RIP (05/12-04/14) Miss Bojangles or how we rather called you: Boo. We miss you dearly!
We had our first four rats, were content with the small group and just wanted to take a short look at the pet store rats. My friend instantly fell in love with Boo the second she lay her eyes on her. She was the first dumbo rat we had ever seen in a store in our area and her huge ears, huge feet and the cutest face you could think of, melted our hearts. We left without her, because we didn’t intend on expanding our group, nor had we ever done introductions before. Boo just didn’t want to leave our thoughts though and after many discussions we drove back to the store and hoped that she would still be there. That’s how Boo and her sister Joe came into our lives.
Unlike the very hyperactive Joe, Boo was calm, sometimes somewhat timid. But she came around quickly. Through her lifetime she was the rat causing most of the squeals, most of the “awwws”. She never grew out of her huge feet and so her walk was always kind of waddly, which made her even cuter. She had a very special coat, but you couldn’t tell right away. If she ever showed of her fluffy belly, you could see it had tiny dots all over.
Boo got very sick when she was about one year old. In a matter of maybe two days she was only skin and bones. You could see every freaking bone in her small body and the vet wasn’t very hopeful. She didn’t respond as well as she should have to the antibiotics, but we saw she was still fighting, she still had a very strong will to live. Knowing her best, we decided against the vet’s advice and didn’t put her down. She recieved a couple of shots of cortisone the next days and finally she won the fight! She got back to being all healthy and we always had the feeling she knew we were supporting her fight. She didn’t want to stop cuddling afterwards, always came running up and showed even more trust and love than before she had gotten sick. Boo was always very careful, never bit into something that could turn out as a finger. Only toes weren’t always safe! ;)
Boo had always been in our top 3 when it came to favorite rats. It was hard to discover she had a tumor that grew quickly. After the vet confirmed the suspicion, we gave Boo another week until we felt it was going downhill. The goodbye was very hard but as stupid as it sounds, I know shes at a very nice place now and cuddling with dear Dixon and the rest of the Gang. Thank you for making our lives better, Boo!