A fond farewell to our mischief â¤ï¸ðŸ€

Much has changed in our little corner of the world over the past few months as life has moved on in all its usual ways. As we move into another new season, and my very favourite at that 🍁❤️, it’s good to find the time to take stock on everything around us and find our feet where we are. There’s been so much going on, lots of it very exciting, and I’m very much looking forward to catching up on it all here very soon; but first of all I wanted to write just a little post in honour of my boys.

At the beginning of the summer, just a few weeks apart, we said our last goodbyes to both Jasper and Jet, our lovely elderly rat boys; and in doing so also closed a chapter nearly a decade long of owning and caring for pet rats.

Jasper and Jet were such lovely characters, and were a wonderful part of our home and family. Having lived with us two years, and reaching an age of around 2y10m each, it was lovely to have been able to have them so long and to have got to know them so well.

Arriving in July 2017, desperately needed companions for our little rat Perry who had been left unexpectedly alone, they could not have fulfilled their role as his buddies any better, giving him such comfort and friendship in his last months, before going on to live with us themselves through two more years of changing times and family life, adjusting to a new normal with the arrival home of our newborn daughter and over time as she grew older being her first wonderfully patient and kind teachers in animal handling and care. ❤️

For me, it’s very strange not to have any rats at home any more, having fallen so in love with them as pets and having had 14 over the last nine years, as well as the 4 in my childhood. Life seemed just a little too hectic at the moment to take on any more right now (though I found I just couldn’t be completely without pets in the house and we do have a new addition in the form of a content little hamster, Sandy, who I will write about very soon!); but I do hope maybe one day we’ll have rats again.

Our little group changed and evolved over the years and from 2010 – 2019 we were blessed to have Smokie, Peatie, Sylvie, Lizzie, Chae, Winston, Pipkin, Harvey, Ty, Reuben, Perry, Marley, Jasper and Jet in our home.

I named this blog when I first started writing about our pets to include the most appropriate group term I’ve ever come across – our “mischief of rats” were truly full of mischief, full of fun, and brought so much love and joy for all the years we had them.

❤️

3 thoughts on “A fond farewell to our mischief â¤ï¸ðŸ€

  1. Welcome to the Beautiful North October 6, 2019 / 8:14 am

    It’s clear to see the joy they brought to your home. I’m sure your posts about your lovely little rat friends changed many readers’ perceptions of rats as pets. For one, I didn’t know how very affectionate they are.

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  2. violetsnailgirl October 6, 2019 / 5:15 pm

    I’m so sorry about your ratties.
    I’m glad they brought you happiness.
    I’m sure they had very happy lives.

    And I’m excited to read more about your hamster!

    Your blog is awesome.

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  3. shazza October 6, 2019 / 5:29 pm

    Aw bless those lovely sweet pets. I’m glad they bought so much joy to you and your family. It will be lovely to meet your new addition too. 🙂

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