Wednesday, June 27, 2012


If you've watched the news at all this week, you know that Colorado is burning.
Chris Rains photo
There have been no less than twelve major wildfires in the state this month.  The High Park fire near Fort Collins has destroyed more than two hundred homes, and yesterday the Waldo Canyon Fire roared into the city of Colorado Springs engulfing entire neighborhoods and causing mass evacuations.

Several people have inquired about my family's safety, and we are fine.  We live in a suburb on the east side of Denver and are a long way from the flames.  

Still, there's a lot to be sad about.  One of the casualties of yesterday's firestorm was the Flying W Ranch.
My family visited the Flying W last summer and had a great time walking through the old buildings, 
 meeting the livestock,
learning to rope!
 The Flying W has been a Colorado institution since 1953 and will be greatly missed.
Closer to home, we said goodbye to the youngest saddle rat, Holly, today. 
Losing a rat is a small thing compared to losing a home, but loss is loss and we're all feeling very overwhelmed and blue.  Hopefully tomorrow will bring relief on all fronts.


  1. I'm so sorry to hear about Holly :(

  2. Very sorry to hear of the little loss in the family <3

    I hope the forest fires get under control, and there is no more danger to anyone out there!

  3. *hugs* to all for Holly...

    I'm TIRED of the damn world being on fire...

  4. Oh no, I'm so sorry that Holly didn't make it. She is so fortunate to have been loved by your family. You are all in our thoughts.

  5. Sweet little saddle rats just don't live long enough :-(

  6. Poor Holly. She wasn't even a year old...

    This is the same rat who was sick when we got her. We were able to nurse her through that particular illness, but this time we were not as lucky. She started having trouble breathing on Sunday, and despite our best efforts, we just couldn't get ahead of the infection. Today we decided to let her go.

    The other rats are fine. I suspect Holly had some kind of underlying issue that made her so susceptible to respiratory infections. Both times the vets have told me my other rats would probably get sick, but they haven't had so much as a sniffle between them. We'll continue to watch them, but I don't anticipate any more issues.

  7. AS far as the rats, that's the worst thing about getting them from pet stores or a rescue, no one knows where they came from or what they're genetics are. I wish you were closer to MN, I am about to have 2 litters born within days and could adopt to you a couple of really awesome, highly socialized, and loving ratties- with backgrounds!

  8. I'm sorry for your loss. Every animal, no matter how big or small leaves a mark on hearts..

    Bush/forest fires are scary and it seems becoming more and more common. I hope they got the animals of The Flying W Ranch out of the fire storm.

  9. Sorry for you loss my kids just lost a cockatail that had been with us since he was a baby and they tool it hard out prayers are with you and hope you stay safe with the fires going on

  10. Sorry for you loss my kids just lost a cockatiel so we know the feeling, our prayers are with you and keep save from the fires

  11. Sorry new to this posting did't see it took my first post i was looking on topo and not the bottom of the page.

  12. Glad you're far from the fires!
    I think we'll all miss little holly. :( <3 hugs and prayers reaching out to you and your family!

  13. So sorry to hear of the loss of your lovely little saddle rat. It is so hard to lose them, but in a way harder to see them suffer. :(

  14. It is so sad to see/read about the devastation of these fires and think about the destruction to such a beautiful area. Also sad to read about the loss of your dear pet, losing them is always a sorrow.

  15. So sorry to hear about your rat - they are lovely little people. the only downside to having rats is that they leave us too soon.

  16. The Denver Post reported this morning that 346 homes were lost in Tuesday evening's firestorm in Colorado Springs. That's just terrible--an entire suburban neighborhood gone... I would love to live closer to the mountains, but there are definitely some advantages to be being on the east side of town.

    Thanks for all the kind words in regards to Holly. She was such a sweet little girl. I wish we could have enjoyed her a bit longer.

  17. Oh no, I'm so sorry about Holly! :(

    I don't know how people cope with things like wildfires too - I'm so glad the worst weather we get in the UK is a bit of snow or wind!