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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Rest in peace, little Val

I'm very sad to write that little Val the mouse died in the night in his sleep, exactly one month after Tino. He passed away peacefully in his favorite sleeping spot, and since BW had just cleaned "Mouseville" yesterday afternoon, Val was nestled snugly in clean new bedding with a tummy full of his favorite foods, all freshly served. 

I've added this update to Tino's memorial page, which is now dedicated to the memory of both of them, where you can see their photos and read their story...

Despite doing well for the first three weeks after Tino's death, Val became frail and wobbly in the past week. This morning when I got up and checked on him, I found that he had died in his sleep during the night - one month to the day after Tino. They were probably the same age, and very elderly for mice, but given Val's rapid decline so soon after Tino's death it's impossible not to imagine that Val didn't die of a broken heart, missing his constant companion. Sweet and good to the very end, Val died just ahead of a major spring snowstorm that's due to arrive at noon today, bringing 5-10" of snow to our area over the next two days, giving us time this morning to bury him beside Tino in the still-warm soil of the front flowerbed. Rest in peace, little one, we love and will miss you so very much.

"Sleeping Mouse" by Charles Van Sandwyk

28 comments:

  1. I'm so sorry to hear about Val's passing. It is always hard to lose a friend. Thinking of you...

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    1. Thank you, Cadry, it sure is, and we appreciate your kind thoughts!

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  2. Ohhhh miss Laloofah...I'm so sorry. Sweet Val...that was the first thing I thought too, that he must have died of a broken heart, missing his life-long friend Tino. Now they are together again, playing their favorite exercise wheel game. I stared at their darling photos again - such adorable creatures!! They were so lucky to have wandered into your cozy little hotel :) Thinking of you and sending you hugs...

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    1. Bless your heart, sweet Maya, and thank you for your words and hugs of comfort! As normally as Val behaved following Tino's death, I could never imagine that he wasn't feeling the loss and missing Tino, who was indeed his life-long friend. I love your vision of Val and Tino reunited and playing their favorite games on the wheel - I had the same thought myself! And you're right, they were so precious, we really enjoyed having them as part of our family. Our sorrow is definitely tempered by our happiness that we were able to help them have long and happy lives. I'm glad you enjoyed their photos again, I'm grateful for such sweet memories!

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  3. So sorry to hear about Val! I'm sure he missed Tino terribly...now they can be together again in spirit. You gave them a long and wonderful life...who could ask for more? When I lose a friend, I always like to say a little prayer to the universe that we will meet again in another life.

    Take care,

    xoxo

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    1. Thanks so much, Rose! No matter how little our furry friends are, they sure leave a big space in our lives and hearts, don't they? I'm sure that in some way, in some space, we meet again in the non-physical.

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  4. So, so sorry to hear your little mouse friend Val died, I,m sure he must have missed Tino badly. It seems like they had a lovely comfortable life with you. Their time was up and it is so sad, thinking of you.

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    1. That is so sweet of you, Ann, and very much appreciated! I agree that after a long lifetime together, Val felt the loss of Tino deeply. They did enjoy a long and happy life with us, and we are grateful to have shared it with them. Your kind words are a lovely comfort, thank you so much for stopping by to offer them.

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  5. A precious little life,well lived.
    I'm sorry for you, but happy that somewhere two tiny furry friends are reunited in play.
    Jane x

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    1. Thanks, Jane, your comment is truly lovely! And wherever Val and Tino may be now, when they're together they're guaranteed to be at play! :-)

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  6. Oh no. :( I'm so sorry, Laurie. My heart is heavy to hear that you've had another loss in such a short time, but I'm also so thankful that they both got to live a comfy life surrounded by love. You and BW gave them such a great home & life!

    xoxo

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    1. Thank you, Molly - and I know, even though Val and started acting a bit feeble in the last week, as soon as BW returned him to his cleaned aquarium Saturday afternoon, he ran out from his tube and started nibbling on his carrot and oat groats! So it was a shock to find him the next morning. We thought we'd have more time with him. We're thankful to have had the chance to get to know him and Tino and enjoy more than six fun and adventurous years with them! :-)

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  7. I never met him, but I would've liked him and I do mourn him. RIP

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    1. Thank you. I know you need not meet an animal friend in person in order to like them, love them, and grieve their loss. That's just the kind of big-hearted guy you are. :-)

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  8. I'm sorry. Thank you for giving him a nice safe life.

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    1. Thanks, Shen - it's very sweet of you to express gratitude for that, and it was our pleasure and a blessing to do so.

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  9. Poor Val....and you! He had to be missing Tino. So sorry for your loss. Your home will be a little emptier now..xoxoxo

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    1. Thank you, dear Spudly! I agree, he had to be. Even if he put up a brave front. I wish we could have provided him with a friend (we giant and strange-smelling humans are simply no substitute for a little mouse buddy!), it wouldn't have been the at all the same for him, and probably would have stressed him out. Our home is definitely emptier now - those two little guys lived large!

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  10. I am so sorry. He had a very good life with you, and a very good death and that doesn't change the fact that you will miss him. Cyber hugs.

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    1. Thank you, Ellie C, you said it all. And thank you for the hugs!

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  11. Though I'm very very sad about Val, I'm thinking he's gone to a much happier place with his friend Tino and they are playing on their new wheel in Heaven as I write this. However, that's little consolation for you two who have an empty wheel in your home with no sweet little friends to play on it. I know they will be missed! I'm glad that the weather is holding out so you can bury him quickly before the storm hits.

    MORE SNOW - YIKES!!!

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    1. Thank you, Jo, for such a sweet message! I've tried to fill the space where Mouseville used to be with a pretty folk art birdhouse I had in the storage room, but it just takes up the space, it can't fill it. I sure wish you could have met Val and Tino in person!

      The weather was kind to us, we had a nice enough morning that we were able to bury Val beside Tino and also take the girls on a very nice romp before it started to rain and sleet. It turned to snow after dark, and we woke this morning to about 8" (it's still coming down, but lightly). Since they'd predicted up to 12", I guess we were lucky. I'll be glad, though, for spring to FINALLY come so we can plant flowers in that flowerbed instead! (I'm thinking Painted Daisies would be nice for over Val and Tino's graves, they're such cheerful and playful-looking flowers!)

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  12. Oh I'm so sorry for your loss Laloofah! Now I know why you were looking for those sweet photos of little rodents in a peaceful light. Your little Val is there with his teddy-bear I'm sure of it. <3

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    1. Awww, thank you, Be a! And you're exactly right about why I was looking for a sweet picture of a mouse in repose (you should be a P.I. with your powers of observation and deduction!) I was about to use the adorable one of the little ratty sleeping with his teddy bear when I found the precious etching of the sleeping mouse and decided it was even more perfect. But I love the image of Val snuggling with a wee teddy bear, and Tino sleeping beside him with a wee bear of his own! xoxo

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  13. Certainly that is a broken heart passing, and in that a hidden joy that V and T can be together again. Sad for you and BW though. Always hard to lose a pet, big or small.
    And then there's the snow. I'm so sorry about that too. May it melt soon.

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    1. After reading your first sentence, I think you can tender your resignation at the real estate firm today, and go to work writing sympathy cards! That was beautifully and comfortingly put. And you're right, the size of the furry family member has no bearing on the amount of sorrow their loss creates.

      Were it not for Wednesday's forecast (more rain/snow and icky winds), I'd say that most of our snow would be gone by then! Though it's bitterly cold this morning (0º just a half hour ago), it's sunny and supposed to hit 41º, with sunny temps in the 60's Thursday and Friday and in the 70s by Saturday! So what's with stinky Wednesday, I wonder? (Except that I have an appointment that day and so must venture out on a day that is clearly designed for staying home!) :-)

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  14. So sorry to hear you've lost your sweet little Val.

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