cut! If you don't like rats..well...don't click ;)



First photo ever taken of her, a week after I got her. It took only a week before she was friendly! In a crappy 10 gallon tank with *gasp* pine bedding!. I had read a crappy rat care book that was so out of date! I got my hands on a better one right after this was taken. I found out that 10 gallons is not enough for a rat and pine is bad. I then ordered a ferret cage and put her on CareFresh ^__^


Second photo, same roll of film! She was always getting into mischief. I found little piles of cereal and stuff for weeks after she died. She had stockpiled so much food everywhere. That can of soda was empty ;)


Taken a few weeks later.


With my dog at the time, Chaos. She's the only rat that would do this, that I trusted Chaos with. I was always there when she was with Chaos of course, but they got along nicely. Chaos was very iffy with so much, he hated having his paws touched for example. She would nibble his claws. They were cute together :)


Hamlet with my old cat Desi. Desi's licking his lips because Hamlet had just stopped grooming his face! Poor Desi ;)


Hamlet chased Desi quite a bit! Desi had to jump on the table to escape little Hammy. You'd see this full grown cat running and a rat bouncing after him!


Hamlet with another cat, Mr. Scrooge. Sleeping together on my parents bed :)


Hamlet's in the middle of shaking her head :P




Hamlet with another special girl; Isis


And yet another special rat; Starbucks! Isis was from my breeder friend, Starbucks was from one of my litters :)


Hammy also went outside. I was always super close to her and usually had her on a leash. She was surrounded by a ferret playpen here :)


Rat on the move!


Taken right before her first tumor removal


Same photoshoot


See the ears? That's a relaxed rat right there! She loved belly scratches :)


Licks for her human! You can see her eye there, she injured her eye one day and needed some stitches. She could still see out of it but not as well as before (which isn't that great anyway!)


Hamlet and her human! Mom took this photo while I was napping. Ick I look bad xD You can see her fur growing back from a surgery (either the first or second)




This was taken days before she died. She was fine that day, a bit lethargic but fine. Two days later she went downhill, and 48 hours after going downhill she was gone.



Always in my heart.
I got her February 7, 2002 and she passed December 3, 2003. I didn't even have her two years yet I have a lifetime of memories of her.



PS---I had to play this song for this post!

PPS---Apologies for any errors, was too tired to spell check and stuff.

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cartoondoggy
cartoondoggy
Sara
Sat, Mar. 1st, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)

Awww, sorry about your baby. She seemed like a wonderful, affectionate pet.

Do you have any rats now?


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witherwings7
witherwings7
Agent 27
Sat, Mar. 1st, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC)

No, most of them passed on and I gave the one right I had left to my breeder friend. I just don't have the time to take care of rats right now. Oh sure I could feed and clean their cages but I don't have the time to spend with them ya know? Plus when I move it'll be easier for me to find a place without rats. Hopefully I can get some when I move though...


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witherwings7
witherwings7
Agent 27
Sat, Mar. 1st, 2008 06:56 pm (UTC)

Your teacher sounded awesome. Yeah I get mad when people disrespect your pet. I don't think I could ever have a snake myself knowing what I had to feed them. I know people like snakes though and that snakes have to eat too so I don't disrespect snake owners.


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karni_mata
Kaba
Sat, Mar. 1st, 2008 08:16 pm (UTC)

bayyyyyyyybyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy


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witherwings7
witherwings7
Agent 27
Sat, Mar. 1st, 2008 09:29 pm (UTC)

:)


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pansylove
pansylove
Captain of the SS Panvi
Sun, Mar. 2nd, 2008 07:22 am (UTC)

Your animals are so well behaved! Rats,cats, and dogs living peacefully among each other. What kind of voodoo are you pulling?!


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witherwings7
witherwings7
Agent 27
Sun, Mar. 2nd, 2008 07:28 am (UTC)

You'd be surprised how well different species can get along. When I was breeding, my rattery was Scaredy Kat Ratz because Hamlet would chase the cats all over! Hehe, I doubt SPencer would appreciate it but I'm sure Hamlet would whip him into shape ;)


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yodallama
yodallama
Jessi (Yoda to some)
Sun, Mar. 2nd, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC)

My Niffler and I had this same special bond... it's hard to relay these things to people who have never experienced it... it's hard to convey those feelings. But you do it beautifully.

And the picture of you two napping together has always been my favorite. For some reason that one really just touches my heart, all the time.


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witherwings7
witherwings7
Agent 27
Sun, Mar. 2nd, 2008 09:57 pm (UTC)

Rats are such special little animals. I needed to take a break from rat 'ownership' for a while, for many reasons.

Hehe, thanks. She would curl under my chin and eye boggle for a bit before going limp and pancake like and sleeping :)

I can't find my Hamlet icon! The classic "one rat to rule them all" icon I have. I must find it!


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z3nyatta
z3nyatta
Val
Mon, Mar. 3rd, 2008 05:40 am (UTC)

This post was beautiful and it made me cry. I love the pictures of Hammy, especially the one of her outside in front of some flowers. I wish our pets lived longer.


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witherwings7
witherwings7
Agent 27
Mon, Mar. 3rd, 2008 05:55 am (UTC)

Thank you. Looking back, it's hard for me to believe that I didn't even have her 2 years. It seemed like longer and yet, it seemed like I barely had her at all.

Oh, I know. It's so sad that rats (well, nearly all rodents) have such a small lifespan.

Which one? The one of her on the grass or her on the wall? They're both nice ^_^


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z3nyatta
z3nyatta
Val
Mon, Mar. 3rd, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC)

The ones on the wall :)


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bellelvsbeast
bellelvsbeast
Officer Kelli
Wed, Mar. 5th, 2008 05:38 am (UTC)

I totally understand what you mean about having a strong bond with your pet...I would die for my dogs...
I still miss the one special dog I had years ago...he was a stray mutt, all black, part lab/shepherd/chow and I just loved him...we only had him for a couple years, he developed kidney issues and we had to put him down. I miss him so much even now, over 10 years later...
I am sorry Hamlet is not longer with us, she sounds like such a wonderful pet...
I hope you get some rats soon, you really love them...
She was really cute too...


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witherwings7
witherwings7
Agent 27
Wed, Mar. 5th, 2008 05:48 am (UTC)

Some animals just dig their ways into our hearts more then the "average" pet would.

I needed to take a break from rats for various reasons. From an emotional stand point, it was getting harder and harder losing rats since they have such short life spans. It'll be nice to have some again, but it'll be awhile.


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bellelvsbeast
bellelvsbeast
Officer Kelli
Wed, Mar. 5th, 2008 07:24 am (UTC)

Exactly...:)
Yea I can't imagine owning an animal that had such a short life span...That's why I love reptiles, they actually have decently long lives...Dan wants a Tortoise which I want to get him for his birthday or Christmas (I need to get a setup first, then I will get it) and they can live for 70ish years...:)


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witherwings7
witherwings7
Agent 27
Wed, Mar. 5th, 2008 07:48 am (UTC)

I know, I'm not into reptiles though (though I love geckos).
I do like birds though ^_^


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bellelvsbeast
bellelvsbeast
Officer Kelli
Wed, Mar. 5th, 2008 08:47 am (UTC)

Geckos are ok, I'm not the hugest fan of them...too fragile...and Tokays are HORRIBLE and bite like a pit, they won't let go! :P
Birds are ok, I was bit in the ear by a cockatoo so I'm not the hugest fan...:P


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