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Post by katherine on Mon Oct 21, 2013 1:44 am

The last of my Dublin boys left me this week. They were such special lads, and even though Ishy has been without his brother for months now it seems wrong to separate them, so doing their obits together.

Laura and Karl were kind enough to take me to Dublin to get these two boys. I originally got them as company for Bertie but with him being Bertie it didn't work out. It soon turned out that the boys had some hormone-related aggression issues themselves and so they ended up staying separate to my other rats. In spite of this, I never regretted getting them, they were lovely boys in their own way. I ended up getting Ishy neutered because he started biting but after that he was a lamb and I often wished that I got Mawie done too, though he never bit me out of aggression, though I got a few nips when he was over eager for food and a few more because he was hugely territorial and hated being taken out of his cage (cleaning was a bit of a negotialtion Roll Eyes Laugh ).

I lost Mawie from a ZG tumour in the spring, unfortunately he had to be pts and I was so uncertain whether or not I had made the right decision until after it was done, when I saw the extent of the damage to his face which meant he could hardly eat Cry . It really got me down for a long while and I am gutted to have lost Ishy now. They were the last boys I brought over from Ireland and were such characters!

While Mawie was alive Ishy was always building nests, he used to shred up any boxes and paper I put in the cage and rip open the seams of his hammock and stuff it all inside the lining Laugh was a nightmare to wash things, but he stopped doing it the day Mawie died Sad He was a real caring soul when it came to his brother, even though they used to scrap pretty much constantly.

After Mawie died, Ishy went into my other group of boys with next to no issues (even though the younger 2 were a little confused on occasion about whether he was a boy or a girl Laugh ). Poor boy had bad HLD for the past 2 months and really only his front right paw was properly functioning for the past month and he was losing lots of weight in spite of gobbling up nutrical every night along with cooked pasta in oil and veg along with his dry mix Cry so it wasn't unexpected that I would lose him soon but it was such a shock to not be able to find him in the cage on Wednesday night, and after a hunt I discovered him lying camouflaged on the shavings on a shelf (I'm so concerned that he could have fallen from the upper level and been killed by it) he was so little it was hard to spot him there Sad 

They were very special boys to me, even though they were never cuddlers. I am just devastated.

I have so many memories of them both, but the prevailing ones are: having them and their brother Dean in the carrier next to me as we drove round, lost in Dublin on the most blazing hot day I remember from living in Ireland and deciding what to call them.

Them constantly escaping from their rabbit cage when I first got them, cos they new how to pop the door, and coming into the rat room of a morning and having to hunt them down (Ishy always being in the slide out bit of the computer desk).

The cat carrier I brought them to England in popping open at Cardiff Central station as I got out of the train at 1 am, being told by some builders working on the rail line, and finding them both curled up safe inside, looking at me as if to say "what?"

Ishy pulling one of my brother's shirts through the bars of their cage and nibbling it to bits the minute they settled.

Them popping their head out of a potato sack I hung in their cage, which they stuffed with newspaper and practically lived in during the winter when they lived in my parents' shed.

Having fun with them on rattie-island

Ishy crunching ice blocks whole in the summer... and loads more. Here's a few pics

First day:




big ears


Always my IshyFish




Corks were always a fave












Old man. Last photo Sad 

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Re: Ishy and Mawie

Post by Zoundz on Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:00 am

:*( oh Katherine... I'm so sorry - even when they're a bit more challenging, you never stop feeling sad when you lose them Sad

How well I remember going to get them, and getting lumped with Dean too! Last bit of GMR I ever did... made me think twice about random GMR again I can tell you - poor, mad, vicious Dean Sad

Run free lovely lads, go and find your brother, and don't let him beat you up!

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Post by GillianK on Tue Oct 22, 2013 1:20 am

I'm so sorry to hear this. Run free little men. Such wee beauties x
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Post by eoghan on Thu Oct 24, 2013 9:26 am

Sorry to hear about Ishy

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Post by katherine on Fri Oct 25, 2013 7:23 am

Thanks guys, he was 2 and 8 months, so he had a long run Smile

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Post by DJF on Mon Oct 28, 2013 1:57 am

Sorry to hear about your guys.

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