A 2 AM knock at the bedroom door
was his daughter holding her dying pet.
His mind said,
“It’s only a rat.”
His heart said,
“It is not the rat that counts here.”
Our 18-year-old daughter has had a fondness for rats since grade school. They are intelligent, clean and friendly. She is on her fourth set and loves them dearly. Last night we lost one to old age. Her mother sat with her most of the night waiting for the last breath to be drawn. It was sad but not unexpected. The heartbreaking reality of pets - we love them, but out live them.
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