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 Post subject: Everything has its time
PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 9:37 pm 
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I think as mouse owners you come to understand that their time in this world is short and despite how much you think you are prepared for their passing.. you are never prepared enough.

I went to check on my dear boy Basil this morning, asleep in his hammock as always! But then I noticed it.. His tail - the only part I could see from my where I was standing - his tail was grey. My heart sank, he was losing condition over the last few weeks and I knew his time was coming but I had hoped that it wouldn't be this soon..

I purchased his mother back in 2010 - my first ever mouse. Little did I know, she was pregnant and gave birth to 8 baby boys less than 2 weeks after I got her home. I'm going to admit, I had no idea what I was doing so I barely handled the bubs and when it came time to wean them, I gave them to the pet store and "swapped" them for a few girls to keep Duma company.
It was a few days later that I found out a friend of mine had gone into the pet store that same day to purchase a mouse and she named him Basil.
I guess he was always meant to stay in my life.. because any time she went away, I was the one she asked to look after him and then when the time came for her to move away for Uni - he came back to me.

When any of my animals pass away, I seem to be filled with regrets on all the things I could have done to make their life better.
I should have handled Basil more.
Given him more toys - though I was never sure how to do that when he was a senior boy.

I feel like it was to soon..
Rest in Peace Basil
19/07/2010 - 25/03/2013

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 10:19 pm 
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Sorry for your loss.

R.I.P. Basil xx.


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 Post subject: Re: Everything has its time
PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 10:55 pm 
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He was a sweet little man. I know what you mean about looking back - try not to as you did the best you knew how.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 2:09 am 
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I am sorry to say that I know how you feel, I lost some very dear mice yesterday, as well. It's been so nice reading about Basil on this forum, I'm so sorry you lost him. It sounds like he lived a pretty interesting life, thank you for summing up his story for us.

Rest In Peace Basil. :cry:


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Goodbye Basil.

Sorry for your loss.


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I don't know what to say. Knew this was coming, but no, it never really helps on the special ones. Thank you so much for sharing such a sweet guy with all of us. He will be missed, further than his home shores. Hopefully Junior, and his descendants, will do him proud.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:44 pm 
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I rang my Dad yesterday morning at work to let him know that Basil passed away and he came home with a little surprise - a steel cross. It was also really nice that Dad admitted that he will miss Basil, that he will look towards where his tank is to see if he is out for his nightly stroll around the tank.

I think the reason he meant more to me than most of my animals is because for some reason, he made the choice to remain in my life. Of all people to purchase him, it was my friend. It could have been anyone. She could have chosen anyone to look after him but she chose me.

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I also just wanted to say thank you to everyone for the kind words - it means a lot to me.


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 Post subject: Re: Everything has its time
PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 10:18 pm 
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What a sweet thing for your dad to do! We have a graveyard of rodents as well but we use bricks to mark the graves. Since 1993. ;) Then my cat was buried there, as well as my dog. Annnnd my grandmother. Seriously. That was her wish.


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What a nice way to put Basil to rest.


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