Friday, September 2, 2011

Goodbye, Willow

Willow, 2009-2011.
 Dear Friends,

Our little rat, Willoughby (Willow for short), passed away today.

I suspect he was about two and a half years old, which is very old indeed for a rat.

When we got him for my birthday in July 2009, he was already full grown and being sold as a "jumbo rat."  I was just so happy that he made it to my birthday again.

In the past month, however, his health began to decline.  He began refusing his favorite treats, and never finished his bowl of food.  His breathing seemed labored.  He lay about listlessly.

Today, he left us and we are sad, but relieved that he will suffer no more.

I like to think of Ratty in Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows, and how he told the Mole, "Believe me, my young friend, there is NOTHING--absolutely nothing--half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats."

I like to think Willow is off somewhere messing about in a boat.

Godspeed, my little friend.

You shall be missed.


  1. oh my, that photo is precious. what a sweet little guy... i am so sorry for your loss.

  2. I am so sorry for your loss of beloved Willow. He is indeed floating about in a boat....
    xox Colleen

  3. what a handsome face
    (and that wonderful name!) easy simply messing about
    on the river, Willow.
    So sorry for the ache, Sandra.
    My daughter had a ratty who was
    dear to her and many tears flowed
    over his passing.
    Losing a pet is so to you, friend.
    I love your tender heart,

  4. So sorry Sandra. I left a comment on Willows photo on Flickr. I too will picture him floating about in the boat.

  5. I am sorry, Sandra. I am sure you will miss your friend. Yes, it is good to think of him messing around in a boat. My husband would agree, there is nothing quite better than that.

  6. Thank you all for your sweet and kind words of comfort. It means a lot to me that you would visit and care so much. Love to you all.