My last little rat Shadow has finally passed away.  I was just informed by my friend who was keeping him temporarily during this crazy moving shite.. and now he's gone...  I am so very glad I had the chance to pet him one last time before he went away.. and that- if he had to go, he was around other little rattie friends at the time- to ease his passing.  I only wish that I had been there, to tell him I love him one last time.

Hopefully I'll get his body soon, and be able to send him and his brother off in classic Viking style.. on the little lake my parents have in Front Royal.. since there no permanent place to bury them...

Fuck...!  This sucks so hard...  I feel like such a shit rat-mommy...

I love you little man.  I hope you know that- and knew that every day of your little life, throughout all the trials and troubles, all the ups and downs- and whether we were near or not.

You were so special to me...  And you always will be.

Love Love Love Love Love you Always, My Little Man,
Your Very Mournful Mommy

1.  I just got my package from, n' foolishly opened it up in my bed.  As soon as I got hold of my "IncrediBubbles KittyBubbles" toy (bubbles that're FAR more durable than regular bubbles, so your cats have time to git 'em! :D) I tried 'em out.  Well whaddayouknow!?  They actually work!  They're a little drippy, but  I nearly fainted from laughter when I got the hang of it, blew two big draughts of  bubbles, and watched the whole room fill w/cinema-like shininess as first the bubbles went up, and then they all changed direction n' scattered thanks to my forced-air heat coming on. *lol*  It was like "whoop!  There they go!" and suddenly about halfway through their normal up-n-out trajectory I was like "whuh?  They're comin' back!!" ^_^  The next thing I knew my room was awash with tiny bubbles going in every direction, and it felt like a romantic sparkle-shower, child-like movie moment, all right there in my BR. :)  Too bad I was all alone! ;D  (I was so delighted n' amused, I couldn't help from laughing- meanwhile the cats where like "holy- whuthuhfuhh??"  It was so COO'! :D:D)

2.  I gossme a neat li'l 4-port USB hub, also from PK.  It looks like those classical wooden blocks w/the ribbon around them, that make it look as if one block's falling all the way down to the bottom.   -Wuhl this one doesn't to that, but it is flexy, looks neat, and allows me to have my printer, my camera, my speakers AND my webcam allllll be plugged in, all at once! ^_^  *does a happy dance*  (For those who have nice, new compoopers this may be no big thing to you, but for me w/a comp. from 1998 w/a 156mgb RAM & only 2 USB ports, this ROCKS. ^_^)  Now my mouse n' keyboard take up one slot, n' my hub the other, & all I have to change out now is my Queue Cat for my webcam. *glee*  I can finally have my speakers working at the same time as my pinter, camera & webcam are.  Woot! :D:D

Peoples' Exhibit A:
A wine label snagged for a prop le keeshehn. :)
(Snagged from the kitchen fer a prop:
I found my Moscato at the Giant in Arlington- do you believe it?  It's like NOWHERE else! :D:D)

And on a much more important note, my little Houdini seems to be improving slowly but steadily.  *knocks wood*  Thank you all for your kind words, warm wishes & good vibes.

♥ ♥ ♥

PS  Also, thank you to the fine lady who recommended PK to me. ^_^  They rock!  They even put a neat li'l rubber finger-puppet in the top of my package for free! :D  -It's purple, has wiggly-wiggly hands, a long Gonzo-like trunk, and an exposed brain. ^_^  *glee* 

I dunno if anyone'd be interested, but if so, I just put up my cage for sale on Ebay and :):)

Or, if you don't wanna go though those channels, just drop me a line and we'll see what we can eek out. ;):)

Cheers, all!!
Holy shit.. I have a visually impaired rat!!! O.O It turns out Houdini, my little escape artist, is almost entirely blind. After noticing various behaviours I'd started to come to that conclusion, but after talking to some people, it's pretty well clinched. My wittle Houdini can pretty much only see light and shadow... Wow.. now I gotta think back to my mobility days, thinof my blind friends, myself and my visual impairment, and apply it to a tiny, month and a half old baby rat... Damn.. no wonder the thing panicked when picked up, and why he's so timid. Poor little guy... Makes me wanna hug 'im all the more. ..Funny how Fate works out like that sometimes, huh?

Oh, and I found my keyes. ^_^ ..Paid $13 for 'em, but I found 'em. :):)
Now off to a bit of Christmas shopping online before workies...
It is a GOOD day!!! *extreme glee* Ian brought home a humane trap for squirrels, rats and small animals the day before yesterday and I set it up last night. It got triped once at the end of the evening so I raced up there hoping, only to find he'd gotten in & eaten the banana & Cheerios, leaving the cheese, and had gotten back out. :P So I re-baited it w/some peanut butter and more Cheerios, and what do you know??? This morning I woke up, hadn't heard anything but figgered I oughtta check anyway, and holy shit THERE 'E WAS!!! I am SO excited, grateful and happy!!! ^_^ I transported him to his cage, and he's already taken 3 Cheerios from my fingers and 2 or 3 treats. ^_^_^_^_^_^_^_^ Life is Good, and my little Houdini is back home in his cage, where he belongs. :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D

It's hard to see 'im, but here he is, back in his cagey, nibbling on a treat I'd just given him. ^_^

Like I said, it is a GOOD day. >^_^<
Now I'm off to write to the company who makes the humane trap, to thank them personally. :):)

Have a good day, y'all!! :D:D
I am apparently not supposed to keep.. Stuff...

My keys are lost and God knows where. They have my storage unit key on there, and the key to the house I'm in atm. :P
My badge fell out of its holder AGAIN- (fortunately I hadn't been anywhere but home, but STILL!).
And at this point, I think "my" rat is just mocking me. I've heard him skittering around the room at night, tried to look in all the places I think he might be during the day, and last night not only did I hear him up on my desk knocking stuff over, I've found THREE humane traps empty, two w/the doors down. :P I even tried a basic-but-brilliant trap a friend suggested, (a simple notepad-over-trashcan trap), but despite the thing being so precarious the magazine I'm using's fallen into the can TWICE, this morning when I got up I found the blasted thing sans bait! :P:P

He might be too big for the humane traps I got at CVS, but he also hasn't touched the 3-mouse trap Ian brought home. Fortunately he also got a bigger one he told me about today, so I'm gonna bait and try THAT one tonight. Last night I was up a couple of times in the middle of the night trying to see if I could snag the little stinker, but then when I laid down all nice and still I heard/felt a tiny scritching on my bed. Yep, you guessed it. Not long after I felt a little pressure on the blanket down by my feet, and damned if the little stink didn't crawl right up behind me as I lay still, going from feet to head. He sniffed my hair, and then made his way back off the top corner of bed! :P:P I was SO tempted to fling the blanket over him and try to catch him, but I didn't want to freak him out even more, and I thought that maybe if I let him sniff me it might help him get a little more comfortable w/me and not see me as a predator.. you know? So I just layed there kind of laughing at the both of us, the situation, and about how perhaps he's either playing with me, or having a game of "Investigating Mommy." ;P

Either way I'm starting to get the impression Stuff and I aren't supposed to coexist. ;P

Hope this makes some of you smile who need smilin', and that everyone's doin' okay.

thewaterling: (CatLady)
( Nov. 25th, 2007 02:48 am)

This and some fun tubes, treats and such would ROCK!!! It's the ---ultimate--- small-critter cage, that won't get your pet's feet get caught in wire (a problem for young AND old rats that's heart-wrenchingly common), it has slide-out trays for easy cleaning, and smooth-surface landings for safe pet-walking and easy owner maintenance. ;) Wide doors at every level, affordable, and known to be THE Best on the Market, for furries as well as owners. ^_^ Not as large as their biggest cage (this is the next step down), but this one is HUGE, and can still fit in an apartment w/o being quite as tall as ME! ;D:D
SO want one!!!
I heard him skittering about the night before last during the night, and last night I enlisted my landlord/friend to come "help me" catch him. (He apparently needed a flashlight to see anything even though the room was fully lit, and I- and I imagine the rat, couldn't see WITH it, so that was kind of a connunudrum...) My landlord and I both stunk at actually catching him, but we saw him many, many times, and he ran through my hands twice, jumped up my face, over my head, and across my arm while I was under the lower ledge of a desk in the room, and that's the closest I got. (I couldn't raise my hands to get him 'cause I was under the low ledge.) At one point he tried to hide in/on mybackpack and neither Ian nor I saw him, so when Ian instructed me to pick up the bag so we could try again to find him (he'd been racing from place to place in the room to avoid us), I heard a small *thud* as I picked up the bag, and Ian thought I'd dropped something out of the bag. Turns out it was the rat... :( Naturally worried, I said I hoped he was okay (since he'd dropped about a foot and a half-two feet), and Ian snapped at me. "Renae, he's fine!!" When I expressed how little (agewise) he is, and how that's about ten stories' equivalent to OUR height, he replied "He's FINE. I've seen rats far lots farther than that before and be perfectly fine." I can understand his frustration at the situation, and am thankful he was at least willing to come up and help, but I can see now where he gets his animal empathy from... ... (He is sadly woefully neglectful and abusive to his animals.. and I'm beginning to think he doesn't get that they're living, breathing, feeling creatures that depend on HIM for respect, sustenance, CARE, etc.) I'm still a little worried about the little guy, but I heard him quite a good deal after that behind my li'l refridgerator, and this morning I found that the Cheerios and peanut butter that I left out in places (thanks, ashoe!!) last night had been eaten, as well as some water I left out had been drunk. So.. yay.. he's alive and presumably well, and at this point I'm thinking about a humane trap.. 'cause in the house I'm in right now, every day that passes is an increasing chance that he could get out and be consumed by a heatin duct, or a hungry cat. ('Cause their parents don't actually FEED them.... *sighs*)

On the up-side, there is hope, and his brother and I are doing just fine as far as the bonding process goes. He stops squiggling pretty quickly now, doesn't tremble or shiver anymore already, and just LOVES hanging out in my hoodie. ^_^ With his big brother the escapee, keep yer fingers crossed, and hopefully soon I'll have the chance to show you pictures of my little Houdini.
(..You know, that might be the best name for him yet.. come to think of it... It seems he's an expert at disappearing, after all... ;\ Plus it's magicky to boot.. hmm....)

Anyhoo, wish us luck, y'all! :):)
If all goes well, I'll have a LOT to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. :):)

..Hells.. I already do. ^_^
And since I don't have a comp at home, I should wish you all this now, by the by: ^_^

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!!!  **GREAT BIG HUGS TO ALL**

I just told my boss that I'm a little wigged out because I just adopted a pair of baby rats, and last night one of them jumped out of my hands and is now lost. She actually started laughing, and said "I needed to find a pet that was harder to lose."

After TWO NIGHTS, I've -already- fucked up.

Last night, after staying late here at work to do some ratty research, I found out that babies need as much contact as you can give them, especially at first when you acquire them. So I"m all excited, I go home, and snag Nicodemus, my more skittish, (read constantly, utterly freaked out by me) gray and white ratling. I pick him up, he struggles, I hold him to me for a moment, and then he shoots loose of my hands, zips up my shoulder, springboards off it a foot and a half to the top of their cage, streaks across that, and jumps down onto the desk that's in the room, and from there, God knows where. ... I have gone from upset and worried to pissed off and back again so many times I can't count, and now, a mixture of these, I have spent a long night with their cage on my floor, food and water outside it, his little brother inside it, going back and forth between sleep and mock-sleep, hoping to catch a glimpse of him coming back to his bro-bro or to take a bite of food or get a drink of water. I dreamt about catching him 5 times last night, (outside of a very "SAW"-like dream), and each one felt so real I could swear I actually caught him all 5 times... The scrabbling, the clawing, the squeaking, frantic wriggling and writhing of his soft, furry body.. :((( The room is full of things he can hide in or behind, ther's an open heating/air duct that's been blocked for a long time by layers of towels, and aside from the bedroom door itself, which has also been heavily cloth-blocked now, I -think- I've taken care of all of his options of egress... I saw him once again streaking across the back wall as I searched for him again last night before I slept, but since then, both my guys have been maddeningly quiet. If I hadn't seen him myself w/my own two eyes, I'd sear Shado had escaped, too. I spent most of the night w/Shads in my hoodie w/me, and that was relly nice, but now I'm scared to death Nico's either down some hole in the wall somewhere, or has found his way into one of the ravenous gullets of the households FOUR cats.

Gall-dammit, Nico. Come the fuck hom, and get back in your damned cage. I miss you, and I know Shado misses you, too.

Fraggin', razzafrazzin' panick-rat. Now I'm gonna worry all day, just liked I worried all night. God I hope he's okay...........


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