Rascal

Discussion in 'Rainbow Bridge - Dog Memorials' started by JessLough, Feb 5, 2012.

  1. JessLough

    JessLough Love My Mutt

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    It's hard to believe I'm writing this. Yesterday, February 4th, I had to make the hardest decision ever, and helped Rascal pass on. He passed at 6:20pm, in my lap.

    Rascal was supposed to live forever. He was always there for me, and I can't believe I'll have to go through the rest of my life without him there. He was just... there. All the time. I could come home from a hard day, and he'd be greeting me at the door to his cage, wanting out for a snuggle and a drink from the dog's water bowl. I would wake up and he'd be there. I'd need a ferret for a day, and he was there. I'd bring home some stupid costume, and while he was not happy about it, he would sit there and let me put it on him.

    That will all be no more.

    Rascal came to me on his 2nd birthday. He needed to find a new home, because his owner's boyfriend was moving in, and needed the room for his fish tank. He told Rascal's owner it was either him and his fish, or Rascal. She chose the fish. That's okay, he was better off here, anyway. His old owner didn't know much about ferrets, and he was not fed the best food, nor was he kept in a very good cage.
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    We really bonded within those first few months. Rascal was my childhood dream come true -- I finally got a ferret. Not too long after, Allie got Palom and Porom. We just *knew* that Palom, Porom and Rascal had to be best friends. And boy, were we ever right. Rascal and I went over to Allie's shortly after her 2 came home.
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    All 3 of them took to each other, and planned to dig to China.
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    He took straight to Palom.
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    Porom thought he was pretty cool.
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    Back at home, of course, Rosey looooved him. He was, after all, her baby.
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    Soon, we found the Ferret Rescue Society of Ottawa. We started going to their events, and having lots of fun. Little did I know, that this one single ferret would lead me on all the adventures we've had together. We thought the spa days were pretty fun.
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    He got used to the whole idea of Christmas, mighty quick. He thought it was pretty awesome.
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    Eventually, we made the decision to add to the family. We wanted Rascal to have nothing but the best life possible, and figured that meant him having friends at home. He took to them almost immediately.
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  2. JessLough

    JessLough Love My Mutt

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    Over the years, we've had some pretty awesome times. Even when times were not so awesome, you helped me through. You kept me going, buddy. I knew no longer how bad my day was, you were at home waiting for me, and would make it all better. You never judged me, you never cared what I looked like, or what I did. You just loved me, for being me.

    You put up with a lot of crap, buddy. I am so, so thankful that we got to do the photo shoot last fall. So very, very thankful.

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    You helped me through some of the hardest times of my life. You were there for me when I needed you the most. I'm sorry I went out yesterday. Had I known it was going to be your last day, I would have stayed, and spent the day cuddling with you, and give you your favourite things. Instead, you spent your last day alone.

    I'm sorry, Rascal. I'm sorry there wasn't more I could have done for you. I'm sorry you won't get any more of your favourite treats. I'm sorry you're no longer here. I'm sorry.

    It hurts. It really, really does. It hurts that you're gone. It hurts that you're not here to make me feel better. I don't know how to make the hurting stop. I don't even know that I want it to stop. If it stops, it means I've forgotten. And I will never forget you.

    I'll never be able to find you sleeping in the corner wrapped up in my sweater again. There will be no more cuddles with numnums. There will be no more walking to the mailbox together. No more going out for a stroll. No more YOU.

    I hope you are happy and safe, buddy. I hope there is all the baby food your little heart could want. I hope you know how much you mean to me. I love you, and that will never change. Thank you for showing me how amazing ferrets are. Thank you for allowing me to rescue Rogue, Renegade and Harley. Just, Thank You.
     
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    RIP Rascal <3
    You gave him a great life, and I'd bet anything that he knew that, maybe even more than you!
     
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    I am so sorry Jess. He was a fantastic guy, wasn't he? Rest in peace Rascal. :(
     
  5. Barb04

    Barb04 Love my pets Staff Member

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    Run free with all your friends......you will always be remembered.
     
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    What a lovely tribute to a life well shared. Sounds like you guys had that special bond that comes rarely. I have to say reading that I am more than a little teary.
     
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    I'm so sorry for your loss, Rascal was such a beautiful ferret. RIP Rascal.
     
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    Oh, Jess . . . (((((HUGS))))) It does hurt, but that bond between you transcends time, and lifetimes. Irrevocable, irresistible, unbreakable.
     
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    RIP Rascal.
     
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    RIP Rascal. <3
    Yall had a great life together. Run Free baby boy.
     
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    (((Hugs)))

    He was a sweet little guy and you loved him... he will always be in your heart.
     
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    Paige Let it be

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    He sounded like an amazing friend and companion. RIP Rascal.
     
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    ~Jessie~ Chihuahua Power!

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    I read this last night, and it made me cry :( I couldn't think of any words to make you feel better, and I'm still at a loss.

    Run free, Rascal. I bet he's at the bridge playing with ALL of his ferret friends, and meeting up with the other Chaz ferrets who have passed. They're probably digging and nomming and having a blast together.

    (((((((((((((((((((HUGS)))))))))))))))))))
     
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    I am so, so sorry. People don't understand how much the little ones mean to us. He sounds like a great ferret and friend. (((((HUGS)))))
     
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    HayleyMarie Like a bat outa' hell

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    ((((HUGGIES)))) Jess, Rascal was a special boy and your tribute was beautiful. I know he is at the bridge playing and dooking and running around with all the other ferrets.
     
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    Your photos show just how much Rascal was loved. A lovely tribute.
    I am very sorry he is gone from your life. (((((((HUGS))))))
     
  17. JessLough

    JessLough Love My Mutt

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    Thanks guys <3 The kind words really do help.

    I'm still taking it really hard. Every time I close my eyes, I see the terror in his eyes as he climbed my shirt for me to protect him... and I didn't. I let the mean lady hurt him more... and that's something I'll never forgive myself for. I'm angry at the world. I tried so hard to give him everything he could want, and I feel like I'm being punished cause I didn't do enough. I find myself feeling hatred towards other people who say their ferrets lived 10 years. *I* should have had the ferret living 10 years. I feel like I did something wrong, to make him not live that long, despite trying my best. I'm angry at myself.
     
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    ~Dixie's_Mom~ ♥Chloe & Violet♥

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    I'm like....bawling right now. I'm so sorry. You made him so happy...it's NOT your fault, you did so much good for him. He had the very best life. *hugs*
     
  19. JessLough

    JessLough Love My Mutt

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    This was (at least one of) the first events I went to with Rascal. Back when it was just him <3 My boy.

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    I miss you, boo. I hope you know I did what I thought was the least painful for you... even if it meant it was the most painful for me.
     
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    Jess, I have seen Rascal and Renegade help you grow up so much. I think perhaps their work was done -- well done, and they left the way open for your next teachers <3
     

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