Friday, December 16, 2011

Basil

July 2009-December 16, 2011
The world's best saddle rat--she will be  missed.

34 comments:

  1. RIP Basil. I bet you and the other Spice Girls can have a good rat party now.

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  2. I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm a fellow rat lover/owner for over 20 years and it's always so hard to lose them. They are all such wonderful, individual, loving little characters. RIP Basil.

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  3. I'm so sorry :-( I know your house feels a lot emptier now. Basil was a very special rat.

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  4. So sorry Jennifer. It's so hard to lose a pet like that. We will miss seeing the pictures with her displaying your tack and the stories. ::hugs::

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  5. Awwwwnnnhhhh. =( So sorry for you and your family's loss.

    She was such a good rat, and gave so many of us enjoyment, too, with her good-natured tack modeling.

    Thank you for sharing her with all of us. Hugs to your boys for losing their little Basil.

    Lesli

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  6. I'm so sorry for your loss. :( This year is being bad for small pets, it seems. But I bet Basil is having a lot of fun in rat heaven now. :)

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  7. So sorry to hear this. Basil was a fantastic saddle rat and I always enjoyed her posts :(

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  8. I'm so sorry Jennifer. I always enjoyed seeing her photos.

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  9. I'm so sorry for your loss.

    RIP Basil! You show those horses how to jump over the rainbow bridge, darling ;)

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  10. Many hugs to you and your boys. Basil has been a wonderful saddle rat..Loved all your set ups with her.

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  11. I'm very sorry for you and your family. I know you will miss her and not just because she looked so well under saddle!

    We lost one of our guinea pigs last week. Most people do not understand that little pets can mean just as much to us as big ones, and give you funny looks when you are sad or simply dismiss it as "It was JUST a pig, who cares." Hugs from someone who knows Basil was not "JUST a rat."

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  12. Thanks everyone.

    I'm not going to kid you--that was tough. Basil had lost a lot of weight since we discovered her tumor, and she all but stopped eating in the last couple days. The kids tried enticing her with her favorite treats, but her appetite just wasn't there. She also started passing blood so together we decided it was time.

    I let James take the lead, since she was his rat. I guided him, of course, but he was so grownup about the whole thing. Afterwards, I told him that it was the first really adult decision of his life. He pondered that and said, "Being an adult sucks."

    Yeah, sometimes it does.

    My vet doesn't usually treat rodents, but she made an exception for Basil. My kids wanted to be there to say goodbye and it was very quiet and very peaceful. We are all worn out from the experience, but there is no doubt that we did right by our little rattie.

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  13. I'm so sorry for the loss of Basil. I enjoyed reading about all of her antics. What a mature, strong young family you have. Take care and you'll all be in my thoughts today.

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  14. I'm so sorry! My husband was looking over to see what new thing Basil was up to and wants me to pass along his condolences to you and the boys as well. He and I have both enjoyed your pictures so much.

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  15. So sorry to hear about Basil - I've enjoyed her cameo appearances with or without tack. I'll be thinking of you all.

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  16. So sorry, Jennifer and family. I loved meeting Basil, and I always got such a kick out of her posts with tack!

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  17. RIP Basil. :( He was quite a ham. I will miss his cute photos.

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  18. :( I always looked forward to the latest photoshoot with Basil and her unlimited riding-rat potential so I'm really sorry to hear about this. :(

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  19. My sincere sympathies, it doesn't matter what size they are, when they are special in your heart.
    Lorrie

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  20. Sorry for your loss.
    You can never fill and empty hole.
    But you can keep it as a memory.
    :)

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  21. Bye-bye Basil!

    I was just the other day looking at the pictures of the rats I used to have and that remembered me how amazing they can be.

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  22. Good on James for being strong enough to let Basil go, and you for teaching him so well so young. So sorry Basil the Saddle Rat extraordinaire is gone. <3

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  23. RIP Basil. I always loved my rats.... such wonderful pets!

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  24. Hugs and deepest sympathies to you and your family. Basil was one of a kind. I am glad she had such a wonderful life with your family.

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  25. So sorry for your loss of your beloved little girl.
    RIP Basil.

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  26. So sorry to hear of little Basil's passing. Hugs to all.

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